Alan Robinson


has over twenty-five years experience working on the regulatory, policy, marketing, human capital and management issues associated with changes in competition within transportation, parcel delivery and postal markets.  His clients have included trade associations, transportation companies, postal operators, parcel carriers, shippers, and suppliers to transportation companies and postal operators.  He is the author of the blog Courier Express and Postal Observer.

Prior to starting the Direct Communications Group, Mr. Robinson was employed by Ernst & Young and provided services to Arthur D. Little, A. T. Kearney, Andersen Consulting, and KPMG Peat Marwick.  Mr. Robinson has also assisted Congress as a staff member of both the Congressional Research Service and the Motor Carrier Ratemaking Study Commission. 

Mr. Robinson has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Political Science from Macalester College and a Masters Degree in Public Policy from the University of Rochester. 

Mr. Robinson has published over 40 articles on topics of interest to transportation and logistics industry.   He has been a frequent speaker at transportation and postal conferences including presentations at the North American Transportation Employee Relations Association Annual Conference and Center for Research in Regulated Industries conferences on postal economics.  For a full list of Mr. Robinson’s publications and presentations see:  Publications and Presentations

  • Future Business Models for the USPS

    Direct Communications Group completed a study of potential business models for the United States Postal Service. The study examined 8 key challenges facing the Postal Service, how foreign operators, railroads, and government entities dealt with these challenges and examined how well five governmental and corporate models would deal with the challenges. The findings of this study was presented at the Postal Regulatory Commission on November 20, 2009.