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Our History

1979:

  • Aras Kargo’s forerunner founded by Celal Aras as a distribution and marketing company.

1989:

  • Decision made to employ in shipping the strength achieved in the distribution business, which leads to the establishment of Aras Kargo.

1994:

  • Agency system introduced as an industry first.

  • International shipping begins.

2000:

  • Online customer support offered on our website marking a first for the industry.

2001:

  • Celal Aras’s daughter Evrim Aras, the incumbent chair and CEO, starts working for the company, determined to experience all of its functions over the years that follow.

2003:

  • The first conveyor system put into operation at the Ankara Transfer Center.

  • Corporate identity work commences. Advertising campaigns launched in another industry first.

  • Aras Kargo becomes Turkey’s first shipping company to field a mobile branch vehicle.

2004:

  • Quality management system in focus. ISO 9001:2000 certification received.

2005:

  • Aware of its pioneering role and responsibility in the shipping industry, Aras Kargo introduces a series of different and special solutions to its customers, launching Aras Good Morning, Aras Daytime, Aras Comeback, and a variety of packing options.

  • The industry’s only service with a guaranteed delivery time, Aras Good Morning brings a whole new perspective to shipping.

2006:

  • Quality Management System certificate ISO 9001 covering all units in Turkey is received.

2007:

  • In its continuing drive to introduce firsts, Aras Kargo brings about the Integrated Service Network System (ESAS).

  • The Excellence Model of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) is adopted as the basis of conducting business. The National Quality Movement’s Good Will Covenant is signed by Founding Chair Celal Aras within this framework.

2008:

  • Evrim Aras becomes the Chairwoman of the Board upon the passing of Founding Chairman Celal Aras.

  • Efforts launched under the EFQM’s Excellence Model result in Sustainable Excellence certification by the Quality Association of Turkey (KALDER).

2009

  • Three-star certification in Proficiency in Excellence is received from the Quality Association of Turkey.

2010

  • Four-star certification in Proficiency in Excellence is received from the Quality Association of Turkey.

2011:

  • İş Girişim becomes a partner in Aras Kargo with a 20-percent share in its capital.

  • The first fully electric, nature-friendly vehicles join the Aras Kargo fleet.

  • Five-star certification in Proficiency in Excellence received from the Quality Association of Turkey.

2012:

  • As befits an innovative brand, Aras Kargo introduces another first in the Turkish shipping industry: the Facebook app “Where’s My Shipment?”

2013:

  • Austrian Post comes to own 25 percent of Aras Kargo by acquiring the 20-percent stake held by İş Girişim and an additional 5 percent from Aras Kargo.

  • Aras Kargo becomes the first shipping company to be awarded the Quality Association of Turkey’s “Excellence Award Turkey.”

2014:

  • The number of nature-friendly electric vehicles increased to 39 to form Turkey’s largest commercial fleet of fully battery-powered vehicles.

  • Aras Kargo becomes the first shipping company to be awarded the ISO 10002 Customer Satisfaction Certificate, the ISO 14001 Environmental Certificate, and the OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems Certificate following inspections conducted by the Turkish Standards Institution (TSE).

  • Aras Kargo becomes Turkey’s first shipping company to sign the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles.

  • Aras Kargo receives the global shipping industry’s Growth Excellence Leadership Award from Frost & Sullivan, one of the largest consultancy firms in the world.

  • Aras Kargo receives the Green Economy Award for its environmentally-friendly operations.

2015:

  • Evrim Aras receives the Woman of the Year award from IAIR Global Economy and Sustainability in a special category.

2016:

  • As the first company to establish training platform in shipping industry in Turkey, First Step Schools by Aras Academy won the “HR Projects that Make Difference” presented by PERYON.

2017:

  • First Step Schools by Aras Academy launched by Aras Kargo to offer training to newcomers won the “Best Newcomer/Orientation Program” award at the TEGEP Learning and Development Awards, organized by the Training and Development Platform Association of Turkey (TEGEP).
     
  • With its First Step Schools, Aras Kargo won silver prize in “Best Use of Games and Simulations in Learning” category in the prestigious human resources award Brandon Hall Excellence Awards.