C.H. Robinson is an American Fortune 500 provider of multimodal transportation services and third-party logistics (3PL). The company offers freight transportation, transportation management, brokerage and warehousing. It offers truckload, less than truckload, air freight, intermodal, and ocean transportation.

In the late 1800s, just after the tracks for the transcontinental railroad were laid in North Dakota, Charles Henry Robinson packed up his family and moved to Grand Forks. He was a native of New York City, a former traveling salesman from St. Louis, and he saw that settlers in Dakota Territory would need merchandise, vegetables, and fruit. In 1905, he incorporated C.H. Robinson Company to answer that need.

Robinson had been operating a wholesale brokerage house for several years, but his new business set out to address one of the most complex logistical problems of his time: how to transport and distribute perishable products before they spoiled, even when the best means of distribution was horse and buggy. And with that move, he set the tone for the company – hardworking, flexible, and service-oriented—for more than 100 years.

Today, the company is headquartered in Eden Prairie, MN, with more than 300 offices and over 15,000 employees in North America, Europe, Asia, and South America. The company has contractual relationships with over 66,000 transportation companies, including motor carriers, railroads, air freight, and ocean carriers. The company also provides services including supply chain analysis, freight consolidation, core carrier program management, and information reporting.

C.H. Robinson also has a brand, Robinson Fresh, through which it engages in buying, selling, and marketing fresh produce and products. Robinson Fresh buys and sells fresh produce to grocery retailers, restaurants, produce wholesalers, and foodservice distributors through a network of independent produce growers and suppliers.

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