A Brief History of Courier Services
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A Brief History of Courier Services

Professional distribution services have come a long way over the years. In the past, humans would physically run many miles, just deliver goods or messages, but in the present day, we have a much more sophisticated service. In the latest blog post from Eclipse Distribution Solutions, we take a brief look at the history of courier services.


Many years ago, prior to the invention of motor vehicles, humans had to rely on animals to help deliver goods across towns.


As early as 1275, the Hanseatic League had a regular courier service in place which used horses to deliver goods between towns and castles. It is said that by the 16th century, a horse courier network had expanded to cover the entirety of Western Europe.

In the modern day, horses are still used in very remote parts of the world, such as Tibet, to deliver mail and parcels.


Until 1929 when railroads were introduced, camels were used in Australia to carry parcels across vast distances to their intended recipient.


Australia also made use of dogs to deliver mail and this practice was also used in Alaska and Canada from 1890, all the way until 1963. The dogs would typically run in packs of 10, pulling weights of up to 700 lbs.

In the modern day, we have much more efficient distribution solutions in place and can accommodate fast turnarounds that include next day or even same day delivery. Individuals can now get a quote almost instantly for the goods they want to ship, with most processes such as filling out paperwork being online and automatically generated for efficiency and speed.


At Eclipse Distribution Solutions, we offer a wide range of services to help you get your parcel from one location to another, no matter its size, shape or weight. If you would like more information on our courier services, we welcome you to contact us. Please call today on 01509 889 010 or send us your enquiry through our online contact form.


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