Over the past 40 years, HAVI has grown in size, global reach, and breadth of services and customers served. One thing that will never change is our mission to “Deliver The Promise” to customers, employees and suppliers/partners.
Based on a “handshake” agreement with McDonalds, Ted Perlman and Bob Rocque form Perlman Rocque Distribution agreed to respond to the supply needs of McDonald’s restaurants in the Chicago Metropolitan Area. Four months later, the company begins making its first deliveries.
Two months later, Perseco receives its first packaging order from McDonald’s.
The name is derived from the founders’ wives first names: Harriette and Vivian.
HAVI Corporation opens its first office outside the U.S. in Hong Kong and begins providing distribution services in Asia. This was the start of a 10-year expansion of our global footprint across North America, Asia, Europe and Latin America.
The German logistics company WLS GmbH Warenhandel + Logistik + Service is established in Duisburg, Germany, and becomes the exclusive and full-range supplier of McDonald’s in Germany.
STI is founded in Germany to carry out all transports from the European McDonald's suppliers to the German distribution centers (pre-freight).
Ted Perlman and Bob Rocque sell HAVI Corporation to Staley-Continental.
Ted Perlman repurchases the company two years after its sale to Staley-Continental, renaming it The HAVI Group. According to Chinese folklore, 8-8-88 is the luckiest day in the century.
WLS joins two other McDonald’s supplier partners to open the first Food Town. An industrial-sized bakery and a meat processing plant are built back-to-back with a distribution center to optimize logistics, reduce transport effort and environmental impact.
The HAVI Group purchases M-B Sales (formerly Performance Concepts), provider of Happy Meal toy design and sourcing.
HAVI is selected by McDonald’s to provide project management services for their U.S. promotions. This was a starting point for the full range of promotions/marketing analytics and project management services we currently offer.
HAVI begins offering supply and demand planning, the foundation from which we built a full range of supply chain integration, and marketing and business analytics services.
WLS and its (at that time) nine affiliates in Europe are merged into a group of companies (Alpha Group). In the following years, the Alpha Group continues its expansion across Europe.
The HAVI Group purchases The Store Group of marketing agencies and merges it with M-B Sales, changing the name to The Marketing Store Worldwide (TMSW).
The HAVI Group purchases Alpha Management, provider of logistic services in Europe.
Perseco packaging, promotions management and supply chain analytics divisions are combined to become HAVI Global Solutions.
The Alpha Group’s founder, CEO and Chairman Andreas Rost retires and transfers his shares to HAVI. Alpha Group and all affiliated companies are rebranded HAVI Logistics by the end of 2008.
The freight management companies that used to collaborate in a loose network are united in the STI Freight Management Group, a joint venture between HAVI Logistics and Martin Brower.
HAVI Global Solutions acquires Packaging Technology Integrated Solutions (PTIS) consulting group and applies the name to all its packaging services.
HAVI Global Solutions enters into a joint venture with Alpha Waste Solutions which goes to market as HGS Recycling & Waste Solutions, providing waste, recycling and sustainability solutions to regional, national and global companies.
At HAVI’s 40th Anniversary celebration, founder Ted Perlman announces that he and the Perlman Family were transitioning ownership of the company to CEO Russ Smyth and five other members of the senior management team. The transaction is completed December 31, 2014.
HAVI combines its logistics companies in Asia and Europe into one integrated logistics business.
We phase out the use of company names HAVI Global Solutions, HAVI Logistics and HAVI Supply Chain Solutions and market our supply chain management, packaging, logistics and recycling and waste services under the single brand “HAVI.” HAVI affiliated company The Marketing Store continues to provide marketing and customer engagement services.