|Type||Public (DFM: ARMX)|
|Industry||Transportation and logistics|
|Key people||Fadi Ghandour
(Founder and CEO)
Logistics, Shop & Ship,
|Revenue||$701.29 million (2011) |
|Net income||$57.59 million (2011)|
Aramex (Arabic: ارامكس ’arāmaks) is a global transportation and logistics services company providing a variety of express, logistics, freight forwarding, and domestic distribution services. The company was established in 1982, and is headquartered in Amman, Jordan. Aramex also provides a number of retail services including mail-order catalog services and mail forwarding services.
Aramex was founded by Fadi Ghandour in 1982, where its name was acronym of "ARab AMerican EXpress" before its brand name Aramex. In 1982, Mr. Ghandour began operations as an express wholesaler to North American express delivery companies such as FedEx, Purolator, Burlington Northern, Emery, and Airborne Express with DHL as its main competitor in the region. In 1990, Aramex co-founded the Overseas Express Carriers (OEC) network, along with Airborne Express, an alliance of independent global express companies that functioned as a worldwide delivery network for its members to compete with larger companies.
In 1997, Aramex was listed on the NASDAQ, and was the first international company in the region to do so. In 2002, as Aramex was celebrating its 20th anniversary, it was approached by Abraaj Capital and consequently Aramex decided to delist from the NASDAQ. The Company moved to private ownership after being acquired in a leveraged management buyout by Aramex CEO and co-founder Fadi Ghandour.
In 2003, DHL acquired Airborne Express, Aramex’s main United States partner. This resulted in Airborne Express exiting the Airborne Alliance. In the same year, Aramex took over the alliance and co-founded the Global Distribution Alliance (GDA), a global alliance of 40 express companies with combined revenues of $7.5 billion. Aramex is chairing the alliance which uses a shipment management system developed by the company.
World-renowned writer and columnist Thomas L. Friedman used Aramex in his book The World Is Flat as an example of companies that benefit from what he calls the flattening of the world. The flattening of the world is the leveling of the economic field and the destruction of “barriers to entry,” opening the door wide for an individual or a company anywhere in the world to collaborate or compete globally.
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