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Shutterfly adds PPE products, donates $750,000 to COVID-19 affected communities New Products News Updates 

Shutterfly adds PPE products, donates $750,000 to COVID-19 affected communities

Shutterfly Inc. announced the company, via its Shutterfly for Good platform, has donated more than $750,000 to organizations nationwide that are helping communities most in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Shutterfly has donated $495,000 to multiple organizations such as those supporting the manufacturing and distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE), food-related charities, healthcare and more via its partnership with The... Read More
Dury’s, a Nashville camera store institution since 1882, closes News 

Dury’s, a Nashville camera store institution since 1882, closes

Dury’s, the legendary long-time Nashville-area camera store, has closed permanently. Founded in 1882, the store was one of eight original Kodak film and camera dealers appointed by George Eastman. The store has been at its current Murfreesboro Pike location since 2016, moving there from downtown Nashville. The company made its announcement on its Facebook page: After very careful consideration, I... Read More
GotPhoto establishes COVID-19 task force for volume photography News 

GotPhoto establishes COVID-19 task force for volume photography

GotPhoto Inc., the leader in workflow platforms for volume school photographers, announced a task force to plan for the future of contactless school/sports photography as COVID-19 continues to reshape the industry. The goal is to develop concrete concepts, with the advice of the task force, to be launched as the GotPhoto Summer Camps training series in July. For more information... 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
PPA gives $3 million in financial relief to members amid COVID-19 pandemic News 

PPA gives $3 million in financial relief to members amid COVID-19 pandemic

Professional Photographers of America announced the association has eliminated membership dues for the months of May and June and created dramatic subsidies for Imaging USA attendees. Imaging USA, the longest-running photographic convention in the United States, is scheduled for January 17-19, 2021, in Grapevine, Texas. “The event sets the tone for the entire photographic year,” says David Trust, CEO, PPA.... Read More
FamilyAlbum founder donates $1 million towards COVID-19 relief Events News 

FamilyAlbum founder donates $1 million towards COVID-19 relief

Tokyo-based mixi Inc. announced FamilyAlbum founder Kenji Kasahara donated $1 million to help families and children affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Kasahara notes FamilyAlbum, a private photo-sharing app for families, has seen increased usage in the midst of worldwide lockdown and shelter in place orders. In the first half of April alone, the number of comments and uploads posted to the... Read More
Jostens enhances “virtual commencement” programs, closes Visalia plant News 

Jostens enhances “virtual commencement” programs, closes Visalia plant

Jostens  is partnering with GRAMMY-winning songwriter and recording artist Lori McKenna to recognize her soon-to-be-released song as the official song of the Class of 2020. The song, scheduled for national release May 1, will be featured in Jostens free on-line “Virtual Commencement Centers”. Jostens Virtual Commencement Centers have been designed for the high school and college markets, and deliver exclusive... Read More
Popular photo app company VSCO terminates one-third of staff News 

Popular photo app company VSCO terminates one-third of staff

The popular photo app VSCO has terminated about one-third of its staff. VSCO co-founder Joel Flory, posting on LinkedIn, stated the company – which is valued at more than $500 million – is letting go of 45 of its 150 employees, citing the sudden changes in the business environment. While not citing COVID-19 directly, Flory’s message references the necessity to... Read More
Felix Schoeller Group responds to COVID-19 pandemic News 

Felix Schoeller Group responds to COVID-19 pandemic

Felix Schoeller Group, based  Osnabrück, is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic with a range of measures, according to a company statement. The company is adjusting capacity at its specialty paper plants, and short-time working is being implemented in all German plants following the Easter holidays. Approximately 2,100 of 3,600 employees worldwide are affected. The company added, however, production is currently... Read More
Sigma launches dealer program to support COVID-19 relief efforts Promotions 

Sigma launches dealer program to support COVID-19 relief efforts

Sigma Corporation of America launched a charitable initiative in partnership with authorized Sigma lens dealers nationwide. From now until June 30, 2020, 5% of all Sigma lens sales made through participating dealers will be donated to a charitable organization of the dealers’ choice (listed below). Donations will be made to organizations working on COVID-19 relief efforts to help ease the... Read More
Fujifilm accelerates the production of antiviral drug “Avigan Tablet” for COVID-19 News 

Fujifilm accelerates the production of antiviral drug “Avigan Tablet” for COVID-19

FUJIFILM Corp. announced the expansion of its manufacturing capacity at FUJIFILM Toyama Chemical Co. Ltd. to significantly increase the production of its influenza antiviral drug “Avigan Tablet” for treating patients with COVID-19. To further boost the supply of Avigan, Fujifilm is also allocating additional capacity at its FUJIFILM Wako Pure Chemical Co. Ltd. facility in Japan, for the production of pharmaceutical intermediates used to manufacture... Read More
Mediaclip launches Kado, a marketplace to support local manufacturers News 

Mediaclip launches Kado, a marketplace to support local manufacturers

With local authorities calling for local purchases as international trade slows down, Montreal-based photo personalization leader Mediaclip, has set up an online marketplace for customizable gifts to support its community. Guided by its mission to help customers generate income, and above all to retain the jobs in their businesses, Mediaclip launched a temporary eCommerce website, kadodesigner.ca, which targets Quebec and... Read More
Shutterfly app update targets school memories News Updates 

Shutterfly app update targets school memories

Shutterfly has updated its main photo printing app to emphasize photo moments lost due to the COVID-19 crisis and attendant school closures. Specifically, the app has been enhanced to: • Create school memories at home – Use our new background-changer tool will help you design and share your own spring- 2020 memories! • Order graduation cards, without committing to a... Read More
Fujifilm starts phase-II clinical trial of “Avigan Tablet” drug for U.S. COVID-19 News 

Fujifilm starts phase-II clinical trial of “Avigan Tablet” drug for U.S. COVID-19

FUJIFILM Corp. announced the initiation of a U.S. phase II clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of its influenza antiviral drug “Avigan Tablet” for COVID-19 patients. Avigan, approved in Japan for manufacture and sale as an influenza antiviral drug, selectively inhibits RNA polymerase necessary for influenza virus replication. Due to this mechanism of action, it is expected that... Read More
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