Milestones in the history of GLS

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Introduction of UniQue

With UniQue, GLS introduces a uniform hardware and software system. GLS develops and implements the UniQue components step by step. Existing systems are replaced without interrupting day-to-day operations. The aim is to harmonise all IT systems across Europe.


New EU Computer Centre

GLS opens a new European computer Centre. GLS data from all countries is gathered, processed and stored in a central server farm. This centralisation enables GLS to make use of synergies across the Group. In addition to scanning and shipping systems, communications (email), process control and billing systems are also run via the EU Computer Centre. Modern technology and security thus go hand in hand.


Improved delivery times

The introduction of new day sorting activities at the GLS Europe hub in Neuenstein (Germany) shortens the delivery times of parcels. Consignments that cross two national borders and do not come from Germany now reach their destinations one day earlier. Customers in numerous countries benefit from the new standard delivery times for international parcels.


Transaction in Italy

GLS acquires the operative business of its franchisee in Cesena.


Rebranding in Denmark

The Danish GLS company Stafetten adopts the name GLS Express. In May 2005, the company becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of GLS Denmark and offers both national and international express delivery and courier services.

October / December

Transactions in Italy

GLS takes over a total of four depots from two franchisees in the regions of Lombardy (Northern Italy) and Emilia Romagna (Central Italy).

Acquisition in Belgium

GLS takes over the Belgian freight and parcel service provider ABX Belgium Distribution. Together, GLS Belgium and ABX Belgium Distribution are the market leaders in the national business-to-business parcel sector. With this acquisition GLS strengthens its presence in the Benelux region and enters the Belgian freight sector.