Walmart Stores has recognized C.H. Robinson with its first-ever 3rd Party Logistical (3PL) Carrier of the Year Award for 2014—noting contributions for outstanding service, effective communication and providing solutions and innovations in a changing industry.
2014 was a year of challenges in the area of logistics and transportation, with extreme weather conditions and capacity issues challenging the industry as a whole. Through dedicated hard work and strategic collaboration, Eden Prairie, Minnesota-based C.H. Robinson was able to exceed Walmart’s expectations as a logistics service provider, according to the retailer.
“C.H. Robinson anticipated challenges due to weather conditions and the team went to work immediately,” said Rob Kinsella, strategic account manager at C.H. Robinson. “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.”
The honor is designated to companies who provide support to Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs and distribution facilities located throughout the U.S. Strong relationships are key to the level of service and responsiveness that C.H. Robinson has with Walmart, the companies say.
“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,” said Kinsella.
Walmart, too, says it takes great pride in cultivating effective relationships.
“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.”
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.”