Kodak Rolls Out New Products, Services for Retailers

ROCHESTER, N.Y.--Among the products and services introduced this week by Eastman Kodak Co. here at imaging expo and trade show Photkina 2006 Monday in Cologne, Germany are several expressly for retailers.

"[The] announcements further demonstrate our innovation and commitment to enhance all types of imaging -- digital, traditional, and mobile," said Eastman Kodak chairman and c.e.o. Antonio M. Perez. "These new products and services allow consumers to enjoy a richer imaging experience, and provide our partners with increased business opportunities." (Story continues below.)

Among Kodak's new products and services for retailers are:

-- The Kodak Picture Kiosk GS Digital Station is an addition to the digital picture kiosk family that creates a new category of affordable, medium-volume retail digital photo-printing solutions. The self-service GS Digital Station features a 17-inch touchscreen monitor and the ability to print from a full range of input methods, including Bluetooth wireless technology. The GS Digital Station takes just 11 seconds per print and yields 750 four-inch-by-six-inch prints per roll. It will be available for installation in Europe beginning October 2006.

-- Kodak Picture Kiosk G4 Software, V1.1 has features specifically designed to maximize return on hardware investment for retailers while improving the consumer experience. The software creates photographic specialty products such as greeting cards, calendars, and collages instantly from the kiosk without any additional hardware expense. A new "shopping cart" feature permits retailers to drive incremental sales of enhanced prints and enlargements, all printed in seconds for the shopper.

The company will distribute the new software to its retail partners as well as install the program in its next-generation kiosk, which has the trade name "G4." Depending on location, customers will begin seeing the new options next month, Nicki Zongrone, general manager of worldwide kiosk systems at Kodak, told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

-- The Kodak Nexpress Photo Bundle offers increased revenue opportunities for digital print providers. The Photo Bundle includes software and hardware components to enhance a Kodak Nexpress system for high-quality digital photo applications. The professional advisory services included in Photo Bundle provide customized assistance, training, and workflow consultation to the rising number of digital print providers.
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