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Avnet Electronics Marketing's Jim Smith Named One of Supply Chain Technology News' 25 Most Influential People

Thursday, June 12, 2003 5:00 am MST

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"Jim Smith knows warehouses. In his role at Avnet ... he oversees one of the largest distribution centers in the U.S. -- Avnet's 404,000 square foot Logistics & Distribution Center in Chandler, Arizona -- which ships as many as 10,000 line items on a daily basis."
PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 12, 2003--Supply Chain Technology News, published by Penton Publications, has named Jim Smith, senior vice president and director of operations, Avnet Electronics Marketing, Americas, as one of its 25 Most Influential People. "With supply chain managers under increasing pressure to deliver immediate improvements to their companies' bottom line, the intergalactic overhauls of yesterday have given way to the focused, ROI-centric spot projects of today," said the magazine's account of the nomination. "As our third annual profile of the 25 Most Influential People in the supply chain illustrates, the industry's best people are continuing to extend their enterprises both vertically and horizontally throughout the whole network of supply chain processes," the editors continued. "Jim Smith knows warehouses. In his role at Avnet ... he oversees one of the largest distribution centers in the U.S. -- Avnet's 404,000 square foot Logistics & Distribution Center in Chandler, Arizona -- which ships as many as 10,000 line items on a daily basis."

"I am truly honored by this nomination," Smith commented. "The publication covers a lot of innovation and best practices in the supply chain industry, and it is humbling to be ranked among the other professionals listed. I am deeply appreciative of the recognition. Avnet is a classic time-and-place utility player, the true middleman in the supply chain process," Smith continued. "We coordinate between the OEM (original equipment manufacturer) and the ultimate end user."

The listing included people involved in logistics, procurement, IT operations and supply chain management, working in diverse manufacturing and retail organizations. "Their one common bond is a belief in the power of technology and teamwork to improve supply chain efficiency," the editors said.

About Avnet Electronics Marketing

Avnet Electronics Marketing, serving customers in 63 countries, is the largest operating group of Phoenix-based Avnet Inc. (NYSE: AVT), one of the world's largest technology marketing, distribution and services companies. Avnet Electronics Marketing, Americas (EMA) serves electronic original equipment manufacturers (EOEMs) and electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers in North America and Brazil through four focused business units, distributing electronic components from leading manufacturers and providing associated services. Avnet Cilicon focuses solely on semiconductors with dedicated channels to specific end-market segments; Avnet IP&E is the leading interconnect, passive and electromechanical components specialist; Avnet RF & Microwave is the distribution market leader in the sale of components and services to the wireless electronics industry; and Avnet Supply Chain Services provides end-to-end supply chain optimization programs. The company's Web site is located at www.avnet.com.

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Avnet Electronics Marketing, Phoenix
Jennifer Read, 480/632-2931
Jennifer.read@avnet.com