MEMPHIS, Tenn., Apr 18, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX)
--AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO), the nation's leading
retailer and a leading distributor of auto parts and
accessories, recognized GRI Engineering Development LLC and
Bosch Brake Components as Vendors of the Year during the
AutoZone Vendor Summit 2012 held in Memphis, Tenn.
"GRI and Bosch are leading suppliers who worked together
and with AutoZone to innovate and improve Duralast Gold brake
pads," said Bill Rhodes, chairman, president and CEO of
AutoZone also recognized a special group of suppliers with
the company's prestigious Extra Miler Award. Extra Miler
suppliers are: Lucas Oil Products, Inc., Marklan Group, Inc.,
Spectra Premium Industries, Tenneco, Inc., Gabriel Ride
Control LLC and East Penn Manufacturing.
"The Extra Miler award recognizes those suppliers who
have demonstrated above and beyond efforts for AutoZone and
our customers," said Mark Finestone, senior vice
president of merchandising. "These Extra Miler suppliers
set the standard for their innovative thinking, category
management skills, quality merchandise and commitment with
AutoZone to grow the business together."
Two individuals, Jack Vollbrecht of Remy International, Inc.
and Michael Klein of IDQ USA, were recognized as Extra Milers
for their commitment to the automotive aftermarket government
The WITTDTJR (What It Takes To Do The Job Right) Award is
given to suppliers as recognition for taking the initiative
to make sure AutoZoners and AutoZone customers have the right
parts and the information to complete the job. The WITTDTJR
Award was given to the following suppliers: Meguiar's,
Inc., Import Products Co., Inc., Cequent Consumer Products,
Inc., Accessories Marketing, Inc.,General Cable Industries,
Inc., and Qualis Automotive, LLC.
As of February 11, 2012, AutoZone sells auto and light truck
parts, chemicals and accessories through 4,580 AutoZone
stores in 48 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia and
Puerto Rico and 287 stores in Mexico.
AutoZone is the leading retailer and a leading distributor of
automotive replacement parts and accessories in the United
States. Each store carries an extensive product line for
cars, sport utility vehicles, vans and light trucks,
including new and remanufactured automotive hard parts,
maintenance items, accessories, and non-automotive products.
Many stores also have a commercial sales program that
provides commercial credit and prompt delivery of parts and
other products to local, regional and national repair
garages, dealers, service stations, and public sector
accounts. AutoZone also sells the ALLDATA brand diagnostic
and repair software through www.alldata.com. Additionally, we
sell automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories,
non-automotive products and subscriptions to the ALLDATAdiy
product through www.autozone.com, and our commercial
customers can make purchases through www.autozonepro.com.
AutoZone does not derive revenue from automotive repair or
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SOURCE: AutoZone, Inc.