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Retailers Getting Hooked on Photofinishing Fulfillment Online
As the digital revolution moves to make film only a fading memory, retailers are having to rely more heavily on high-margin online services to help bring up their dwindling roll counts

Ken McDonald
"The big trend for 2007 will be a tremendous move toward one-hour processing," says LifePics’ McDonald.
Joe Kowalik
"We are looking at new solutions on the back end to make CD/DVD production more efficient and cost-effective for the retailer," says Graphx's Joe Kowalik.
Ben Nelson
"We are looking at well over a billion prints this calendar year alone," says Ben Nelson at Snapfish.

Other Online Options

Digibug ( is another provider of customized online photo commerce solutions. They deliver flexible solutions to enable their customers to profit from the explosive growth in online sales of photo prints, cards, and gifts. Headquartered in Waltham, MA, Digibug currently has more than 1,400 customers.

PhotoChannel ( has been a provider since 1995. PhotoChannel operates PNI Digital Media to provide services for major retailers, wireless carriers, and content providers. The PNI Digital Media platform connects consumer-ordered digital content with retailers that have on-demand manufacturing capabilities for the production of merchandise. Currently, PNI Digital Media generates transactions for retailers and their thousands of locations across North America, including Wal-Mart Canada, CVS Pharmacy, Eckerd, and Costco Canada.