There is no denying that the internet has greatly changed how people send and receive mail and packages. If you think back to thirty years ago, anything you chose to send out or have delivered, would have to be done in person, at the post office. It could be especially inconvenient for those needing to mail large and heavy packages. Luckily, the internet was invented and shipping was never the same. Many positive changes have come out of using the internet for this purpose. Let’s examine those that have influenced us the most.
Shopping Made Easy
Online shopping is a booming industry that is growing at a rapid rate, and for good reason! Consumers have figured out that it is so much easier to point and click than to face the crowds at busy malls and shopping centers. The reason it’s so much easier? Fast and (sometimes) free shipping! On a website like Amazon, you can choose the speed at which your packages are delivered, some as fast as next-day shipping. Delivery companies have had to adjust to the demand, especially during the Christmas season, to account for the amount of online shoppers. Smartphones have also increased the need for more parcel delivery services, as you can online shop from literally anywhere at any time, as long as you have your phone.
As stated above, the demand for faster delivery for online shoppers has increased the demand for more couriers. In the not-so-distant past, the only delivery service available was the post office. Now, there are hundreds of couriers to choose from, and a variety of services available. UPS has gradually gained more popularity as the post office has gone the opposite way.
Keeping Track of Packages
Thankfully, delivery companies listened to their customers and made it easier than ever to keep track of their packages they are sending or planning on receiving. With the more popular companies, you can know exactly where you package it at all times, whether it’s in transit, sitting in a warehouse, or out for delivery. All you have to do is enter a tracking number into the company’s website and voila! You’ll know where it is!
Pay for Service Online
What is a nice perk to using the internet for shipping purposes is that you can pay for shipping charges and have your package picked up, all without leaving your house! Depending on what company you use, you may pay a small fee for pickup, but it is a major time saver by not having to physically go down to the store and lug those packages.
The internet has truly made shipping services better. They are more reliable, accessible, and sometimes, affordable. As online shopping continues to grow in popularity, delivery companies will only get better and more efficient. No longer will we go back to the time when you have only one choice to ship your packages (post office). Perhaps in a few years, the post office will be obsolete, as other delivery companies have started to improve at a faster rate. Only time will tell.