Our story



Pakke-Trans amba is founded

Pakke-Trans amba is founded in 1982 by 25 carriers.


Pakke-Trans becomes a General Parcel partner

Pakke-Trans becomes a General Parcel partner just one year after the international General Parcel cooperation was founded, giving Pakke-Trans access to a new world of international connections.


Pakke-Trans amba continues as a limited company

Pakke-Trans amba continues as a limited company with 12 franchisees.



Acquisition of German Parcel

Our success story begins with the acquisition of German Parcel Paket-Logistik GmbH. The aim of this initial acqusition is to create a centrally managed pan-European parcel service. Previously, in 1989, 25 German carriers had marged to form the “German Parcel” cooperation in order to be able to offer their services nationwide. By 1999, the company is one of the largest parcel delivery service providers in the German market – with international links as a partner in the General Parcel cooperation, founded in 1992.


“GLS” is founded

Royal mail acquires German parcel, and founds General Logistics Systems B.V. (GLS), headquartered in Amsterdam. Rico Back takes on the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) alongside his function as Managing Director of German Parcel. In combination with our subsidiaries, GLS is the main shareholder in the European General Parcel cooperative association.



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.

Express in Denmark

We acquire a share in the Danish express delivery and courier company Stafetten A/S. which operates from its headquarters in Kolding. We expand the express, courier divisions in parallel to the parcel services.




Uniform branding

We introduce uniform branding across Europe to make it externally clear that GLS is a European company with strong national networks. In the subsequent months, several GLS companies undergo rebranding.



General Parcel ceases operations

The international General Parcel cooperation ceases operations. Direct responsibility for operative management is immediately transferred to GLS International. Nationwide delivery in all affiliated countries is ensured by the GLS national companies and through collaboration with strong local partners.



100% express in Denmark

We acquire the remaining shares of Stafetten. We become the sole owner of the subsidiary.




Stafetten gets rebranded 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.

GLS ParcelShop implemented in Denmark

Our ParcelShops are introduced in Denmark for the first time. Customers, who are not able to get their parcels delivered to their home, can choose to get them delivered to a ParcelShop. They are now able to pick up their parcels at customer friendly opening hours.



Think-Green initiative launched

We launch the ThinkGreen initiative to strengthen European environmental protection activities. The main aims: lower emissions, reduction in the use of resources, use of alternatives and the optimisation of waste disposal.




Copenhagen largest GLS depot

Our Danish subsidiary finishes the expansion of the Copenhagen site. The parcel depot, which also functions as a regional hub, is now our largest depot in Europe – only surpassed by the national and international hubs. Express shipments are handled in a new additional building in Copenhagen.



Our first sustainability report

We publish our first sustainability report. In the documentation for 2012/2013, we provide information on our environmental activities, the results of these activities, and our social commitment.



GLS extends international service for recipients

ShopDeliveryService is now possible across the borders of Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Austria and Poland. Consignees can now select a GLS ParcelShop as their direct delivery address when placing an order.



Further expansion of FlexDeliveryService

Our Danish subsidiary launches the FlexDeliveryService. The service is now available in 14 countries.



GLS receives EcoVadis certification

We get our sustainability management system reviewed for the first time. We achieve a bronze status in the independent EcoVadis certification program.


GLS launches international returns service

We now offer our ShopReturnService cross-border between seven countries. This allows our online shoppers to return goods ordered abroad. The service connects Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg and Poland.



Rico Back becomes the CEO of the Royal Mail Group

The supervisory board of Royal Mail names Rico Back its next Chief Executive Officer. He had already been Senior Executive of the British postal organisation since 1999. After a career of almost 30 years in parcel logistics, the former CEO of the GLS Group takes on his new position on 1 June 2018.