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Kodak, LifePics team up to streamline online photo merchandising for retailers

BY Allison Cerra

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Kodak has entered a partnership with a provider of Web-based fulfillment for photo merchandising products to co-market a suite of preintegrated retail photo merchandising services.

Kodak and LifePics now offer retailers nationwide their private-labeled net-to-retail photo order fulfillment and in-store photo specialty gift catalog ordering. Kodak said its partnership with LifePics allows retailers that use Kodak photo-finishing equipment to offer consumers the convenience of ordering photos online and picking them up the same day at the retail location.

In addition to the fulfillment services, the companies also are offering a photo gift ordering service, which leverages LifePics’ specialty photo gift catalog to allow retailers to offer their customers a variety of specialty photo gifts that can be ordered from a Kodak Picture Kiosk in-store and fulfilled by a LifePics central lab partner. Gift items include mouse pads, mugs, sweatshirts, T-shirts, photo buttons, playing cards, puzzles, pillow cases, blankets and ornaments. Consumers also can order canvas prints and have their photos restored and colorized, Kodak and LifePcs said.

“Consumers want the ability to place orders online and pick them up in-store,” said Larry Trevarthen, Eastman Kodak VP worldwide marketing, retail system solutions. “LifePics’ market-leading Web-based photo services running on Kodak’s retail systems is an efficient, cost effective way for retailers to deliver the value and convenience of net-to-retail photo ordering for consumers.”

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CVS/pharmacy to help shoppers save money, time this holiday season

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — This holiday season, CVS/pharmacy is striving to make it easier than ever for customers to save on Christmas gifts and holiday necessities by enabling CVS/pharmacy’s ExtraCare Rewards members to take advantage of special incentives, such as free gift cards for purchasing select items and earning back "free CVS money" called ExtraBucks Rewards on a variety of essentials.

"Black Friday is the official kick-off to the holiday season and CVS/pharmacy is offering incredible deals during our three day sale this year," CVS/pharmacy SVP merchandising and pricing Judy Sansone said. "We’re also offering CVS/pharmacy shoppers additional ways to save throughout the holiday season with new offers and promotions each week in our circular, through ‘Christmas Central’ on CVS.com and on Facebook and Twitter."

This season, members of CVS/pharmacy’s ExtraCare Rewards program can earn $10 gift cards to Macy’s, Gap, Applebee’s, Shell Stations, American Express, Barnes & Noble or CVS/pharmacy every week by spending $30 on specially-marked items found in the weekly CVS/pharmacy circular. Products included in the promotion change each week.

As part of CVS/pharmacy’s three-day Black Friday sale (Nov. 24 to 26), shoppers will automatically earn a $10 gift card when they purchase any of the following hot gift items:

  • iTower stereo system: $68.88 with ExtraCare card;

  • 7" portable LCD TV with DVD player: $78.88 with ExtraCare card;

  • 60" Santa with decorated tree: $68.88 with ExtraCare card; and

  • Wireless touch screen tablet – $94.88 with ExtraCare card.

Purchasing $30 worth of toys, games and "As Seen on TV" gift items also will yield a free $10 gift card, including such items as Pee Wee Pillow Pets, Eggies, Swivel Store, Easy Feet and the Slice-O-Matic, which range from $9.99 to $19.99.

In addition, CVS/pharmacy is offering special discounts on holiday gifts and decorations, as well as everyday needs on CVS.com. On Cyber Monday (Nov. 28), shoppers can visit CVS.com/CyberMonday to shop for gifts and receive $15 off purchases of $60 or more. Standard shipping is free on all orders of $50 or more all season long.

This year CVS/pharmacy has introduced a "Holiday Shopping Quiz" at Facebook.com/CVS. Facebook community members can take a quiz to determine which type of holiday shopper they are and earn a 20% off shopping pass to use exclusively at CVS/pharmacy. The CVS/pharmacy Facebook page also will showcase sneak peeks of hot discounts each week, gift ideas, and a printable shopping list feature to help customers plan ahead. Additionally, shoppers can follow CVS/pharmacy ExtraCare on Twitter at Twitter.com/CVS_Extra to learn about upcoming promotions and participate in a variety of contests.

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Zak introduces playful Metallix tumblers, HydroCanteen for adults

BY Allison Cerra

SPOKANE, Wash. — Zak Designs has introduced new on-the-go drinkware items that allow adults to bring out the kid in them.

Zak said its Metallix tumblers are made from durable materials and patented technology that creates an outside shimmer on the tumbler, while the HydroCanteen is made of BPA-free tritan material and feature a leak-proof lid and a carrying loop. Both on-the-go items are adorned with popular licenses from Disney and 20th Century Fox that provide adults with "new ways to show off their inner child," the company said.

Zak’s Metallix tumblers and HydroCanteen are available in 24-oz. and 25-oz. sizes, respectively.

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