It’s crazy to think about how much the shipping industry has changed
over the years. Ordering and shipping packages can be as easy as clicking a few
buttons on a website and boom – your package is on its way to the destination.
Many years ago, if you wanted to send anything to a different location, it had
to be done manually with no truck or technology to help. Let’s take a look
through the evolution of the shipping industry.
One thing we can agree on is that American’s have always wanted items
shipped at a fast rate. Many years ago, whenever you wanted something shipped,
a courier would do it for you and drop the package off at some kind of central
location to be picked up. Many packages were delivered via horseback instead of
by truck or cargo ship. It wasn’t until the 1800’s that boats and railroads
were introduced and could be utilized as a viable shipping option.
In the 1900’s, cars were becoming more popular in cities and roads were
getting paved. In 1980, the Motor Carrier Act of 1980 was passed to deregulate
the emerging trucking industry. The Motor Carrier Act set freight-hauling rate
regulations, monitored trucking companies’ range and restricted the number of
driving hours truckers drove. By the late 1900’s, there were more and more
trucks traveling across major roadways delivering freight.
Today, the shipping industry has come a long way from wooden carts to
trucks, rail and cargo ships. Companies have always searched for the fastest,
cost effective way to ship their items, and thanks to new technology, there are
now various options in today’s society for shipping freight. Technology is
constantly changing the industry, and sooner or later, shipping will be handled
by autonomous trucks and drone’s to delivery our shipments.
The way we ship is constantly changing and being integrated with new technology. It will be interesting to see how shipping will be transformed in the coming years.