For shippers throughout the Americas, C.H. Robinson Worldwide (CHRW) delivers customized door-to-door logistics solutions. "We manage the process from beginning to end to provide single-source service," says Joe Mulvehill, vice president of international.
The biggest advantage of shipping on a door-to-door basis is the continuity of service from the point of origin to the destination, according to Mulvehill. "Costly delays or other problems can arise when freight must be handed off from one company to another. That's why our focus is on streamlining the entire process to make things as smooth as possible for our clients."
C.H. Robinson Worldwide (NASDAQ: CHRW) is one of the largest third-party logistics companies in North America, with 1998 revenues of US$2 billion. CHRW is a global provider of multimodal transportation services and logistics solutions. It has 3,000 employees and a network of more than 130 offices worldwide.
"Our employees in these U.S. and international field offices are in close proximity to both customers and carriers to facilitate quick responses to customers' changing needs," says Mulvehill. In addition to its regional office in Miami, CHRW has offices in Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela and three in Mexico. A Chile office is scheduled to open soon.
Established in 1905, CHRW now delivers more than 1 million shipments annually for approximately 9,500 customers worldwide. In the Americas, CHRW's customers range from Fortune 100 companies to small businesses in a wide variety of industries. Shipments involve a wide range of products, from temperature-controlled products, such as food and beverages, to dimensional freight, such as oversized, overweight equipment.
"One of CHRW's unique strengths is our inland capability, which really separates us from our competitors," Mulvehill says. "We can move freight quicker, at competitive rates, to and from anywhere in the world."
CHRW maintains the single largest network of motor carrier capacity in North America through contracts with more than 20,000 motor carriers. It is also one of the largest third-party providers of intermodal services in the United States.
For example, Dana, an Ohio automobile parts manufacturer with eight plants in Venezuela, relies on CHRW for just-in-time shipping service. "We manage the entire process...