Trends, Programs and Retail Business News
Bogen Photo has been named the exclusive distributor in the United States for Amabilia Professional Cases. Amabilia is based in Rosa, Italy and manufactures a line of aluminum cases for use in the photo and video fields. The line consists of over two dozen cases, in a variety of sizes, colors and styles. Amabilia Professional Cases also offers custom made cases and trunks on a special order basis. For more details, visit www.bogenphoto.com
Noritsu's CT-1 is a touch screen terminal that fits on a countertop and allows your customers to order prints from their digital media. Consumers operate CT-1 unassisted, inserting the media and entering the order information. The CT-1 accepts CompactFlash, SmartMedia, Memory Stick, PC Cards, CD-R, and MO media. A Noritsu flatbed scanner is also available for scanning prints to be printed in quantity. Images input at CT-1 can be output to a fully digital QSS minilab for printing. The CT-1 gives the customer a printed receipt after ordering, saving time and reducing labor costs. Since the customer inputs their images, they retain their media cards, so there is no possibility of loss or damage by the retailer. For more information, go to www.noritsu.com.
Ferrania Imaging Technologies is offering its Cardtunes promotion through 2003. The promotion allows consumers to receive music CDs via mail-in order forms in specially marked POP displays in Solaris and private label brand products. "Cardtunes are not available at retail music stores but through special programs like this," explained Tunesmith Productions owner David Beisell, creator of the custom packaged Cardtunes CDs.
"This represents a terrific value-added offer for consumers," Ferrania's Marketing Manager Don Cacciola said. "In addition, we will continue to give our retail partners the flexibility to use promotions in a way that best fits their needs. This means flexibility with regards to timing, merchandising and product display mix. By working with business partners, such as Tunesmith, we can develop promotional programs that support retailer sales objectives and in-store merchandising requirements. Our consumer promotions are always available based on the timing that best fits their sales plans. We continue to be responsive to the account-specific needs of the retail trade." Go to www.ferraniait.com for more.
Freestyle Photographic Supplies has been named as the exclusive distributor for Chinese-manufactured Holga Cameras for the United States. Freestyle Photographic Supplies will distribute the Holga 120S, 120SF, Woca G and Woca GF medium format Cameras.
Adina Baker, former vp of Store Planning and Design for Wolf Camera, and Peter Liebmann, former Wolf senior vp of Merchandising joined forces to launch Howling Dog Productions. Howling Dog Productions, based in Atlanta, GA is a retail solutions agency servicing the marketing, store planning, design, and merchandising needs of imaging retailers. Baker and Liebmann bring 20 years' experience to the company.
PlanetFoto, www.planetfoto.com, launched a global online photo service, offering services on six continents and in five languages. Users can upload digital photos to online photo albums; order prints and pay for them in any of eight major currencies; and route the orders to a network of regional print labs for printing.
"We decided the best approach would be to build a central technology platform where we could provide users with multilingual and multicurrency capabilities, and from which we could route the orders to regional labs to print and ship the photos in the most cost-effective manner, based on the customer's shipping address," said Lance White, president and CEO of PlanetFoto.
Nikon has hired the design firm of SJI Associates to design a hip retro-styled promotional kit for retailers to help them promote 35mm SLR photography in their stores.