HASTINGS, Minn. (May 23, 2007) — Smead® Manufacturing Company, a leading provider of filing and organizational products, announced today it has received a Softchoice Benchmark Award for excellence in IT systems management. One of three organizations to receive this honor, the Benchmark Awards celebrate organizations with a proven commitment to using IT asset inventory audits and regularly scheduled review processes to ensure the optimal use of IT resources. By embracing best practices in IT systems management, Smead is enabling increased end-user productivity, improved cost-management and the reduction of security threats across the enterprise.

“Our 2006 Benchmark Award winners have set the standard when it comes to maintaining a current, secure and proactively managed desktop environment,” said David MacDonald, Softchoice’s President and CEO. “IT systems management is really the backbone of a healthy business. By focusing on this area, organizations like Smead are not just reducing costs and improving efficiency over the short-term; they’re ensuring they have a secure foundation in place to drive the future growth and success of their business.”

Smead was selected from pool of nearly 100 qualifying organizations that had received a Softchoice TechCheck™ Policy Assessment in 2006. The results from these assessments - which look for common IT trouble spots such as the rate of missing anti-virus software and service packs, security vulnerabilities, outdated PC’s and adherence to stated internal IT policies - were compared against a sample population representing the North American average*. Smead was found to be best in class in its efforts to proactively set and monitor IT policies that affect security and productivity, as well as in following an optimal PC replacement schedule to avoid productivity and cost management issues caused by retaining older, slower machines.

“Smead is honored to receive the 2006 Softchoice Benchmark Award,” said Joe Vossen, Vice President of Information Services at Smead Manufacturing Company. “Being selected as a recipient confirms that Smead is meeting and exceeding high standards in IT policy.”

The 2006 Softchoice Benchmark Award winners have demonstrated true leadership in IT systems management, an area of focus that translates directly into competitive advantage. By making IT asset management a regular part of the IT management process, Smead will continue to realize significant benefits in terms of the improved utilization of existing assets, and eliminating unnecessary security threats and budget expenditures.

* Source: Softchoice Study: “Unneccesary Expeditures, Unnecessary Risks”, June 2006. The findings are based on an inventory analysis of 90,000 PCs from more than 200 organizations. Organizations represented a wide range of industry verticals and ranged in size from 28 to 4,452 PCs; the average number of PCs per participating organization was 456. To view the complete study please visit:

About Softchoice Corporation
As one of North America's leading providers of technology products and services, Softchoice helps businesses and organizations of all sizes to select, acquire and manage their software and hardware technology resources. Softchoice offers a full range of capabilities, including face-to-face consultations and IT asset management services designed to help customers save time, money and risk in IT procurement. In 2006, Softchoice was named Software Value Added Reseller (VAR) of the Year by VAR Business magazine. Softchoice currently has 624 employees operating from more than 30 branch offices located in major cities across the U.S. and Canada. Softchoice stock is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the trading symbol "SO." The common shares of Softchoice are not registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and are not publicly traded in the United States.

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Smead,, is a worldwide leader in office filing products and records management systems. For more than 100 years, Smead has brought a spirit of innovation and integrity to keeping businesses and home offices organized. Headquartered in Hastings, Minnesota, Smead is a privately held, woman-owned business offering 5,000 organizational products with more than 2,600 employees in 14 manufacturing plants located across North America and Europe, including its Smead-Europe operations in The Netherlands.