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Apple closing Photo Print Products Service by Sept. 30 News Opinion 

Apple closing Photo Print Products Service by Sept. 30

Apple Inc. will be closing its integrated Photo Print Products service this fall, according to a dialog box in the macOS 10.13.6 Photos app. The app now recommends the user download a Photos Project Extension from the Mac App Store to create books, cards, calendars and prints. The company added final purchases using the existing built-in service must be placed by... Read More
Shutterfly launches two new categories: Kids and Pets News Press releases 

Shutterfly launches two new categories: Kids and Pets

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Shutterfly Inc., the leading online retailer and manufacturer of high-quality personalized products and services, announced today the launch of two new categories: Kids and Pets. Now kids, pets and their parents can show their personality with an inspiring range of customizable products. Kids and Pets are natural extensions for Shutterfly as it broadens its focus on helping... Read More
Imagebuggy drives commercial sales for photographers Feature 

Imagebuggy drives commercial sales for photographers

The commercial printing business and photography have been on a collision course for years. In the amateur market, retail labs are busy adding print-for-pay services, commercial graphics, and signs. IPI has made this segment a major component of its The Print Refinery licensed business model, while FastSigns has picked up several notable franchisees among the traditional retail lab operators, like... Read More
iMemories returns to founders in purchase from Shutterfly Feature News 

iMemories returns to founders in purchase from Shutterfly

The industry’s largest recent acquisition – Shutterfly buying Lifetouch – created waves and, in the case of iMemories, new opportunities. The former Lifetouch segment was sold back to its founder, Mark Rukavina, and longtime executive Steve Krell, who are looking to expand the business dramatically. The Dead Pixels Society recently talked with Rukavina about the divestment and the future of... Read More
Apple updates iOS 12 Photo search, yields photo innovation leadership to Google News Opinion 

Apple updates iOS 12 Photo search, yields photo innovation leadership to Google

Buried under the announcements of the recent Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) hosted by Apple Inc. were several enhancements to the iOS Photos app. Overall, the WWDC coverage mentioned how mild the announcements were – and we will leave you to delve into the live-blogging and extensive articles by others – they were especially true for photography. Compared to some of... 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
Shutterfly reports first quarter results; will exit iMemories Earnings reports News Press releases 

Shutterfly reports first quarter results; will exit iMemories

Editor’s note: Post updated to reflect iMemories will not be closed – as previously written – but “exited.” Industry reports is a new buyer will take over the business. A few highlights from the Shutterfly earnings report, reproduced below. Shutterfly closed the Lifetouch acquisition April 2 Shutterfly will exit Lifetouch’s iMemories business in the second quarter, earlier than expected. This... Read More
Enter National Photo Month Photo Contest News 

Enter National Photo Month Photo Contest

Vivid-Pix, The Imaging Alliance, Family Motor Coach Association partner for national photo contest ATLANTA (PRWEB) APRIL 30, 2018 – Vivid-Pix, The Imaging Alliance, and Family Motor Coach Association announces “Cross Town or Cross Country, National Photo Month Photo Contest.” Everyone loves photography, and with today’s technology, it’s never been easier to take and share photos. To commemorate May is National Photo... Read More
Oh, snap! Shutterfly suffers data breach on internal test environment News 

Oh, snap! Shutterfly suffers data breach on internal test environment

Shutterfly notified employees and former employees their data may have been compromised, according to a filing with the Office of the Attorney General for California. The filing states: On March 20, 2018, we learned that a Shutterfly employee’s credentials were used without authorization to access our Workday test environment on January 11, 2018. We do not yet know if unauthorized access occurred at... Read More
Shutterfly CMO John Boris becomes CEO of IFOnly People on the Move Press releases 

Shutterfly CMO John Boris becomes CEO of IFOnly

TechCrunch reports IFOnly – “a marketplace for experiences” – gained new funding and a new CEO, in the form of Shutterfly CMO John Boris. Boris spent 6 years helming marketing efforts at Shutterfly, and since mid-March, had been selling off Shutterfly stock holdings. The full press release is below: SAN FRANCISCO, April 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — IfOnly, the leading marketplace... Read More
Shutterfly goes all-in on AWS News Press releases 

Shutterfly goes all-in on AWS

Leading online retailer and manufacturer of high-quality personalized products and services taps AWS to accelerate its cloud-first transformation and deliver its next-generation platform SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced that Shutterfly, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFLY) is moving its infrastructure to AWS—going all-in on the world’s leading cloud to power its Cloud Transformation initiative. Shutterfly... Read More
Shutterfly closes transformational acquisition of Lifetouch News Press releases 

Shutterfly closes transformational acquisition of Lifetouch

Company Issues $825M Term Loan B to Finance Acquisition Updated Credit Ratings Maintain Ba3/BB- Rating REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Shutterfly (NASDAQ: SFLY), the leading online retailer and manufacturer of high-quality personalized products and services, today announced it has closed its previously announced acquisition of Lifetouch, the national leader in school photography. The company financed the acquisition with the proceeds of an... 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
Winners and losers of the Shutterfly/Lifetouch combination News Opinion 

Winners and losers of the Shutterfly/Lifetouch combination

The photo industry’s biggest merger in years has brought up rampant speculation among competitors, vendors and gadflies about the Shutterfly acquisition of Lifetouch. Details of the combination are still coming out, but it’s clear there is a short-term positive reception. Shutterfly’s stock rose to more than $70 a share, after being mired in the mid-$50 range for months. From a... Read More
Lifetouch purchase brings immediate benefits to Shutterfly News Opinion 

Lifetouch purchase brings immediate benefits to Shutterfly

Shutterfly shares jumped nearly 20% last night on the news the leading photo-personalization company was buying the billion-dollar company in the school photography space, Lifetouch National School Studios for $825 million, as well as the report the company beat its fourth-quarter forecasts. The deal includes Lifetouch’s school business, as well as it’s ancillary businesses of church directories, preschool photography, JC Penney retail... Read More
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