The story of Huisman begins in 1970. It was in 1970 that Frans Huisman started a courier service between Venray and Nijmegen. His first steps in logistics turned out to be a success. Huisman’s activities came to the attention of German forwarding agents who used his services for goods transport to Great Britain.
A leader in efficiency
Begin jaren ’80 richtte Huisman zijn logistieke dienstverlening volledig op Groot-Brittannië. Zijn inzicht in de markt en in de behoeften van opdrachtgevers, maakte dat Huisman als eerste ook op de terugweg lading meenam: geen lege vrachtwagens meer tijdens een uiterst efficiënte en kostenbesparende rondrit.
In 1991, Huisman took another step in the professionalization of the company. He decided to add a skilled management team to the organisation. As a result, Huisman became one of the first mid-sized logistics service providers with a solid financial department and controller. From then on, subsequent calculation was given a great deal of attention in order to monitor and ensure an appropriate return on capital.
Insight via technology
At the same time, Huisman also realised that the modern communication tools then being developed had a great deal of value to offer. What originally started with the introduction of telephones in the trucks has now grown to include sign-on-glass technology, easily accessible IT systems, and user-friendly web portals. Clients are gaining more and more control of their logistics processes.