Over 175 years ago, Carl Bertelsmann opened a lithographic printing shop in the East Westphalian town of Gütersloh.
Publishing company Bertelsmann Verlag. We begin publishing fiction.
The printing company Mohn & Co. GmbH is founded by Reinhard Mohn. The creation of Bertelsmann’s unique corporate culture, which still characterizes Arvato today: an emphasis on partnership, trust in the company’s employees, a consistent customer focus, and much more.
The book club Lesering. Did you know that Lesering was the first business to offer the services that are now provided by Arvato?
Musicafon Schallplatten GmbH
Kommissionshaus Buch und Ton (Book and Audio Commissioning Company). It marks the beginning of a new era: providing services for other companies.
First service businesses in France
90 International activities expand in the printing sector: United States, Spain, South America and East Germany.
The beginning of an impressive success story: First CRM/loyalty program, the first mobile telephone was rolled out in Versmold
The beginning of the internationalization of Arvato’s service business in Poznan, Polonia
Microsoft and Bertelsmann Marketing Service launch a cooperative venture when Windows 95 was introduced
Bertelsmann Finanz Services. Further specialization: relieving companies of administrative responsibilities, safeguarding liquidity and providing professional risk management
The first time we called ourselves Bertelsmann Arvato AG
Under the name Arvato services healthcare we entered the healthcare market
Reorganization into five business units: Arvato storage media, Arvato print, Arvato direct services, Arvato logistic services and Arvato systems
Expansion of financial services and entry into the field of public sector services
Production and services become more closely intertwined
Introduction of the customer loyalty card DeutschlandCard and expansion of the international service center network. Seven locations and 6,000 employees were taken over.
A new logistics center was opened in Shenzhen, China. The objective: to create a nationwide distribution and transport network for the mobile telephone and high-tech industry.
Arvato opened in Romania, today we have more then 700 colleagues in Brasov and over 300 in Sibiu
The company’s structures were sharpened and simplified, under Arvato’s motto “from product to solution.”
100 million cell phones for China
Arvato Financial Solutions ranks third in financial services
Expansion of integrated e-commerce services
Growing business in Romania, Arvato services opens a new site in Cluj Napoca