Sears Holdings hosted a special event on June 22 at its headquarters to honor the company's top suppliers as Partners in Progress for 2005.
The prestigious Partners in Progress award is presented annually to a select group of supplier companies that provide Sears Holdings with quality products and services, from apparel, appliances and tools to marketing, facilities design and technology. Less than one percent of Sears Holdings' more than 40,000 suppliers earn the coveted award each year.
The winning companies were hosted by Aylwin B. Lewis, chief executive officer and president of Sears Holdings Corporation, at the company's headquarters.
"Strong and productive supplier relationships are critical to building lifetime relationships with our Kmart and Sears customers," said Lewis. "As a new company, Sears Holdings has an opportunity to better serve our customers by working hand in hand with our suppliers. We're pleased to have the opportunity, through the Partners in Progress program, to recognize the suppliers who have gone the extra mile to support our company."
Launched more than 20 years ago, the Partners in Progress program recognizes sources for product or service quality, innovation, diversity and overall market performance. The winners were selected from nominations submitted by Sears' associates who purchase goods and services for the company.
About Sears Holdings Corporation
Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) is the nation's third largest broadline retailer, with approximately $55 billion in annual revenues, and with approximately 3,900 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. Sears Holdings is the leading home appliance retailer as well as a leader in tools, lawn and garden, home electronics and automotive repair and maintenance. Key proprietary brands include Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard, and a broad apparel offering, including such well-known labels as Lands' End, Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer, as well as the Apostrophe and Covington brands. It also has Martha Stewart Everyday products, which are offered exclusively in the U.S. by Kmart and in Canada by Sears Canada. The company is the nation's largest provider of home services, with more than 13 million service calls made annually. For more information, visit Sears Holdings' website at http://www.searsholdings.com/ .
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