Written by Dr. Richard G. Boehm
Overview: Delivery drivers needs a strong community understanding background, the type of knowledge one would get in a human geography course. First drivers need to know the intricacies of the transportation/street system. They need to understand street addressing. They need to be aware of any threats of social disorganization, any problems that would challenge product delivery.
An interesting new component is the use of drones. They will only be as efficient as those who program them. Maps and mapping as well as local understanding of neighborhoods will lead to success for delivery drivers.
Geographers at work: Understanding the local area is a strong component in economic geography and location analysis courses. In high schools this kind of geography should be a major part of the AP Human Geography course. Understanding the local area will be enhanced by the study of maps (city maps, transportation maps, and GIS maps).
Skills: In addition to careful driving skills, delivery personnel need to have a thorough knowledge of the local area and the people who live there, all important parts of place-based geography.