CNET Channel Partners with SYNNEX to Provide Comprehensive Product Information to SYNNEX's Technolog

Tue, 11/06/2001

Technology Buying Process Simplified Through CNET Channel's Innovative Product Search and Compare Functionality.

San Francisco, November 7, 2001 - CNET Channel, a business unit of CNET Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: CNET), today announced a partnership with world-leading information technology product distributor SYNNEX Information Technologies, Inc. CNET Channel's technology product information solution, DataSource, will pow2er SYNNEX's technology buying Web site, ECExpress (located at, easing the decision making process for SYNNEX's reseller and manufacturer customers with comprehensive product data and search and compare functionality. SYNNEX is the third largest information technology product distributor in the U.S., providing a comprehensive range of design-to-distribution services to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and value-added resellers (VARs).

"Until now, we have had to invest significant resources into developing and maintaining the product database and search technology at the core of our Web site," said Sandra M. Salah, Director of Marketing at SYNNEX. "With the VAR and OEM customer base now depending on our site for their product decision making and volume buying, we need to make sure we're offering the most sophisticated product information and search capability available. By choosing CNET Channel's DataSource, we are achieving a new level of service for our customers, while creating new cost efficiencies by outsourcing that capability."

A flagship product of CNET Channel, DataSource is a multi-lingual database that provides computer product descriptions, images, and specifications for one million technology product SKUs worldwide. By integrating DataSource into its sites serving customers throughout the United States and Canada, SYNNEX will provide comprehensive, up-to-date product data, allowing faster and easier access to essential purchasing information, and the ability to create product comparison charts that aid the decision making process.

"SYNNEX is a key addition to our base of top-tier 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 distributors increase their site's traffic, boost conversions-to-sales, and ultimately increase revenues."

CNET Channel,, offers complementary global e-business solutions, providing IT manufacturers, distributors, resellers and portals with the content, data, infrastructures and services they need to conduct frictionless online commerce. DataSource, which is based on CNET Channel's core technology data, Transactive Product DataTM, is used by more than 160 licensee partners in 40 markets and 12 languages.

About CNET Networks, Inc.
CNET Networks, Inc. is the global source of technology and commerce-related information, data, exchanges and services. As a top 10 Internet company with established Web sites in 20 countries and content in 12 languages, CNET Networks connects buyers, sellers and suppliers throughout the IT supply chain with award-winning content via the Web, wireless devices, television, radio and print. Its respected brand portfolio includes CNET, ZDNet, TechRepublic, mySimon, Gamespot,, Computer Shopper magazine, and CNET Radio, as well as CNET Channel. The company's vision is to educate and empower people and businesses by unlocking the potential of the technology world to make things easier and faster, and by helping them make smarter buying decisions.

Founded in 1980 and headquartered in Fremont, CA, SYNNEX Information Technologies, Inc. provides a comprehensive range of design-to-distribution services to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and value-added resellers (VARs) on a global basis. The company has strong expertise in electronics manufacturing services, IT distribution support services and electronic commerce. SYNNEX works with leading industry suppliers in PCs and servers, motherboards, CPUs, memory, storage, networking, communication and component products