Sears, Roebuck and Co. (NYSE: S) honored its top suppliers at the company's annual "Partners In Progress" event held at Sears' headquarters yesterday. Sears bestowed the award this year on fewer than 110 of more than 10,000 suppliers who competed for this award.
"Sears suppliers are critical to the success of our company as we strive to make our stores even more focused on delivering the goods and services our customers expect," said Sears Chairman and CEO Alan J. Lacy. "Of the thousands of suppliers with whom we do business, our Partners in Progress award recipients have demonstrated the highest level of commitment, quality and leadership -- attributes we strive to achieve in everything we do at Sears."
Begun almost 20 years ago, the Partners In Progress program recognizes suppliers that make significant contributions to the growth of Sears businesses and the creation of new ways to better serve Sears customers.
In addition to being named Partners in Progress, the following suppliers were recognized for their exceptional contributions to Sears' business success:
Awards for Business Group Suppliers of the Year -- winners exemplify the highest achievement in partnership with Sears:
Hardlines Group Winners -- Innovation Vendor of the Year Winner - Alden Corporation -- Quality Vendor of the Year Winner - Janome Sewing Machine Co. Ltd. -- Group Vendor of the Year Winner - Escalade Sports, Inc. -- Group Vendor of the Year Winner - Hitachi High Technologies America Inc. Softlines Group Winners -- Innovation Vendor of the Year Winner - Idea Nuova, Inc. -- Quality Vendor of the Year Winner - RSV Sport, Inc. (L.E.I.) -- Group Vendor of the Year Winner - Euro-Pro Corporation Sears Support Group Winners -- Innovation Vendor of the Year Winner - Young & Rubicam Chicago -- Quality Vendor of the Year Winner - Heartland Express -- Group Vendor of the Year Winner - CAP and Associates Sears/Consumer Services Group Winners -- Quality Vendor of the Year Winner - The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
Sears, Roebuck and Co. is a leading U.S. retailer of apparel, home and automotive products and services, with annual revenue of more than $40 billion. The company serves families in the U.S. through Sears stores nationwide, including approximately 870 full-line stores. Sears also offers a wide variety of online offerings accessible through its Web site, http://www.sears.com/ .
Note to Editors: An alphabetical listing of Sears 2001 Partners in Progress winners accompanies this press release.
Sears, Roebuck and Co. 2001 Partners in Progress A. Eicoff & Company Acxiom Corporation Agri-Fab, Inc. Alden Corporation Amerock Corporation ARAMARK Corporation Ariela-Alpha International Avis Rent A Car System, Inc. Bar Code Graphics, Inc. BCTC Corporation Berkshire Fashions Briggs New York Corporation CAP and Associates CHF Industries Children's Apparel Network Cole Vision Corporation COOLWEAR Croscill CrossMedia Services, Inc. D.C. America Danecraft Daron Fashions, Inc. Decorize.Com Dynasty Footwear eBay Inc. Ecowater Systems, Inc. Escalade Sports, Inc. EURO-PRO Corporation Euro-Tapis F and F Construction, Inc. Fishman & Tobin, Inc. Fownes Brothers & Co., Inc. Gage Roofing and Constructors, Inc. GE Appliances Genco Graves Import Company - Stella Footwear H&R Block Tax Services, Inc. Hallmart Collectibles Hartford Computer Group, Inc. Heartland Express Hewlett-Packard Company Hitachi High Technologies America Inc. Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation Hub Group, Inc. Hunter Engineering Company I.C.E. Builders, Inc. Icon Health and Fitness Idea Nuova, Inc. Itronix Corporation JANOME SEWING MACHINE CO, LTD. JVC Company of America Keystone Manufacturing Co., Inc. Kimball Distributing Co. KPMG Consulting, Inc. Lite Source Louisville Bedding Company Lozier Corporation M. Fabrikant & Sons Mars Interactive LLC Marsala Manufacturing Milco Industries, INC. Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America Monterey Canyon, Incorporated Murray, Inc. National Energy Services, Inc. National Manufacturing Company Nike Inc. P. T. Maspion Peking Handicraft, Inc. Price Pfister by Black & Decker HHI Regal Rexon Industrial Corp., Ltd. Robertson Home Fashions Rosetti Handbags & Accessories RSV Sport, Inc. (L.E.I.) Samsung Electronics USA, Inc. Sara Lee Underwear Sara Lee Sock Company Schneider National, Inc. Serta Mattress Company Smart Shirts, Ltd. Snelling Personnel Services Sol Savransky Diamond Star City Sportswear Stride Tool Inc., Milbar Division Summit-Gardner & Geldmacher Superba, Inc. Tabletops Tanya Creations The Chamberlain Group, Inc. The Timberland Company Thule Inc. U.S. Stone - Avanza Ultracraft Vanity Fair Intimates, LP Waterloo Industries Inc. Waterloo Industries Inc. Whirlpool Corporation Whiteside Manufacturing Wiseknit Factory Limited Young & Rubicam Chicago
SOURCE: Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Contact: Peggy A. Palter of Sears, Roebuck and Co., +1-847-286-8361