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JES, 30 years in duty free

JMS was registered in 1995 by current owner Tim Jobber  in Dusseldorf, Germany and originally specialised in duty free representation for brands wishing to enter into, or expand within, the NATO forces in central & southern Europe, the British forces in Germany, the South Atlantic and Africa in addition to conflict zones in the Middle East, and the former Yugoslavia.

In 1997 JMS opened its first duty paid warehouse in order to provide a collection and service model for it's consumer electronic brands.

Following an exclusive agreement with the British government military retail operation NAAFI in 1999 a bonded duty free warehouse was opened on the German / Dutch border.  The warehouse work as a consolidated logistics centre for the British forces NAAFI stores across 13 locations in North Germany and, through consolidated bonded warehousing faciities in Belgium, the former Yugoslavia, the Ascension islands and The Falkland islands.   The logistics operation was sold in 2002 but returned to JMS shortly afterwards.

2003 saw JMS rebranded as JES as the client portfolio grew and contracts expanded from the original military forces retail business model to a more export based clientele.

In 2011 JMS founder Tim Jobber took up a senior management position within UK based Whitehouse Travel Retail (part of the Whitehouse Leisure Group LLP) and expanded the 3 travel retail exclsusive ranges (gadgets, watches and jewellery) across core sectors in Europe, ME, Asia and Africa

2015 saw the re-branding of JES to its current trading name JES Travel Retail as travel retail became the core business for the organisation.  The following year JES Travel Retail was a co-founder of the travel retail agency network International Brands Group (IBG).

In 2021 JES Travel Retail took over control of IBG and began incorporating its business model into the JES Travel Retail.  A further merger took place in 2023 with JES Travel Retail signing an agreement with established travel retail agency and IBG co-founder Exclusive Brands International (EBI), an organisation that celebrated its 20th anniversary in duty free.

JES Travel Retail Jobs launched in 2023 as a stand alone entity JES recruitmenTR. JES Travel retail - Jobs went live 1st January 2023 and remains the only jobs board and talent pool dedicated exclusively solely to the travel retail sector. In February 2024 JES Travel Retail - Jobs was rebranded to bring both entities under 1 corporate umbrella.

JES Travel Retail offices are based Langerwehe, Germany on the Belgium-Netherlands border with partner offices in U.S.A., Canada, Mexico, U.K., Portugal, Dubai, India and Korea. 

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