Milestones in the history of GLS

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Austria beckons

With the acquisition of General Parcel Austria, GLS enters the Austrian parcel market. The roots of the Austrian subsidiary, which is based in Ansfelden, date back to 1992, when ten medium-sized Austrian carriers joined together to form a franchise association able to offer customers high-quality parcel delivery services.

GLS in Denmark

The Danish parcel service provider and General Parcel partner Pakke Trans joins the GLS Group. The company has its headquarters in Kolding. The CEP service provider was founded by several carriers in 1981.

Express in Denmark

GLS acquires a share in the Danish express delivery and courier company Stafetten A/S. The company operates from its headquarters in Kolding. GLS expands the express, courier divisions in parallel to the parcel services.


Welcome to the Netherlands

Nederlandse Pakket Dienst becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of GLS. The headquarters of the Dutch parcel company and General Parcel partner are in Utrecht. Nederlandse Pakket Dienst was started in 1980 as a franchise association. Within a short time GLS restructures it into a centrally-managed company.

Entry into France, Belgium and Spain

With the acquisition of Extand, GLS enters the French CEP market. The express and parcel service provider is based in Toulouse. GLS simultaneously acquires the Belgian subsidiary Extand Belgium and the Spanish subsidiary Extand Sistema.

UK partner Parcelforce Worldwide

General Parcel acquires a partner on Europe’s largest island: Parcelforce Worldwide strengthens the General Parcel network with its range of services in Great Britain. The courier and logistics services company is one of the largest providers in the UK CEP market.


Slovenia joins the network

Foundation of GP General Parcel Ljubljana in Slovenia as a subsidiary of the GLS Group, marking a further step in the expansion of the comprehensive parcel network of GLS in Central Europe.


Acquisitions in Germany

Acquisition of Domberger Paket Dienst GmbH & Co. KG, Augsburg, and Deutscher Paket Dienst Dachser GmbH, Kempten. The two former DACHSER subsidiaries operate a total of six DPD sites in the south of Germany and Saxony.


Investment in Italy

GLS acquires shares in Direzione Gruppo Executive (DGE). DGE started in 1977 as the franchise association Corriere Executive, ultimately becoming Direzione Gruppo Executive. In 1994, it took its first step towards the new networked Europe by becoming a member of the international parcel logistics association General Parcel.