I don't think the issue is about how many containers CHRW owns. I believe the issue is CHRW is not fully exploiting obvious opportunities. I don't believe CHRW will be purchasing additional containers. CHRW is primarily a Non-Asset Based Third Party Logistics Provider.
That is not their business model. CHRW do not wish to own physical freight distribution assets. No trucks, no trailers, no warehouses. no office space, no employee truck driver or warehouse persons, etc. This frees CHRW of costs associated with management of acquisitions, financing, maintenance and upkeep, depreciation, employment, insurance, significant tax liabilities etc.
The theory is, being a Non-Asset Based Third Party Logistics Provider allows CHRW the highest level of flexibility. It also results in CHRWs ROE (Return on Equity) and ROA (Return on Assets) and Total Debt/Equity ratios looking spectacular.
Just because CHRW do not own containers that does not limit them from acting as an agent or broker for people that do own containers. On the trucking side CHRW works with approximately 56,000 companies and individuals that do own trucks.