Bunzl Distribution Awards AT&T Networking Contract
St. Louis, Missouri, April 10, 2007
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) today announced that Bunzl Distribution USA, Inc., a leading supplier of disposable paper and plastic packaging supplies, signed a $4.5 million contract for a range of networking and voice services. The three-year agreement extends a long-standing relationship between the two companies.
Bunzl Distribution leases and operates more than 100 warehouses that serve all 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico as well as Canada, the Caribbean and parts of Mexico. Under the terms of the agreement, AT&T will deliver its MPLS Virtual Private Network (VPN) services to connect 110 Bunzl locations throughout North America.
With more than a quarter of a million different supply items, real-time access to accurate logistical and supply chain information is essential to Bunzl. The company utilizes state-of-the-art Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) transmissions, customized order guides and choices of distribution systems. Bunzl's system consists of order processing, purchasing, receiving, billing, sales, warehousing, distribution and accounting modules. The reliable any-to-any connectivity of AT&T's VPN services enables Bunzl to deliver these state-of-the-art services in all of its markets.
"AT&T's networking services ensure that our mission-critical data gets where we need it and when we need it, which helps us increase productivity and enhance customer service," said Ken Aull, executive vice president of Information Technology with Bunzl Distribution. "By enabling our locations to interface directly with their local customers, we gain immediate access to all the data needed to operate that local facility and help customers manage their businesses."
In addition to providing networking services for Bunzl, AT&T delivers managed Internet services, domestic and international long distance as well as toll-free and teleconferencing services.
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About Bunzl Distribution
Bunzl Distribution, Inc. (www.bunzldistribution.com), based in St. Louis, is the U.S. headquarters and largest division of London-based Bunzl plc (NYSE:BNL), an international distribution and outsourcing Group. With more than 90 warehouses throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, Bunzl is a leading supplier of disposable paper and plastic packaging supplies to an array of businesses and industries. These customers include supermarket retailers, self-distributing chains and wholesalers, as well as food processors, restaurants, institutions, airline and industrial markets.
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