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January 25th 2009 - Written by: Kelsy

REI Awards Osprey with 3rd Straight Vendor of the Year Award…

images11On Day 1 of the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market trade show, the 4 – o’clock hour usually signifies the time when the Osprey team begins to go to the “back room” where we keep the coveted microbrews… Hey, we had some environmentally-friendly beer “cozies” to test out.. But not on Day 1 this year.

Osprey Packs was nominated again for an REI Vendor Partner award, which would be announced at a reception in about an hour… The award is given to companies that go above and beyond in customer service, training and strategic business partnership. It’s about as easy to win as winning “The Biggest Loser” contest on national TV.

No one at Osprey was expecting to win it.. In fact, Osprey’s management team was pretty sure that REI couldn’t award a vendor with an award for three straight years… But Osprey is a humble group of people…

I can now say, “I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain..” Osprey Packs won once again! A timeline: For 2006, Osprey won for the REI Camping Vendor Partner category. For 2007, the company swept ALL categories, winning the “Vendor Partner of the Year” award, for all categories! And, for 2008, Osprey won again for the camping division… Just in case you’d like to know what it takes to be a company driven to innovate AND service the industry’s biggest retailer better than over 1500 other vendors, Tom Barney, Osprey’s CEO, will post some notes on that topic later this week…

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