MONTREAL, CANADA and HOFFMAN ESTATES, ILLINOIS, USA--June 18, 2007 - Quebecor World Inc. is pleased to announce that it was one of the select companies to receive top honors at the Sears Holdings' 2006 Partners in Progress Awards. The award was accepted by Quebecor World President and CEO, Wes Lucas on behalf of the many Quebecor World employees who ensure the successful production of Sears' printed products each and every day.
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 41,000 suppliers earn the coveted award each year.
The winning companies were hosted by Aylwin B. Lewis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sears Holdings Corporation.
"Partners in Progress was started more than 20 years ago and is a testament to the importance we place on having strong supplier relationships," said Lewis. "The Sears Holdings culture is one that places a high priority on teamwork and a focus on customers. The Partners in Progress program allows our company to recognize those suppliers who have gone above and beyond to support Sears Holdings' in our efforts to better serve our customers and grow profitably by working together."
"Receiving this award is a true testament of the Quebecor World Commitment to provide exceptional, value added products and services. In addition, Quebecor World also achieved top three finalist awards for quality and overall "Supplier of the Year - Non-Merchandise Suppliers Awards," said Wes Lucas, President and CEO of Quebecor World. "We are creating greater customer value by providing effective, multi-channel solutions involving premedia, print products, logistics solutions, and other value-added services to help customers like Sears maximize their marketing and advertising campaigns."
Quebecor World has successfully met the print needs of Sears for more than 50 years. As part of multi-channel advertising campaigns throughout the year, Sears inserts, mailers and catalogs are produced in 15 or more Quebecor World facilities. Quebecor World's coast-to-coast production platform, combined with our before and after print services, provides flexibility, on-time delivery and a focus on quality that are the foundation of our strong relationship with Sears.
"Our relationship with Sears has been a positive and progressive experience; an experience that demands perfection, which we strive to deliver each and every day." said Brian Freschi, President Retail, Sunday Magazine, Catalog Group.
The Partners in Progress program recognizes suppliers 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 in 2006.