Dead Pixels Society podcast: The consumer-focused approach of award-winning photo app, Popsa Marketing Podcasts 

Dead Pixels Society podcast: The consumer-focused approach of award-winning photo app, Popsa

Gary Pageau of the Dead Pixels Society talks with Liam Houghton, CEO, and Declan Mellett, chairman, of Popsa, the U.K.-based photo book app. Houghton and Mellett talked about the company’s non-traditional beginnings, its customer-focused design and strategy and the future role AI will play in the creation of personalized photo content. Popsa launched in March 2016. The app is now available in 50 countries around the globe and... Read More
Samsung debuts 108-MP sensor New Products 

Samsung debuts 108-MP sensor

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. introduced its latest 108-megapixel mobile image sensor, Samsung ISOCELL HM3. With a wide spectrum of advanced sensor technologies, the HM3 can capture sharper and more vivid images in ultra-high resolution with faster auto-focus and extended dynamic range. “While a pixel is just a single dot of color, when in millions, these dots can be transformed into stunning... Read More
Fujifilm discontinues PRO 400H fil due to lack of raw materials News Opinion 

Fujifilm discontinues PRO 400H fil due to lack of raw materials

Fujifilm North America announced the discontinuation of FUJIFILM PRO 400H film in both 35mm and 120 formats. The company said the film is a unique product that is coated with a fourth layer requiring specialized raw materials and chemicals. As the materials for that color layer become more difficult to obtain, the company decided to discontinue the product. Fujifilm anticipates allocating ... Read More
NRF says 2020 holiday sales grew 8.3 percent despite pandemic News 

NRF says 2020 holiday sales grew 8.3 percent despite pandemic

Retail sales during 2020’s November-December holiday season grew an unexpectedly high 8.3 percent over the same period in 2019 to $789.4 billion, exceeding the National Retail Federation’s holiday forecast despite the economic challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, NRF said today. The numbers include online and other non-stores sales, which were up 23.9 percent at $209 billion. “Despite unprecedented challenges, consumers... Read More
Costco to close in-store photo labs by Valentine’s Day News 

Costco to close in-store photo labs by Valentine’s Day

Costco Inc. has advised customers it is closing its 800 in-store photo labs, bringing to a close a long-standing brick-and-mortar retail player. The retailer will still continue to operate its Costco Photo Center website. Some services like ink refills, passport photos, photo restoration and YesVideo transfer services will be discontinued entirely. In an email to customers, Costco said: “Since the... Read More
Dead Pixels Society podcast: ImageQuix and Capturelife combine; what does it mean for school and event photography? Acquisitions News Podcasts 

Dead Pixels Society podcast: ImageQuix and Capturelife combine; what does it mean for school and event photography?

Gary Pageau of the Dead Pixels Society talks with Rich Scanlon, CEO of ImageQuix, and Scott DeFusco, founder and CEO of Capturelife, about the breaking news that ASG, the parent company of ImageQuix and Photolynx, has acquired Capturelife. We’ll talk about what the combination means to customers for both companies, where future growth opportunities are, and the changing volume photography landscape. Read More
Alpine Software Group acquires Capturelife Acquisitions News 

Alpine Software Group acquires Capturelife

Alpine Software Group (ASG), the owner of volume-photography stalwarts ImageQuix and PhotoLynx, added a third volume-photography company to its portfolio with the acquisition of Capturelife. Terms weren’t disclosed. Scott DeFusco, co-founder of the company is staying on with other key staff. Jeff Eckerle, the other co-founder, will be leaving at a later date to pursue another opportunity. This is the... Read More
Industry Notes for the week of Jan. 10 News People on the Move Updates 

Industry Notes for the week of Jan. 10

Framen acquired by Axel Springer Visual 1st reports German digital frame startup Framen has been acquired by multimedia giant Axel Springer. Hans Hartman shares how the company, led by CEO Dimitri Gärtner, pivoted from a digital frames/photo viewing business to an online advertising platform. Former Ritz Camera headquarters building sells for $15.685 million Commercial real-estate firm Edge Tuesday announced it brokered the sale of 12200... Read More
Printful announces free online conference for Jan. 21 Events 

Printful announces free online conference for Jan. 21

On-demand printing and warehousing company Printful is hosting its third Printful Threads online conference Jan. 21., 6–8 p.m. (PST). The theme of the conference is “How to Start Your Print-On-Demand Business.” The event is open to new eCommerce store owners as well as those with experience who want to brush up on​ the basics. Attendees will hear from successful business... Read More
Nikon discontinues international warranty for lenses, accessories News 

Nikon discontinues international warranty for lenses, accessories

Nikon Inc. announced it will no longer offer an international warranty for its interchangeable lenses, including both F-mount and Z-mount lenses, and accessories, including mount adapters, speedlights, and other Nikon accessories. Here is the text of Nikon’s statement: Notice regarding transition from international warranties for interchangeable lenses and accessories Thank you for choosing Nikon for your photographic needs. Nikon will... Read More
Scodix announces 50 million holiday cards were enhanced in 2020 season News 

Scodix announces 50 million holiday cards were enhanced in 2020 season

Scodix announced Scodix customers in North America have surpassed a combined total of more than 50 million cards with personalized and embossed foils for the 2020 peak holiday season between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. “We are delighted that the Web-2-Print business has seen outstanding continued growth, even during the Covid-19 pandemic,” says Jason Rollo, president, Scodix North America. “The numbers... Read More
German grocery giant Aldi launches personalized photo site with Picanova News 

German grocery giant Aldi launches personalized photo site with Picanova

German supermarket giant ALDI launched a personalized photo products site, powered by Picanova, at the beginning of the year. “We wanted to make the use of ALDI photos as easy, flexible and intuitive as possible for our customers,” says Vittorio Rotondo, Director Buying, ALDI Services, ALDI SÜD. “And we succeeded in doing this together with the renowned photo service provider Picanova.”... Read More
Circle Graphics acquires wall-art company Graphik Dimensions News 

Circle Graphics acquires wall-art company Graphik Dimensions

H.I.G. Capital announced its portfolio company, Circle Graphics acquired Graphik Dimensions, LLC, a High Point, NC-based provider of customized framed wall décor products. Graphik Dimensions, which was founded by the Feinsod family in 1965, operates in several verticals, including PictureFrames.com. “Graphik Dimensions’ high-quality custom-framed products further expands Circle’s wall décor product offering into another highly complementary category,” commented Andrew Cousin, CEO,... Read More
In Memoriam: Dr. Klaus Petersen People on the Move 

In Memoriam: Dr. Klaus Petersen

Dr. Klaus Petersen, 88, former owner of Obergassner photo wholesale business and the long-time director, European activities, Photo Marketing Association International (PMA), passed away  Dec. 27, 2020, at his home in Munich, Germany. Dr. Petersen founded Obergassner together with his father, Edgar, in the early 1950s. Starting from a small shared office space, the company initially specialized in cameras, accessories... Read More