Turn down any aisle in your local grocer’s and you are likely to be bombarded by labels claiming that products are ‘Fairtrade Certified’ by the ‘Rainforest Alliance’, among others, and that by buying such items you are giving back directly to communities in developing countries who are in desperate need of funds.
Trade between humans has been common place since prehistoric times. Trading was the main facility of prehistoric people, who bartered goods and services from each other before the creation of modern-day currency. Archaeological excavations provide numerous examples of humans engaging in trade with some ancient trade routes still being used today. We can see these examples within ancient civilisations such as the Phoenicians and the Romans. The Phoenicians, believed to have originated in Lebanon, were pioneers in long distance commercial trading between 1200 – 800 BC. Their command over naval trade spread its influence throughout the world, with hoards of decorated silver being found in North Africa and Europe.
In the start of a new weekly series we will begin to give a snapshot of some of the things that ParceLive has been doing across the world each week. From cross border shipments, far flung locations and extreme weather conditions we are always getting interesting data and use cases back from our trackers. Here we will begin to share them.