Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Minneapolis, MN, August 19, 2008— SUBWAY® restaurant chain, the world’s
largest submarine sandwich franchise, has named C.H. Robinson Worldwide (“C.H. Robinson”), its “Supply Chain Partner of the Year”.

Selected out of 115 supply chain providers in North America, C.H. Robinson was recognized for their outstanding support in supply chain management. Jan Risi, the president of SUBWAY®’s Independent Purchasing Cooperative, said, “In 2004, SUBWAY® franchise and C.H. Robinson formed a strategic alliance that has produced benefits far greater than initially anticipated. C.H. Robinson assisted us with the development and implementation of our two-phase managed freight solution, our transportation center, and our portfolio freight bidding. This has resulted in the identification and realization of millions of dollars in documented savings and cost avoidance for SUBWAY® franchisees.”

C.H. Robinson’s Transportation Management Center (“TMC”™), a division of C.H. Robinson that provides a transparent and neutral approach to transportation management, helps SUBWAY® franchise to better manage their freight costs through greater visibility into SUBWAY®’s franchise supply chain. TMC™’s systems gives SUBWAY® franchises visibility by identifying the origin, size of order, and rates, which helps them to identify supply chain inefficiencies.

Sean Nelsen, C.H. Robinson’s SUBWAY® franchise Account Manager, said, “We are honored to receive this award. Our technology helped SUBWAY® restaurant chain capture the order level information they needed to plan, optimize, and control their shipments. The close cooperation between our two organizations, our expert people, our technology and commitment to providing industry best practices has proved extremely beneficial. The relationship is a great example of how working together strategically reduces costs, creates efficiencies, and increase savings in the supply chain.”

Risi continued, “C.H. Robinson continues to demonstrate their commitment to service, flexibility and strategic solutions that benefit SUBWAY® restaurants. We look forward to our continued collaboration.”

About SUBWAY® restaurants:

With more than 29,500 locations in 87 countries, the SUBWAY® restaurant chain is the
world’s largest submarine sandwich franchise. Headquartered in Milford, Connecticut, USA, the SUBWAY® restaurant chain was co-founded by Fred DeLuca and Dr. Peter Buck in 1965. That partnership, which continues today, marked the beginning of a remarkable journey — one that made it possible for thousands of individuals to build and succeed in their own business. The SUBWAY® brand has been honored as the number one franchise opportunity in Entrepreneur magazine's “Annual Franchise 500” listing for 15 of the past 21 years, and was ranked as “America’s Top Global Franchise” for 2008. For more information about the SUBWAY® chain, visit and www.subway.freshbuzzcom.

About the Independent Purchasing Cooperative, Inc.:

IPC is an independent SUBWAY® franchisee-owned and -operated purchasing cooperative. IPC's goal is to implement purchasing and distribution programs that help build a competitive environment for SUBWAY® franchisees. Working under the direction of the franchisee Board of Directors, IPC's management team carefully selects strong trading partners and manages the risks inherent to the costing and distribution of products in the food service industry. IPC's mission is to negotiate the lowest cost for purchased goods and services, improve quality, enhance competitiveness and ensure the best value to SUBWAY® franchisee members and their customers. For more information, visit

About C.H. Robinson Worldwide:
Founded in 1905, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., is one of the world's largest third party providers of multimodal transportation services and logistics solutions, serving over 29,000 customers through a network of 221 offices in North America, Europe, Asia, and South America. For more information about our company, visit our Web site at
About TMC™:
Transportation Management Center (TMC™), a division of C.H. Robinson Worldwide, provides an integrated, transparent, and neutral approach to transportation management. Shippers benefit from customized programs designed to deliver consistent savings and performance improvement, enabled through a flexible and comprehensive menu of transportation business processes, technologies, and consulting services. For more information, please visit