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RETAIL RUMBLINGS

LifeClips Available at Hunt Photo
LifeClips, Inc., announced a retail partnership with Hunt Photo to offer the LifeClips Videotape to DVD Conversion Service in six Hunt Photo locations throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Customers simply drop off their video at any Hunt Photo location, just like they would a roll of film, and then pick up their digital memories on DVD in two weeks.
LifeClips converts VHS, BetaMax, 8mm, Hi8, Digital 8, S-VHS, VHS-C, and miniDV tape formats onto high-quality, long-lasting DVDs. Consumers can also visit the LifeClips Web site at www.lifeclips.com and order a mail-in Videotape to DVD Conversion Kit.
Burrell Acquires PlanItPhotos.com
Burrell Digital Solutions acquired PlanItPhotos.com. Burrell said the addition of PlanItPhotos.com will help the lab advance its professional digital photography solution options. Donald J. Burrell, president and CEO of Burrell Professional Labs, said, "With the addition of PlanItPhotos.com to our SmartPath Studio Presentation and Software System, and our recently released ProShots options, we will now be positioned to provide the latest technologies for wedding and portrait photographers through both PC and Macintosh supported computer platforms."

The Digital Imaging Group and the Photographic and Imaging Manufacturers Association have completed their merger to create the International Imaging Industry Association (I3A). The new association will be committed to developing and promoting the adoption of open industry standards, and providing a voice for the industry. I3A's leadership will include executives from the two former organizations, Lisa Walker and Michael Nier. More than 90 companies constitute I3A.
More information can be found at the DIG and PIMA Websites pending the launch of www.i3a.org.

Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., announced the official opening of its expanded facility in Hanover Park, Illinois, that serves as its new Midwest Region Office and Distribution Center as well as the national headquarters of its Graphic Systems Division. Located northwest of Chicago, the three-story, 320,000-square foot custom-built facility houses approximately 250 Fujifilm associates employed in serving the company's Consumer Markets, Commercial Imaging, Graphic Systems, Document Products, Computer Products and Magnetic Markets Divisions' customers.
The address is: Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc., 850 Central Ave., Hanover Park, IL 60133. The toll-free telephone number is 1-800-877-0555.
Phobo.com Changes Name
The parent company responsible for the creation, marketing and management of e-commerce sites: RitzCamera.com and BoatersWorld.com has changed its name. Now Ritz Interactive, Inc., the Web network formerly known as phobo.com, Inc. feels that the new name more accurately reflects the contribution of RitzCamera.com and the Ritz group of companies to its overall success. Since its formation in April of 1999, phobo.com (now Ritz Interactive, Inc.) has quickly established a presence on the Internet.
Kodak Imaging Bundle
Kodak Professional is offering a digital imaging bundle for portrait and event photographers, featuring the DCS 760; the newly upgraded Kodak Professional 8660 Thermal Printer; and Portraits & More PC Professional software. The DCS 760 camera features Kodak's 6-Megapixel ITO CCD sensor in the body of Nikon's F5 pro SLR camera, while the 8660 Thermal Printer is capable of producing ready-to-sell professional prints from 5-by-7 inches to a full page, Kodak said. The PC Professional software enables photographers to create composites, proof pages, and memory mates.
Lexar Media Offers Rebate
Lexar Media is offering an on-box mail-in rebate for $20 off the purchase of any Lexar Media Memory Stick Reader when purchased with any capacity of Lexar Media branded Memory Stick.
This promotion is valid until December 31. It applies only to purchases made in the U.S. from authorized dealers.
Nikon Tour Van with the team and also Nikon's National Sales Manager
Tom Meyers.
775 Hours of Fun
Nikon took its Coolpix 775 digital camera on a 12-city tour by van during the month of August, that began in New York and ended in California. Consumers are able to track the tour across the United States and view highlights and photos of visitors taken in each city on the Coolpix 775 Website. Camera specs and a product demo are also featured on the Website. The tour was scheduled to take 775 hours to complete. According to Joseph J. Carfora, Nikon's VP of National Account Sales, Consumer Digital Products and Compact Cameras, Nikon wants consumers to know they have entered the consumer digital camera market. Nikon's integrated marketing efforts include a national ad campaign, contests and celebrity endorsements by Kim Catrell, star of HBO's Sex in the City.
PMDA President's Message

By Alan L. Kessler

As PMDA gears up for what we expect will be a very busy autumn schedule, I would like to thank all of our PMDA members for making our 2001 events to date such a great success.
So far this year, PMDA has hosted a series of panels that addressed important industry issues, such as the state of photo imaging retailing, the teen market and the importance of online communities. At our June dinner, four prestigious financial analysts offered their perspectives from Wall Street, providing insight into the market wide conditions that have shaped recent industry events and continue to affect the photo imaging industry.

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