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RETAIL RUMBLINGS

Nikon Promotes Jerry Grossman
Nikon has appointed Jerry Grossman to vice president, Marketing for Consumer Digital Products and Compact Cameras. He will assume the lead role in planning and marketing for the popular line of Coolpix digital cameras and Coolscan scanners as well as One-Touch and Lite-Touch compact film cameras.
Grossman brings over 10 years of Nikon experience to his new position. He has become an industry leader in marketing of digital photography, online branding and Internet marketing; expanding and developing Nikon's Web initiatives. In his new role, Grossman will continue to supervise Nikon's Internet Development team.
Digimarc Acquires Polaroid ID Systems
Digimarc Corporation is acquiring Polaroid Corporation's ID Systems business, headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts. The ID Systems business is one of several business units within Polaroid Corporation and is operated as a separate division. The division produces 60 million secure personal identity cards per year, including the drivers licenses of 36 U.S. states and other government identification documents around the world. The purchase price for the acquisition is $56.5 million in cash plus the assumption of certain liabilities and expenses. The ID Systems business will become Digimarc ID Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Digimarc Corporation.
Photo by John Harrington EPA Partner of the Year
Eastman Kodak has been awarded the "Partner of the Year" from the Environmental Protection Agency and WasteWi$e for its Single-Use-Camera recycling/reuse program. Through the program, which is worldwide, Kodak has recycled/reused one-half billion single-use-cameras. Pictured is EPA Administrator Christie Whitman congratulating Steve Decker, GM of the One time Use Camera Unit of EK.

photokina 2002
photokina, the world's largest show for Imaging, September 25-30, 2002 will feature a newly designed U.S.A. Pavilion for U.S. companies active in Professional Photography and the Imaging field. The pavilion will provide a fully equipped turnkey exhibit for each exhibitor along with access to a lounge area and interpreter service.
The organizer expects a total of 120 -130 U.S. companies at photokina 2002 out of which 10-15 U.S. companies will opt for the U.S. pavilion package. The show's management expects about 1,600 exhibitors and 160,000 attendees from all over the world. The photokina 2002 event will mark the 26th year of the photokina show within a 52 year time frame.
Cologne International Trade Fairs (CITF) is the U.S. office of the photokina organizer KoelnMesse. CITF is in the business of helping U.S. companies succeed in the overseas markets by guiding them through all stages of their foreign trade show participation.
Traditionally, photokina has been the launching pad for new products and innovation announcements and photokina 2002 should be no exception.
For more information for U.S. exhibitors and attendees of photokina 2002, please contact Franz Balve, U.S.-Managing Director photokina, c/o Cologne International Trade Fairs, 40 W. 57th Street, 31st Floor; New York, New York 10019, Phone: 212 -974-8835, Fax: 212-974-8838; e-mail: fbalve@citf.com.


New Epson Inks
Epson America, will be offering photographers and graphics professionals alternate dye inks for the Epson Stylus Pro 9000 and Epson Stylus Pro 7000 color printers that deliver improved lightfastness and achieve better short-term stability. Epson will offer the same Epson Photographic Dye inks for the Stylus Pro 9000 and Stylus Pro 7000 printers that are being used in the Epson Stylus Pro 10000. The new ink set consists of improved yellow and light magenta. Since users of the new ink set will need to adjust their color profiles, several third-party RIP vendors will develop new lookup tables for this set. Customers who want to continue using their existing profiles can continue to use Epson Standard Dye ink. ... News Briefs Creoscitex to Become Creo
Creo Products Inc., will consolidate all of the company's activities and businesses under one brand name and logo: Creo. Beginning in January 2002, the change will phase out the use of the name CreoScitex, which currently designates the operating division of the company that is focused on the graphic arts. The new Creo logo will be introduced in January 2002. ... Kodak to Acquire ENCAD
Kodak will acquire ENCAD for approximately $25 million dollars. ENCAD will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kodak. The acquisition will make Kodak one of the top three sellers of wide-format inkjet products. ... YesVideo names VP of Marketing
YesVideo has named Bob Wilson as vice president of Marketing. Wilson will be responsible for developing the marketing strategy of YesVideo's home video conversion service and direct promotional activities to support photo industry clients and retailers that offer photo-finishing services. ... Roll the Presses
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