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AutoZone Vendor Summit Recognizes Contributions of Top Suppliers


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MEMPHIS, Tenn. , June 05, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AutoZone (NYSE: AZO) recognized 17 of its top suppliers at their annual Vendor Summit. The awards honor companies that provided exceptional performance and demonstrated a strong commitment to customer satisfaction during the past year.

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