The rich history
of Huisman

History

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.

Further professionalization

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.

Present director

The present director/owner of Huisman Group, John Scholten, was already in the picture in the early 1990s. In 2000, John became co-owner in order to back up the already solid client portfolio and ensure further growth for the company. This marked the start of a period of growth, and three years later, Huisman Group was completely owned by John.

John’s mission

John’s mission was and still is to further strengthen the position of Huisman Group in all of Great Britain and Ireland. A warehouse was an indispensable element of such a strategy. In 1995, a first warehouse was established in the London Area in cooperation with another company. That succeeded so well that Huisman decided, three years later, to open a fully owned warehouse in Corby (the Midlands).

Operationele satellite

In 2003, after operating for five years in Corby, Huisman had a new building constructed there, the present facility. Corby still serves as the operational satellite of Huisman’s warehouse in Wijchen. In spite of the global crisis that broke out in 2008, Huisman survived the crisis years quite well thanks to its enormous diversity and large number of clients.

A thriving business

Huisman continues to do quite well. Additional employees are being hired, new clients are knocking at the door, and additional construction is underway. Starting in 2017, the warehouse in Wijchen will have another 10,000 pallet locations available.

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