C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc is a service company reincorporated in Delaware in 1997 as the successor to a business existing, in various legal forms, since 1905. The Company is the third party logistics company in the world providing freight transportation services and logistics solutions to companies of all sizes, in a wide variety of industries. In 2015, the Company handled approximately 16.9 million shipments and worked with more than 110,000 active customers. It operates through a network of offices, which it calls branches, in North America, Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. It has developed transportation and distribution networks to provide transportation and supply chain services. The Company has contractual relationships with approximately 68,000 transportation companies, including motor carriers, railroads, and air freight and ocean carriers. As an integral part of its transportation services, it provides a wide range of value-added logistics services, such as freight consolidation, supply chain consulting and analysis, optimization, and reporting. In addition to transportation, it provides sourcing services. Its Sourcing business is buying, selling, and marketing of fresh produce which was its original business when the Company was founded in 1905. The Company supplies fresh produce through its network of independent produce growers and suppliers. Its customers include grocery retailers and restaurants, produce wholesalers, and foodservice distributors. In many cases, the Company also arranges the logistics and transportation of the products it sells and provides related supply chain services such as replenishment, category management, and merchandising. The Company provides fee-based payment services through its subsidiary, T-Chek Systems, Inc. T-Chek provided a variety of payment management and business intelligence services to motor carrier companies and to fuel distributors. Those services included funds transfer, fuel purchasing, and online expense management. For of these services, T-Chek charged a fee per transaction. It competes against logistics companies as well as transportation providers that own equipment, third party freight brokers, internet matching services, internet freight brokers, and carriers offering logistics services and also compete against carriers internal sales forces.
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