• Inland Distribution
  • September 30 - October 2, 2024 | The Westin Chicago River North

Cathy Morrow Roberson

S&P Global

Research Analyst, Journal of Commerce by

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

Wednesday, 2 October

  • 09:10am - 09:45am (CST) / 02/oct/2024 02:10 pm - 02/oct/2024 02:45 pm

    Distribution I: Improving Truck Flow at Airports

    As e-commerce increases in importance to air cargo carriers, the airport ecosystem must adapt to improve truck flows to ensure on-time pickups and drop-offs. From ground handlers, air cargo carriers to warehouse providers, truck carriers and airports, stakeholders need to develop a system to ensure efficiency and collaboration.

    This panel will discuss:

    The need to improve airport cargo infrastructure

    The importance of collaboration and technology

    Staffing concerns 

  • 09:50am - 10:20am (CST) / 02/oct/2024 02:50 pm - 02/oct/2024 03:20 pm

    Distribution II: Freight Forwarders Adding Reverse Logistics Services

    Freight forwarders are embracing reverse logistics as part of their end-to-end solutions and to ensure returns do not end up in landfills by addressing customers’ sustainability requirements. As a percentage of retail sales, total return rate for 2023 was 14.5% while online sales had a higher return rate, with 17.6% according to the National Retail Federation. This panel will discuss:

    The growth of reverse logistics

    The benefits of freight forwarders managing reverse logistics

    The types of reverse logistics services freight forwarders provide