After spending several years managing research departments and overall operations for several libraries, it was time for a change. Ecommerce was on the rise and Cathy accepted a position in a startup ecommerce consulting company in the late 1990s. While there, Cathy was responsible for market research and assisting with design and promotion of company websites.
When the “dot com bubble” burst, Cathy then accepted a position with a newly created group UPS had formed to explore potential new products. Again, for this group, Cathy applied her research skills on a variety of topics such as online delivery options, reverse logistics and what later formed the foundation for UPS Capital. Soon, this group was merged into the newly created UPS Supply Chain Solutions group and for ten years, Cathy supported the group in research, competitive and market analysis. After several years in Marketing, she achieved valuable operations experience by supporting a major account with transportation management solutions.
In 2011, it was time for another change and Cathy accepted a position as Senior Analyst with Transport Intelligence, a research and consulting company specializing in global supply chain. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Cathy focuses on North and South America but also writes on Asia-Pacific and dabbles in Middle East/Africa topics. She also writes on global topics such as freight forwarding, air freight, express/small parcel and international trade as well as on specific industry logistics such as life sciences and high-tech. Lastly, Cathy continues to follow ecommerce, new technologies and logistics start-ups and writes on their influences on industries.
Besides researching and writing reports and assisting with other projects for Transport Intelligence, Cathy has also published several articles for such publications as Air Cargo World, CIO Review and Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Packaging Sourcer.
With undergraduate degrees in History and Economics along with advance degrees in Library Science and Business, Cathy is passionate about continuing education, sharing research techniques and all things supply chain. She is a member of CSCMP and is working on her SCPro certification.
This is the final post in the “Retailers, Supply Chains and the Holiday Season” blog post series and it addresses one of the most difficult parts of the supply chain that retailers have to deal with each holiday season – returns.
In today’s retail world where e-retailing and omnichannel seem to be the main drivers for revenue, how can a company such as Primark financially benefit from simply brick & mortar?
Just days after the publication of Ti brief, North America logistics and transportation mergers & acquisitions heats up, yet another acquisition has been made. The latest acquirer, Roadrunner Transportation Systems, is not shy when it comes to acquisitions.
With the discount dollar sector growing, and consolidation taking place between the big players a successful supply chain is critical to keep the shelves stocked and prices low.
Several articles are reporting of the potential shut-down of Ebay Now, Ebay’s one-hour courier service. While Ebay denies such a possibility, one wonders how viable a $5.00/one hour service really is.
Freight forwarding, hard hit by economic, modal and lane shifts, seems to be making a recovery.
Procter & Gamble (P&G) reported a 5% increase in profit for its fiscal third quarter (period ending March 2014).
Inclement weather was the culprit for UPS reporting a $106m decline in operating profit for first quarter 2014.
Nearsourcing and a growing middle class are presenting great opportunities for Latin America.
Zara’s and its parent company, Inditex, are perhaps the text book for how to do retail supply chain right.