DENVER, July 2, 2007 - Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced a renewed agreement to provide IKEA North America Services, LLC with voice and data services for 32 locations nationwide. IKEA has been a Qwest customer for more than eight years and recently renewed its agreements because the technologies Qwest delivers have increased IKEA's efficiency in its retail stores, distribution centers, contact center, and at its corporate headquarters in Pennsylvania.
"Qwest has been an extremely dependable partner for our business, and we're pleased with both the technology we receive as well as the ongoing relationship and service we get with the account team," said Bill Wolff, corporate network manager, IKEA North America Services, LLC. "For years we've relied on Qwest's national fiber network as the backbone of our communications infrastructure."
"IKEA has grown significantly over the last eight years, and we've been able to scale to meet their needs as their business takes off," said Tom Richards, executive vice president, business markets group for Qwest. "Businesses often expand rapidly, and Qwest is a nimble service provider that can keep up with their fast-paced growth."
The Qwest Business Markets Group is responsible for the national sales, marketing and delivery of voice, data and IP communications services to tens of thousands of Qwest's business customers, from small businesses to global enterprises to state, local and federal government agencies. The group includes more than 3,000 employees who interact daily with Qwest customers while providing the Spirit of Service commitment. For more information about Qwest's enterprise services, please visit http://www.qwest.com/largebusiness.
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IKEA places great value on life at home. A comforting spot where family and friends gather, where children learn and grow. A place where laughter is constant. And everyone is welcome to just hang out. An IKEA home is not about bricks and mortar. It's about beauty, joy and security. Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings and accessories of good design and functional living solutions at prices so low that the majority of the people can afford them. Currently there are more than 255 IKEA stores in 35 countries, including 41 in North America (11 in Canada; 30 in the US). IKEA plans to open three - five stores a year. IKEA has been named to BusinessWeek's List of The Best Global Brands (August 7, 2006) and for four consecutive years, Working Mother magazine's annual list of the "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers." IKEA was listed in March 2007, on Fast Company's Fast 50, for its environmentally responsible products, as well as five consecutive years, Training magazine's annual list of top companies that excel at human capital development. Additionally, IKEA has been on FORTUNE's "100 Best Companies to Work For" list for three straight years. IKEA recently received the Foreign Policy Association Award for Global Corporate Social Responsibility. IKEA incorporates environmentally friendly efforts into day-to-day business and continuously supports initiatives that benefit causes such as children and the environment including UNICEF, Save the Children and American Forests. To visit the IKEA Web site, please go to http://www.IKEA-usa.com. To learn more about IKEA environmental and social responsibility actions and programs, visit http://www.ikea-group.ikea.com/corporate/responsible/brochure.html
Future U.S. store locations include: Brooklyn, NY; Charlotte, NC; Orlando, FL; Portland, OR; Somerville, MA; Sunrise, FL; Tampa, FL and West Chester, OH. Existing distribution centers in North America include facilities in: Bristol, PA; Brossard, QC; Perryville, MD; Tejon, CA; Vancouver, BC; and Westampton, NJ. Other distribution facilities are planned for Joliet, IL and Tacoma, WA.