This is the fifth time the apparel supplier has received the honor.

KIRKLAND, WASHINGTON (February 14, 2014) – Having trusted, dependable supplier partners can make all the difference in a distributor’s ability to surprise and delight end buyer clients. That’s why Image Source annually reviews the many characteristics—quality, value, reliability and service to name a few—that set suppliers apart in the promotional products industry.

Since 2006, Image Source has evaluated its supplier partners and taken a company-wide employee vote to determine its Supplier of the Year. For 2013, the honor goes to SanMar, which marks the fifth year the Issaquah, Washington-based apparel supplier has received the award.

In this eighth annual competition, the performance of all Image Source suppliers was measured on a number of criteria, including overall customer service, quality of both inside and outside reps, usability and layout of the website and catalog, ease of ordering, problem resolution, product quality, delivery and overall value provided. SanMar received the highest number of votes and was thus named Supplier of the Year 2013.

“SanMar has really set the standard for supplier excellence and supporting our client’s apparel needs,” said Jeff Holt, Image Source vice president of marketing. “It goes beyond the company’s local presence for us. Everything it provides—from high quality products and deep inventory levels, to an easy-to-use website and terrific inside and outside reps—differentiates SanMar and speaks to the reason it has received our Supplier of the Year award for the fifth time. We appreciate the great level of partnership from all our suppliers. In 2013, SanMar just really stood out from the rest.”

About Image Source

Founded in 1997, Image Source, Inc. is a promotional merchandise agency that provides Fortune 500 and small businesses alike with customized solutions to their promotional merchandise and apparel needs. The company specializes in sales promotions, incentive programs, apparel and uniforms, online stores, and marketing and fulfillment services.

Headquartered in Kirkland, Washington, Image Source works with a number of recognized brands—including Boeing, Expedia, Microsoft, Nintendo, Nordstrom, Seattle Mariners and University of Washington—as well as firms in the auto, education, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, marketing, retail and tech markets. The company is in the top one percent in overall sales volume in the promotional products industry and is ranked No. 49 in Promo Marketing Top 50 Distributors 2012.

Image Source has been recognized multiple times as a top employer, including Counselor Best Places To Work 2008-2013, Seattle Business Magazine’s 100 Best Companies To Work For 2011-2013 and Puget Sound Business Journal’s Washington’s Best Workplaces 2008 and 2009.

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Media Contact:
Lisa Horn, CAS

Company Contact:
Jeff Holt