History of the GLS Group

The GLS Group was founded at the end of 1999 and emerged from German Parcel, an association of German freight forwarders. Within a few years, GLS built up a European parcel network which today is one of the largest on the continent. In 2016, GLS began a focused geographic expansion in North America.


  • Martin Seidenberg becomes the new CEO of GLS Group.
  • The GLS Group has been awarded Silver status from EcoVadis for the second time



  • Mexico: Estafeta becomes GLS partner.
  • USA: GLS buys the LTL provider Mountain Valley Express (MVE).
  • USA: Change of name from GSO to General Logistics Systems US (GLS US).


  • Spain: GLS acquires express parcel service provider Redyser Transporte.
  • Rico Back, CEO of GLS Group from 1999 to 2018, is appointed CEO of Royal Mail Group.
  • James Rietkerk becomes the new CEO of GLS Group, Thorsten Pruin the new CFO.
  • Canada: GLS acquires the parcel service provider Dicom Canada.


  • EcoVadis certification of the sustainability management system of the GLS Group
  • USA: GLS takes over the overnight parcel service Postal Express
  • GLS Group invests 100 million euros in the European network.


  • Spain: GLS acquires the express parcel service provider ASM.
  • USA: GLS takes over the Californian parcel service GSO.


  • The first sustainability report of the GLS Group is published, with information on environmental activities and social commitment. Further reports will follow in 2016 and 2018.


  • Croatia: GLS founds its own company, which offers nationwide service right from the start.
  • Completion of the group-wide certification of the quality management system (ISO 9001) and the environmental management system (ISO 14001)


  • Strengthening of environmental protection activities: GLS launches the ThinkGreen initiative.


  • Romania: GLS founds its own company with nationwide service.


  • Belgium: GLS takes over the freight and parcel service ABX Belgium Distribution.


  • Czech Republic: GLS founds its own company with nationwide service


  • Slovakia: GLS founds its own company with nationwide service


  • GLS introduces a uniform quality management system throughout Europe.


  • Start of the Europe-wide uniform GLS branding and renaming of numerous GLS companies.


  • Poland: GLS acquires shares in Szybka Paczka Spólka and enters the Polish parcel market.
  • Finland: GLS takes over General Parcel Finland.


  • Acquisitions and start of activities in Austria, Denmark, France, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Slovenia and the Netherlands.


  • Foundation of General Logistics Systems B.V. (GLS) as a subsidiary of the English Royal Mail Group
  • Establishment and expansion of activities in Germany, Hungary and Ireland.

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