Freightquote, a C.H. Robinson company, is an online transportation broker of freight services throughout North America, based in Kansas City, MO. Their business provides comparisons of shipping rates for hundreds of national and regional freight carriers. Freightquote developed a patented-technology platform to enable shippers to find competitive rates that can be compared for their freight shipments, similar to that which travel websites provide. Performed online, customers input freight shipment information online, review carrier options, choose a carrier, book shipments and pay for services. The company extends this platform through API connections. E-commerce websites integrate the companys technology to provide their customers with freight cost estimating and booking capabilities. Tim Barton founded Freightquote in August 1998. The first nine months were spent developing the companys technology and carrier partnerships. The website launched in May 1999.