Our story

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

1989

1989

In Neuenstein (Germany) the starting signal for a dynamic upward development was given - German Parcel was founded.

1989

In Neuenstein (Germany) the starting signal for a dynamic upward development was given - German Parcel was founded.

1992

1992

General Parcel, the European franchise system was founded.

1992

General Parcel, the European franchise system was founded.

1999

1999

Royal Mail Group acquires German Parcel and General Logistics Systems (GLS) was founded.

1999

Royal Mail Group acquires German Parcel and General Logistics Systems (GLS) was founded.

1999 - 2002

1999 - 2002

The GLS network was established through acquisitions and founding of companies in numerous countries.

1999 - 2002

The GLS network was established through acquisitions and founding of companies in numerous countries.

2002

2002

Launch of the common GLS brand.

2002

Launch of the common GLS brand.

2003 - 2012

2003 - 2012

Introduction of a uniform quality management system, further network expansion, launch of ThinkGreen activities and introduction of dedicated 2C services.

2003 - 2012

Introduction of a uniform quality management system, further network expansion, launch of ThinkGreen activities and introduction of dedicated 2C services.

2013

2013

On 1 August 2013, one month after Croatia joined the EU, GLS Croatia started operating with a nationwide service and international connections.

2013

On 1 August 2013, one month after Croatia joined the EU, GLS Croatia started operating with a nationwide service and international connections.

2014 - 2020

2014 - 2020

Investments in Croatian network infrastructure and focussed geographic expansion in North America.

2014 - 2020

Investments in Croatian network infrastructure and focussed geographic expansion in North America.

GLS Germany 30th anniversary video