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Robert Biesterfeld to Succeed John Wiehoff as Chief Executive Officer of C.H. Robinson

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 11, 2019 — C.H. Robinson (NASDAQ: CHRW) announced today that Robert (“Bob”) Biesterfeld, currently the Company’s Chief Operating Officer, has been named Chief Executive Officer. As part of a long-planned succession process managed by C.H. Robinson’s Board of Directors, Biesterfeld was named COO in March 2018. Biesterfeld has also been nominated to stand for election to the C.H. Robinson Board of Directors. Current Chairman and CEO John Wiehoff will remain Chairman of the Board following this succession. Scott Anderson, current C.H. Robinson Board member, will become the Lead Independent Director. All moves will become effective on May 9, 2019, coinciding with our annual meeting of shareholders.

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C.H. Robinson to Acquire Prime Distribution Services

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Prime had $108.7 million in total revenues for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019. C.H. Robinson intends to purchase Prime for approximately $225 million in cash. The acquisition is expected to be slightly accretive in 2020 and will be financed through cash on hand and funds drawn from C.H. Robinson’s existing credit facilities.

“Prime Distribution Services is a high-quality growth company that brings scale and value-added warehouse capabilities to our retail consolidation platform, adding to our global suite of services,” said Bob Biesterfeld, C.H. Robinson Chief Executive Officer. “Prime has an outstanding track record of success, a talented and experienced team and a focus on delivering great value to its customers and carriers.”

Prime Distribution Services provides a comprehensive suite of retail consolidation solutions, including distribution, fulfillment and inventory management, and currently operates as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Roadrunner Transportation. Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Plainfield, Indiana, Prime employs approximately 270 people and has five fulfillment and distribution facilities totaling approximately 2.6 million square feet across the United States. Prime currently serves approximately 140 customers.

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New Innovation Incubator, C.H. Robinson Labs, Drives Supply Chain Technology Solutions

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota (Jan. 23, 2020) — C.H. Robinson today formally introduced C.H. Robinson® Labs™, an innovation incubator where the next big ideas in logistics and supply chain are created, tested, and scaled to drive smarter solutions for C.H. Robinson’s customers and carriers. Tim Gagnon, Vice President of Analytics and Data Science at C.H. Robinson, has been tapped to lead the incubator, informally known as Robinson Labs, and its dedicated data science teams in Minneapolis; Chicago; Silicon Valley; and Warsaw, Poland

Through Robinson Labs, C.H. Robinson’s logistics experts, innovation teams, and data scientists collaborate with customers and carriers to create personalized solutions for shippers’ challenges with the industry’s premier technology that is built by and for supply chain experts. Robinson Labs works hand in hand with the company’s technology team of more than 1,000 data scientists, engineers, and developers. Once solutions are proven, the teams work collaboratively to scale them across C.H. Robinson, benefiting its 124,000 customers and 76,000 contract carriers.

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The premium potato offering answers consumer demand with minimal preparation

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (Oct. 25, 2018) — A new potato line, the Perfect Potato™, is now available from Robinson Fresh® and Albert Bartlett. Developed through a shared passion for producing high-quality products for consumers, these bite-sized, creamy potato options were created. This product line answers a consumer demand for a flavorful staple with convenient packaging that requires no prep work and is ready to heat and eat.

The Perfect Potato line includes bite-sized pre-washed potatoes that come in three convenient sizes — 1.5-pound pouches, 5-pound pouches and 1-pound microwaveable trays. The 1-pound microwaveable tray packs include seasoning pairings with each of the following potatoes:

  • Radiant Red: red potatoes are paired with a Zesto Pesto spice packet, combining pesto with a pinch of Italian spices.
  • Yummy Yellow: yellow potatoes are matched up with a Steakhouse Sizzle spice packet — a blend of salt, cracked pepper and traditional steakhouse flavors.
  • Perfect Pair: red and yellow potatoes are paired with a packet of Little Italy seasoning, which includes aromatic garlic and Italian herbs.
  • Marvelous Medley: red, yellow and purple potatoes are combined with a Hawaiian Red Sea Salt seasoning pack.

“Our customers expect Robinson Fresh to continue to bring innovation and new products to the marketplace,” says Michael Castagnetto, vice president of global sourcing at Robinson Fresh. “The potato is the top vegetable by volume in the U.S. according to IRI, and is a great staple food for most families, but more and more consumers demand convenience. That’s why we’re excited about this new product line; it combines ease with innovation.”

The bite-sized, creamy and ready-to-eat potatoes are grown and developed with potato growers who are passionate about their crop and have a quality-first, consumer-focused mindset.

