Avnet, Inc. Celebrates 5th Anniversary of Avnet Global Solutions Center

  Avnet, Inc. Celebrates 5th Anniversary of Avnet Global Solutions Center

  State-of-the-art facility provides industry-leading technology integration

Business Wire

PHOENIX -- October 29, 2013

Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a leading global technology distributor, is
celebrating the five-year anniversary of the Avnet Global Solutions Center.
Located in Chandler, Ariz., the Avnet Global Solutions Center offers
industry-leading IT capabilities and services such as hardware integration,
software configuration, packaging and logistics, and systems maintenance,
while delivering significant contributions to Avnet’s sustainability programs.

“Avnet’s Global Solutions Center has continued to outperform and surpass
expectations,” said Robert Brenner, senior vice president of warehousing and
distribution at Avnet, Inc. “Our technical professionals can design and
develop some of the most complex technology solutions on the market, and
deliver them on time and on budget to locations around the world. The team has
reduced cycle times and increased service levels every year, while continuing
to help our customers and partners accelerate their success by keeping them
ahead of their competition. We attribute this not only to the center’s
advanced capabilities, but also to our employees’ commitment to continuous
improvement and operational excellence.”

This state-of-the-art technology integration and logistics facility provides a
wide variety of technical and consulting services. By working with Avnet,
customers and partners can deliver complete custom computing and embedded
systems using technologies from leading manufacturers. The Avnet Global
Solutions Center also enables a testing environment to ensure the performance
of these solutions, and provides complete integration services and global
delivery capabilities. The facility is certified to ISO 9001:2000 and ISO
14001 standards for quality assurance, and ISO 13485 standards for medical
compliance. It serves as a model for seven other Avnet technology integration
facilities around the world. Achievements from the past five years include:

  *Built and shipped more than 1.5 million custom computing and embedded
    systems for Avnet customers and partners, which include design engineers,
    embedded OEMs, independent software vendors (ISVs), systems integrators
    and value-added resellers (VARs). Avnet integrates solutions such as
    FlexPod^® from Cisco and NetApp, HP Converged Infrastructure solutions,
    IBM PureSystems^™ and other industry-leading technologies.
  *Enhanced capabilities to advance specialized technologies, such as the
    design, development and integration of touch screen displays.
    Additionally, the Avnet Global Solutions center houses the Open Compute
    Project Innovation Lab focused on power-efficient scalable computing
    solutions; the Avnet LightLab for testing and measuring a wide range of
    LED applications; and a technology showcase that highlights the key
    technologies the center supports, such as 3D displays and converged data
    center technologies.
  *Incorporated digital signage technologies throughout the facility to
    demonstrate Avnet’s complete digital signage solutions capabilities.
  *Established standardized policies, process and workflows, based on Lean
    practices, that have been implemented in Avnet’s seven other integration
    facilities worldwide, effectively increasing Avnet’s ability to support
    its global customers
  *Reduced the amount of waste entering landfills by recycling nearly a ton
    of cardboard every day and more than 99 percent of the by-products (e.g.,
    CDs, manuals, slot covers and packaging) of the systems Avnet integrates.
    Also through the Avnet Refurbishment Program, which increases the
    lifecycle of products by repairing or upgrading systems, the Avnet Global
    Solutions Center has kept approximately 252,000 pounds or 126 tons of
    electronic waste from entering landfills.
  *Matured Avnet’s continuous improvement capabilities, including Lean
    processes. The Avnet Global Solutions Center has consistently demonstrated
    its efficiency in system integration on a global scale, which has led to
    significant capacity and performance improvements as well as industry
    awards for Lean and visual management. In an average year, the facility
    ships orders to approximately 50 countries.
  *Received multiple supplier certifications since opening the Global
    Solutions Center including becoming a Cisco Unified Computing System B and
    C Series Authorized Configurator, along with Cisco L6 facility approval.

“Our customers require Avaya’s prompt response when encountering changing
market conditions,” said Frank Rondi, vice president, Avaya Operations &
Planning. “They depend upon Avaya to maintain a flexible supply chain and
provide timely shipments while utilizing a stable, reliable material
source.Avnet’s Global Solutions Center has consistently helped Avaya in
meeting these requirements since its inception and first customer
shipments.Congratulations on the five-year anniversary of the Global
Solutions Center and Avnet’s support to Avaya and Avaya’s customers.”

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About Avnet

Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest
distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded
technology serving customers globally. Avnet accelerates its partners' success
by connecting the world's leading technology suppliers with a broad base of
customers by providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For
the fiscal year ended June 29, 2013, Avnet generated revenue of $25.5 billion.
For more information, visit www.avnet.com.

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