New Tool Merges Best Practices of Avnet Electronics Marketing’s Customer Self-Service Web Properties That Serve the Supply Chain Community

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), today announced the launch of Supply Chain Central.

Doing business with Avnet just got a whole lot easier for customers thanks to the new Supply Chain Central Web site. The tool merges the best practices of Avnet Electronics Marketing’s customer self-service Web properties that serve the Avnet supply chain community --, Promiere.Com, and Avnet’s Web sponsorship program. This customer self-service tool gives component customers the ability to manage their Avnet supply chain online, at any time, at no cost.

With Supply Chain Central, customers gain access to:

    * Forecast information
    * Backlog review capability
    * Information on orders that will be shipped soon
    * Information on orders that have shipped recently
    * Broad waybill and invoice information
    * Bonded and available Avnet inventory
    * Customer specific price order execution
    * Customer specific catalog of parts and part information
    * EOL status on catalog parts

Avnet Electronics Marketing’s Supply Chain Central features are based upon years of experience and customer feedback on what is important to them. Initial customer feedback indicates they are pleased with the services the new web tool provides: “The Supply Chain Central tool gives us fast, accurate, competitive prices that help me turn my quotes around quicker. The speed and efficiency it drives helps us get back to our customers first, which helps us win more business. The purchasing team likes the tool because they find it easy to use and comprehensive in nature,” said Jared Jeffrey, engineer for Symmetry Electronics.

“I use it for everything from looking up current bond levels to checking on open order status and getting waybills quickly and easily. This saves me so much time compared to calling and asking for help on every item,” said Sharon Biesbrock, buyer for Gateworks Corporation.

“Avnet Electronics Marketing’s Supply Chain Central provides customers with the tools they need to get rapid answers to a myriad of questions about their Avnet supply chain, whenever and wherever they need it,” said Glenn Bassett, vice president of strategic business development for Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas. “With this service we enhance customer productivity and customer satisfaction by extending our top notch sales support to meet the around the clock, real time information and execution needs of our customers.”

Avnet Electronics Marketing’s Supply Chain Central Web services are available to Avnet Electronics Marketing customers in the Americas. For more information, please visit:

About Avnet Electronics Marketing

Avnet Electronics Marketing is an operating group of Phoenix-based Avnet, Inc. that serves electronic original equipment manufacturers (EOEMs) and electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers in more than 70 countries, distributing electronic components from leading manufacturers and providing associated design-chain and supply-chain services. The group's Web site is located at Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology in the world. Avnet accelerates its partners’ success by connecting the world’s leading technology suppliers with a broad base of more than 100,000 customers and providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended June 28, 2008, Avnet generated revenue of $17.95 billion. For more information, visit

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