Our story

Once upon a time, in 1989, 25 brave forwarders had a daring idea: build a national parcel service provider in the new centre of Germany.
German Parcel was born, supposed to become the later basis 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 - 2007

2002

Implementation of a unified quality management system, further expansion of the network, establishment of GLS IT services and technological progress.

2003 - 2007

2002

Implementation of a unified quality management system, further expansion of the network, establishment of GLS IT services and technological progress.

2008 - 2015

2003 - 2007

Launch of ThinkGreen activities, continuous network expansion and deployment of dedicated services 2C.

2008 - 2015

2003 - 2007

Launch of ThinkGreen activities, continuous network expansion and deployment of dedicated services 2C.

2016 - 2020

2016 - 2020

Focussed geographic expansion in North America, investments in network infrastructure.

2016 - 2020

Focussed geographic expansion in North America, investments in network infrastructure.