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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has recognized C.H. Robinson (CHR) with its inaugural third-party logistical (3PL) Carrier of the Year award for 2014. The world's largest retailer bestowed the Eden Prairie, Minn.-based CHR's contributions for outstanding service, effective communication and providing solutions and innovations in a changing industry.
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.
Among the challenges in the area of logistics and transportation, 2014 was capped by extreme weather conditions and capacity issues threatening 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 has consistently provided Walmart with exceptional service, maintained excellent safety standards, and proven their leadership in the transportation industry,” said Kevin X. Jones, VP 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.”
For its part, C.H. Robinson Strategic Account Manager Rob Kinsella said the company "anticipated challenges due to weather conditions and [our] team went to work immediately. 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.”
“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,” noted Kinsella.
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 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,” added 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.”