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RETAIL RUMBLINGS

SanDisk Introduces 1-GIG CF Type I Card
SanDisk Corporation introduced a 1-Gigabyte CompactFlash (CF) memory card. The new high-capacity card will typically be able to store, for example, more than 1,000 digital images, more than 20 hours of digital music or several hours of video. The 1GB SanDisk CompactFlash card is expected to be available at retail in Q1 2002 and is expected to sell for under $800.
CES 2002 Announces Increased Security
The 2002 International CES has developed a number of new security measures to provide a safe environment for its attendees, January 8-11, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Some of the new security measures include: personal and business ID will be required to obtain show badge; merchandise passes will be issued to take product off the show floor; private and public security will be increased on-site; bags will be searched prior to being allowed on the show floor.
Over 2,000 international exhibitors will be featured as part of the 2002 International CES as will over 100 educational sessions. Online attendee registration is still open at www.CESweb.org.
Bel Air Camera Helps Stimulate Economy
William Herskovic, owner of Bel Air Camera Superstore, Los Angeles, Calif., gave all 50 of his full-time employees $100 bonuses, with the mandate they spend the money locally, to help stimulate the local economy in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. "Since Sept. 11, merchants all over the country have witnessed a consumer hesitancy," explained Frank Ponder, Bel Air Camera general manager. "As more businesses join in to promote commerce, we'll all recover and enjoy the benefit of an active economy. I hope a lot of our suppliers, competitors and friends will give spending money to their employees." Ponder said many employees already have spent their bonuses at stores in the Westwood Village area, where Bel Air is located.
Nikon UK Partners With Lexar Media
Lexar Media, Inc. has partnered with Nikon UK for the introduction of the new Premier Power & Memory Kit. The kit includes a high-powered rechargeable Li-ion battery, compatible with the CoolPix 775, 885, and 995 digital cameras and Lexar Media USB-enabled, 4x speed, 64MB CompactFlash card. The Premier Power & Memory kit is co-branded with the Nikon and Lexar Media logos and is available now exclusively at Nikon camera dealers throughout Europe.
OmegaSatter to Distribute Watertight Cases
OmegaSatter has been appointed the exclusive U.S. distributor for Underwater Kinetics' line of watertight cases, formerly known as Tundra Sea King cases.
Underwater Kinetics' cases are manufactured in their California facility. OmegaSatter also distributes RoadWired camera bags, DigiPower batteries and adapters, Forte photo paper, Polaris and Shepard flash meters and more.

Iomega Moving Corporate HQ
Iomega Corp. is relocating its corporate headquarters from Roy, Utah to San Diego, Calif. The move is expected to be completed in the next six months. Approximately 100 employees will be based in the San Diego area.
Among the corporate functions to be relocated to San Diego are corporate marketing, product marketing, Internet marketing, strategic product sourcing, software applications and customer advocacy, as well as certain executive staff members and personnel in human resources, legal, finance and information technology. Iomega will continue to have engineering, research and development, and various operations offices at its previous headquarters in Utah. ... News Briefs Kodachrome 200 Gets Repreive
Due to overwhelming appeals from professional photographers, Kodak Professional has decided not to discontinue production of Kodachrome 200 as they had indicated earlier this year. The film will continue to be available in the U.S. and Europe at a premium price. ... Digital Camera Rental Program
Global Imaging Inc., began a professional digital camera rental program in both its Louisville and San Diego, Calif., offices, to help photographers enter the digital marketplace and attract and retain clients. Global Imaging rents Sinar and Leaf professional studio-level cameras. The systems can be rented as stand-alone or integrated on medium- and large-format film cameras. ... Kinetronics Moves to New Facility
Kinetronics will be moving to a new manufacturing and office facility in early December. The new address will be 4363 Independence Court, Sarasota, FL 34234. The phone and fax numbers will remain the same. ... Digital Album Goes Mobile
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