Arabian markets + express delivery = Aramex, but that's not the half of it. Besides express delivery, the company offers airfreight and ocean freight forwarding, logistics, and supply chain management services. As a freight forwarder, it buys transportation capacity from carriers and resells it to shippers. Aramex operates primarily in the Middle East and in India, and maintains more than 300 offices. It extends its delivery network by acquiring controlling interests in businesses and via partnerships. Participating in the Global Distribution Alliance gives Aramex access to a fleet of more than 33,000 vehicles and 12,000 facilities. Its subsidiary, Infofort, is a leader in records management in the Middle East.
Aramex is expanding beyond its home region into developing economies such as Southeast Asia and China, as well as mature markets in Europe and North America. It ventured into the Land of the Sahara in early 2011 when it acquired two companies in Kenya to expand its market in East Africa. OneWorld Courier is a freight company serving the domestic market; In-Time Couriers, which is based in Nairobi, is a domestic delivery firm. Aramex chose this region because of its population of 40 million, and because it is considered the largest economy in East and Central Africa.
The company has a particular interest in expanding its presence in the Irish market. Early on in 2011 Aramex acquired Ireland-based Aquaship Agencies, a freight forwarder and liner agent. The deal not only increases the company's presence in the Emerald Isle, but expands its ocean freight capabilities for all of Europe as well.
In 2009, the company bought Metrofile Middle East, a documents and record management company with operations in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, and Egypt. Metrofile's operations integrated with Infofort, strengthening Infofort's capacity and customer base. The company engages in third party logistics service opportunities, as another way to extend its network. – less