Global Partners LP (NYSE: GLP) today announced that it has been named to the 2012 InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation’s most innovative users of business technology. Global Partners was honored for its Strategic Partner Program, a comprehensive vendor quality assessment and recognition program put in place in early 2011. “The Strategic Partner Program is one element in Global Partners’ broader Information Technology Transformation Initiative, which is designed to leverage technology to meet the Partnership’s long-term strategic objectives,” said Kenneth J. Piddington, Global Partners’ Chief Information Officer. “We are proud to have our Strategic Partner Program recognized by one of the world’s leading sources of IT (information technology) content,” Piddington said. “Through our program, we are building high-quality partnerships with our vendors by evaluating and recognizing their efforts to reduce costs, improve service quality and create solutions that contribute to our financial and operational success.” The program includes vendor showcases, annual vendor performance reviews and other tools designed to help the Partnership execute its IT strategy. To recognize its most successful collaborations, Global Partners hosts an annual event to honor vendors in categories such as teamwork and collaboration, innovation and customer service, with an overall award for Vendor of the Year. Said Piddington, “In the 18 months since it was implemented, the program has not only resulted in measurable cost savings but also technology solutions that have helped us better meet the needs of our customers. This award reinforces the value we are delivering through technological, procedural, and organizational innovation.” “The InformationWeek 500 has recognized the most innovative users of business technology for 24 years, and this year’s innovators were particularly impressive,” said InformationWeek Editor In Chief Rob Preston. “What the editors looked for were unconventional approaches—new technologies, new models, new ways of grabbing business opportunities and solving complex business problems with IT.”
What is the InformationWeek 500?Now in its 25th year, the InformationWeek 500 tracks the IT practices of the nation’s most innovative IT organizations across 21 industries, providing a unique opportunity to understand and examine the business practices of these firms across core areas of operations, including, technology deployment, IT budgets, business-technology infrastructure, and IT strategies. About InformationWeek Business Technology Network The InformationWeek Business Technology Network provides IT executives with unique analysis and tools that parallel their work flow—from defining and framing objectives through to the evaluation and recommendation of solutions. Anchored by InformationWeek, the multimedia powerhouse that looks across the enterprise, the network scales across the most critical technology categories with online properties such as DarkReading.com (security), NetworkComputing.com (networking and communications) and BYTE (consumer technology). The network also provides focused content for key IT targets, such as CIOs, developers and SMBs, via InformationWeek Global CIO, Dr. Dobb's and InformationWeek SMB, as well as vital vertical industries with InformationWeek Financial Services, Government and Healthcare sites. Content is at the nucleus of our information distribution strategy—IT professionals turn to our experts and communities to stay informed, get advice and research technologies to make strategic business decisions. More information is available at http://www.informationweek.com. About Global Partners LP Global Partners LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership based in Waltham, Massachusetts, owns, controls or has access to one of the largest terminal networks of refined petroleum products and renewable fuels in the Northeast. Global is a leader in the logistics of transporting crude and other products from the mid-continent region to the East Coast. The Partnership is one of the largest wholesale distributors of gasoline (including blendstocks such as ethanol and naphtha), distillates (such as home heating oil, diesel and kerosene), residual oil and renewable fuels to wholesalers, retailers and commercial customers in the New England states and New York. In addition, the Partnership has a portfolio of approximately 1,000 gas stations in nine Northeastern states. The Partnership also is a distributor of natural gas. A FORTUNE 500® company, Global Partners trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "GLP." For additional information, please visit www.globalp.com.