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Extensive expertise, innovative programs keep C.H. Robinson humming

C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc., headquartered in Eden Prairie, MN, has established a solid reputation for keeping fresh produce at the peak of perfection, thereby exceeding customer expectations.

“Since C.H. Robinson was founded in 1905, the company has been in the fresh produce business, and much of the company’s logistics expertise can be traced to significant experience in handling produce and other perishable items,” said Bob Biesterfeld, vice president of North American Truckload at the company.

“Given C.H. Robinson’s extensive experience in food and fresh produce distribution to grocery retail and foodservice customers, the company brings a unique perspective to delivering transportation services to the food industry. C.H. Robinson has the ability to provide effective cost-saving solutions that support buyers, store managers and retail and foodservice distributors by implementing category management principles, such as effective demand planning and order management, that drives supply chain focus and delivering the perfect order in retail transportation.”

The company is a global provider of multimodal logistics services and fresh produce to over 46,000 customers through a network of more than 280 offices and over 11,500 employees around the world.

“In addition, C.H. Robinson works with 63,000 transportation providers worldwide that helped us move 12.7 million shipments in 2013,” Biesterfeld commented. C.H. Robinson provides truckload, less-than-truckload, intermodal, ocean, air and other logistics services including fee-based transportation management services and warehousing services.

Cold chain preservation is extremely important, ensuring that product arrives in peak condition. “Whether you are shipping product across the country by truck or across the globe via vessel or air carrier, managing the cold chain from field to consumer will always be a crucial component to delivering high-quality fresh product,” Biesterfeld stated. “Through C.H. Robinson’s advanced global technology platform, Navisphere, C.H. Robinson offers customers visibility, extensive cold-chain management expertise and superior just-in-time distribution capabilities that help companies drive out costs, improve efficiencies and provide a better product to the end consumer.”