Cathy Roberson

Cathy Roberson

Contributing Editor, Cargo Facts Consulting

Cathy Morrow Roberson is an analyst with deep experience across the transportation and logistics business. Cathy is the founder of Logistics Trends & Insights, which provides strategic supply chain research and analysis. She also writes a weekly column for Air Cargo World. Previously she worked for a logistics research firm, an internet consultancy and UPS Supply Chain solutions. At UPS she was instrumental in the initial set up of UPS Supply Chain Solutions, as well as its further development. Cathy began her career as a librarian, primarily managing research departments for several libraries. Her experience spans projects that cover product development, market analysis, customer service, M&A due diligence, freight forwarding operations and has in depth knowledge of the global freight forwarding, logistics, technology and e-commerce markets. She is also active in the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Cathy has a BA in History from Winthrop University, a Masters in Library Science from the University of South Carolina and an MBA in finance and marketing from Mercer University.

UAVs to become an integral part of SF Express’ nationwide delivery network by 2022

Drones are finally becoming an accepted part of last-mile deliveries in the U.S., thanks to the Federal Aviation Administration stepping up and establishing guidelines and requirements. Earlier this year, UPS, in partnership with Matternet and WakeMed with oversight by the FAA and North Carolina Department of Transportation, began utilizing drone transport as an option for […]

Air cargo’s peak season – promising or a bust?

A year that started with great uncertainty will likely end the same. As we head into the traditional peak season, the world is faced with increasing trade barriers and weakening demand for goods. Global manufacturing activity is hovering dangerously close to contraction for many countries and for some countries, including the United States, contraction has […]

Changes coming for international packages with UPU option

Get ready – the cost of cross-border e-commerce trade will be increasing in 2020. For those small parcels moving through postal networks, the pinch will be felt the strongest thanks to the recent Universal Postal Union decision. “Under the antiquated rules of the Universal Postal Union, the USPS, the postal system, has to heavily subsidize […]

Brexit logistics: Preparing for the unexpected

With just over a month to go before the U.K. is set to leave the European Union – colloquially referred to as "Brexit" – uncertainty continues to reign, much as it did in June 2016 when the U.K. voted to leave the E.U. Plan or no plan, will the break occur on Oct. 31 or […]

Outlook is positive for African air cargo carriers as trade with China grows

African carriers have been a shining star in an otherwise dismal global airfreight market. Year-to-date through July, freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) are up 4.9% year-over-year while capacity is up 13.6%. This region has been on an upward but erratic path in recent years with much of the growth attributed to its trade relations with Asia-Pacific. […]

UPS moves to promote Foreign Trade Zone opportunities in a world of uncertainty

International trade is becoming increasingly complicated thanks to tariffs, trade agreements and political maneuvering such as Brexit. Having a logistics partner to guide companies through such uncertainties is certainly beneficial as complexity increases. To that end, in a well-timed move, UPS recently announced the incorporation of foreign trade zone (FTZ) capabilities within its customs brokerage, […]

Air cargo delivering in times of crisis

In times of natural disasters, air cargo is often the only way to respond quickly enough to move food, first aid supplies and other necessities into hard hit areas. Drones are also being utilized to assess damage, for search and rescue operations and to drop small packages of food, water and medicines into hard-to-reach areas. […]

Temperature-controlled products heat up air cargo demand

With news of July being the hottest on record, it seemed fitting that we take a look at temperature-controlled air cargo. Indeed, a number of freight forwarders noted in recent earnings reports that temperature-controlled volumes were a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing first half of the year for air cargo. However, while temperature-controlled products […]

Forwarders’ focus turns to margins in the uncertain global environment

Now that the major freight forwarders have reported their earnings for the first half of 2019, a look at the market finds one of lower airfreight volumes and positive oceanfreight volumes. However, the lesson learned from years past was that volumes do not always equate to profit. Today, the focus is on profits. Simple common […]

FedEx’s e-commerce loss appears to be UPS’ gain

Volumes of apparel, auto parts, tablets, smartphones, knick-knacks and more are being delivered to our front doors faster and more efficiently as the two largest US small parcel and express providers, FedEx and UPS, invest in their networks, as well as in their business development and sales teams, to take advantage of this growing demand. […]