Global Partners Named a Top Technology Innovator

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Global Partners Named a Top Technology Innovator


WALTHAM, Mass. -- Global Partners LP has been named to the 2012 InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation's most innovative users of businesstechnology. The company is being honored for its Strategic Partner Program, a comprehensive vendor quality assessment and recognition program put in place in early 2011.

"The Strategic Partner Program is one element in Global Partners' broader Information Technology Transformation Initiative, which is designed to leverage technology to meet the Partnership's long-term strategic objectives," said Kenneth J. Piddington, Global Partners' chief information officer.

"We are proud to have our Strategic Partner Program recognized by one of the world's leading sources of IT content," he added. "Through our program, we are building high-quality partnerships with our vendors by evaluating and recognizing their efforts to reduce costs, improve service quality and create solutions that contribute to our financial and operational success."

The program includes vendor showcases, annual vendor performance reviews and other tools designed to help the Partnership execute its information technology strategy. To recognize its most successful collaborations, Global Partners hosts an annual event to honor vendors in categories such as teamwork and collaboration, innovation and customer service, with an overall award for Vendor of the Year.

"In the 18 months since it was implemented, the program has not only resulted in measurable cost savings but also technology solutions that have helped us better meet the needs of our customers. This award reinforces the value we are delivering through technological, procedural, and organizational innovation," Piddington explained.

Now in its 25th year, the InformationWeek 500 tracks the IT practices of the nation's most innovative IT organizations across 21 industries, providing an opportunity to understand and examine the business practices of these firms across core areas of operations, including, technology deployment, IT budgets, business-technology infrastructure and IT strategies.

Global Partners is a publicly traded master limited partnership based in Waltham, Mass. It owns, controls or has access to one of the largest terminal networks of refined petroleum products and renewable fuels in the Northeast. Global is a leader in the logistics of transporting crude and other products from the mid-continent region to the East Coast. In addition, the Partnership has a portfolio of approximately 1,000 gas stations in nine Northeastern states. The Partnership also is a distributor of natural gas.