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Gary Pageau is principal of InfoCircle LLC, continuing his marketing communications career. InfoCircle LLC is a marketing and communications consulting firm, specializing in business-to-business markets. For nearly 25 years, he was with PMA International, serving most recently as Publisher, Content Development and Strategic Initiatives. His primary responsibilities included overseeing the Association’s editorial department, marketing research unit, education and corporate relations department.

Industry notes for the week of Nov. 28 Events 

Industry notes for the week of Nov. 28

Retail news Delays, surcharges and returns: Holiday shipping headaches have just begun RetailDive provided tips and advice for the service providers relying on the USPS, FedEx and other carriers, in anticipation on record holiday-shopping volume. “Carriers, to accommodate for the demand surges, have also made clear cutoff dates for when orders need to be placed to be received in time... Read More
Koelnmesse cancels photokina “for the time being” Events News Opinion 

Koelnmesse cancels photokina “for the time being”

Koelnmesse, the organizer of the leading worldwide photo/imaging exhibition, photokina, has canceled the Cologne event “for the time being” after 70 years. The 2020 edition had already been canceled but dates for May 2022 were announced. It’s an ignoble end to the largest and, arguably, the most influential photo/imaging trade event. For most of its existence, photokina was held every... Read More
Fujifilm releases infrared version of FUJIFILM GFX100 large-format mirrorless camera New Products Updates 

Fujifilm releases infrared version of FUJIFILM GFX100 large-format mirrorless camera

FUJIFILM North America Corp. announced the launch of FUJIFILM GFX100 IR digital camera (GFX100 IR), a uniquely specialized version of its GFX100 large-format mirrorless digital camera for the forensic, scientific, and cultural preservation fields. Infrared images can now be made at 100MP – and even at 400MP through GFX100 IR’s new Pixel Shift Multi-Shot function – to reveal intricate details... Read More
IDC says smartphone shipments to grow in holiday quarter Market research Marketing 

IDC says smartphone shipments to grow in holiday quarter

Following a stronger than expected third quarter, the global smartphone market is expected to return to growth during the holiday quarter this year, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. The IDC predicts smartphone shipments are forecast to grow 2.4% year over year in the fourth quarter, followed by 4.4% year-over-year growth in 2021. The market... Read More
Best Buy reports strong third-quarter results Earnings reports 

Best Buy reports strong third-quarter results

Best Buy Co., Inc. announced third-quarter results showed comparable stores sales were up 23%, compared to the 13-week third quarter ended Nov. 2, 2019. Best Buy’s domestic revenue of $10.85 billion increased 21.0% versus last year., driven by comparable sales growth of 22.6%, which was partially offset by the loss of revenue from permanent store closures in the past year.... Read More
HP reports 2020 net revenue down 3.6% Earnings reports 

HP reports 2020 net revenue down 3.6%

HP Inc. announced fiscal 2020 net revenue of $56.6 billion, down 3.6% (down 2.3% in constant currency) from the prior-year period.  In the printing segment, net revenue was $4.8 billion, down 3% year over year (down 2% in constant currency) with a 14.8% operating margin. Total hardware units were up 14% with Consumer hardware units up 18% and Commercial hardware units... Read More
Advertek launches photo puzzles New Products News 

Advertek launches photo puzzles

Toronto-based personalized product company Advertek Printing Inc. has, after extensive research and development using existing equipment within its production facility, developed its own print-on-demand photo puzzle product line for its partners. Advertek’s customizable puzzles can be made to any size up to 5-by-10 feet and with a variety of the number of pieces. The puzzles are made from a durable,... Read More
Epson debuts UV flatbed printer, SureColor-V7000 New Products 

Epson debuts UV flatbed printer, SureColor-V7000

Epson introduced the SureColor – V7000, the company’s first UV flatbed printer designed for printing outdoor signage, promotional goods, and more. Capable of printing on a variety of rigid substrates up to 3-inches thick, the new Epson UV flatbed printer is a flexible, reliable, entry-level flatbed solution, the company says. “The SureColor V7000 was specifically designed to address common pain... Read More
The Dead Pixels Society podcast: Photo personalization growth potential with Andrew Cousin, CEO, Circle Graphics News Podcasts 

The Dead Pixels Society podcast: Photo personalization growth potential with Andrew Cousin, CEO, Circle Graphics

Gary Pageau of the Dead Pixels Society talks with Andrew Cousin, CEO, Circle Graphics, about the acquisition of Bay Photo, the growth in photo personalization market and the challenges faced by eCommerce companies in the age of COVID-19. Circle Graphics is a leader in grand and large-format digital graphics, outdoor advertising, business signage, wall decor, art reproduction, and professional photographic output. Sponsored by Mediaclip Mediaclip strives to... Read More
NRF expects holiday sales will grow between 3.6 and 5.2 percent   News 

NRF expects holiday sales will grow between 3.6 and 5.2 percent  

With retail sales rebounding strongly due to continued consumer resilience, the National Retail Federation (NRF)  forecast holiday sales during November and December will increase between 3.6 percent and 5.2 percent over 2019 to a total between $755.3 billion and $766.7 billion. The numbers, which exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants, compared with a 4 percent increase to $729.1 billion... Read More
MailPix personalized photo puzzles featured on “Today All Day” on the Peacock service News 

MailPix personalized photo puzzles featured on “Today All Day” on the Peacock service

MailPix, the photo-printing, canvas and gifting site, announced its popular photo puzzles product were featured today, Nov. 23, on the “Today All Day” show on the NBC 24/7 streaming service, Peacock. Photo puzzles were once again featured by lifestyle presenter Jill Martin as part of a special two-hour “Holiday Steals and Deals” segment. Mailpix puzzles, which were also selected by... Read More
Nikon makes Nikon School online classes free through year-end News 

Nikon makes Nikon School online classes free through year-end

Nikon announced its popular Nikon School Online classes will be available free of charge starting today through the end of the year. A wide range of classes are available, including an all-new class for creating memorable holiday photos and videos, helping users step up their creativity just in time for the most festive time of the year. “Nikon School Online classes... Read More
Pixellu adds galleries to products for photographers New Products 

Pixellu adds galleries to products for photographers

Photographer utility maker Pixellu has created a Pixellu Galleries product to simplify the creation of online galleries for photographers. The gallery product joins SmartAlbums and SmartSlides as simple tools to shorten a photographer’s workflow. The company claims it has created a three-step process – upload, customize and share – to create galleries for customers. The galleries are viewable on a... Read More
Plaza Create transfers photo ID booth business to Photo-Me subsidary News 

Plaza Create transfers photo ID booth business to Photo-Me subsidary

Japan’s Plaza Create Co., Ltd. announced it is transferring its ID photo booth business to Nippon Auto-Photo, a unit of U.K.-based Photo-Me International. According to the announcement, Plaza Create will establish “photo plaza Co., Ltd. (provisional)” as a wholly-owned subsidiary, transfer its ID box business to it, and then transfer 100% of the shares to Nippon Auto-Photo. The combined groups... Read More
Monument launches Monument 2 privacy-centered photo storage device News 

Monument launches Monument 2 privacy-centered photo storage device

Monument announced Monument 2, the next iteration of its privacy-focused smart photo-storage device. The desktop device automatically backs up and organizes photos and videos, using new applications for iOS, Android, Mac, PC and Linux. Monument 2 is now available for pre-orders on Kickstarter with an exclusive price of $149 for user-upgradable diskless and $299 for 1TB SSD model. Monument 2... Read More