Amazon is definitely an innovator, but it wasn't the first company to disrupt the delivery space. Here are a few milestones in the quest to make delivery quicker and more efficient.
The Pony Express begins carrying mail from Missouri to California. Before the transcontinental telegraph, it represented the most practical means of East-West communications.
Milk had been delivered for centuries using the pail-and-ladle method. 1878 is credited as the advent of milkmen leaving milk on customer doorsteps in glass bottles, boosting delivery speed and hygiene.
DomiNick's in Ypsilanti, Michigan, opens. Eventually rechristened as Domino's, the chain launches its famous "30 minutes or less" delivery guarantee in 1973.
FedEx pulls its first all-nighter, delivering 186 packages to 25 cities across the U.S. It's the dawning of the air/ground express era.
Netflix launches its subscription DVD-by-mail service. Blockbuster Video has no idea what is about to hit it.