Electrocomponents Joins Leading Industry Players to Shape the Future of e-Retail

By Electrocomponents Plc, PRNE
Sunday, January 16, 2011

IMRG Senate Membership Reflects Electrocomponents Commitment to eCommerce Innovation

OXFORD, England, January 17, 2011 - Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world's largest high service
distributor of electronics and maintenance products, announced it has become
a Senate Member of IMRG, the UK's industry association for global e-retail.

"We're delighted that Electrocomponents has joined our prestigious list
of 22 Senate Members to help us promote standards and best practices in the
industry," said James Roper, Chief Executive at IMRG. "The expertise that
they bring from their specialist area will prove invaluable as we continue to
shape the future of e-retailing. Electrocomponents will play an important
role in the Senate thanks to the company's innovative online strategy and
focus on continuous improvement."

As a Senate Member Electrocomponents, trading as RS Components and Allied
Electronics, joins other industry leaders such as Microsoft, Tesco, DHL and
John Lewis Partnership, to realise the community's vision to maximise the
commercial potential of online shopping. The Senate directs activities,
steers policy, governs codes of practice and provides leadership for IMRG
membership and the wider e-retail community.

"As a leading industry player in the eCommerce arena, we are committed to
providing our customers with a sophisticated and innovative end-to-end online
experience," said Keith Reville, General Manager eCommerce,
Electrocomponents. "Our eCommerce strategy has transformed the way we do
business and the service we offer to our customers. We've capitalised on new
technologies to improve performance such as more customised information and
marketing programs, and the rapid introduction of new products. We feel that
our experience and the results we have seen from our approach to
understanding our customers will be valuable to other IMRG members and we
welcome the opportunity to contribute and benefit from our Senate

About IMRG:

IMRG (Interactive Media in Retail Group) is the industry body for global
e-retail. Formed in 1990, IMRG is setting and maintaining pragmatic and
robust e-retail standards to enable fast-track industry growth, and
facilitates its community of members with practical help, information, tools,
guidance and networking. Consumers can be confident when dealing with IMRG
Members because all interact in an environment where they are encouraged to
operate using methods that are Honest, Decent, Legal, Truthful and Fair, and
have undertaken to not bring the industry into disrepute. The strength of
IMRG is the collective and cooperative power of its members. For more
information please visit www.imrg.org/ or email market@imrg.org.

About Electrocomponents plc

Electrocomponents is the world's largest distributor of electronics and
maintenance products serving 1.5 million customers worldwide. Through
operations in 27 countries and 17 warehouses, the Group distributes 500,000
products ranging from semiconductors and optoelectronics to power tools and
protective clothing. The product and service portfolio supports the entire
product lifecycle from R&D through pre-production to maintenance and repair,
shipping around 40,000 orders on the same day they are received.

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of
Electrocomponents plc. The Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange and
in the last financial year to 31 March 2010 had revenues of GBP972.6 million.
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    Editorial Contact:

    Andrea Barnard

Editorial Contact: Andrea Barnard, Electrocomponents, andrea.barnard at electrocomponents.com , +44(0)1865-207464

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