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Retail Rumblings

March 2001

IPI Elects Bowyer
The Independent Photo Imagers trade association, (IPI) for independent lab owners has elected Brent Bowyer as their Executive Director. Bowyer replaces Roger Steitman, a co-founder of IPI who retired December 31, 2000. The IPI currently has 223 members with close to 400 retail store fronts throughout the United States.

Matt Mustachio has recently joined PNY Technologies as Senior Director of Marketing. He will be responsible for directing the strategic marketing and communications programs for the company's flash media, CD media, computer memory upgrade and peripheral products. Mustachio brings to PNY extensive experience in sales, marketing and product management for consumer electronics and photographic products.
Online Processing and Archiving
CPI Corp. which operates Sears Portrait Studios and Sears, Roebuck and Co., have formed searsphotos.com, offering online photo processing and archiving for customers of Sears and Sears Portrait Studios. The new service will be implemented by Centrics Technology. Customers will be able to preserve, share and use portrait images in conjunction with their personally created images and other memorabilia to create digital archives through a Sears sponsored Internet-based system.
The photofinishing and digitizing services will be provided by District Photo, Beltsville, Md. In addition, Centrics will continue to develop software for CPI and also will develop commercial software for other retail enterprises.
SiPix Redefines Consumer Digital Imaging Markets
SiPix Inc., a new digital imaging appliance company has officially opened its worldwide corporate headquarters. SiPix has received strategic funding exceeding $100 million from top tier investors led by Goldman Sachs LLC. Other investors include CitiCorp Capital, Worldview Technology Partners, Baring Private Equity Partners, and Telligent Investment Management LLC.
The first group of products were announced at the PMA Show in Orlando last month. Included in their line of products are Megapixel digicams, a portable printer for Palm units and a digital picture frame. For more information, visit the Website at www.sipix.com.
Kreonite Names President, Executive Vice President/COO
Kreonite's board of directors appointed Gary W. Fuller president of Kreonite Inc. Fuller was formerly president of an Eastman Kodak Co. subsidiary that manufactured projection and processing equipment for the medical field. Most recently he served as vice president of Information Management for a Dallas Publishing company.
Larry Burd was named executive vice president/COO. Burd was formerly vice president of Manufacturing and has been with Kreonite for more than 28 years.
Argraph Expands Distribution of FujiFilm Products
Fuji Photo Film USA Inc. is expanding Argraph Corporation's role as its distributor of the complete FujiFilm line of digital and traditional photo products. The partnership between Fuji and Argraph has expanded to encompass the complete FujiFilm digital, consumer and professional product lines. In 2000, Argraph began distributing Fuji consumer film and cameras.

Honorees at PMDA International Dinner
Pictured (left to right) are Alan Kessler, PMDA President; George Kalinsky, Professional Photographer; Shigeo Ono, Chairman, Nikon Corp.; Henry Froelich, Chairman, Mamiya America Corp.; Yasushi Oishi, Representative Director of Fuji Photo Film Co. Inc. and Kathy Schneider, Chairperson, PMDA International Awards Dinner.


News Briefs

Upload Photos to Snapfish.com
Snapfish.com Corp., began offering Pixami's Photo Uploader technology on the Snapfish Website. Pixami's Photo Uploader technology will help Snapfish offer customers easy navigation, selection and viewing of digital photos for upload to the Snapfish service.

Photoland Acquires True Colors
Photoland Inc., Appleton, Wisconson reached a formal agreement to acquire the assets of True Colors Wholesale Photo Finishing, Superior, Wisconson. The acquisition will enable Photoland to better serve its upper Midwest territory including North and South Dakota and Minnesota.

Atsushi Bando Retires From Mitsubishi Imaging
Atsushi Bando announced his retirement, effective Feb. 1, 2001, as president and CEO, and from the board of directors of Mitsubishi Imaging Inc. Bando spent 34 years with Mitsubishi. As president/CEO he was instrumental in the success and growth of Mitsubishi Imaging. His successor will be Akiyoshi Shima.

E-Prints Ceases Operating
E-Prints is leaving the online proofing and print sales business, citing a lack of resources. The Website will continue to operate through March 16 in order to fulfill customer commitments. Assets of the company will be sold.

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