History of Package Tracking

Posted on December 19, 2016

Horse-driven carriage at Hofburg palace, Vienna, AustriaFleet Couriers has been in the business for over 20 years, and keeping up with the technology that tracks our same day delivery services in Massachusetts offers us the ability to provide the most in-depth and accurate information possible for our customers. The big question is, how did we get to this point? Since nearly the beginning of human existence, packages and other valuables were sent from person to person, and have connected many different cultures together through trade.

Prior to the Roman Empire’s rise, parcels traveled throughout southwest Asia and the Mediterranean, some distances reaching up to over 500 miles. Many times, the transactions consisted of tools. The most familiar way of knowing where a package was? Word of mouth.

With the start of a major civilizations like ancient Rome, roads and other amenities were used for the first time. In around 100 CE, Roman caravans were committed to their schedules and nearly always accurate unless they encountered robberies during their travels. With more secure routes for trade, Roman’s kept track of their packages with written records much like we still do today.

As the early 18th century began, international package travel became more elaborate with companies like The Dutch East India Company. As the companies traveled by water, their ships not only faced pirates and terrible weather, but they also were not great at tracking packages! Their inability to predict certain package details caused many goods to raise or drop in price.

In America, the Pony Express took shape in the mid 19th century. The trail extended from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California and was 1,840 miles long. By locking their mail bag as they traveled, deliverers and their steeds often delivered packages within ten days and did miraculously well for a service that did not have a fantastic tracking system.

It wasn’t until the 21st century that electronic monitoring began to take off and develop into the intricate technology system that we have today. There are many large delivery services out there that offer these services to you by having their various drivers and handlers trade off packages from one person to the next. Though current tracking systems can be extremely useful, there is still nothing like the service of a local truck courier.

Fleet Couriers opened its doors in 1996 with the purpose of providing the best logistic and delivery service for customers across the Northeast. With our tracking system, you can watch your package travel with our correctly ID’d employees who will stay with your package every step of the way. From same day delivery to medical delivery and everything in between, our team is excited to work with you.

To find out more about our services, please contact us today at (800) 734-9309.