Microsoft Announces Vendor Program Excellence Award Winners

REDMOND, Wash. — July 14, 2005 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the winners of its 2005 Microsoft® Vendor Program (MSVP) Excellence Awards. The MSVP Excellence Awards recognize vendors that consistently provide an outstanding level of service and quality to Microsoft by meeting specified criteria in areas such as cost, quality, flexibility, innovation, diversity, security and privacy.

2005 MSVP Excellence Award Winners

Winners were announced in six categories: Vendor of the Year, Diversity, Technology, Quality, Service and Value:

  • Vendor of the Year. JVC Disc America manages the largest mix and variety of Microsoft’s full-packaged products. JVC’s manufactured product quality has significantly and consistently exceeded standards and expectations. JVC proactively initiated cost-reduction projects and supported Microsoft-driven initiatives to improve cost efficiencies while maintaining quality and providing excellent customer service.

  • Diversity. Grubb & Ellis Co. incorporated a diversity procurement program into its facility management business. By selecting pre-qualified diverse vendors to compete in sourcing exercises and opening up its selection process so that these vendors could prove themselves with smaller assignments before increasing their business, Grubb & Ellis has significantly increased its spend to diverse vendors.

  • Quality. Carlyle Inc. developed cable, fiber and rack assemblies for Microsoft’s new data center, which will ensure long-term use while allowing ongoing changes to happen quickly and inexpensively without service interruption. Carlyle produces high-quality products that will help ensure a lower total cost of ownership for Microsoft.

  • Service. Foxlink International Inc. exceeded expectations in the development of Xbox® peripherals by providing quick turnarounds for prototype rebuilds, flexibility with design changes, and great communication between Microsoft, its U.S. offices and its manufacturing plants in China, all while being held to a tight timeline.

  • Technology. comScore SurveySite developed a new survey tool, SiteRecruit, for the Web site. The new tool provides additional functionality that dynamically generates a survey based on the places the user visited, thus providing better results while meeting privacy requirements.

  • Value. Philips Optical Storage moved production from Malaysia to China, which helped produce significant savings while delivering quality products 100 percent on time during the high-volume holiday season.

The Microsoft Vendor Program

Through MSVP, Microsoft is continuing to improve operating efficiencies, reduce costs, simplify relationships with vendors, and strengthen its commitment to vendor diversity and small businesses by creating strong relationships with its Premier and Preferred suppliers. According to Tim McBride, director of the Global Procurement Center at Microsoft, “Microsoft works with more than 20,000 vendors, and MSVP has been instrumental in improving the quality of the relationships we have with them while reducing our operating costs.”

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