Shutterfly acquires design and decor marketplace, Spoonflower Acquisitions News 

Shutterfly acquires design and decor marketplace, Spoonflower

Shutterfly announced an agreement to acquire Spoonflower, a Durham, N.C.-based artists marketplace, in “an accretive acquisition for approximately $225 million of enterprise value subject to certain working capital and other adjustments,” the company said in an announcement. The acquisition, which is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions, is expected to close in the third quarter of 2021. According... Read More
Industry Notes for the week of June 20 News People on the Move 

Industry Notes for the week of June 20

People on the Move Erin Manning wins second Silver Telly Award Erin Manning Media announced its DIY Studio videos were named Best Series in Online Education and Discovery in the 42nd Annual Telly Awards. The prestigious Silver award is the second for Erin Manning, a well-known photo-educator and presenter, and the 20th Telly Award in her career. The DIY Studio series features Manning... Read More
Printful expands in UK, Poland with $5 million investment News 

Printful expands in UK, Poland with $5 million investment

Printful continues to expand in Europe, signing leases for two more fulfillment centers in Wolverhampton, U.K., and in Lodz, Poland. The facilities together will cost $5 million and will add around 200,000 square feet of fulfillment space and create more than 100 new jobs during the first year of operations. So far, Printful runs its operations in eight in-house facilities... Read More
Dead Pixels Society podcast: Using video to market your photo business, with Erin Manning, Erin Manning Media Podcasts 

Dead Pixels Society podcast: Using video to market your photo business, with Erin Manning, Erin Manning Media

Gary Pageau of the Dead Pixels Society talks with Erin Manning of Erin Manning Media, about her start as a photo industry educator, her award-winning video projects, and her best tips for getting started using video to boost your business and connect with customers. Erin Manning is a professional photographer, author, educator, and media personality living in Los Angeles, California. She helps people understand photography and technology... Read More
Kamera Express acquires Germany’s GM-Foto Acquisitions News 

Kamera Express acquires Germany’s GM-Foto

The Dutch photo and video trading company Kamera Express takes over the German specialty store GM-Foto in Frankfurt, according to Foto Contact. This means after Hanover, Kamera Express will have a second superstore in Germany and will also add a third online shop to its portfolio. The dealer operates online with the Camera Express, Photospecialist, and now GM-Foto in Germany.... Read More
Layflat.com updates website to accommodate expanding business Marketing 

Layflat.com updates website to accommodate expanding business

Meggen, Switzerland-based Layflat.com has continued to grow since its founding last year, the company says, driven by the success of its EU-qualified bookbinding systems in automating premium layflat book production. To support customers from around the world, Layflat.com now has sales/distribution/support partners in 22 countries and has updated its website www.layflat.com. “Small-to-medium size printers worldwide are recognizing that automating production... Read More
NRF: May retail sales reach near-record level despite monthly decline Market research News 

NRF: May retail sales reach near-record level despite monthly decline

Retail sales remained at elevated levels in May despite month-to-month fluctuations that masked near-record performance, the National Retail Federation  (NRF). “While May retail sales were down slightly, largely due to supply chain constraints, the more accurate indicator remains in the year-over-year data which, as the NRF calculates, showed growth of over 17 percent,” says  Matthew Shay, NRF President and CEO.... Read More
West Canadian Digital Imaging announces rebrand to WCD News 

West Canadian Digital Imaging announces rebrand to WCD

West Canadian Digital Imaging Inc., a provider of digital print, signage and document management services since 1952, launched a new corporate brand identity and name: The organization will now be known as WCD. Among the changes will be its logo, building and delivery fleet signage, and website domain name (www.wcdconnect.com). The rebrand is part of the company’s strategy to evolve... Read More
Zhong Yi Optics launches 50mm f/0.95 prime lens for L mount cameras New Products 

Zhong Yi Optics launches 50mm f/0.95 prime lens for L mount cameras

Zhong Yi Optics launched the L-mount Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 Lens, joining the Sony FE, Canon R, Nikon Z, and Leica M mounts currently available. The company says this is the first f/0.95 lens for L mount camera users in the market; it is priced at $799. The lens is designed for full-frame mirrorless system and is compatible with Sigma... Read More
Sony Electronics announces Airpeak S1 professional drone New Products 

Sony Electronics announces Airpeak S1 professional drone

Sony Electronics Inc. announced the company’s first professional drone, the Airpeak S1, which the company claims is the world’s smallest drone that can be equipped with a full-size Alpha mirrorless cameras. The new drone utilizes a proprietary motor, propeller, control system, and sensing technology, allowing it to fly at extremely high speeds with very stable wind resistance, claims Sony.  Additionally,... Read More
GotPhoto announces in-person volume photography workshops July 26-30 Events 

GotPhoto announces in-person volume photography workshops July 26-30

GotPhoto Inc., the workflow platform for volume photographers, will host hands-on volume photography workshops July 26-30, 2021 in Nashville, TN.  The five-day, in-person “Behind The Camera” event is in partnership with Volume Imaging Professionals (VIP), and will be led by five volume photography experts covering dance, preschool, virtual sports, school, and traditional sports photography. Get your ticket Behind The Camera;... Read More
OM Digital Solutions launches PEN E-P7 camera News 

OM Digital Solutions launches PEN E-P7 camera

OM Digital Solutions announced the Olympus PEN E-P7 Micro Four Thirds System camera. The camera has limited distribution, available currently in Europe. The E-P7 is built faithfully in the distinctive and sophisticated design of the Olympus PEN series, the company says. The body weighs 337 grams, and when combined with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ standard zoom lens,... Read More
Pomvom signs five-year agreement for 15 amusement parks News 

Pomvom signs five-year agreement for 15 amusement parks

Pomvom signed a five-year agreement with Merlin Entertainments to operate its AI-powered souvenir photography technology in 15 of its amusement parks and attractions in the U.S. and Europe, according to CTech. The deal is set to earn Israel-based Pomvom an estimated $75-$100 million at sites including Madame Tussauds, London Eye, and Legoland. The 15 sites attracted a total of 25-30... Read More
Dakis adds Google Shopping, ad campaigns Updates 

Dakis adds Google Shopping, ad campaigns

dakis Inc. announced an integration with Google, allowing retailers to add their products to Google products listings directly from the dakis platform. Retailers’ products can appear in free listings across Google properties, including the Shopping tab, Google Search, Google Images, Google Maps, and Google Lens, the company said. dakis executives added, with the pandemic, the value of online shopping is... Read More