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Avnet Receives Six Top Honors in CMP Channelís 22nd Annual CRN Sourcing Study


Recognized as the Specialty Distribution Leader in Six Categories Including Most Sourced, Most Strategic, and No. 1 in Relationships, Vendor Relationships, Pre-Sales Support, and Available Credit

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Avnet Technology Solutions, a value-added distributor of enterprise computing products, embedded subsystems, software and services, and an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), announced today that it has been recognized by solution providers as the No. 1 specialty distributor across six categories in CMP Channelís 22nd annual CRN Sourcing Study. The CRN Sourcing Study recognizes the industry supplier organizations solution providers are most satisfied with and most commonly do business with. Avnetís honors include:

-- No. 1 Most Sourced

-- No. 1 Most Strategic

-- No. 1 in Relationships

-- No. 1 in Vendor Relationships

-- No. 1 in Pre-Sales Support

-- No. 1 in Available Credit

íAvnet strives to establish and maintain lasting relationships with partners and suppliers, and provide them with the best customer service and programs to reach their business goals,í said Fred J. Cuen, president, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas. íBeing selected by our partners as the most preferred source for three years running, and the leading specialty distributor across several additional categories this year, is a tremendous honor that we are extremely proud of. It is a direct result of being able to work with the industryís best partners, suppliers and employees. Together, they all made this happen. I am pleased that we are building something special here.í

This research study offers distributors, manufacturers and alternative sources with information regarding solution providerís most preferred sources and their perceptions of those companies from whom they buy. Solution providers identify those evaluation criteria most important in their decision-making and their most-preferred sources.

íSolution providers play a vital role in determining which products and technologies succeed in the marketplace, and the 2007 CRN Sourcing Study reveals that influence is greater then ever before,í said Robert C. Demarzo, vice president and editorial director, CMP Channel. íTo each of the winners named in the study, we say congratulations.í

Winners are classified by their solution provider partners on a scale that rates their relationships as either ístrategic,í ímajor,í or íminorí in the following categories: most sourced broadline distributor, most sourced specialty distributor, most sourced technology specialty distributor and most sourced alternative.

CRN Sourcing Study winners were announced in the Sept. 17 issue of CRN at


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