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Dead Pixels Society podcast: Preserving photo memories with Glen Meakem of Forever.com News Opinion Podcasts 

Dead Pixels Society podcast: Preserving photo memories with Glen Meakem of Forever.com

Gary Pageau of the Dead Pixels Society talks with Glen Meakem, CEO and founder, Forever.com, the permanent cloud photo storage and sharing company. A serial entrepreneur, Meakem founded FreeMarkets Inc. in 1995, which was later sold for $500 million. He also formerly headed up a venture capital fund and was a former radio host based in Pittsburgh, Pa. For the... Read More
Suite 48a announces “COVID-19 Mitigation and What’s Next Survey” report Market research News Opinion 

Suite 48a announces “COVID-19 Mitigation and What’s Next Survey” report

Leading imaging industry research company Suite 48a has published a free “COVID-19 Mitigation and What’s Next Survey” report. “It’s hard to describe the impact COVID-19 has had so far without sounding like a broken record –the one you keep hearing over and over in the news, or when talking with colleagues, customers or industry partners,” says Hans Hartman, Suite 48a.... Read More
More industry notes from worldwide pandemic News Opinion 

More industry notes from worldwide pandemic

As the global COVID-19 pandemic spreads, the impact on the photo/imaging industry has been unprecedented. Mass layoffs of retail staffs are commonplace, seasonal workers and photographers are dismissed and store hours have been limited or eliminated entirely. Still, the photo industry is resilient and we’ve been hearing promising stories from around the world. Certainly, this once-in-a-lifetime economic disaster is going... Read More
Supreme Court rules states can’t be sued for copyright violations News Opinion 

Supreme Court rules states can’t be sued for copyright violations

The U.S. Supreme Court declared states cannot be sued for copyright infringement because they have “sovereign immunity,” a blow to photographers who seek to protect their rights. The opinion came down as part of a review of an earlier Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit decision in the case of Allen v Cooper. The case began in 2013, when... Read More
Editorial: The photo/imaging industry responds to COVID-19 News Opinion 

Editorial: The photo/imaging industry responds to COVID-19

The 24-hour, non-stop coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic is inescapable. While we here at the Dead Pixels Society try to be apolitical and to focus on business-related issues and topics, it’s clear the pandemic is going to have wide-ranging effects and ramifications for the global industry. The mass cancelations and postponements of important photo and printing industry events, like photokina... Read More
Shutterfly trims 160 jobs, will transfer some to Minnesota News Opinion 

Shutterfly trims 160 jobs, will transfer some to Minnesota

Newly privately held photo personalization giant Shutterfly Inc. is already trimming the ranks, according to media reports. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the company is laying off more than 150 employees from its Redwood City headquarters, according to a California Employment Development Department filing. According to the report, 66 employees will lose their jobs and 87 workers will see their... Read More
How to conquer niche markets with personalization News Opinion Sponsored post 

How to conquer niche markets with personalization

With the advent of marketing and product personalization, many businesses are wondering about how to conquer niche markets that have usurped the mass market. Consumers now expect their online shopping experience to be customized from beginning to end. The photography market has always lead the way in this regard, as every printed photo is a unique personalized document. Photo printing... Read More
Timing is everything: Wag struggles as CEO leaves News Opinion 

Timing is everything: Wag struggles as CEO leaves

Business Insider reports Wag Labs Inc., the dog-walking startup that was the previous job for new Shutterfly CEO Hilary Schneider, has had SoftBank’s Vision Fund giving up its nearly 50% stake in Wag!, following Schneider’s departure, at value far less than the $665 million valuation. Vision Fund invested $300 million in Wag last year. Bloomberg reported in October the company... Read More
Nikon is cutting authorized repair shops News Opinion 

Nikon is cutting authorized repair shops

In a report on iFixit, Nikon Corp.  is ending its relationship with 15 Authorized Repair Station members by not renewing their agreements after March 31, 2020. In a November letter obtained by iFixit, Nikon stated: “The climate in which we do business has evolved, and Nikon Inc. must do the same.” Authorized service will be provided at its Melville, NY... Read More
Carl Icahn publishes letter blasting HP for “recalcitrance” in rejected Xerox offer Acquisitions News Opinion 

Carl Icahn publishes letter blasting HP for “recalcitrance” in rejected Xerox offer

Activist investor Carl Icahn posted an open letter to HP shareholders today, criticizing the HP Inc. board for rejecting Xerox Corp.‘s merger overtures. Icahn, who respectively owns about 10.85% of Xerox and 4.24% of HP, stated HP is going down the path forged by former foe Eastman Kodak Co., which is often criticized for wasting resources on a series of failed... Read More
Small world: Shutterfly CEO has connection to former Shutterfly CEO News Opinion People on the Move 

Small world: Shutterfly CEO has connection to former Shutterfly CEO

Newly private photo personalization leader Shutterfly Inc. named a new CEO last week, a move that surprised many industry watchers. Ryan O’Hara had only come on board in June, 2019, succeeding in an orderly manner the departing Christopher North. North’s departure was announced in February, and the company had three months of transition to O’Hara, during which the company announced... Read More
Xerox fires back to HP after rebuff of takeover offer Acquisitions News Opinion 

Xerox fires back to HP after rebuff of takeover offer

In what portends to the beginning of a contentious courtship, Xerox Holdings Corp. management responded harshly to the rejection of its proposal to acquire rival HP Inc. Xerox vice chairman and CEO John Visentin advised HP board members Enrique Lores and Chip Bergh, if a “friendly” merger agreement could not be reached quickly, Xerox would take it’s case directly to... Read More
Shutterfly targets diversity in new holiday campaign Marketing News Opinion Promotions 

Shutterfly targets diversity in new holiday campaign

Photo personalization leader Shutterfly launched on Monday its first advertising campaign in three years, according to Mediapost.com. The “Anything Flys” campaign emphasizes the importance of connecting with friends and family and encourages users to send cards for any reason, not just for the holidays. The campaign was created by Argonaut, a marketing agency with high-profile consumer goods company clients like... Read More
Kodak reports third-quarter loss of $5 million, but film sales are up Earnings reports News Opinion 

Kodak reports third-quarter loss of $5 million, but film sales are up

Eastman Kodak Co. reported third-quarter financial results of a $5 million net loss on revenues of $315 million and growth in key print and film product areas. The quarter ended Sept. 30, 2019. In the prior year, the company had $19 million in next earnings on sales of $329 million. The company said revenues from the film business grew 21 percent... Read More
Reuters: Walgreens considering plan to go private News Opinion 

Reuters: Walgreens considering plan to go private

Reuters reports Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. has explored the option to go private following private equity interest in the U.S drug store chain, which has a market value of more than $55 billion, citing unnamed sources. In recent months, Walgreens has held preliminary discussions with some of the world’s largest private equity firms about putting together what would be the... Read More
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