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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
App updates from Google Photos, InstaSize, Shutterfly, Mylio News Opinion Updates 

App updates from Google Photos, InstaSize, Shutterfly, Mylio

As the fourth quarter gets underway, some major photo apps are getting in some updates. Following are some highlights of some popular apps: Google Photos Android Police reports Google Photos has added customized page layouts to its photobook offerings. Previously, page layouts were limited to one photo per page. “You can add up to four photos to each page and... 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
Shutterfly’s third-quarter consumer business disappoints, company misses target Earnings reports News Press releases 

Shutterfly’s third-quarter consumer business disappoints, company misses target

Shutterfly reported a third-quarter net loss of $73.5 million, compared to last year’s $25.6 million loss, on net revenues of $368.8 million. The company’s shares dropped more than 12 percent in after-hours trading because revenues were below analysts’ consensus of $377.5 million. In particular, the company highlighted contributions of its newly acquired Lifetouch school-photo business but the consumer business dropped... Read More
Shutterfly names Mickey Mericle senior vice president, chief marketing officer People on the Move Press releases 

Shutterfly names Mickey Mericle senior vice president, chief marketing officer

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Shutterfly, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFLY), the leading retailer and manufacturing platform dedicated to helping capture, preserve, and share life’s important moments, today announced the appointment of Mickey Mericle as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “All of us at Shutterfly are delighted... Read More
The shift away from free in online photo News 

The shift away from free in online photo

In search of better margins, big brands are moving away from regular discounts There’s no question the online photofinishing market is becoming mature, as print volume shifts to mobile and, particularly, to apps. In recent earnings reports, some big brands indicated a move away from free offers to improve margins. Understandably, they are taking a hit on volume but are... Read More
Shutterfly announces second quarter 2018 financial results Earnings reports News Opinion Press releases 

Shutterfly announces second quarter 2018 financial results

[Editor’s Note: The press-release text featuring the major points of the Shutterfly second-quarter earnings release is below, followed by a link to the extensive tables. A review of the detailed tables does provide some interesting information, including this by-segment breakdown in the Shutterfly Consumer Business: Appendix 1.5 Shutterfly, Inc. Shutterfly Consumer net revenue by Brand (In thousands) (Unaudited) Three Months... Read More
Apple closing Photo Print Products Service by Sept. 30 News Opinion 

Apple closing Photo Print Products Service by Sept. 30

Apple Inc. will be closing its integrated Photo Print Products service this fall, according to a dialog box in the macOS 10.13.6 Photos app. The app now recommends the user download a Photos Project Extension from the Mac App Store to create books, cards, calendars and prints. The company added final purchases using the existing built-in service must be placed by... Read More
Shutterfly launches two new categories: Kids and Pets News Press releases 

Shutterfly launches two new categories: Kids and Pets

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Shutterfly Inc., the leading online retailer and manufacturer of high-quality personalized products and services, announced today the launch of two new categories: Kids and Pets. Now kids, pets and their parents can show their personality with an inspiring range of customizable products. Kids and Pets are natural extensions for Shutterfly as it broadens its focus on helping... Read More
Imagebuggy drives commercial sales for photographers Feature 

Imagebuggy drives commercial sales for photographers

The commercial printing business and photography have been on a collision course for years. In the amateur market, retail labs are busy adding print-for-pay services, commercial graphics, and signs. IPI has made this segment a major component of its The Print Refinery licensed business model, while FastSigns has picked up several notable franchisees among the traditional retail lab operators, like... Read More
iMemories returns to founders in purchase from Shutterfly Feature News 

iMemories returns to founders in purchase from Shutterfly

The industry’s largest recent acquisition – Shutterfly buying Lifetouch – created waves and, in the case of iMemories, new opportunities. The former Lifetouch segment was sold back to its founder, Mark Rukavina, and longtime executive Steve Krell, who are looking to expand the business dramatically. The Dead Pixels Society recently talked with Rukavina about the divestment and the future of... Read More
Apple updates iOS 12 Photo search, yields photo innovation leadership to Google News Opinion 

Apple updates iOS 12 Photo search, yields photo innovation leadership to Google

Buried under the announcements of the recent Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) hosted by Apple Inc. were several enhancements to the iOS Photos app. Overall, the WWDC coverage mentioned how mild the announcements were – and we will leave you to delve into the live-blogging and extensive articles by others – they were especially true for photography. Compared to some of... Read More
Photo specialty can compete – and win – against big players Feature Opinion Sponsored post 

Photo specialty can compete – and win – against big players

Guest post by Steve Giordano Jr., president, Photo Finale. I spend my day talking to photo specialty retailers. Many share their triumphs and challenges being an imaging industry entrepreneur. One common thread is frustration over the apparent competitive advantage enjoyed by Shutterfly, Snapfish, Walgreens, and other large-scale photofinishing brands. I say “apparent” because, the truth is, an independent retailer can beat a... Read More
Shutterfly reports first quarter results; will exit iMemories Earnings reports News Press releases 

Shutterfly reports first quarter results; will exit iMemories

Editor’s note: Post updated to reflect iMemories will not be closed – as previously written – but “exited.” Industry reports is a new buyer will take over the business. A few highlights from the Shutterfly earnings report, reproduced below. Shutterfly closed the Lifetouch acquisition April 2 Shutterfly will exit Lifetouch’s iMemories business in the second quarter, earlier than expected. This... Read More
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