SOURCE: Zones, Inc.

June 03, 2005 16:00 ET

Zones Is Recipient of Microsoft's Operational Excellence Award for 2005

AUBURN, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 3, 2005 -- Zones, Inc. (the "Company," "Zones"™) (NASDAQ: ZONS) is pleased to announce that it is a recipient of Microsoft's Operational Excellence Award for fiscal year 2005. This prestigious award was presented at Microsoft's annual Channel Partner Summit and recognizes that Zones has exceeded rigorous standards for operational excellence.

"This honor is awarded to the Channel Partners who, through a combination of effective internal controls and processes along with dedicated personnel who display a strong commitment to excellence, meet and exceed a pre-determined performance level that has been defined by the channel management group at Microsoft Licensing," said Pete Wahler, Channel Account Manager for Microsoft Licensing. "Zones has displayed a very strong commitment and dedication to meeting and exceeding each of these goals and thereby providing world-class service to customers."

"Zones is delighted to be recognized for our operational excellence by Microsoft," said Firoz Lalji, Chief Executive Officer of Zones. "We understand the complexity of software licensing and strive to provide value and process efficiencies for our customers. As part of our online procurement system, ZonesConnect, we provide License Tracker which helps customers manage their software assets and reduces the risk of falling out of compliance. We are honored to receive this award from Microsoft as it reflects our focus on the customer and our culture of excellence."

About Zones, Inc.

Zones, Inc. and its subsidiaries are single-source direct marketing resellers of name-brand information technology products to the small to medium sized business market, large and public sector accounts, while supporting their legacy Mac customers. 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

This press release may contain statements that are forward looking. These statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current expectations that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical results or those anticipated. These risk factors include, without limitation, future growth, vendor support, account executive hiring and productivity, increased expenses of being a public company, pressure on margin, competition, state tax uncertainties, rapid technological change and inventory obsolescence, reliance on vendor relationships, dependence on personnel, potential disruption of business from information systems failure, reliance on outsourced distribution, and other risks and uncertainties detailed in the Company's filings with the SEC.

Contact Information

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    Ronald McFadden
    Zones, Inc.
    Chief Financial Officer