Photographic Research Organization (PRO) Celebrates 50th Anniversary
June 30, 2008

The Photographic Research Organization (PRO) celebrates its 50th Anniversary during this year’s annual Convention and Trade Show from July 19, 2008 – July 23, 2008 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. PRO, a retailer-owned co-operative distribution company lowers cost-of-goods and increases inventory turnover for its members and affiliates. PRO also distributes its own line of high quality PROMASTER® photographic and consumer electronic equipment and accessories through PRO members and affiliate retailers throughout the United States for sale to their customers. “Everyone at PRO is thrilled to be celebrating its first 50 years in business,” said Jeff Neal, vice president, sales and marketing for PRO.

Fujifilm, Rite Aid Reach Agreement
April 21, 2008

Rite Aid Corporation, the third largest U.S. drugstore chain with more than 5,000 stores nationwide, and Fujifilm recently announced, what the pair are calling an all-inclusive imaging solutions agreement. Under the terms, Fujifilm will provide a range of photography solutions, including online and in-store photofinishing services and consumer photo products, to Rite Aid. The new services will be offered to Rite Aid customers starting this summer. “With this new multi-year agreement, Rite Aid customers will enjoy a significantly wider range of state-of-the-art photo products and services through more convenient, easier-to-use technology, Fujifilm said in a released statement. Rite Aid Photo centers will operate

New Cameras Unveiled
January 24, 2008

Even though the opening of the show is still over a week away, new product announcements are beginning to slip out on the eve of PMA 2008. Despite the fact the point-and-shoot digicam market would appear to be in a tough spot with regard to stealing many headlines these days, we continues to see some interesting innovation in this market. Among several new point-and-shoot digicam announcements from Olympus comes news of a new 20X wide-angle optical zoom model (26-520mm equivalent), the SP-570 Ultra Zoom, that features 10MP resolution along with a beautifully designed outer shell. The company is also announcing a new model in

SellPoint Touts High-Touch Product Experiences – But Online
October 30, 2007

“The online shopping phenomenon has been subtly disruptive to manufacturers. It has created a fundamental change in the way people shop – research, then buy. It has separated the ‘what’ you buy from the ‘where’ you buy it.” Dennis Marshall, vice president of marketing for SellPoint, an online digital video network that boasts a manufacturer client roster including Canon, Fuji, Epson, Toshiba, SanDisk, Panasonic and Sling Media, says his company is in the business of shortening the distance the Web has created between shopping and buying, via its series of content-rich “video tours” that take the online shopping experience past a picture and a

DS0307 Retail 101 ListingNews
March 1, 2007

In 2006, Dell was affected by a massive recall of Sony batteries—batteries Dell uses to power many of its laptops. In early 2007, the company opened its first store in Shanghai. Store counts and sales represent the company’s United States operations only. Best Buy Canada is covered elsewhere in this registry. Wal-Mart is aggressively remodeling many of its stores, and some analysts believe that it will take several months before its sales begin to benefit from those efforts. Sales and store counts represent United States and Canadian operations only. Falling prices on flat panel TVs helped account for Circuit City’s disappointing third quarter sales,

Zalmen Reiss & Associates
December 1, 2006

Through Unmatched Product Selection, ZReiss Gives Dealer’s A Link To The World As technology continues to advance at lightning speed, retailers need to keep pace with both their product mix, and the breadth and depth of knowledge they have about the latest advancements. It’s a constant challenge. To help, Z. Reiss & Associates (ZReiss) is always working to provide independent retailers across the nation with the tools they need to stay competitive and on top of industry trends in today’s rapidly changing marketplace for consumer electronics. With more than 25 years leading the industry, ZReiss has solidified itself as the distributor that retailers can

International Supplies
December 1, 2006

Independent retailers offer a depth of product knowledge and personal service that mass merchants cannot match; and yet they face the challenge of being able to buy efficiently and compete effectively. That’s where International Supplies can help – providing independent retailers that sell photographic and digital imaging products with the merchandise and tools they need to capitalize on their strengths and successfully leverage their buying power. International Supplies was founded in 1984 as a distributor of film, batteries, and other consumables to the photo retail channel. Today, with the advent and explosion of digital imaging, the company has extended its offerings to encompass products

From Picture Business: Four Thirds Roll Out
October 16, 2006

Lots of Four-Thirds (4/3) news came out of the recently concluded Photokina Show in Cologne, Germany. Before we take a quick peek at the product it’s important to note that the show clearly illustrated the 4/3 system is gaining steam as member companies (Olympus, Kodak, Fuji, Leica, Panasonic, Sanyo, Sigma) made a strong showing of new product at the show, and the general feeling was the system is delivering on its promise to deliver compact, lightweight, high quality, digital-specific lenses for the DSLR market. Many Photokina observers were claiming the new Leica Summilux 25mm f1.4 ASPH lens was, “the bright, normal lens the Four

From Picture Business: Digicam Au Go Go
October 5, 2006

While 10MP DSLRs made headlines throughout the week as models from Sony (Alpha), Samsung (GX-1S), Pentax (K-10D), Sigma (SD14 with the Foveon X3 imager), and Canon (XTi), joined Nikon’s D80 and Fuji’s S3 Pro in the 10MP DSLR brigade (we should also mention Leica’s M8, an interchangeable lens - Leica M mount - rangefinder model built in the traditional Leica 35mm mode), almost unnoticed was the fact the point-and-shoot market has revved all the way up to 10MPs as well. Also referred to as “Super Zooms” or “Bridge” cameras, this market now has a bushel full of 10MP offerings including new models from Sigma

New Products
November 1, 2003

Products in the pipeline Edited by David Dritsas Audiovox CDM-8600. Available now for $99 SRP with two-year contract and after $50 rebate. The color clamshell handset is Verizon Wireless-branded with dual displays, Web access, two-way SMS, voice-activated dialing and vibration alert. Weighing 3.2 oz., the pocket-size tri-mode is design-conscious. It also comes equipped with GPS location positioning technology and Get It Now menu online service for ordering ring tones, downloading news, text and games. Call (631) 233-3300 or visit www.audiovox.com. Hitachi Home-1 LCD projector. Available now for $1,799 SRP. Features include a 854x480 resolution, 800:1 contrast ratio, 16:9 aspect ratio, operating noise