District Photo announces top management change News People on the Move 

District Photo announces top management change

District Photo Inc. (DPI), the Beltsville, Maryland-based personalized photo print leader, announced Chris Hughes, current CEO of the Harrier Group LLC, will become president March 1. Harrier Group is the U.K. subsidiary of District, known for its Truprint brand (which later became Snapfish). Hughes will also lead the company’s Australian subsidiary, Prima Printing. Neil D. Cohen, the longtime CEO who... Read More
Dead Pixels Society podcast: Talking cameras, smartphones and photowalks with Jefferson Graham Podcasts 

Dead Pixels Society podcast: Talking cameras, smartphones and photowalks with Jefferson Graham

Gary Pageau of the Dead Pixels Society talks with Jefferson Graham, photographer, journalist, musician, and former USA Today tech columnist, as he launches his new website, The Best Photowalk.  Graham talks about the switch from film to digital, what camera makers are doing wrong, why Google Photos is the turkey of the year, which photobook service is his favorite (and his least favorite) and much more. Read More
Dead Pixels Society podcast: The changing professional photography market with Zenfolio Podcasts 

Dead Pixels Society podcast: The changing professional photography market with Zenfolio

  Gary Pageau of the Dead Pixels Society interviews two executives from Zenfolio: Pamela Vachon, Vice President of Customer Support and Success, and Robert Campbell, Video Content Creator and Live Broadcast Host. They discuss Zenfolio’s extensive offerings that not only support photographers and help them run their business but also put them in touch with potential customers. Zenfolio Inc., a Centre Lane Partners company, offers advanced business solutions... Read More
Industry Notes for the week of Feb. 26 News 

Industry Notes for the week of Feb. 26

  Shutterfly settles Illinois biometric privacy suit Law360 reports Shutterfly has reached a preliminary agreement to settle a biometric privacy lawsuit filed against it under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). CES wrap up from Dealerscope Did you miss the virtual CES 2021? Dealerscope’s Jeff Dorgay has a recap here. It’s almost like the real thing. Financial News Best Buy reports... Read More
NZ media company MEA launches Omoide Print app in Japan News 

NZ media company MEA launches Omoide Print app in Japan

New Zealand company MEA  launched its photo printing app Omoide Print in Japan, allowing customers to print high-quality photos directly from their phone in only an hour, according to a report by Idealog NZ. The app is a partnership with the 700-store Kitamura photography store chain. According to the article, MEA director Rod Mcfarlane says the success of the app comes... Read More
Alexander’s Print Advantage adds HP Indigo 100K press News 

Alexander’s Print Advantage adds HP Indigo 100K press

Alexander’s Print Advantage, the Utah-based on-demand printer, announced it has adopted the new HP Indigo 100K Digital Press, in a move to expand capacity to meet the growing demand for fully automated digital printing, especially in the app-driven, personalized, photo market. The press joins 29-inch HP Indigo 12000 installed last year. In the industry, the company is known as the... Read More
Canva inks deal with Herff Jones, buys Kaleido AI and Smartmockups News 

Canva inks deal with Herff Jones, buys Kaleido AI and Smartmockups

Fast-growing graphics startup Canva has announced new acquisitions and partnerships. Canva has made two acquisitions in Europe: Vienna-based Kaleido AI (best-known for its Remove.bg service) and  Czech Republic-based Smartmockups. The boot-strapped Kaleido, will enhance Canva’s platform with new integrations for advanced photo editing and AI-driven automation tools, to try and turn it into a ‘one-stop-shop for every design need’. The company said, in... Read More
Xencelabs is a new company offering graphic tablets New Products News 

Xencelabs is a new company offering graphic tablets

Xencelabs Technologies is a new company offering new digital drawing tools. The company’s first product is Pen Tablet offering a clean and minimalist design without keys, enabling users to fully benefit from its 16:9 native aspect ratio. With only 8mm thickness, the tablet features a seamless and gently curved palm; it can be used wirelessly or with a USB cable.... Read More
Ricoh announces three HD PENTAX-FA limited edition prime lenses News 

