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Industry notes for the week of April 11 Marketing News People on the Move SDKs and APIs Updates 

Industry notes for the week of April 11

Interesting reads from around the web Lifetouch temporarily reopens Chesapeake plant Lifetouch expects to have a little more than 100 people working to continue producing its school photo products, including spring class photos shot before schools closed early, as well as student IDs and high-resolution digital images for school yearbooks, according to the Virginia Pilot. The company announced in February was shuttering the... 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
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
Lifetouch shuttering Chesapeake, Va., plant News 

Lifetouch shuttering Chesapeake, Va., plant

Lifetouch National School Studios is closing its Chesapeake, Va., production facility by Aug. 31, according to numerous media reports. There are 130 full-time employees and 38 seasonal at the Chesapeake location, according to WAVY.com. The Chesapeake plant’s production will be shifted to parent company Shutterfly‘s soon-to-be-opened Plano, Texas, production facility, as well as three other existing manufacturing facilities in Arizona,... 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
Lifetouch declares Sept. 12 is National School Picture Day Events Press releases 

Lifetouch declares Sept. 12 is National School Picture Day

Danielle Jonas teams up with Lifetouch to celebrate the yearly tradition of school Picture Day EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., Sept. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Today, national school photography provider Lifetouch declared the first-ever National School Picture Day happening on Thursday, September 12, 2019. As the official ambassador for National School Picture Day,  jewelry designer and mother of two, Danielle Jonas, has partnered with Lifetouch to... 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
More changes at the top for SFLY: CTO Satish Menon resigns News People on the Move 

More changes at the top for SFLY: CTO Satish Menon resigns

When Shutterfly Inc. goes under new ownership this fall, there will be a whole new look to the executive suite. According to the company’s most recent Form 8-K, longtime CTO and senior vice president Dr. Satish Menon notified the company Aug. 8 of his intention to resign effective Sept. 6, 2019. The filing stated Dr. Menon will stay on as... 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
Should shareholders vote for Shutterfly sale? Analyst says yes, with reservations News Opinion 

Should shareholders vote for Shutterfly sale? Analyst says yes, with reservations

While most industry watchers have acquiesced that the acquisition of Shutterfly by Apollo Global Management, with the corresponding merger with Snapfish, is a done deal, there are still some steps to be completed by the expected close by the end of the year. First, the merger is subject to government scrutiny under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, designed to maintain competition. As... Read More
New Robinson Report covers global photo printing trends Market research News Opinion 

New Robinson Report covers global photo printing trends

With support from the imaging industry, industry researcher Doug Robinson has produced a new global photo printing report, the 2018 Total Photo Printing Report, covering silver-halide color paper and the contributions from inkjet dry labs, dye-sub, and digital (electrophotographic) presses (EP). The work totals more than 140 pages and 29 tables and is the result of numerous interviews with knowledgeable... Read More
Analysis: It’s probably a good time to take Shutterfly private News Opinion 

Analysis: It’s probably a good time to take Shutterfly private

Editor’s Note: The following article is analysis and is not based on inside knowledge of Shutterfly, Lifetouch or any other parties mentioned. The specter of going photo personalization pioneer Shutterfly going private has lurked for the past five years or more, so the news the company board is again revisiting the issue isn’t a surprise. In 2014, Silver Lake Partners... Read More
Shutterfly announces first quarter 2019 financial results Earnings reports News Opinion 

Shutterfly announces first quarter 2019 financial results

Shutterfly announced first-quarter 2019 financial results, coinciding with rumours from reputables sites like Bloomberg that the leading online photo personalization service has drawn acquisition interest from Apollo Global Management LLC and Cerberus Capital Management. As noted below, the company’s board is not officially commenting. Overall, the company’s results were in line with expectations, management said. Shutterfly’s struggling Consumer segment saw a 2%... Read More
Glossy Finish launches GF Crew to provide profitable sports photo business model Feature News Opinion 

Glossy Finish launches GF Crew to provide profitable sports photo business model

The minds behind Glossy Finish are ready to share the secrets to their success. The Florida-based company, long considered one of the leaders in how to run a profitable sports photo business, has launched GFcrew, a community built around the sharing of the Glossy Finish business process. The Dead Pixels Society talked with Haim Ariav, CEO and founder, and Matt... Read More
Opinion: Shutterfly shakeup in wake of soft sales Earnings reports News Opinion 

Opinion: Shutterfly shakeup in wake of soft sales

Shutterfly Inc.‘s announcement of its fourth-quarter earnings shook up more than its investors, who dropped the company’s stock 13 percent by this morning. The board also announced the upcoming departure of CEO Christopher North, who shepherded the company for three years and orchestrated the purchase of Lifetouch Inc., and the formation of an exploratory committee to explore options for the company,... Read More
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