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Cathy Morrow Roberson

S&P Global

Research Analyst, JOC

Cathy Roberson joined the JOC in July 2020 and covers parcel, air cargo, and last-mile and reverse logistics. Based in Atlanta, she is also founder and head analyst for Logistics Trends & Insights, which provides customized logistics research and consulting services utilizing a global network of trusted and experienced analysts. Services include whitepapers, reports, surveys, case studies, and more. Roberson has more than 15 years of experience in the logistics market, including 10 years with UPS Supply Chain and several years with specialized consulting firms. In addition to being quoted in numerous publications, Roberson has published numerous articles in various business and logistics publications and speaks regularly at industry events.

Sessions With Cathy Morrow Roberson

Friday, 25 February

  • 01:45pm - 02:15pm (CST) / 25/feb/2022 09:45 pm - 25/feb/2022 10:15 pm

    Will Shipping Lines Start Requiring Online Quotes?

    We are well into the era of online rate ubiquity, an environment in which ocean rates of all types and structures are discoverable and bookable through numerous platforms. As well as neutral platforms, instant rates and — sometimes — dynamic quotes are on offer from a bevy of forwarders, container lines, and even terminal operators. If access to online quotes is now a given, the question then becomes: What happens next? Does online quoting become a direct replacement for a spot? Or does it become a tool to drastically reshape procurement behavior for both forwarders and shippers? Maersk Line, for instance, has indicated it will begin to route any non-shopper volume through its online guaranteed tool Maersk Spot. JOC editors heard chatter at various points in 2021 that certain carriers were essentially shuttling volume toward their online quoting engines. If that wasn’t exactly a mandate, given this past year’s supply crunch, it effectively became one. This session will explore where the ocean freight marketplace concept goes in 2022 and beyond, with perspective from a neutral platform, and a rate marketplace operated by one of the world’s largest forwarders.