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What is C.H. Robinson?

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C.H. Robinson is a third-party logistics provider. As of March 2015, they are one of the world's largest 3PL providers and have been in business since 1905.

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C.H. Robinson's core business is providing freight transportation and logistics, outsource solutions, produce sourcing, and information services. They connect a base of 46,000 customers with a wide variety of transportation providers worldwide. The company currently has over 11,500 employees.

The company is named for founder Charles Henry Robinson. Company historical milestones include the introduction of the first non-ice-based refrigerated truck in 1939 and contributions to the building of the interstate highway system in 1945.

The company's central product is the Navisphere technology platform. This is a software platform that can be customized and scaled for individual customer needs. It can also be linked up with existing customer transportation management systems.

The company has a charitable foundation called the C.H. Robinson Foundation that was established in 2005 and engages in various philanthropic actions in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area and greater Minnesota. The foundation has two scholarship programs and has donated to programs supporting at-risk youth, affordable housing, crisis funds and health research.

White papers on the company's new and developmental strategies are available through their website.

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