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Quad/Graphics Becomes Exclusive Printer of Talbots Catalogs

February 17, 2010
SUSSEX, WI—February 17, 2010—Under terms of a new multi-million-dollar agreement, Quad/Graphics this summer will become the exclusive print provider for all Talbots catalogs. The new contract covers premedia services, printing and distribution of all catalogs annually for Talbots, a leading multi-channel retailer of women’s apparel, shoes and accessories based in Hingham, MA.

Quad/Graphics’ state-of-the-art Premedia Solutions Center in Braintree, MA, near Talbots’ headquarters, will handle premedia production for the catalogs. The catalogs will be printed at Quad/Graphics’ Lomira, WI, plant, the world’s largest printing plant under one roof, and distributed via its fleet of trucks.

Quad/Graphics’ Relationship With Talbots
Quad/Graphics has printed millions of Talbots catalogs annually since 1997, but until now has shared the work with a competitor. The Wisconsin-based printer now will produce 100 percent of Talbots catalog work. Quad/Graphics’ long, solid relationship with Talbots is based on world-class customer service combined with the top-quality printing and distribution services and the geographic proximity and technology of the Braintree Premedia Solutions Center, according to Joel Quadracci, Quad/Graphics Chairman, President & CEO.

“Performance is what counts, and winning an exclusive contract like this with a leading retailer like Talbots is proof that Quad/Graphics employees have performed beyond Talbots’ expectations,” Quadracci said. “With this new agreement, Talbots has exhibited its trust in Quad/Graphics’ people and capabilities, and our veteran Talbots teams in Massachusetts and Wisconsin are ready to show that trust is justified.”

About Quad/Graphics
Quad/Graphics (www.QG.com) is one of the world’s leading printers of catalogs, magazines and other commercial products. The company provides services ranging from front-end design and photography through digital imaging, printing, finishing, mailing/distribution (including the industry's largest co-mail program), integrated software solutions for workflow management, and a full range of data solutions such as delivery optimization, segmenting and targeting, database management and analytics. Headquartered in Sussex, Wisconsin (26 miles west of Milwaukee), the company has 11 plants in the United States as well as locations in Europe and South America. Worldwide employment approximates 11,500. Sales are $1.88 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2009.

About Talbots
The Talbots, Inc., is a leading specialty retailer and direct marketer of women's apparel, shoes and accessories. The company operates 589 Talbots brand stores in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada and offers Talbots brand on-line shopping at http://www.talbots.com.
 

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