Since the company was founded by Hans Geis in 1945, we have been growing continuously. In three generations we have managed to develop from a freight forwarding company into a global logistics service provider. At the same time, it is essential for us to remain an independent family-owned company.
You, our customers, are the foundation of our success. That's why we are always right where you need us. We invest in growing markets, seek innovative solutions and continuously expand our services.
Thanks to new ideas and the use of modern technology, we meet complex requirements and guarantee the highest quality. In this way, we always offer the best overall package of individual benefits.
Hans-Georg Geis and Wolfgang Geis, Managing Directors of the Geis Group
At the beginning of the year we established our first company in Hungary. Geis Logistics Hungary Kft. started its activities with a logistics project. Our Hungarian team operates another supply and distribution centre in Budapest for a long-standing customer. In addition, we opened the second building of our logistics and technology center in Gochsheim in September and inaugurated our new buildings and annexes at the Port of Nuremberg. These include a new logistics and technology centre and the expansion of the forwarding terminal to one of the largest in the region.
The Geis Group has renamed its German project logistics company, which was founded in March 2019. From 13 January 2021, the Nuremberg-based General Transport (CH) Project GmbH will operate under the name Geis Projects GmbH. The name change does not affect the Swiss company Geis General Transport AG, whose name has been established in Switzerland for special transports for decades and will remain.
Geis further strengthened its Czech road network in the first half of 2020. The new addition is a branch in Bravantice in the east of the Czech Republic. In addition, the central centre in Modletice has been significantly expanded.
In the spring, the Geis subsidiary Bischoff International GmbH takes over the Kühne + Nagel (AG & Co.) KG branch in Lichtenfels and further expands its own ground transport network. Since 1 April 2019, the subsidiary has been operating under the name Geis Bischoff Logistics GmbH. In order to strengthen its own expertise in the field of customs, the subsidiary Geis General Transport AG also took over the customs agency Kaltenbach + Weiss based in Wheil am Rhein in the summer. Geis is divesting its activities in the parcel sector in Central and Eastern Europe.
In May, Geis opens a new logistics and technology centre in Gochsheim near Schweinfurt. Extensive storage capacities and modern office space provide ideal conditions for complex logistics tasks. In addition, the Air + Sea business division has been significantly expanded again with the acquisition of the air and sea transport division of Müller + Partner GmbH in Germany and TAS Transport and Service GmbH.
In Poland under one flag: Since March 2017, all the Group's companies have been operating under one brand - Geis. The Group provides comprehensive transport and logistics services throughout Poland. In February, a brand new central transshipment facility in the Stryków logistics park near Łódź will be launched.
Geis Group focuses on optimizing transport network and services in Poland. Our aim is to provide the same structure of transport and logistic services with the same technological standards and IT solutions as in other Geis Group countries. The new “heart” of Polish network broke ground in Stryków by Łódź. Being at the junction of the two biggest Polish arteries – A1 and A2 it will become an optimal centre of Geis Group Polish transport network.
Thanks to the new acquisitions, Geis can provide comprehensive logistics services throughout Poland: in January, the Geis Group takes over ET Logistik, a road haulage and contract logistics company. On 30 April, the new Fulda/Eichenzell operating terminal is officially opened, tripling the capacity of the region.
On 1 January, Geis expands its Polish network by three additional branches with the acquisition of Logwin Solutions Poland. At the beginning of July, Geis inaugurates a new logistics centre in the Thuringian town of Seubtendorf. Since September, the branch in Satteldorf has a new modern terminal handling facility. In the Czech Republic, the group expands its network with a branch in Prague Ruzyně on 1 April. The branch, which includes 7,000 m² of warehouse space, is gradually being integrated into the Geis Group's transport system. In June this year, Geis enters the largest private network of parcel drop-off points from e-shops in the country. A joint venture between Geis Parcel CZ and Mediaprint & Kapa Pressegrosso, it operates under the trade name Geis Point. The Slovak national network continues to improve the quality of its branches. The branch for Bratislava and its surroundings is moving to a new logistics centre in Senec and the branch for the Žilina region to the new PointPark Žilina logistics complex.
