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A look inside the new Chicago-area Print Refinery Feature News 

A look inside the new Chicago-area Print Refinery

The first Chicago-area Print Refinery opened this past weekend. The Print Refinery @ Click Incorporated, operated by Nick Gillenwater, located at 1000 Butterfield Road, Ste 1025, Vernon Hills, IL 60061. Here’s a selection of images from the new location. The Print Refinery is the flagship offering from the IPI Member Network. The group describes The Print Refinery as community connecting families, friends, and... Read More
Neomodern brings a new twist to the pro gallery Feature News 

Neomodern brings a new twist to the pro gallery

(Editor’s Note: We get a lot of requests to write about new business models and success stories. While we have featured Neomodern in the past, there were several follow-up questions about the fine-art side of the business.) New style retail store embraces fine-art photography There’s a new retail concept on Union St. in San Francisco that tries to meld digital... Read More
Photo specialty can compete – and win – against big players Feature Opinion Sponsored post 

Photo specialty can compete – and win – against big players

Guest post by Steve Giordano Jr., president, Photo Finale. I spend my day talking to photo specialty retailers. Many share their triumphs and challenges being an imaging industry entrepreneur. One common thread is frustration over the apparent competitive advantage enjoyed by Shutterfly, Snapfish, Walgreens, and other large-scale photofinishing brands. I say “apparent” because, the truth is, an independent retailer can beat a... Read More
Zebra Instant brings printing to chatbots Feature News 

Zebra Instant brings printing to chatbots

Zebra Instant is a new print-focused photo company taking aim at one of the big inhibitors to mobile photo printing: Convenience. The Venice Beach, Calif., company uses bots and SMS technology to break barriers to mobile printing. Zebra was founded by Anton Pereiaslavtsev, an I.T. and finance professional, Alexey Bizikin and a software developer and a math wiz along with Chris... Read More
Product spotlight: Coolness from Artsy Couture Feature New Products 

Product spotlight: Coolness from Artsy Couture

Periodically, we have the opportunity to sample products from our readers. The kind folks at Artsy Couture wanted to show off some of the unique photo products offered for sale, both through its own lab and to retailers. For more information, contact Lisa Nunley, director of business development, Artsy Couture, at 214-212-5340 or lnunley@artsycouture.com. Among the products tested were photo cubes, which... Read More
Exclusive: Expansion-minded CanvasPop raises $3.3 million funding Feature Press releases 

Exclusive: Expansion-minded CanvasPop raises $3.3 million funding

CanvasPop, the decade-old Canadian photo canvas shop, has taken its first funding round with an eye for expansion.The $3.3 million infusion from some of Canada’s most-established VC firms will provide capital for future expansion into new product areas and possible acquisitions, says Adrian Salamunovic, co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer, CanvasPop. (See the full press release below). “We started the company originally... Read More
Five ways to boost your photo business in 2018 Feature Opinion 

Five ways to boost your photo business in 2018

Every new year brings new opportunities and new challenges and 2018 is shaping up to be no different. After the hustle and bustle of the all-important fourth quarter, many photo businesses use this time to reflect and to plan. Let’s take a look at some practical ideas: Know your value – Many business owners think they know their business, but... Read More
A closer look at the Mixbook acquisition of WedPics Feature News Opinion 

A closer look at the Mixbook acquisition of WedPics

Last week, Mixbook announced the acquisition of Raleigh, N.C.-based WedPics for an unspecified amount. WedPics had carved out a considerable niche in the wedding market, and Mixbook CEO Andrew Laffoon says the combination will be a good fit. A large segment of Mixbook users are brides, he says, and the addition of WedPics is a natural for that vertical. The... Read More
Exclusive: Neomodern advances concierge photo printing service Feature News 

Exclusive: Neomodern advances concierge photo printing service

New retail store offers high-end printing and framing service There’s a new retail gallery concept unveiled on Union St. in San Francisco that tries to meld digital sensibilities with a classic fine-art aesthetic. Neomodern, launched by former Netflix and Adobe executive Michael Rubin, is a digital photography lab, frame shop and art gallery, offering concierge printing service. The concept is... Read More
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