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Shutterfly acquires design and decor marketplace, Spoonflower Acquisitions News 

Shutterfly acquires design and decor marketplace, Spoonflower

Shutterfly announced an agreement to acquire Spoonflower, a Durham, N.C.-based artists marketplace, in “an accretive acquisition for approximately $225 million of enterprise value subject to certain working capital and other adjustments,” the company said in an announcement. The acquisition, which is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions, is expected to close in the third quarter of 2021. According... Read More
Shutterfly, Lifetouch class action suit dismissed News 

Shutterfly, Lifetouch class action suit dismissed

A U.S. District Court judge dismissed a proposed Shutterfly LLC and Shutterfly Lifetouch LLC class-action suit over allegedly unsolicited school photographs sent as part of Lifetouch’s “Family Approval Program.” The complaint, The ruling on the suit, filed in the Northern District of California, No. 5:20-cv-06040, said the plaintiffs failed to distinguish the conduct of the respective entities in their complaint.... Read More
Updated: Lifetouch, Shutterfly staff reductions near 800 News 

Updated: Lifetouch, Shutterfly staff reductions near 800

Updated: This article was updated to add the statement from Shutterfly below: An all-hands phone conference Thursday, Jan. 21, with Shutterfly CEO Hilary Schneider brought the news of a nearly 800 person staff reduction. According to reports from people on the call, the company’s Lifetouch National School Studios business bore the brunt of the reduction, with 700 positions eliminated in... Read More
Industry Notes for the week of Dec. 12 Events News People on the Move Updates 

Industry Notes for the week of Dec. 12

  Pro Photography Lifetouch reducing staff by 100 at Ontario, Ohio church directory plant  Lifetouch notified the State of Ohio the company will reduce permanently reduce staff by 100 persons by February 2021, at its Ontario, Ohio facility. The Shutterfly Lifetouch Church Business operations were severely impacted by COVID-19, the company said in a letter to the Ohio Department of Jobs... Read More
Lifetouch promoting at-home school photos in Shutterfly app News 

Lifetouch promoting at-home school photos in Shutterfly app

Lifetouch is promoting the concept of at-home school photos through parent company’s Shutterfly mobile app. The Picture Day Snaps @Home feature provides parents and children with an annual school photo, using Lifetouch backgrounds. The user selects the “Picture Day Snaps @Home” tab, chooses from three package choices: Basic package – Shutterfly digital image, one 8×10 and two 5x7s for $4.99.... Read More
Lifetouch announces winners of “America’s Yearbook” contest Promotions 

Lifetouch announces winners of “America’s Yearbook” contest

National school photography company Lifetouch celebrates National Yearbook Week with the unveiling of America’s Yearbook, a digital display of more than 5,300 user-submitted school pictures from the past nine decades. “Lifetouch is all about memorializing and cataloging these formative years in students’ lives – there is no better time capsule than a school picture,” said Stephanie Schmid, Vice President of... Read More
Shutterfly names Todd Marshall Lifetouch general manager People on the Move 

Shutterfly names Todd Marshall Lifetouch general manager

Shutterfly Inc. appointed Todd Marshall as general manager of Lifetouch; he joins the company Sept. 28. In this role, Marshall will be responsible for the Lifetouch portfolio, including school, preschool, and church photography, as well as JCPenney Portraits by Lifetouch and BorrowLenses. “Todd is a strong addition to the Shutterfly team,” said Hilary Schneider, chief executive officer of Shutterfly, Inc.... Read More
Lifetouch announces school pictures day sweepstakes News 

Lifetouch announces school pictures day sweepstakes

Lifetouch, in conjunction with the second annual National School Picture Day, features nationwide sweepstakes inviting everyone to submit their current or vintage school picture for one of five chances to win free school pictures and yearbooks from Lifetouch, as well as Shutterfly school supplies. The sweepstakes is open to anyone and entry is available now through Sept. 17 at lifetouch.com/sweepstakes. Five winners... Read More
Lifetouch creates school opening dashboard for Picture Day Scheduling News 

Lifetouch creates school opening dashboard for Picture Day Scheduling

Lifetouch released its proprietary COVID-19 School Opening Dashboard, a tool for Lifetouch and its partner schools to use while planning how, and when, schools can carry out school picture days despite COVID-19-related disruptions. The company says the Lifetouch School Opening Dashboard aggregates disparate data into a single view including heat maps and other visualization tools for Lifetouch teams to be able to... Read More
Shutterfly hit with class action suit over Lifetouch Family Approval Program News 

Shutterfly hit with class action suit over Lifetouch Family Approval Program

Shutterfly has been hit with a consumer class action suit over its Lifetouch Family Approval Program, a preschool portrait service the lawsuit claims violates the Postal Reorganization Act and California state consumer protection laws, according to Bloomberg Law. The suit, filed in the Northern District of California, No. 5:20-cv-06040, states would-be class plaintiffs Don Cullen and Ellen Ross claim Lifetouch... Read More
Lifetouch receives “Champion for Public Education Recognition” by National School Board Association News 

Lifetouch receives “Champion for Public Education Recognition” by National School Board Association

Lifetouch announced it is a recipient of the National School Board Association’s Champion for Public Education designation for standing with public schools during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. This year, as schools across the country closed their classrooms and were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Lifetouch continued to support more than 50,000 National School Board Association school leaders with photography through its partnership.... Read More
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