Bell Microproducts Aims to Boost Electronic Product Sales With CNET Networks'

Sun, 07/22/2001

San Francisco, July 23, 2001 - CNET Channel, a division of CNET Networks, Inc (Nasdaq: CNET), today announced that it has added Bell Microproducts (Nasdaq: BELM), one of the world's largest storage-centric value-added distributors, to its list of electronic product data licensees. Bell Microproducts will use e-commerce-ready product data from CNET DataServices (CDS) to power its electronic commerce sites in U.S., Canada and UK, providing them easier access to the essential technology product information that drives purchasing decisions.

"Technology resellers come to Bell Microproducts' sites to purchase complex tech storage products and need searchable, comparable, and easy to understand product data in order to make quick but educated buying decisions," said Rob Watson, director, e-marketing and marketing communications, Bell Microproducts. "CDS technology product data gives us a competitive advantage, so that resellers can spend less time on our sites searching and more time buying what they need. We expect CDS to contribute to an increase in cost efficiencies for our business."

CDS provides the most comprehensive and current technology and consumer electronics product information available, including detailed product descriptions, specifications, and images. Through the use of CDS, Bell Microproducts will offer a range of valuable functions that will guide its reseller customers toward quicker, more informed purchasing decisions, including catalog browsing, and product searching, configuring and comparison capabilities. CNET DataServices currently has more than 160 site licenses, catalogs more than 600,000 SKUs worldwide, and continues to add product catalog information. In addition, CDS' multi-lingual and multi-market functionality covers 12 languages and 32 countries, enabling customers to deliver locally focused information on a global scale.

"Bell Microproducts is a key addition to our base of top-tier global IT supply channel customers," said Albert de Heer, president of CNET Channel. "This latest partnership illustrates that CNET Channel is an essential link in the IT supply chain, helping customers increase their site's traffic, boost conversions-to-sales, and ultimately increase revenues."

About CNET Networks, Inc.
CNET Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: CNET, is an interactive media company that builds brands for people and the things they are passionate about, such as gaming, music, entertainment, technology, business, food, and parenting. The Company's leading brands include CNET, GameSpot,,, CHOW, ZDNet and TechRepublic. Founded in 1992, CNET Networks has a strong presence in the US, Asia, and Europe.

About Bell Microproducts
Bell Microproducts is an international, value-added provider of a wide range of high-technology products, solutions, and services to the industrial and commercial markets. The company's offering includes semiconductors, computer platforms, peripherals, and storage products of various types including desktop, high-end computer and storage subsystems, fibre channel connectivity products, RAID, NAS and SAN storage systems and back-up products. Bell Microproducts is an industry-recognized specialist in storage products and is one of the world's largest storage-centric value-added distributors.

The company's products are available at any level of integration, from components to subsystem assemblies and fully-integrated, tested and certified system solutions. The company adds value with a broad range of services including testing, software loading, kitting, mass storage system integration, and computer system integration. Trained and certified technical personnel complete each of these processes at Bell Microproducts' ISO 9002 facilities. Bell Microproducts markets and distributes more than 150 brand name product lines, as well as its own BellStor storage and Trademark® computer brands, to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), contract electronic manufacturing services (EMS) customers, value-added resellers (VARs) and system integrators in the Americas and Europe. More information can be found in the company's SEC filings, or by visiting the Bell Microproducts Web site at

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