What Zippy found most fascinating is that many other goods that she buys online take a similar journey to get to her home (and yours), including food, beverages, medicines, electronics, clothes, toys and more! Though traveling halfway around the world to climb a mountain isn’t quite the same experience as shipping her book the same distance, many of the same technologies are used to ensure a safe, happy journey in both cases. For example, handheld barcode scanners and RFID readers are used to ensure your baggage isn’t lost as it transfers from one plane or train to the next. Millions of warehouse workers use rugged handheld mobile computers and tablets to keep track of inventory coming, going and “resting” every day. And delivery drivers all across the globe rely on mobile devices and printers to get valuable packages to people’s homes on time.
If you want to show others the journey that Zippy’s book often takes to get to their homes (or you’re getting ready to send some books to friends and family), you can download a full-size poster here. In addition to sharing a great story about the importance of celebrating our own unique gifts, you’ll also be supporting children’s literacy as proceeds from the sales of this book are being donated to Bernie’s Book Bank.