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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
Lifetouch integration with Shutterfly heralds change in school photo business model Market research Opinion 

Lifetouch integration with Shutterfly heralds change in school photo business model

Our friends at CaptureLife recently posted a blog about how Shutterfly has begun integrating Lifetouch school photos into its mobile app. This long-anticipated step is the beginning of a shift in the marketing and fulfillment of school and event photos. Through the long history of school photography, a school-portrait company’s main customer was the school district or school board themselves.... Read More
Shutterfly funds wildfire disaster relief and helps families rebuild lost memories News Press releases 

Shutterfly funds wildfire disaster relief and helps families rebuild lost memories

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Shutterfly, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFLY), the leading retailer dedicated to helping families capture, preserve and share life’s important moments, today announced efforts to support disaster relief in the wake of California wildfires, as well committing to help families rebuild precious memories lost in the fires. “We stand together with our employees, neighbors, and communities across the state who... Read More
Edge Imaging looks to expand, to invest Feature Opinion 

Edge Imaging looks to expand, to invest

In recent months, there’s been a lot of investment and business activity in the school and events photography space. Lifetouch and Jostens have both found new owners and, north of the border, long-standing Canadian firm Edge Imaging announced in late October Walter Capital Partners made a “significant investment” in the company, with the intention of building the Burlington, Ontario, company... Read More
Lifetouch ESOP suit dismissed over lack of specific details News 

Lifetouch ESOP suit dismissed over lack of specific details

Bloomberg Law reports Lifetouch Inc. employees lost their lawsuit alleging the group lost hundreds of millions of dollars in retirement savings when their employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) dropped in value. The original lawsuit is here. The employees didn’t provide enough specific details backing their claim Lifetouch and its directors fraudulently inflated the company’s stock value before its 2018 sale to Shutterfly... Read More
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