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Anixter Named Top Provider of Information Technology Products and Services

Anixter Recognized as Elite Provider by VARBusiness Magazine

Skokie, IL (November 23, 1998) -- Anixter Inc., a leading international network integrator, has been named to the VARBusiness 500, an exclusive ranking of the top 500 VARs and integrators in North America.

"We are pleased to be named to this elite list. It is a welcome validation of our efforts to provide our customers with full network life-cycle support, from planning through deployment, to operational support," explained Jim Serenbetz, Vice President of Marketing, Networking, Anixter.

Anixter, which ranked Number 17 on the list, has been providing networking products and solutions to the industry for years now with revenues of just under $3 billion. The list included more than 500 companies, representing the most successful value-added resellers (VARs), providers of information technology (IT) solutions, system integrators and technology consulting organizations within the United States and Canada.

After intensive researching and studying of business models and finances of the numerous value-added channel organizations, the editors of VARBusiness narrowed the listing to 500 companies with the greatest revenue coming from the sale of hardware and software as well as consulting, training and programming services to organizations representing all sectors of the economy. The ranking was published in the special recent issue of VARBusiness.

"Being named to the VARBusiness 500 is a strong measure of success, a distinct honor," stated Leslie Jeffery, Publisher, VARBusiness. "Listed companies are the leaders in information technology solutions and customer satisfaction, and play major roles in setting the direction of the computer industry."

Published twice each month by CMP Media, VARBusiness goes behind headlines to provide in-depth market intelligence and perspective about business trends, product and technology issues, and supplier activities impacting VARs of computer products and services. VARBusiness provides a unique blend of information to help VARs manage and grow their business and provide better solutions to their customers. Its Web site is located at

About Anixter
Anixter Inc. (NYSE: AXE), a Fortune 500 company, is an international integration and distribution specialist. Anixter's Network Integration business unit's offerings include assessment, design, implementation and operational support for a wide range of technology products from leading manufacturers. Anixter's 100,000 customers include Fortune 1,000 companies, as well as institutions in the education, healthcare, finance and government sectors. Founded in 1957 and headquartered in Skokie, Ill., the company currently employs 6,000 people operating in 165 locations across 40 countries. Anixter is the only non-manufacturing Principal Member of the ATM Forum, and is also actively involved in many leading industry organizations such as IEEE, BICSI and ANSI. More information can be found on the company's Web site at



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