According to a study in the Handelsblatt on medium sized companies, 50% last for less than 30 years, and only 9% are still going after 45 years (like QCS)”.
So a good reason to remember: A few words from founder Dieter Haltmayer on the time of the company’s foundation in 1974. Dieter Haltmayer is still very active in the company, despite his advanced age, and can be found in the office almost every day. Freight has shaped his life and continues to do so
It was World Cup time in 1974 and the 1st of July, which was a Monday, was the scheduled start for QCS. However a “football accident” amongst friends, leading to ten weeks in hospital and ten months in plaster, meant that we did not get off to a flying start! Gudrun Domres, my colleague at the time, kept the company going that first year. The first months were tougher than expected. Many potential customers, including some big, former clients from my time at Air Canada, proved elusive in spite of earlier promises, “You can count on our freight!” An instructive experience.
I also had to readjust from being a well-paid Air Canada manager to now doing the hard graft of sales myself as an independent forwarder. It was a time with a lot of work. I had to once again pick up shipments myself and deliver them, also in the evening.
We had a customer in Weserbergland to whom we delivered 900 kilos of textiles from Hong Kong every day, and this took place late in the evening, after their daily business was finished: they called us “the midnight forwarder”.
But with a lot of effort, sales knowhow and energy, step by step things started to get better for us. By 1976 we were already up to four colleagues in four rooms. The breakthrough came with a large order of 450,000 suitcases, to be delivered to Nigeria for the pilgrims to Mecca in the same year.
This was a coup for QCS and for the leather goods factory in Offenbach that supplied them, although the suitcase were not of leather .We needed 15 charter flights to deliver the total order. With the earnings we could employ more staff in order to concentrate on Airfreight sales. Seafreight we added nine years later 1991 with an office in Hamburg.