Company aims to inspire appreciation across the nation, donating $10 for every mile traveled as well as $10 for every thank you note posted on social media using #MilesofGratitude
EDEN PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA (Sept. 6, 2023) – Global logistics company C.H. Robinson today announced another initiative to honor truck drivers’ endless dedication to delivering goods that people rely on. Timed with Truck Driver Appreciation Week 2023, which runs Sept. 10 through Sept. 16, C.H. Robinson is launching a “Miles of Gratitude” tour and thank you campaign to celebrate and show appreciation for truck drivers across the nation.
There are nearly 3.5 million truck drivers in the U.S. making it one of the most common occupations, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Additionally, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) states that the majority of truck drivers are away from home 100+ nights a year, with 41% spending over 200+ nights a year away – all while driving nearly 3,000 miles per week.
To help spread awareness and honor the critical and demanding work of a truck driver, the “Miles Of Gratitude” tour will launch Sept. 11 in Minnesota and then travel cross-country, stopping at eight different truck stops where Robinson employees will be giving away gift cards and access to one free cash-advance payment to truck drivers. For every mile traveled, the C.H. Robinson Foundation will donate $10.00 to the St. Christopher’s Truckers Relief Fund, which helps truck drivers in need. Additionally, to encourage others to participate in the national thank you campaign, Robinson will donate another $10.00 for every truck driver thank you note posted on social media with #MilesOfGratitude, up to $50,000 total.
“Truck drivers play such a key role in our industry and our world, and they sacrifice a lot to make it all possible. From endless miles on the road, to nights away from the family – we want to make sure this week especially, they know how much we at C.H. Robinson appreciate all they do,” said Mac Pinkerton, President, North American Surface Transportation at C.H. Robinson.
“We appreciate our carriers year-round, but it’s especially exciting when C.H. Robinson employees can get out and greet these road warriors in person, surprising them and finding new ways to say thank you during this important week,” added Pat Nolan, Vice President, North American Surface Transportation. “We hope others across the industry and the nation join in the thank you campaign. It’s hard to look anywhere and not see something that a truck driver helped make possible.”
The Miles of Gratitude tour, featuring one of C.H. Robinson’s 2023 Carrier of the Year Award winners, Timmons Transit, will visit truck stops near Minneapolis, Madison, Chicago, Columbus, Atlanta, St. Louis, Kansas City and Dallas as well as the headquarters of OOIDA, a leading advocate for professional truckers. Truck drivers unable to attend a truck-stop celebration can still enjoy another truck driver appreciation week bonus – a one-time free digital cash advance payment, making it easier for carriers to get paid instantly. Carriers hauling a load for C.H. Robinson can request up to 60% of payment, with zero fees during the week of Sept. 10- Sept. 16th. Visit here to view details on the week’s events and the specific tour page for locations.
Cody Griggs, Director of Product Management adds: “As one of the largest logistics companies in the world, we know how important truck drivers are to meeting our customers’ needs. We’re committed to leveraging our scale and information advantage to create value for all our partners, and that includes continuing to enhance technology and offerings for carriers aimed at keeping their trucks full and money coming in. We want to help them succeed and be recognized for how important they are to us and our economy.”
Truck Driver Appreciation Week is just one of the ways that C.H. Robinson shows appreciation for truck drivers year-round. In support of carriers and the full truck-driving community, C.H. Robinson also offers other benefits, including:
- A loyalty program: Carrier Advantage Program offers expanded benefits to top-performing carriers, providing access to the most freight with better payment terms.
- Customized technology: Suite of solutions enable carriers to instantly bid on and book freight, manage drivers and equipment, automate tracking updates, and get paid – anytime, anywhere.
- Financial services: Digital cash advance allows carriers to instantly request 60% of their payment for a load, as soon as they’ve picked it up, and receive it within seconds. And, Quick Pay offers payment within 2 business days—instead of the standard 20
- Scholarships: In its 11th year, the C.H. Robinson Foundation Contract Carrier Scholarship program annually awards 25 scholarships of $2,500 to carriers and their children.
- Carrier of the Year Awards: Annual program recognizes outstanding carriers with an in-person ceremony and giveaways at C.H. Robinson’s headquarters
About C.H. Robinson
C.H. Robinson solves logistics problems for companies across the globe and across industries, from the simple to the most complex. With $30 billion in freight under management and 20 million shipments annually, we are one of the world’s largest logistics platforms. Our global suite of services accelerates trade to seamlessly deliver the products and goods that drive the world’s economy. With the combination of our multimodal transportation management system and expertise, we use our information advantage to deliver smarter solutions for our 100,000 customers and our 96,000 contract carriers. Our technology is built by and for supply chain experts to bring faster, more meaningful improvements to our customers’ businesses. As a responsible global citizen, we are also proud to contribute millions of dollars to support causes that matter to our company, our Foundation and our employees. For more information, visit us at www.chrobinson.com (Nasdaq: CHRW).
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