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AutoZone Vendor Summit Celebrates Accomplishments and Contributions of Top Suppliers


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MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 19, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AutoZone recognized 14 of its top suppliers at the annual AutoZone Vendor Summit on May 31, 2017 in Memphis, Tenn. Each company was selected for demonstrating exceptional collaboration, innovation and commitment to customer satisfaction throughout the last year. Five vendors received AutoZone WITTDTJR® awards (“What It Takes to Do the Job Right”): Bearing Tech, MotoRad, Old World Industries, Spectrum Brands GAC and Wilmar Corporation.  These vendors consistently ensured that AutoZone’s Do-It-Yourself (“DIY”) customers and professional installers have the parts and products necessary to best fix vehicles and keep vehicles running smoothly. ...

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