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Print Refinery webinar for IPI supplying partners is Feb. 21 Events 

Print Refinery webinar for IPI supplying partners is Feb. 21

Independent Photo Imagers (IPI) will hold a webinar for supplying partners Feb. 21, 9-9:30 a.m.  PST, describing how they can become involved in The Print Refinery licensed business model. The link to register is here. IPI members have opened three Print Refinery locations – and the fourth opening soon -and the buying group is reporting significant sales increases at these... Read More
IPI to host Third Annual Super Launch Party Events News 

IPI to host Third Annual Super Launch Party

Independent Photo Imagers (IPI) announces live launch party webinar Wednesday, Jan. 31 Independent Photo Imagers (IPI) is hosting a webinar Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, unveiling initiatives and innovations for prospective and current members and vendors. Register here. The third annual event features a long agenda of news and announcements:  Pre-game sneak peek of new INNOVATIONS How will The Print RefineryTMrevolutionize your business... Read More
Iowa’s University Camera closing after 40 years News 

Iowa’s University Camera closing after 40 years

University Camera, a fixture in downtown Iowa City, Iowa, will close by April 15, 2017. Longtime industry figure Roger Christian announced retirement plans for him and his wife, Chris, after particularly slow sales in October reinforced his belief the time had come to close the longstanding business (established in 1970). Christian, who had worked in camera stores since 1968, bought the... Read More
Costco gets into business printing News Opinion 

Costco gets into business printing

Costco has added business printing to its online Photo Center. The company notified customers of the addition of business cards, banners, postcards and more to its product offerings. According to a notice in December, 2017, issue of The Costco Connections magazine, the services are provided by RPI. The announcement continues the trend of the on-going convergence between photographic and digital printing markets.... Read More
This week’s imaging webinars and events: Photo Finale, Taopix, Print Refinery, MorePhotos Events 

This week’s imaging webinars and events: Photo Finale, Taopix, Print Refinery, MorePhotos

Four webinars this week for the imaging industry: Photo Finale is hosting the What’s New & Holiday Prep Webinar, Tuesday, Nov. 14. Register here. TaoPix is hosting a webinar called “From Concept to Cash” on Tuesday, Nov. 14. Register here. IPI is having a webinar about its Print Refinery licensed business model this week, Wednesday, Nov. 15. Register here. MorePhotos is... Read More
Opinion: Shutterfly earnings report shows pivot is timely Earnings reports Opinion 

Opinion: Shutterfly earnings report shows pivot is timely

Shutterfly reported its second-quarter earnings report yesterday and the results indicate the photo-printing leader has a way to go in its on-going restructuring plans (detailed here).  All sales growth was driven by the Shutterfly Business Services (SBS) unit, for example, and consumer sales-per-order continues to weaken. The SBS business may have tighter gross margins, but at least it is growing at... Read More
Photo scanning opportunities across many sectors Marketing Opinion 

Photo scanning opportunities across many sectors

Everyone has them: Boxes and boxes of old family photos. These scattered memories may not be in any chronological order and the photo subjects may be distant and forgotten relatives, but these are still family photos. As Baby Boomers have aged, many inherited their parents photo collections that start at the turn of the 20th century and move on up... Read More
Independent retailers embrace Photo Finale Enterprise Sponsored post 

Independent retailers embrace Photo Finale Enterprise

Modern technology lets photo retailers compete with the big players The online photo business has change a lot over the past few years. Mobile-enabled responsive sites are now a requirement, not a luxury. Modern UI and backend reliability can make the difference between getting an order and losing out to a competitor. Features that were once just “nice to have,”... Read More
Is there a place for photo at CES? Events Opinion 

Is there a place for photo at CES?

Another Consumer Electronic Show (CES) has come and gone, heralding the beginning of the year for the tech industry and the beginning of trade-show season for the photo industry. Of course, the former Photo Marketing Association (PMA) show was the traditional kick-off for the photo year for decades, but with the 2016 merger of that august group with Photo Imaging... Read More