STAMFORD, Conn., June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pitney Bowes Management Services (PBMS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE: PBI) was named "Supplier of the Year" by Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK) for providing "excellent customer service and being completely committed to driving productivity on Kodak's behalf," according to Doug Kennedy, Kodak's Facilities Management (FM) Services manager. This is the fourth supplier recognition PBMS has received from Kodak. In 2002, it received Kodak's Quality Supplier certification, and was recertified in 2004 and 2005. PBMS was selected from more than 500 companies that supply a broad range of services to Kodak. Its selection as "Supplier of the Year" was the result of identifying and achieving cost efficiencies and process improvements that resulted in significant savings to Kodak through cost reductions and cost avoidance. "At Kodak, we are very proud of our suppliers. They are an integral part of our business and the success we've achieved in the market place. Pitney Bowes is a fine example of our supplier base and we are pleased to recognize their achievements as a Kodak supplier," commented Ricardo A. Gonzalez, manager and vice president, Worldwide SGA Purchasing & Supplier Diversity, Eastman Kodak Company. "We are extremely pleased and proud to be given this honor by a customer who represents the epitome of performance excellence in their industry," said Keith Wyche, president, U.S. Operations, PBMS. "Kodak's recognition of PBMS' performance, which includes achieving and maintaining ISO certification standards, outstanding customer satisfaction and exceeding year-over-year double digit productivity goals, are benchmarks we will strive to repeat in the years to come." The Kodak "Supplier of the Year" award is given to a Kodak supplier who has demonstrated continuous improvement and customer focus, and has leveraged its partnership with Kodak by exceeding certain criteria, including: - Productivity -- delivering significant year-over-year improvements or benchmark pricing in the industry - Leadership in Quality -- achieving supplier certification status as well as Six Sigma quality levels for goods and services - E-Commerce -- participation in reverse auctions and supporting direct electronic exchange of transactional data with Kodak or through the use of eAuctions with second-tier suppliers - Delivery - achieving and maintaining 97 percent on-time service delivery, with lead times that match the best in the industry - Supplier Diversity - aggressively supporting Kodak's diversity initiatives as either a quality minority-owned or woman-owned provider, or as a prime supplier using diverse supplies on behalf of Kodak for indirect spend PBMS provides a variety of mail, print and document management services at Kodak locations in New York, Connecticut, Colorado and Georgia. About Pitney Bowes Pitney Bowes provides the world's most comprehensive suite of mailstream software, hardware, services and solutions to help companies manage their flow of mail, documents and packages to improve communication. Pitney Bowes, with $5.5 billion in annual revenue, takes an all-inclusive view of its customers' operations, helping organizations of all sizes enjoy the competitive advantage that comes from an optimized mailstream. The company's 86 years of technological leadership have produced many major mailstream innovations, and it is consistently on the Intellectual Property Owners Association's list of top U.S. patent holders. With approximately 34,000 employees worldwide, Pitney Bowes services more than 2 million businesses through direct and dealer operations. More information about the company can be found at http://www.pb.com
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