Ricoh announces three HD PENTAX-FA limited edition prime lenses

Ricoh Imaging Americas Corp. announced three HD PENTAX-FA Limited interchangeable prime lenses for PENTAX K-mount SLR cameras. They feature the latest HD coating and a round-shaped diaphragm for a natural bokeh effect. All three lenses are available black or silver and feature the distinguished qualities of the HD FA Limited Lens series including outstanding description of texture, fine reproduction of... Read More
Historic retailer Fry’s Electronics calls it quits News 

Historic retailer Fry’s Electronics calls it quits

Fry’s Electronics, one of the leading U.S. big-box electronics retailers, called it quits today after 36 years. With 31 stores across nine states, the chain was considered a go-to destination for high-tech gadgets and electronics. The company cited the cause as “a result of changes in the retail industry and the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.” The full text... Read More
NRF forecasts retail sales to exceed $4.33 trillion in 2021 as vaccine rollout expands Market research Marketing 

NRF forecasts retail sales to exceed $4.33 trillion in 2021 as vaccine rollout expands

The National Retail Federation issued its annual forecast, anticipating retail sales will grow between 6.5 percent and 8.2 percent to more than $4.33 trillion in 2021 as more individuals get vaccinated and the economy reopens. “Despite the continuing health and economic challenges COVID-19 presents, we are very optimistic that healthy consumer fundamentals, pent-up demand and widespread distribution of the vaccine... Read More
Sony Electronics launches FX3 full-frame camera New Products 

Sony Electronics launches FX3 full-frame camera

Sony Electronics Inc. announced the FX3 (model ILME-FX3) camera, combining Sony’s digital cinema technology with advanced imaging features from Alpha brand mirrorless cameras. According to the company, the FX3 delivers a “cinematic look” and professional operability and reliability in a camera that is accessible to beginning creators, as well as used alongside Sony’s VENICE, FX9, and FX6 cameras. The FX3... Read More
Corel announces VideoStudio Ultimate 2021 New Products 

Corel announces VideoStudio Ultimate 2021

Corel debuted VideoStudio Ultimate 2021 featuring a streamlined movie-making experience. New creative features including instant project templates, face-tracking AR Stickers, and enhancements to the split screen template editor. “VideoStudio Ultimate has long been known for its unique combination of power and simplicity that makes it easy for users to create personalized and compelling projects that are uniquely their own,” said... Read More
Fotomerchant acquires eCommerce platform SimplePhoto Acquisitions 

Fotomerchant acquires eCommerce platform SimplePhoto

Sydney-based Fotomerchant, the workflow platform for volume studios, announced it acquired SimplePhoto, the long-running eCommerce platform for the photography market. This marks the first acquisition for Fotomerchant as it continues its expansion into global markets, the company said. The announcement said the combined decades of experience, development experience, and service/support teams will “drive the volume industry forward through innovation and... Read More
CEWE plans to raise dividend for 12th consecutive year Earnings reports 

CEWE plans to raise dividend for 12th consecutive year

The Board of Management of CEWE Stiftung & Co. KGaA resolved to propose to the Supervisory Board, on the basis of the preliminary unaudited figures for the 2020 financial year, to raise the dividend to 2.30 euros per eligible share, up from 2.00 euros. CEWE concluded the 2020 financial year sales increased to 727.3 million euros from 720.4 million euros... Read More
Shutterfly settles Illinois biometric privacy suit News 

Shutterfly settles Illinois biometric privacy suit

Law360 reports Shutterfly has reached a preliminary agreement to settle a biometric privacy lawsuit filed against it under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). The parties reached the agreement over damages for alleged biometric data collection, storage, and processing without the required consent of the data subjects after private mediation; settlement terms were not disclosed. One of two named plaintiffs... Read More