Strong, trained movers and branded vans seem like something common for the world of today, but things weren’t always like this many years ago. In fact the first moving company didn’t appear until the late 19th century. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. If we truly want to know more about the history of the moving company we should start form the very beginning. How was moving in the earliest of time? Like say in the…
Back in those days nomadic people used sled-like contraptions which were pulled either by horse or by hand. They were called travois, by the French. The travois were used for moving items around. However this still shouldn’t be considered the start of the moving industry. People did it for themselves and hiring a sled was not common practice. The only common thing people did back then was migrating from one place to another and hunting.
Our ancient ancestors started settling when they entered the agricultural period. Moving was now a thing of the past as people built permanent communities for themselves and their close ones.
Perhaps the most important factor contributing to the rise of technology is the invention of the wheel. This simple, yet innovative tool was later followed by the invention of different transport vehicles such as the wagon, the wooden cart and the rail car. These methods of transport made moving across great distances of land easier and less time consuming.
The start of paid moving services dates back in the USA when the great migration took place. Millions of people left the rural areas they used to live in to migrate to the northern industrial cities. The first specialised wagons, called conestoga wagons, were invented. They were later replaced by specifically designed two axle lorries powered by air-cooled two-cylinder engines. You might say, these were the very first moving vans.
People used not only moving vans, but also trains when railroads stretched from sea to sea. Wealthier families paid men to do their moving for them. The items would be loaded into wagons and then moved to warehouses placed near railroads. After that the goods would be transported via rail car to the new desired destination. When this was done, the belongings would be transported via another wagon to the family’s new address. Almost like hiring a man with van in London nowadays, right? And this is the very start of the moving industry.
After WWII was over, thousands of soldiers returned home and concentrated on having families. The newly formed households, needed somebody to take them to their new homes and thus what started out as a side job for many companies became main source of income.
Brits also have a hand in the development of the logistics sector. It is believed the storage industry officially began somewhere in the 1800s in the UK. Clients of the British banking institutions asked their companies to safeguard valuable items for them. It was many years later when the idea of doing it yourself became popular. The first actual facility created for this purpose was opened in the mid-1960s in the USA. After that the notion quickly became popular in the states and beyond.