Our history

Once upon a time, in 1989, 25 brave forwarders had a daring idea: build a national parcel service provider in the geographic centre of Germany. German Parcel was born, to be the starting point of the unprecedented story of the GLS Group.

German Parcel started its operation with 30 depots in the Western part of Germany and its national hub in Neuenstein. By the end of 1989, 2 million parcels were transported within Germany.

Today, GLS Germany is the largest GLS market by revenue and we are proud to be part of the most successful parcel networks.

1989

1989

In order to connect the locations, circles of the equivalent of 400 km are drawn around the depots using a compass. The common point of intersection Neuenstein: the hub.

1989

In order to connect the locations, circles of the equivalent of 400 km are drawn around the depots using a compass. The common point of intersection Neuenstein: the hub.

1990 - 1998

1990 - 1998

With reunification, the parcel network is being rebuilt, processes are standardised and industrialised. Delivery to private recipients starts in 1995 and the first ParcelShops in 1997.

1990 - 1998

With reunification, the parcel network is being rebuilt, processes are standardised and industrialised. Delivery to private recipients starts in 1995 and the first ParcelShops in 1997.

1999

1999

Royal Mail becomes a new shareholder, German Parcel is transferred to the newly founded General Logistics Systems B.V. (GLS). With DER KURIER, the company enters the express market.

1999

Royal Mail becomes a new shareholder, German Parcel is transferred to the newly founded General Logistics Systems B.V. (GLS). With DER KURIER, the company enters the express market.

2000 - 2009

2000 - 2009

German Parcel becomes GLS Germany. Introduction of a Europe-wide branding. GLS IT Services starts. ThinkGreen initiative to strengthen Europe-wide environmental protection activities.

2000 - 2009

German Parcel becomes GLS Germany. Introduction of a Europe-wide branding. GLS IT Services starts. ThinkGreen initiative to strengthen Europe-wide environmental protection activities.

2010 - 2019

2010 - 2019

Introduction of FlexDeliveryService. Private customer portal GLS-ONE launched. With GDP, start of PharmaService. With GLS KlimaProtect, 100 percent climate-neutral delivery.

2010 - 2019

Introduction of FlexDeliveryService. Private customer portal GLS-ONE launched. With GDP, start of PharmaService. With GLS KlimaProtect, 100 percent climate-neutral delivery.

as of 2020

as of 2020

During the coronavirus pandemic, GLS is fulfilling its supply-chain mandate. In doing so, the utmost is done to protect the health of all parties involved.

as of 2020

During the coronavirus pandemic, GLS is fulfilling its supply-chain mandate. In doing so, the utmost is done to protect the health of all parties involved.

Our facts

A dense national parcel network in the heart of Europe: Facts and figures about our business in Germany.

Our responsibility

GLS Germany is aware of its special responsibility to the environment and to society.

GLS Group

GLS Germany is a subsidiary of the GLS Group. Find out what our strong network in Europe and North America consists of.