SOURCE: Zones, Inc.

June 23, 2008 16:01 ET

Zones, Inc. Honored as a Winner of Operational Excellence at 2008 Microsoft Channel Partner Summit

AUBURN, WA--(Marketwire - June 23, 2008) - Zones, Inc. (the "Company," "Zones"™) (NASDAQ: ZONS) today announced it has won the Operational Excellence Award at the 2008 Microsoft Channel Partner Summit. The Company was chosen out of the North American field of top Microsoft Partners for delivering market-leading operational excellence supporting Microsoft technology. The awards were distributed at a ceremony May 14th in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida at Microsoft's Channel Partner Summit.

"We are honored to be recognized by Microsoft for our operational excellence," said Christina Corley, President and Chief Operating Officer at Zones. "This prestigious award is an endorsement of our ability to provide our customers with the software solutions they need by aligning our Five-Star Service commitment to flawless execution with Microsoft's innovative technology offerings."

The Microsoft Licensing Operational Excellence Awards recognize Microsoft Partners that have developed and delivered operational excellence over the past year.

Winners were chosen from a pool of more than 29 entrants in the US and Canada. 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 and revenue reconciliation. By meeting these operational criteria, these winners have illustrated their commitment to providing value and customer satisfaction.

"We are pleased to recognize our top performing partners for their collaboration and achievement in facilitating customers' software solutions with innovative and reliable operations," stated Matt Rossmeissl, General Manager for Microsoft Worldwide Commercial Operations. "The Operational Excellence award is an opportunity to reward our highest potential partners for their investments in growing our joint capabilities to serve customers."

"Each year our partners are measured based on their level of operational excellence and end to end process performance. This award recognizes those partners who continuously raise the bar and strive to perform at a level enabling end customers to transact business with Microsoft in the most efficient, accurate and timely manner," said Mary Ellen Smith, Microsoft's General Manager for the America Operation Center. "We value their focus to deliver operational excellence to our end customers."

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 accounts and public sector accounts. Zones sells these products through outbound and inbound account executives, a national field sales force, catalogs and the Internet. Zones offers more than 150,000 products from leading manufacturers including Adobe, Apple, Avaya, Cisco, HP, IBM, Kingston, Lenovo, Microsoft, NEC, Nortel Networks, Sony, Symantec and Toshiba. Incorporated in 1988, Zones, Inc. is headquartered in Auburn, Washington. Buying information is available at http://www.zones.com, or by calling 800-258-2088. The Company's investor relations information can be accessed online at www.zones.com/IR.

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Contact Information

  • For additional information:
    Ronald McFadden
    Zones, Inc.
    Chief Financial Officer
    253-205-3000