25 years of GLS Austria

“25 years of passion for parcels”: In 2018, we looked back on a quarter of a century of parcel history. Founded in 1993 as General Parcel Austria in a merger of ten small and medium-sized shipping companies, GLS Austria is today one of the leading providers of parcel logistics. Together with employees, transport partners and their delivery drivers, as well as our customers, we are celebrating our anniversary year with various activities.


Our milestones

  • 1993: Founding of General Parcel Austria
  • 1995: Customers can send parcels within the EU without customs documents
  • 1999: GLS Austria offers customers possibility to send returns
  • 2003: Direct service to Switzerland starts
  • 2005: GLS Austria reacts to increasing B2C shipments and opens the first ParcelShop
  • 2008: GLS Austria becomes the first parcel service provider in Austria to offer parcel and express delivery from a single source
  • 2010: GLS parcels from the Vienna metropolitan area reach destinations in Eastern Europe within 24 hours
  • 2012: Even more convenience for recipients: delivery directly to a ParcelShop with the ShopDeliveryService
  • 2013: Flexible delivery as desired with the FlexDeliveryService: simply choose from numerous delivery options (e.g. an alternative address)
  • 2015: GLS gets closer to consumers with a Facebook page – in 2018 this is followed up with an Instagram account
  • 2016: GLS delivers with cargo bikes in Graz
  • 2018: Keeping up with developments for 25 years: the anniversary of GLS Austria