Four Geis subsidiaries are among the top 5 companies in the IDS quality ranking. At the end of June, Geis Group inaugurates a new central transshipment facility for parcel, piece and pallet shipments for Slovakia. The distribution centre, which is located in Zvolen, Slovakia, is one of the most modern facilities of its kind not only in Slovakia. On 1 July, the Geis Group takes over its Gochsheim/Schweinfurt subsidiaries in Nuremberg and Ludwigsburg from Logwin. At the same time, the Group takes over the Polish national company Quehenberger with seven branches, thus forming the basis of a network that will cover the whole of Poland in the future.
At the start of the year Geis launches a new service: transportation, warehousing, positioning and installation of high-tech equipment such as MRI scanners, all from a single source. In early March Hans-Georg Geis and Wolfgang Geis are presented with the LEO Award for Business of the Year by the DVZ. In September, Geis completed the integration of the forwarding plant in Ohrdruf, which now operates as Geis Eurocargo GmbH. In the Czech Republic, the Geis Group is opening a new system office for the northern part of Prague and the surrounding area in Měšice.
In March, the Geis Group receives the "Bayerischen Qualitätspreis" quality award. In April, Geis starts operations at its own logistics and technology park in Erlangen-Frauenaurach. In the same month, the Swiss company General Transport AG, which focuses on project logistics, becomes part of the Group. In October, the Kürnach branch is expanded to include a logistics terminal. In the Czech Republic, the Group opens a new logistics facility in Prostějov, to which it relocates its Central Moravian branch as well as a regional transshipment facility for national and international system overflow (HUB). In the Czech Republic, the Geis Group defends its ISO 9001:2008 certification and obtains certification of its environmental management system in accordance with ISO 14001:2004. The parent companies of the Geis Group in the Czech Republic and Slovakia thus operate under the common Geis logo.
The Geis Group continues to grow: at the start of June Geis takes over running of the new central warehouse for garden and forestry equipment manufacturer Husqvarna Group in Ostrava. The distribution of products in the Czech Republic and Slovakia is also carried out by Geis. From 1 November, the Geis Group in the Czech Republic expands with the logistics company Spedition Feico and in December takes over the freight forwarding company Machspeed specialising in air freight and customs services.
On 1 June Bischoff International takes over the customer transactions in national overland transportation from Militzer & Münch in Hof and Saalfeld. Geis expands the Logistics Services field in July with the acquisition of M&M logistics & trade GmbH and its four operative locations in Hof and Marktredwitz. Also, the Geis Group expands its range of services in August when it takes over the packaging company Georg Lechner GmbH in Oberhaching.
Network expansion in Germany and the Czech Republic: in January Geis officially opens the logistics and technology centre in Forchheim. Geis is now also represented by a subsidiary in Satteldorf near Crailsheim: the Road-Terminal opens on 1 April. In July General Parcel Čechy starts operating the new parcel hub in the Czech town of Chomutovice near Prague. The new modern logistics terminal in Rajhrad near Brno opens in November.
In June Geis is presented with the award ‘Bayerns Best 50’ for the third time. On 12 September the new World Distribution Center (WDC) is ceremoniously opened together with Siemens Healthcare in Neu-Isenburg. Geis runs the 18,000 square metre plant and carries out the entire distribution and returns logistics under one roof. In the Czech Republic, Geis is opening a dedicated air and sea freight office at Prague's Ruzyně Airport.
A wave of expansion from 1 January onwards: the Geis Group takes over three companies, thereby strengthening its long-term position in central Europe. Firstly the forwarding agency Bischoff, based in Naila and three additional subsidiaries. Secondly, the Slovakian company TEN Expres, which provides general cargo, parcel and logistics services. And finally the airfreight and sea freight specialists Cantrans in Warsaw, Breslau and Vienna.
Geis continues to take advantage of opportunities in Eastern Europe: a new hub in Modletice starts operating in May. This increases Geis CZ’s turnover capacity in the Prague region three-fold. In June Geis is presented with the award ‘Bayerns Best 50’ for the second time. In December, all of the Geis Group's German locations are certified in accordance with Environmental Norm ISO 14001:2004 for the first time. This makes Geis one of the few logistics service providers in Germany that have a certified environmental management system.
