With just a few clicks, swipes or even words, it’s possible to do pretty much everything quickly and as and when you like. From making a restaurant reservation for dinner and arranging a date to join you to talking, sharing photos and sending documents pretty much anywhere in the world, it’s safe to say that the way we communicate has changed radically in the last decade and will probably change again in the future.
A Slow Burn
Don’t be fooled, though. After all, it isn’t that long since the fax and the telex were the new kids on the block. Two newfangled inventions with the capability of providing almost instant communication, they sparked concerns for the future of the good old-fashioned post office and long-established package delivery firms. Today the telex is largely confined to the maritime industry, while the fax has been downgraded from its lead role to that of a supporting character. Still, just these two items show us that change is both inevitable and essential for communication methods to evolve.
The First Couriers?
Specially trained homing pigeons were probably the first organized way of relaying information between people living in different areas, with experts claiming there’s evidence that ancient rulers like Julius Caesar favoured this method of communication. As postal systems became more organized, larger animals played a similar role. Depending on location, it could well have been a kangaroo, horse, dog, camel or reindeer which helped transport your letters and parcels over land and sea, whatever the distance or the conditions underfoot.
Organised Services Develop
Around the turn of the 20th century the first professional courier service was established in the USA. In the decades that followed both they and their competitors expanded into the global companies which are household names today. Yet still things keep developing. Bracknell couriers such as www.uk-tdl.com are a good example of the modern face of the courier industry, where companies may utilise a van, truck or bike to provide the safe and speedy service their clients are looking for.
We can never know what ancient Roman emperors would make of the way courier services have adapted and expanded through history, but it is fun to imagine they’d be just about as baffled as teenagers in 2017 are about communication-based technology once considered cutting-edge.