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C.H. ROBINSON ANNOUNCES CHARITABLE DONATIONS OF OVER $1 MILLION

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EDEN PRAIRIE, MN (Oct. 24, 2018) — C.H. Robinson, the global third-party logistics (3PL) leader, today announced that it will contribute $1,030,000 in 2018 to non-profit organizations in North America, Europe and Asia.

Approximately $350,000 in grants funding from the C.H. Robinson Foundation is being given to non-profits in the company’s headquarters state of Minnesota. Grant recipients are selected by a committee made of employees from across the company and the Foundation board, and focus on educational success for at-risk youth, hunger prevention, affordable housing, crisis needs and health-related causes.

Other C.H. Robinson Foundation programs contribute to employee gift and volunteer match programs, a hardship fund to support employees during a time of need, disaster relief funds, and undergraduate scholarship programs.

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C.H. ROBINSON EUROPE EXPANDS ITS FOOTPRINT IN GERMANY

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AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS (October 8, 2018) — C.H. Robinson announced today the opening of its Cologne, Germany office, building upon its commitment to expand its network of offices across the region. The third-party logistics provider now counts 49 strategic locations across 16 countries in Europe.

Cologne is one of the largest centers of freight transport in Europe and, at the same time, a hub of international importance – making the city one of the topmost centers for manufacturing and trade.

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C.H. Robinson’s European Expansion Continues with New Offices in Prague and Bucharest

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AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS (April 25, 2017) – C.H. Robinson continues to build upon its commitment to serve customers in Europe by recently opening transportation offices in Prague, Czech Republic, and Bucharest, Romania. These new offices add to the company’s growing footprint in the region.

C.H. Robinson named Petra Vlckova as the Prague branch manager who is responsible for leading the office’s growth. Vlckova joins C.H. Robinson from ESA Logistics and GTL Logistics, where she gained experience in full truckload, less than truckload, and project cargo transportation.

Vlckova believes that having an office in Prague is crucial to developing C.H. Robinson’s overall road transportation services on the continent.

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C.H. Robinson Strengthens and Expands Global Forwarding Presence

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Minneapolis, Minnesota (February 20, 2017) – As supply chains continue to globalize, C.H. Robinson is ensuring shippers’ needs are met and exceeded by expanding its global footprint in key strategic global markets. C.H. Robinson recently opened new offices in Asia and Canada and acquired APC Logistics, a leading provider of freight forwarding and customs brokerage services in the Oceania region. These expansions have led to 15 new C.H. Robinson Global Forwarding offices.
The recent growth of C.H. Robinson’s Global Forwarding division is a testament to how the company is continuing to invest in customers around the world. Knowing that global supply chains come with increased complexities, C.H. Robinson is expanding into strategic regions to be best equipped to help shippers navigate their global supply chains.

“As our customers are going global with their supply chains, we feel that it is crucial to have boots on the ground in those locations as well,” said Mike Short, president of Global Forwarding at C.H. Robinson. “It is exciting to see our services and talent pool expanding in these strategic regions.”

These global investments are vital in terms of global trade, as they enable enhanced connectivity around the world. Successful global supply chains depend on uninhibited global trade to get products to consumers. C.H. Robinson’s supply chain experts create innovative supply chain solutions for customers, no matter what trade regulations and policies are in place.

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C.H. Robinson Selected as Sunny Delight’s Transportation 3PL Provider

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EDEN PRAIRIE, MN (Feb. 9, 2017) — Sunny Delight Beverages Co. has selected C.H. Robinson as its transportation 3PL provider to provide on-time delivery, centralize freight orders, manage contract carrier contracts, and provide visibility through its global technology platform, Navisphere®.

On Feb. 1, C.H. Robinson went live with its services, managing, coordinating, operating, shipping and delivering Sunny Delight’s products.

“We’re thrilled Sunny Delight selected us to help them manage and optimize their transportation and shipping services,” said Chris O’Brien, chief commercial officer. “Because of our infrastructure and top talent, our speed-to-market is seamless and unmatched. Thanks to the collaboration between our teams, the turnaround time from signing the contract to implementation took less than 85 days.”

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C.H. ROBINSON COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF APC LOGISTICS

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Minneapolis, Minnesota (September 30, 2016) – C.H. Robinson today announced that it has finalized the acquisition of APC Logistics, a leading provider of freight forwarding and customs brokerage services to over 3,000 customers and suppliers in Australia and New Zealand. The $300 million AUD acquisition expands C.H. Robinson’s global presence and brings additional capabilities and expertise to the company’s portfolio. C.H. Robinson financed the acquisition and related fees and expenses with cash and funds drawn from the company’s existing revolving credit facility. The company expects the transaction to be modestly accretive to earnings.

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