SOURCE: Zones, Inc.

July 07, 2006 16:00 ET

Zones, Inc. Honored as Partner of the Year for Operational Excellence at 2006 Microsoft Partner Program Awards

AUBURN, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 7, 2006 -- Zones, Inc. (the "Company," "Zones"™) (NASDAQ: ZONS) is pleased to announce it has won the Partner of the Year Award for Operational Excellence at the 2006 Microsoft Partner Program Awards. The company was chosen out of the North American field of top Microsoft Partners for delivering market-leading customer solutions built on Microsoft technology. The awards were distributed at a recent ceremony in San Diego, California at Microsoft's Channel Partner Summit.

"Zones is honored to be acknowledged again for our operational excellence by Microsoft," said Firoz Lalji, Chief Executive Officer of Zones. "This award recognizes Zones' strong commitment to excellence by exceeding the high performance level established by Microsoft and thereby providing world-class service to our customers. Zones has built a culture around Five Star Service and this award is a testament to the dedication of our team members and our focus on our customers."

Winners were chosen from a pool of more than 40 entrants in North America. Zones was recognized for superior operational excellence, meeting or exceeding specific requirements for the number of valid agreements in a variety of categories, as well as the number of on-time and valid order submissions. By meeting these operational criteria, these winners have illustrated their commitment to providing value and customer satisfaction.

"It is important to Microsoft to recognize resellers and distributors who practice end-to-end operational management efficiencies since these best practices significantly enhance the customer experience in the use of Microsoft technology and licensing services overall," said John Pompei, director of Microsoft's North America Enterprise Licensing Division. "The awards program is designed to recognize resellers and distributors who demonstrate an excellence in this area, enabling them to provide their customers with the best value and advice for their IT software budget."

About Zones, Inc.

Zones, Inc. is a single-source direct marketing reseller of name-brand information technology products to the small to medium-sized business market, enterprise and public sector accounts. Zones sells these products through outbound and inbound account executives, specialty print and e-catalogs, and the Internet. Zones offers more than 150,000 products from leading manufacturers including 3COM, Adobe, Apple, Cisco, Epson, HP, IBM, Kingston, Lenovo, Microsoft, Sony and Toshiba.

Incorporated in 1988, Zones, Inc. is headquartered in Auburn, Washington. Buying information is available at, or by calling 800-258-2088. The Company's investor relations information can be accessed online at

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    Zones, Inc.
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