Speed is Everything. But How Fast is Fast?

By: Shad Bookout

What is fast? How do you measure fast? Is fast just a comparative perception that varies from person to person? Maybe what is fast to me is slow to someone else. Is fast ever truly achievable? Once a new level of fast is reached, it is often soon surpassed by something even faster. Perhaps fast is less about speed and more about the methods for achieving it.

fast 1If you examine the history of travel, speed has always been a factor of great concern. It took weeks for the pilgrims to cross the Atlantic on their journey to the New World. The famous tale of “Around the World in 80 Days” was surpassed in 1999 when Brian Jones accomplished the feat in just over 19 days. In 1903, the Wright Brothers piloted their first successful flight at about 30 mph. Seventy-three years later, the SR-71 reached the flight speed record of 3,530 mph. While in orbit, the Space Shuttle was faster still at 17,500 mph. But that is still slow when you compare it to the New Horizons spacecraft, which passed Pluto this past July traveling at over 15 kilometers per second. Now that is fast!

fast 2The history of communication is also a great example of the evolution of speed. It would take months for messages to travel across the Roman Empire. In the late 1800s, letters could travel across the country by train and horse in a matter of a couple of weeks. Telegraph, phone and email have all sped message delivery to new perceptions of quickness. And now, text allows instant access from your eyes to those you are sending a message to. When it comes to message delivery, now is the only speed that matters.

Package delivery also has had a storied history of speed. It was not long ago (less than 30 years) that you would order out of a printed catalog, and weeks later your items would arrive. As the dominance of the US Postal Services subsided and private enterprise such as UPS and FedEx became a preferred shipping option by many businesses, the time it took a package to be fast 4delivered to your door continued to shrink. With the advent of internet ordering, the time shrunk even more. Now we live in a world where package delivery time is measured in hours, not days. This has also led to a massive increase in the volume of packages being delivered and arriving to your office receiving location every day.

fast 3Five years ago, this new volume in package delivery began to slow down the office staff that was receiving these deliveries. The average time it took to receive, log, and distribute a package for a recipient was more than six minutes. As the volume grew, so did the time it took to handle each package in turn. As the same time, the speed it took to notify people about their package and the time it took for them to retrieve the parcel remained the same. But then, PackageLog® changed everything. The cloud-based package alert and notification system cut the time for dealing with a package by 80% and cut the time packages remained in the package room by even more.

And now, things are going to get even faster. How fast? Find out on November 17! Visit www.logware.com to learn more.