The business phenomenon of recent decades has been sheer acceleration, from new product development to fresh-food delivery. Information technology and rapid communications have been both drivers and facilitators.
But so have been such apparently mundane developments as barcodes, containerised shipping and the humble pallet.
When Dublin saw its first motorbike couriers in the 1970s, most observers shook their heads and said only a few specialised businesses such as advertising agencies would ever need them.
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