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WSJ: Banks struggling to sell $2 billion debt for Apollo purchase of Shutterfly News Opinion 

WSJ: Banks struggling to sell $2 billion debt for Apollo purchase of Shutterfly

The Wall Street Journal is reporting Barclays PLC, Citigroup Inc. and other investment banks hired by Apollo Global Management have struggled in recent days to raise about $2 billion of debt for the buyout of Shutterfly Inc. Due to the tepid reception to the debt, the banks agreed to buy up to $280 million after failing to find enough outside investors,... Read More
PastBook unveils new brand identity, launches global One-Click Photo Products platform Marketing News Opinion 

PastBook unveils new brand identity, launches global One-Click Photo Products platform

PastBook announces today that it has refreshed its logo and identity. The new look supports the company’s growth plans around its newly launched One-Click Photo Products platform. According to a company press release, PastBook’s sophisticated technology platform will enable anyone around the world to “automagically” turn their Facebook or Instagram photos into printed photo products such as photo books, cards,... Read More
Google Photos debuts print-to-retail at Walmart, CVS News Opinion 

Google Photos debuts print-to-retail at Walmart, CVS

Despite the fact prominent tech personalities ignorantly stating photo printing is dead, no one has bothered to tell Google Photos that. After a series of upgrades to its popular photo app – including photo book printing – the giant has added canvas prints and same-day print-to-retail to 11,000 locations, primarily Walmart and CVS Pharmacy. In a blog post, Shimrit Ben-Yair,... Read More
Lifetouch eliminates some top-management layers in reorganization News Opinion People on the Move 

Lifetouch eliminates some top-management layers in reorganization

  Lifetouch continues to make top management changes following the installation of Greg Hintz as the new division president. In an internal announcement obtained by the Dead Pixels Society and confirmed by parent company spokesperson Sondra Harding of Shutterfly Inc., the roles of schools executive vice president and COO and vice president of marketing were eliminated, affecting 14-year veteran Tom Wargolet... Read More
PBS launches family history TV show, “Family Pictures USA” Feature News Opinion 

PBS launches family history TV show, “Family Pictures USA”

“Family Pictures USA”, a new PBS television show, that “explores neighborhoods and cities through the lens of the family photo album.” Hosted by artist and filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris, and with major support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), this national series “seeks to expand the understanding of American history, diversity and shared values through family photos in the... Read More
Talking kiosks with Kodak Moments’ Michael Graham Feature News Opinion 

Talking kiosks with Kodak Moments’ Michael Graham

Kodak Moments, the consumer-focused brand from Kodak Alaris, recently introduced the smaller footprint M1 photo kiosk. In spite of the rather snarky media writeups, the photo kiosk business is still viable for retailers looking to offer a low-cost, self-service option. Despite all the changes since the 2012 bankruptcy of Eastman Kodak Co. and subsequent spin-off of Kodak Alaris as the... Read More
Guest post: Top editing strategies that every photo business needs to use Opinion Tips and tricks 

Guest post: Top editing strategies that every photo business needs to use

Guest post by John Sullivan If you are an old-school photographer, it is only natural to look at modern editing strategies with some disdain. After all, there are many who argue that such techniques draw attention away from the authenticity of photographs. Nevertheless, if you are running a photo business, it is important to give people what they want. And,... Read More
Guest post: 10 best Android photo-editing apps Events Opinion Updates 

Guest post: 10 best Android photo-editing apps

Guest post by Hillary Walker With the widespread use of Smartphones and almost all smartphones having a high-end camera, people are not just satisfied with clicking images. They don’t have that much time to transfer the images to desktop and edit them using Photoshop or Lightroom. People want apps using which they can do all the editing directly from their... Read More
The elephant in the room: Data security and privacy in the photo industry Feature News Opinion 

The elephant in the room: Data security and privacy in the photo industry

There isn’t an industry today that hasn’t been affected by cybersecurity and data privacy; as recently as this week, CafePress was reportedly affected by a breach. There have even been examples of cameras being hijacked by ransomware attacks. And industry members don’t need any reminder of the havoc caused by the well-known PNI Media and Colorado Timberline breaches. Mike Watkinson,... Read More
CEWE sees sales increase for first half of 2019, lauds WhiteWall contribution Earnings reports Feature News Opinion 

CEWE sees sales increase for first half of 2019, lauds WhiteWall contribution

Leading European photo personalization service CEWE Foundation & Co. KGaA announced first-half sales increased 7.6 percent, with the core photofinishing segment growing 11.3% to 200.8 million euros and CEWE Photobook sales increasing by 8.3% to 2.57 million copies sold. The company management also added that acquisition of WhiteWall, the premium wall-art specialist, is on pace to contribute meaningfully to the company.... Read More
Guest post: How to store old photos and preserve precious memories Feature Opinion 

Guest post: How to store old photos and preserve precious memories

Guest post by Wendy Dessler Each year, over 1 trillion photos are taken around the world. Usually, these pictures are created to freeze a special moment in time. For most people, finding a way to preserve these memories is the main concern. There are a number of tools on the market designed to help photography enthusiasts with their photo storage... Read More
Shutterfly Announces Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results Earnings reports Opinion Press releases 

Shutterfly Announces Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results

Shutterfly announced second-quarter financial highlights, for the period ending June 30. (To read the entire press release, click here.) The company, which entered into an agreement in June to be acquired by Apollo Global Management in a deal expected to be concluded early in the fourth quarter. Shutterfly reported net revenue of $473 million, with an operating loss of $7.9... Read More
Cimpress reports improved sales, earnings for fiscal 2019, CEO promises more changes Earnings reports News Opinion 

Cimpress reports improved sales, earnings for fiscal 2019, CEO promises more changes

Cimpress executives characterized the Netherlands-based company’s recently concluded fiscal 2019 as a disappointing and difficult year, with revenue at its flagship Vistaprint business increasing less than 1% and profitability declining in its National Pen segment. Cimpress reported it doubled overall net income to nearly $93.5 million, or $3.00 per diluted share, compared to $1.36 per diluted share the prior year. Cimpress... Read More
Shutterfly taps company veteran Greg Hintz as new head of Lifetouch division News Opinion 

Shutterfly taps company veteran Greg Hintz as new head of Lifetouch division

Shutterfly Inc. signaled the possible future direction of its Lifetouch National Studios business with the appointment of company insider Greg Hintz to the president of the division. He succeeds Michael Meek, who shepherded Lifetouch from a profit-starved employee-owned company to a profitable, cash-flow-rich division of Shutterfly. Meek stayed on after the sale, earning more than $5.6 million in total compensation... Read More
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