Guest Post: Courier services international – how time has changed.


“Time is the longest distance between two places” – Tennessee Williams.

Time has always been important to people. In the ancient world generations of people would toil for years to build pyramids, stone circles and other structures that we now think were primarily designed to measure the passage of time. Today, we use atomic clocks to measure the passing of the most minute (no pun) fractions of time; these clocks are required to be so accurate that since 1971 25 “leap” seconds have had to be added.

Advances in technology in any number of areas has seen the time it takes to travel between 2 points reduce steadily. In 1900 a ship sailing between Southampton and New York could expect to be at sea for at least 6 days, flights along the same route now take a little over 8 hours. Even this staggering advance pales in comparison once we consider how the telephone and (more recently) the internet have made communications across the globe virtually (again, no pun) instantaneous.

When you’re using courier services international delivery options, one of the most important questions you’re likely to ask is “How long will it take to arrive?” The answer will depend on a combination of many factors, not least of which will be how far it needs to travel and which courier you decide to use. If you’re sending important documents or a parcel containing something valuable you’ll probably opt to use an Air Express service. Depending on just how far it needs to travel you can often expect your parcel to arrive at its destination the day after you sent it.

All of this is before we take the International Date Line into account – is it possible to send something from one part of the world and have it arrive ‘yesterday’ in another? A little research suggests it is but I could easily be wrong. Keeping track of time and how it relates to our place in the world has been a fascination since the dawn of time and unravelling all of its mysteries will likely keep us busy for a while yet.


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