Network Again Named One of the CIO 100

Mount Prospect, IL (June 16, 2006) -Network Services Company was recently named a recipient of the CIO 100 Awards for 2006, a program created by CIO magazine to recognize organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of excellence in information technology. Network was included among the 100 winners for the third time in four years.

Network ( is a $12 billion international member-owned organization of independent distributors selling janitorial supplies, foodservice disposables, industrial packaging, and printing materials. It was recognized this year for the innovative expansion of its data warehouse that allows national account customers to better track and analyze their purchasing data. To accomplish this, transactions from distributor members with varying systems had to automatically flow through Network's data warehouse, thereby allowing Network to produce consolidated reports. Among other benefits, the expanded data warehouse helps customers manage their supply chains more effectively and allows them to monitor Network's Key Performance Indicators, such as fill-rates and on-time deliveries.

"This project has enabled Network to offer its national account customers dynamic reports electronically in real time," says Paul Roche, Network's Chief Information Officer. "We used our existing software to eliminate what had been a tedious and costly manual process. We now provide broader supply chain solutions to our customers."

The enhanced data warehouse is an extension of the NetLink project that earned Network the CIO 100 Award in 2005. NetLink is a supply chain and e-business system that interfaces with the internal systems of Network's customers, members and suppliers. In 2003, Network received a CIO 100 award for creativity and commitment in generating the most value for every IT dollar invested.

Jim Alexy, Chief Executive Officer and President of Network, says that its multiple CIO Awards exemplify the organization's commitment to continuously develop value-added services for its members.

"The distribution business is thriving, but is also becoming more complex and more competitive," says Alexy. "We believe we are providing our distributor members with industry-leading IT programs and scalable systems that help them meet the expectations of our national accounts."

CIO magazine is written for information technology executives and their companies, providing coverage of management issues, increased efficiency, new technologies, and industry trends. The CIO 100 winners are selected by teams of CIO magazine editors and writers who look for unique practices and substantive results.

CONTACTS: Jim or Lynda O'Connor, O'Connor Communications, 847-615-5462
Jeff Baden, Director of Marketing, Network, 847-803-4888

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