MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO), the nation's leading retailer and a leading distributor of auto parts and accessories, recognized Spectra Premium Industries as its Vendor of the Year during the company's annual AutoZone Vendor Summit held in Tunica, Mississippi. "Spectra has been a strong AutoZone supplier for over five years. During that time they have collaborated with us to grow sales and improve productivity in the categories they supply us," said Bill Rhodes, Chairman, President and CEO of AutoZone. AutoZone also recognized a special group of suppliers with the company's prestigious Extra Miler Award. The Extra Miler award recognizes those suppliers who have demonstrated above and beyond efforts for AutoZone and our customers. Extra Miler winners were Bosch, IDQ, Kraco, Lozier Corporation, Madix, Inc., PEX Automotive, Shell Lubricants, and Dorman Products, Inc. "These Extra Miler suppliers set the standard for their innovative thinking, category management skills, quality merchandise and commitment with AutoZone to grow the business together," said Mark Finestone, Senior Vice President of Merchandising. Additionally, WITTDTJR (What It Takes To Do The Job Right) Awards were given to suppliers as recognition for taking the initiative to make sure our AutoZoners and customers have what it takes to complete the job. WITTDTJR award winners were Anchor Industries, Inc., BP Castrol, CRC Industries, Pilot Automotive, Inc., Retail Insights LLC, Standard Motor Products, Inc., and Titan. About AutoZone: As of February 9, 2013, AutoZone sells auto and light truck parts, chemicals and accessories through 4,735 AutoZone stores in 49 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and 334 stores in Mexico and one store in Brazil for a total store count of 5,070. AutoZone is the leading retailer and a leading distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories in the United States. Each store carries an extensive product line for cars, sport utility vehicles, vans and light trucks, including new and remanufactured automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories, and non-automotive products. Many stores also have a commercial sales program that provides commercial credit and prompt delivery of parts and other products to local, regional and national repair garages, dealers, service stations, and public sector accounts. AutoZone also sells the ALLDATA brand diagnostic and repair software through www.alldata.com. Additionally, we sell automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories, non-automotive products and subscriptions to the ALLDATAdiy product through www.autozone.com, accessories through www.autoanything.com and our commercial customers can make purchases through www.autozonepro.com. AutoZone does not derive revenue from automotive repair or installation.
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