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Quebecor World Announces Multi-Year Contract with Williams-Sonoma

Friday, October 10, 2003

Press release from the issuing company

MONTREAL--Oct. 9, 2003-- Quebecor World has been awarded a multi-year contract from home furnishings retailer Williams-Sonoma, Inc. to produce its catalog PBTeen. This new agreement builds upon a 20-year old, mutually beneficial relationship between Quebecor World and Williams-Sonoma, Inc. and also includes mail list and logistics services for the title. Quebecor World currently prints Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Bed & Bath catalogs for Williams-Sonoma, Inc. "For 20 years we have had an excellent working relationship with Quebecor World, our largest print provider, and they have repeatedly demonstrated that they understand our business. We value this relationship and are pleased to award them this additional work," stated Patrick Connolly, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. PBteen was developed to fill the niche between Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids. Response to the catalog is substantially exceeding expectations as it targets the underserved market of home furnishings for teens. "We are proud of the strong relationship we have built with Williams-Sonoma, Inc. over the years and are pleased that they have the confidence in our abilities to award us with their new catalog," stated Dave Boles, Chief Operating Officer, Quebecor World North America. Quebecor World and Williams-Sonoma have a long history of working together effectively to improve both product quality and workflows. The pioneering application of stochastic screening to Pottery Barn Bed & Bath and Pottery Barn in 2000 is just one example. This process greatly enhanced the range and detailing of color reproduction. Since that initial success, the stochastic process has been continuously refined to meet the demanding requirements for consistent, high quality, high-speed web offset printing. "As an industry leader, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is the type of company that Quebecor World has structured itself to support," said George Zengo, President of Catalog and Logistics Services, Quebecor World North America. "Their ability to take advantage of the size, diversity and flexibility of our manufacturing platform leads to many significant benefits for both companies." Quebecor World will produce this work in its Chicago, Illinois facility. Mail list and logistics services will be managed out of Quebecor World's Bensenville, Illinois facility.




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