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Fujifilm & Alkit Launch Pro Imaging Center
To celebrate the launch of the first Fujifilm Professional Imaging Center, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., and Alkit held a reception at Alkit's flagship store at Park Avenue South and 18th Street, NYC. The Center was created to provide professional and amateur photographers with hands-on demonstrations of Fujifilm's complete imaging solutions. "From capture to output, the Fujifilm Professional Imaging Center demonstrates the versatility and flexibility of Fujifilm's digital imaging systems to deliver high quality photographs," Fujifilm officials explained.
Alkit began as a family-owned camera store in 1934 and has since grown into a full-service company for the photography industry, including a pro stock house, a large equipment rental service, digital imaging studio and gallery as well as corporate and industrial sales. Alkit operates four satellite locations throughout New York City.
"The Fujifilm Professional Imaging Center at Alkit is the latest demonstration of Fujifilm's commitment to serving the needs of all photographers," said Tom Cuffari, vice president of Marketing, Commercial Imaging Division, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. "This venture also highlights Fujifilm's belief that, in order to educate the end-user, Fujifilm must educate and support our dealer customers, so they can provide knowledge to photographers representing all experience levels."
"At Alkit, we always strive to provide our customers with the latest technology and the most innovative products and services," said Ed Buchbinder, founder and president, Alkit. "Fujifilm, an industry leader and innovator, shares our commitment to offer customers integrated solutions combining digital imaging and professional photography. The Fujifilm Professional Imaging Center is an extension of our long relationship and will help us to maintain our competitive advantage."
After 9 Months
Patricia Russo resigned as president and chief operating officer of Eastman Kodak Company, effective January 7, 2002, to become the chief executive officer of Lucent Technologies Inc. Kodak Chairman and CEO Daniel A. Carp will re-assume the responsibilities of president and COO.
"Pat made a strong contribution during her nine months at Kodak," Carp said. "She and I developed a new operating model that will help accelerate performance improvements across all our businesses. I remain focused on successfully implementing that model and generating increased value for all shareholders.
"We have a strong management team and our new operating model gives increased accountability to senior leadership."
According to Kodak, that new operating model is designed to create a simpler and lower-cost structure that increases accountability, speeds decision-making and enables more aggressive product portfolio management. Specifically, the changes include aggressively managing the business portfolio with an increased focus on product performance; instituting a vertical operating model that reduces complexity and gives businesses more decision-making authority; and realigning Kodak's businesses so that opportunities to accelerate growth and reduce costs are more easily captured. The new model gives business groups and product managers authority for making those decisions that have the biggest influence on generating profitable growth.
Before joining Kodak last April, Russo spent 20 years in the telecommunications industry, holding management positions at Lucent and AT&T Corporation.
"I joined Kodak because it is a company that has the talent and the assets to extend its lead as the world's premier imaging company," Russo said. "I leave the company more convinced than ever that Kodak will be successful in that endeavor.
"I have a long-standing interest in the telecommunications industry, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to rejoin the leading player in that industry, a company with which I previously spent 20 years."
Ritz Interactive Named To "Interactive 500"
Ritz Interactive, Inc., the e-commerce network that includes RitzCamera.com and WolfCamera.com has been named to Interactive Week's "Interactive 500" list. Ritz Interactive ranked number 234 on the list, which recognizes companies generating the most revenue from their Web operations. The "Interactive 500" rankings were determined by Interactive Week, based on online sales over the four quarters beginning July 1, 2000 and ending June 30, 2001.
Ritz Interactive's flagship Website, RitzCamera.com offers consumers an extensive product selection plus the added benefits of a "Low Prices Guarantee," no sales tax, and free shipping for orders over $100.
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