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RETAIL RUMBLINGS

Shown are GIA co-founders Eric Harsh and Will Holland. Graphic Intelligence Agency
Graphic Intelligence Agency (GIA) offers customized classroom training, national seminars, on-site training, support, Internet based and interactive CD training for many manufacturers and end-users of graphic technology. Classroom training options include HP Designjet, Onyx PosterShop 5.0, Fuji Hunt Digital Photo Lab, and Advanced Photoshop Workshops. On-site training courses include Onyx PosterShop, Scitex Scanners and Colorproofers, Gretag-Macbeth Profile Maker and HP Designjet 5000 Printer and Postershop. For more information, visit www.graphintel.com.
Nikon Discontinues Nikonos V
Due to a substantially diminished market for underwater photography equipment, Nikon has decided to end production of the Nikonos V camera body. Repair service, however will be available and is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. Customers can continue to purchase accessories for their Nikonos V cameras through 2002.

OmegaSatter has been appointed the exclusive U.S. photo industry distributor for Aspen's line of meters, including the Shepherd and Polaris brands. OmegaSatter, whose combined companies have supplied the photographic industry for over 60 years, manufactures and/or distributes over a thousand different products.
Pictured, from left to right are: Michael Hullett, OmegaSatter exec. VP; Isao Watabe, Aspen president; and Cindy Wesolowski, OmegaSatter president.

SanDisk Corporation promoted Sanjay Mehrotra, 43, to the newly created position of executive vice president and chief operating officer. In his new position, Mehrotra will continue to report to company president and CEO Eli Harari and will have responsibility for all SanDisk manufacturing operations, engineering, OEM marketing, OEM sales, industrial products and quality assurance. The promotion is effective immediately.
Challenging Traditional Stock Agencies
Zapature.com announced the launch of its online stock photography gallery at www.zapature.com. Zapature.com allows photographers to store their work in an online gallery for as little as ten cents per image, per month while Zapature.com markets them to photo buyers around the world. Customers deal directly with the photographers to purchase images.
Photographers registered as part of the Zapature.com network are paid to fulfill specific photo assignments close to their geographic location. The site includes a simple upload feature for building an online gallery or submitting assignment photos.
Agfa Introduces Software
Agfa Consumer Imaging is shipping Agfa LabSmart, a new software tool designed to simplify ordering management for Agfa customers. The CD-contained program: allows customers to e-mail product orders or print out completed forms for faxing, includes a complete database of Agfa products, maintains a customer ordering history, and provides periodic ordering reminders, has a built-in pricing list that automatically inserts discounts and checks for minimum orders and free shipping requirements based on total order value, calculates chemistry requirements based on the paper order, and includes a library of valuable environmental and lab information. ... News Briefs Kyocera Teams With Zeiss
Kyocera Optics has become the exclusive distributor of Zeiss premium binoculars to the United States for the photography, birding and optometry markets. Kyocera will be responsible for sales and distribution, with Zeiss supporting the partnership with aggressive brand advertising and public relations. The Kyocera Optics sales force is undertaking extensive training on the entire Zeiss binocular line to be able to provide the necessary dealer training and sales support. ... Bogen Promotional Deals
Bogen is offering a number of attractive promotional deals through March 1, 2002. They include a Gitzo tripod bag valued up to $192 for $15.00 with the purchase of a Gitzo tripod; a free SCA Module for your 35mm camera or Gift Certificate good towards your next purchase of Bogen distributed products with the purchase of any Metz 45, 60, 54 or 70 Series Flash Unit; and free stands with the purchase of certain models of Elinchrom lights. Visit www.bogenphoto.com for more. ... Burnes of Boston Promotion
Burnes of Boston has promoted Michael MacDonald to the newly created position of national sales manager. MacDonald joined Burnes of Boston in March 1999 as a regional sales manager. ... ASF Appoints COO
James Karlak has been appointed to the position of COO of Applied Science Fiction. In this position, Karlak will manage the finance, administration, information systems, and manufacturing operations depts. He will also oversee the roll out of service and support operations for ASF's Digital PIC technology. ... Shutterfly Names VP
Shutterfly Inc., named Peter Elarde vice president of product marketing. Bringing more than 10 years of computer and Internet software development and marketing experience to Shutterfly, Elarde will oversee the development of products and services that make it easy for consumers to access digital photography. BEF News
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