The digital age has made communication easier and faster. Everybody is now literally just an email away — if they have an email account. By extension, the postal and courier industries have also evolved, from homing pigeons and travelling parchment to services that get your packages to the destination in a day or less.
The transformation of the postal industry made transporting mail and packages worldwide easier and more cost effective. Complete Mailing Solutions, Inc. says that modern mailing equipment has turned the old-fashioned mail room into a highly efficient environment. Let’s go back for a moment and recall what it must have been like sending mail across long distances and without the benefit of postal services.
Middle Ages: Pigeons and Post Roads
In the middle ages, the Arabs used pigeons to carry messages. Once released, the birds would always return to the place where they were brought up. Based on that observation, people took pigeons with them when they travel, so they could attach a message to a pigeon’s leg to inform relatives back home where they were or if they had arrived safely at their destination. In World War I and II, pigeons delivered messages as well when communication systems were useless.
The Roman Empire, however, was the one that built the most advanced postal delivery at that time. It covered the whole Mediterranean and provided reliable communication between Rome and the governors and military officials in secluded areas. Using a public course-a sponsored series of post roads with interval relay stations–riders traveled as fast as 270 kilometers in 24 hours.
Modern Era: Stamps and Air Mail
The postal system adjusted quickly to modern changes. The invention of stamps, for example, made identifying locations and senders easier. Transportation of mail via air made sending letters and packages possible at an incredible speed. Today, the internet and information technologies are creating a better avenue for communication and courier services.
With globalization and technological advancement, the postal network expanded to even the remote communities, creating a more reliable and efficient communication and logistics system.