SMEAD NAMED VENDOR OF THE YEAR honors Smead for third consecutive year


HASTINGS, Minn. (May 15, 2008) — Smead®, a leading provider of filing and organizational products, announced today they have received both the Vendor of the Year and Vendor of the Year for Regional Distribution Centers (RDC) awards for the third year in a row. The awards were presented during’s annual meeting, held May 7-9 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Smead was presented with the awards by representatives Mike Gentile, President, Mike Foster, Director of Merchandising, and Chris Warren, Director of Procurement. According to Warren, every vendor is judged on a series of factors including: superior service levels, on-time delivery, order fill percentages, order turn around proficiency, electronic ordering processes and superior packaging and bar coding. "Smead just outperforms all other suppliers," said Warren.

Accepting the awards on behalf of Smead were Tom Downs, National Account Manager, and David French, Commercial Channel Manager. Upon accepting the awards, Downs said, "It is very special to receive both of these awards – particularly for the third year in a row! All Smead departments and locations share in the honor of these awards. None of our accomplishments would be possible without Sharon Avent’s commitment to our company and our customers!"

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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 thousands of organizational products with more than 2,400 employees across North America and Europe.