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Eastman Kodak, Discount Drug Mart expand in-store photo capabilities

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Eastman Kodak on Friday announced the renewal of its agreement with Ohio-based Discount Drug Mart to be the drug chain’s exclusive supplier of photo finishing technology, products and services.

Kodak will continue to support Discount Drug Mart’s fleet of Kodak Picture Kiosks and Kodak Adaptive Picture Exchange thermal dry labs.

Discount Drug Mart is in the process of upgrading its fleet with the latest Kodak innovations, such as Facebook site connectivity on the Kodak Picture Kiosk, duplex print capability and Web-to-store order and fulfillment. Kodak currently is installing the upgrades in Discount Drug Mart photo centers across Ohio and expects to complete the upgrade in time for the holiday season.

The enhanced Facebook Connect feature allows customers to use images from their own, as well as from their friends’ shared Facebook photo albums, to create personalized photo products at the Kodak Picture Kiosk. Discount Drug Mart also is taking advantage of the Kodak Net-to-Retail connectivity platform to offer its customers the convenience of ordering photo products online and picking orders up at their favorite Discount Drug Mart location, Kodak stated.

In addition to software upgrades, Discount Drug Mart is adding Kodak DL2100 duplex printers to its fleet. The new duplex printers expand the portfolio of photo print products Discount Drug Mart can offer its customers to include double-sided Kodak photo books and calendars, and the new Kodak personal greeting cards, which provide consumers a creative and personal card creating experience with new designer styles and unique writeable designs.

“We’re investing in the newest digital photo center technologies while continuing to leverage our traditional services to ensure that our customers enjoy the most exceptional photo creation experience,” said John Graycar, director of photo operations at Discount Drug Mart.

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Downy introduces in-wash scent booster

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI — Downy has expanded its portfolio to include a new in-wash scent booster that allows users to control the amount of scent that gets added to each laundry load.

Downy Unstopables dissolves during the wash cycle and is safe to use in any washing machine, including high efficiency washing machines, at any temperature, according to Downy’s parent company Procter & Gamble. The booster is available in two varieties: Unstopables fresh, which offers a clean, crisp and refreshing scent that can be used in tandem with Downy Clean Breeze; while Unstopables lush enhances the benefits on Downy Simple Pleasures Lavender Serenity laundry product.

Unstopables is available for the suggested retail price of $6.99 per bottle.

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ComScore: Online spending up 13% in Q3

BY Marianne Wilson

RESTON, Va. — Online retail spending reached $36.3 billion for third quarter 2011, up 13% from last year, according to comScore. This growth rate represented the eighth consecutive quarter of positive year-over-year growth and fourth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth rates.

The top-performing online product categories were: digital content and subscriptions, event tickets, jewelry and watches, consumer electronics (excluding computer peripherals) and computer software. Each category grew at least 15% versus a year ago, comScore reported.

“The third quarter of 2011 saw a continuation of the year’s strength in U.S. retail e-commerce spending, even in the face of renewed economic headwinds and uncertainty facing the U.S. consumer,” comScore chairman Gian Fulgoni said. “More consumers than ever before are relying on the online channel for product and pricing information, which along with the Internet’s fundamental appeal of convenience and attractive pricing, are contributing to the sustained upward momentum in e-commerce spending.”

Other highlights from third quarter 2011 include:

  • The 13% increase was primarily a function of an increase in the number of buyers (up 22%), with 74% of all Internet users making at least one online purchase in the quarter; and

  • Forty percent of e-commerce transactions included free shipping, down from a peak of 49% in fourth quarter 2010. Free shipping rates tend to peak during the holiday season.

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g.bach says:
Nov-10-2011 11:40 pm

It was something to think about as 13% is high.

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