Roberson spent a decade at UPS as a marketing analyst before venturing
out to found Logistics Trends & Insights, which provides industry
updates and analysis, reports, white papers, and consulting.
Here she shares a view of working from home
near Atlanta, Georgia, her passion for logistics, and also offers a glimpse
of her co-worker, Libby.
“We’re doing OK here.
“I work mainly from the home so the
stay-at-home mandate was easy for me.
“But, not being able to go to restaurants,
hike in the mountains, or visit in-person with friends has all taken some
getting use to.
“However, food delivery services,
video chats, and yard work have certainly helped.”
Up In The Morning
“I start my days early, usually by
5:00 am at the latest, checking emails, social media, and news websites
for industry updates.
“I then spend an hour or two either
working on the m&a database and logistics portal that are available
on my website, or on our latest report.
“This quarter, we’re working
on a global pharma/life sciences supply chain report.
“The rest of the day is busy with
client work and calls, conference and/or video.
“Of course, throw in a house chore
or two along with a walk or bike ride and that’s about it for a
typical day here.”
Shares Some Style
“Just staying busy and not trying
to get too bogged down in all the news.”
The Books Read You
“I have a stack of books that seems
to grow faster than my ability to read them, but right now I’m reading
a biography of John Marshall, the first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme
Adds Some Music
“Depending on my mood, some days I’m
listening to classical music, other days I’m listening to a mix
of music from the 70s, 80s and 90s. REM, The Black Keys and Stevie Ray
Vaughn are usually on my playlists.”
Surprises In 2020
“How quickly everything shut down.
[I was surprised by] the suddenness in the decline in passenger air traffic,
but at the same time the quickness of airlines stepping up and working
with international organizations, governments, and hospitals to transport
much needed medical goods.
“I think a number of airlines have
shown how adaptable they are, and a willingness to work with competitors
as well as collaborating with a variety of stakeholders including the
shipper, logistics providers, and other transport carriers to create unique
Demand The Future?
“Demand for airfreight will continue
over the next few months as countries begin to restart economies. Some
inventory replenishment will be needed for manufacturers however, how
much will depend on the health of economies and any possible volume loss
to other modes of transport such as ocean and rail.
“E-commerce volumes will continue
to be a positive for air cargo providers.
“We could see even higher e-commerce
volumes as we emerge from the pandemic due to many people who had to stay
at home who became accustomed to ordering various items online.”