26 Mar 2015

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN (March 26, 2015) Walmart Stores, Inc. has recognized C.H. Robinson with the retail leader’s first-ever 3rd Party Logistical (3PL) Carrier of the Year award for 2014 noting contributions for outstanding service, effective communication, and providing solutions and innovations in a changing industry.

2014 was a year of challenges in the area of logistics and transportation, with extreme weather conditions and capacity issues challenging the industry as a whole. Through dedicated hard work and strategic collaboration, C.H. Robinson was able to exceed Walmart’s expectations as a logistics service provider. 

“C.H. Robinson anticipated challenges due to weather conditions and the team went to work immediately,” said Rob Kinsella, strategic account manager at C.H. Robinson. “By utilizing tools and programs customized to Walmart’s business we were able to assist with surge capacity and supply chain resiliency during the polar vortex, and throughout 2014’s extremely tight transportation market.”

The honor is designated to companies who provide support to Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs, and distribution facilities located throughout the United States. Strong relationships are key to the level of service and responsiveness that C.H. Robinson has with Walmart.

“Our more than 20 years of collaboration with Walmart has created solid relationships throughout the company—from analysts to presidents—enabling the kinds of strategic conversations and thoughtful planning that assists Walmart in achieving their goal of everyday low costs,” said Kinsella.

Walmart, too, takes great pride in cultivating effective relationships.   

“C.H. Robinson has consistently provided Walmart with exceptional service, maintained excellent safety standards, and proven their leadership in the transportation industry,” said Kevin X. Jones, vice president of inbound transportation for Walmart. “They are essential to accomplishing and exceeding our important goals. In turn, we are able to translate the efficiencies into everyday low prices for our customers.”

An official celebration of the award is scheduled to take place in May, when executives from Walmart will visit C.H. Robinson’s Eden Prairie, MN, headquarters.

“It’s satisfying to celebrate this win with the entire C.H. Robinson team, as it’s an effort that comes from across our entire North America network,” said Kinsella. “To accomplish what we do for a company like Walmart, it takes a lot of hard work and commitment from a lot of people.”

About C.H. Robinson

Founded in 1905, C.H. Robinson is a global provider of multimodal logistics services, fresh produce sourcing, and information services to 46,000 customers through a network of more than 280 offices and over 11,000 employees around the world. The company works with 66,000 transportation providers worldwide. C.H. Robinson is a Fortune 500 company and had annual revenues of $13.5 billion in 2014.

Through the company and its Foundation, C.H. Robinson and its employees contribute millions of dollars annually to a variety of organizations, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Community Health Charities, American Red Cross, Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota, and Global Impact. The company is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and has been publicly traded on the NASDAQ since 1997. For more information about C.H. Robinson, visit http://www.chrobinson.com.