The truckless trucking company

  • Article by: STEVE ALEXANDER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 8, 2012 - 12:06 PM

The slow global recovery has put a speed bump in the path of global logistics giant C.H. Robinson.

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jbpaperApr. 8, 12 4:45 PM

"To solve those imbalances, shippers turn to the low-profile Eden Prairie-based company that owns no trucks, trailers, ships or rail cars to get their goods to market." ---- Who owns all those 53' domestic containers that say "CH Robinson" on the side of them?

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dsteinbe1977Apr. 8, 12 7:12 PM

If you got the low price in shipping, people will flock to ya. The service might be an issue, but "CH will get it there." The only question is "When?"

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overlandApr. 9, 12 9:05 AM

CH has been in the news quite a bit lately, which I take to mean they're in trouble. They are the "low price" but that low price is often the only load going, they don't own equipment, and the companies/owner-operators taking that "low price" has a hard time covering expenses and making a living. They're not known as "Cheap Haul Robinson" for nothing...

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barrelstoveApr. 9, 1210:01 AM

cheap service !!!!! Breaking the truckers also.

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drmccoyApr. 9, 1211:04 AM

I can predict with a high degree of certainty which companies are going to have trouble.

The key indicator if whether the company builds a spectacularly visible new world headquarters. There is a shiny new building for this company on Flying Cloud Drive with a beautiful view if the Minnesota River valley.

I make it a point to never work for a company that builds these "Taj Mahals" as it is my opinion that sr. management is not worrying about the company, rather they are looking at carpet samples, paint swatches and furniture catalogs for their offices.

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crazycooterApr. 9, 1211:43 AM

jbpaper the leasing company that leases them to the company being portrayed here

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swatisedApr. 9, 12 1:54 PM

Same thing is happening the ocean-going shupping business. As the global market slowed down ... the need for shipping/semis' fell. Under normal economic restarts - you would see steady general re-growth of lost consumption and the services to support it. This recovery is different in that the core of the coprorate banking and financing system, as well as the widespread loss of savings-assets of the general world population - means that consumption demand isnt rising consistently and the bank-finanace sector doesn't see the metrics to support making longer term loans.

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sickdog1674Apr. 9, 12 2:57 PM

that cheap service that is referred to is what keeps prices cheap in the stores for consumers. that is the reason I got out of the trucking bussiness

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