The company's expansion continues: In October, Geis officially opens its new logistics facility and distribution centre in Kürnach near Würzburg. In July, Geis takes over Spedition Max Schürger, which becomes part of the Kürnach/Würzburg branch. The Slovakian subsidiary Max Schürger is also transferred to the Geis Group and continues to bear the name Geis SK s.r.o.
From January, Geis + Häring GmbH operates as Geis Eurocargo GmbH & Co. KG. The new name highlights the company's membership in the Geis Group and its specialisation in European overland transportation. In July, the Bavarian Minister of Economy presents the Geis Group with the ‘Bayerns Best 50’ award for the first time. Geis is one of the fifty Bavarian companies with the highest growth rate.
Geis’ three Czech companies Geistransport, ISL and Autopost-Expres are now merged into Geis CZ s.r.o. With around 400 employees, Geis CZ offers its customers real one-stop shopping at 12 locations: national and international forwarding, logistics and parcel services. Geis now carries out global Air + Sea Services and Logistics Services together with SDV in the newly founded joint venture Geis SDV.
With the takeover of Häring GmbH & Co. KG’s general cargo activities in Nuremberg, the Geis Group is now partner in the general cargo cooperation in IDS in the Nuremberg area. With now three locations in the IDS cooperative, the business field Road Services gains a strong presence in the important economic area of central and southern Germany. Geis also expands in surface area and IT systems in the business field Logistics Services.
Geis founds three companies which focus on complex logistics projects: Geis Industrie-Service GmbH in Nuremberg, TSG Logistik GmbH in Thuringia and ISL s.r.o. in the Czech Republic. In March 1999 Geis takes over Geis AUTOPOST-EXPRES s.r.o., adding eight new locations in the Czech Republic. The takeover of all Jacky Maeder offices in Asia in May 1999 emphasises Geis’ commitment in the Far East.
Geis focuses strongly on the East: in May 1990 the Thüringer Speditionsgesellschaft starts business in Ohrdruf. With the foundation of Geistransport s.r.o. in 1991, Geis is also active in the Czech Republic. In 1992 Geis sets up ILS-EAST, a cooperative for Eastern European transportation, together with 17 partners. Geis enters the Czech parcel market in 1994 with the affiliate General Parcel Čechy.
A decade characterised by creating comprehensive networks. In 1981 Geis gains the IATA agent agreement and founds the airport office in Nuremberg in 1982. In Singapore the company Geis Cargo Far East is successfully started, laying the foundation for further Geis developments in Asia. By joining the IDS cooperation in 1989, Geis sets the way for comprehensive overland transportation in Europe.
The move to modern forwarding: warehousing, order picking and shipping become important business fields. On 1 March 1971 Geis’ younger son, Wolfgang Geis, starts working at the company as business economist. From very early on, Geis starts investing in modern procedures such as swap body technology and introduces data processing as early as 1974. At the same time Geis starts looking towards internationalisation and ships its first sea container to Singapore in 1975.
The sixties are the years of great expansion for the transportation company. On 1 April 1963 Hans-Georg Geis joins his father’s company as a freight forwarding clerk. Geis enters in the warehousing business. In 1964 the first handling plant is erected in Bad Neustadt with an area of 300 square metres.
In the fifties Hans Geis extends his fleet to 22 units and employs 35 members of staff – including the family who are actively involved. A large number of trips go to the Nuremberg area, so the first subsidiary is founded there in 1959. This signals the start of regular scheduled transportation between Bad Neustadt and Nuremberg, the capital of the Franconian region.
Back in 1945 Hans Geis has founded a haulage company under this very name located in the city of Bad Neustadt an der Saale. The whole capital assest was an old army wood-carburettor truck out of army stock, purchased with borrowed money. His first orders have been removal transports for privat customers to all regions of post-war-Germany. On April 12th, 1948 he has recieved official permission by regional council and has opened an office in the facilities of a lumber business.