The Consumer Electronics Association this week welcomed three firms mostly associated with the web and software to its roster of members. Snapchat, Shutterfly and Yelp are now all CEA members.
Eastman Kodak Co has agreed to sell its online photo services business to Shutterfly Inc for $23.8 million, kicking off the bankrupt photography pioneer's relaunch as a much slimmer company although a patent sale seen crucial to its turnaround may still be months away.
The once-iconic company that invented the hand-held camera has said it will quit the camera business and is expected to fetch $1 billion to $2 billion from the sale of about 1,100 digital patents, which is due to get under way by June 30.
Best Buy Monday announced a strategic partnership with Internet photo publishing service Shutterfly.
Though it holds all the sex appeal of a frying pan, a terabyte may very well be the most romantic gift you could present to your dearest one this year, a year when many American consumers have finally reached the capacity limits of their home computer hard drives.
Though two thirds of America’s camera shops have gone out of business since the digital transition, the remaining one third are reinventing themselves as profitable cogs in the worldwide $83 billion imaging industry machine. Photo specialty retailers are gathered in Las Vegas this week to swap profit ideas at the annual PMA (Photo Marketing Association) Show. 600 vendors opened their booths at the Las Vegas Convention Center Thursday morning, showing not only new cameras, which traditionally have profit margins under 10%, but a variety of imaging products like collage prints, postcards, and all manner of photobooks. Kiosk and printing manufacturers are
Last holiday season, digital cameras sold well (Nikon Coolpix 950 and the Olympus D450 Zoom were among Amazon.com's top-10 best sellers), and this year, retailers expect to do even better. Several trends stand out when it comes to the digital imaging outlook for 2001, including lower prices, increased use of photo-sharing services and growth of Internet-enabled and non PC-centric imaging products. As the consumer acceptance of digital cameras increased, the price of cameras has decreased. The market had exploded this year with basic, point-and-shoot cameras for average users, in addition to higher end cameras that deliver images with over 3 million pixels. The increased use of
The proliferation of digital cameras caused the photo-sharing and photo-processing Web-based services to sprout like mushrooms after the rain. The number of photo-processing self-serve kiosks at the retailers' stores has yet to catch up, but they certainly help increase the popularity of digital cameras. This is good news—it means more sales of the digital imaging products for retailers, more photo-sharing and processing choices for consumers and more partnerships between the online photo services and retailers to provide photo-processing services through kiosks and at the retailers' Web sites. For consumers, processing online includes many perks, such as free delivery, next-day processing, special offers or compatibility with