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Ilse Jurriën : February 17th 2007 - 03:08 CET

KIS digital photo products at PMA

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Kis photo me groupKIS digital photo products at PMA : Building on a strategy for growth that was evident last fall at photokina, KIS Photo Me Group today said it will come to PMA this year - March 8-11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center - with an even sharper focus on demonstrating to photo retailers the tools and expertise that will help them significantly expand the creative range of digital photo products they can offer to increasingly demanding consumers. The company’s innovative new imaging products and exhibits - on display in PMA Booth C232 - include a large-screen kiosk that allows consumers to easily and immediately turn their snapshots into a variety of photo keepsakes.
KIS digital photo products at PMAImaging products & exhibits at PMA
Other imaging products and exhibits on display include a versatile and economical thermal printer that produces prints up to 8x12 inches, and numerous creative photo product samples to stimulate attendees’ ideas for creating fun, exciting photo products consumers say they want. Also on display will be the PhotoBookPro universal photo book/photo keepsake system, a big hit when it was introduced at photokina last fall and the centerpiece of the KIS Photo Me Group booth at PMA.

KIS Photo Me - High quality photo print
"We have entered 2007 with a revitalized team around the world, including an outstanding network of distributors who understand their local markets and customers better than we do," said Thierry Villard, President of KIS Photo Me Group and Chief Operating Officer of the company’s Manufacturing Division. "We have a well-developed global vision of delivering simple, reliable, economical production tools to photo retailers that will enable them to transition from simple print providers to dynamic producers of a wide range of creative, high-margin photo products that delight consumers and generate new revenues."

Digital minilabs - KIS DKS 1710 & 1610
KIS Photo Me Group also will exhibit the newest models of its highly regarded "Generation 3" digital minilabs – the DKS 1710 and DKS 1610 minilabs. Villard said PMA attendees will see his company’s products working together in a Creativ’ Corner retail simulation – providing flexible, integrated solutions suitable for various photo retail models.

KIS photo retail tools and innovative photo products
Also in the booth, five "cubes" will group creative photo products under specific themes – wedding, travel, family, babies-children, and new markets – in order to demonstrate how KIS Photo Me Group’s photo retail tools open up infinite possibilities for innovative photo products that can strengthen retailers' relationships with consumers while generating new revenues from these higher-margin offerings, Villard said.

Dry lab - KIS SpeedLab 2+
At PMA, KIS Photo Me Group will introduce the new SpeedLab 2+, a versatile "dry lab" with two dye-sub thermal printer that produces prints, greeting cards, calendars and photo books up to 12x18 inches as part of an efficient at-retail workflow. While DKS 17 Series minilabs provide similar products and sizes, the SpeedLab 2+ offers the retailer an economical production tool for making creative photo products rapidly and on site, Villard said.

Walk-up photo imaging kiosk
Also, the company will exhibit its amazing new Swifti compact walk-up photo imaging kiosk, which instantly transforms snapshots into added-value photo keepsakes. The Swifti can be located virtually anywhere - at hotels, campgrounds, amusement parks, college campuses, etc. - as an additional revenue generator for retailers. In addition to immediately turning digital images into keepsakes, it burns image files to a CD to free up the user’s camera memory for more picture taking, KIS Photo Me Group said.

KIS creative production tool portfolio
Villard said the growing diversity of KIS Photo Me Group’s product portfolio is aimed at providing retailers with simple, effective tools that help them capitalize on the expanding possibilities of digital imaging, tapping into the unlimited opportunities for developing new products beyond simple prints and creating new income streams. "With the recent additions to our creative production tool portfolio, KIS Photo Me Group can make a strong case that it is the leading on-site solutions provider to photo retailers. We’re at PMA this year to demonstrate this to the industry."

Popular DKS Minilabs
The versatile DKS 1710 minilab produces a wide range of creative photo products up to 12x18 inches from a remarkably small footprint, and up to 2,000 4x6-inch prints per hour at 350-dpi resolution. The more economical DKS 1610 minilab offers the same productivity for photo products up to 8x12 inches. Higher-capacity digital minilabs are available in both the DKS 17 and DKS 16 Series for high-traffic retail locations.

DKS Minilab printers networked with kiosks
Both DKS lines feature the company’s proprietary MSB HD exposure system for exceptional image quality, an easy-to-use operator interface, Quick Load paper apparatus to minimize downtime, and a "hub and spoke" architecture that allows these printers to be networked with multiple self-serve kiosks to optimize productivity and revenues.

Minilab printers with My Creativ Album software
All DKS 17 and DKS 16 Series models take up less than one square meter of floor space and all connect to the company’s remarkable PhotoBookPro photo book / calendar maker. All of the background themes, layout templates, text and graphic treatments, and other digital embellishments for making enticing, creative photo products are included in the My Creativ’ Album software installed on all KIS Photo Me Group printers.

KIS PhotoBookPro - Photo albums
PhotoBookPro automatically scores, joins, folds and binds up to 40 picture pages into quality photo albums up to 12x18 inches, with hard or soft covers. It also can produce a variety of greeting cards, calendars and other picture-based keepsakes. Besides using output from KIS Photo Me Group printers, PhotoBookPro also accepts paper output from other printers. It can even mix output from different sources for creating scrapbooks and other innovative products.

KIS - High-margin photo products
In response to the changing needs of photo retailers worldwide, KIS Photo Me Group not only developed for producing creative, high-margin photo products. It has rearranged its marketing and sales structure to offer more "hands-on" support to its customers, Villard said. "As consumers realize that the photo products they can create are limited only by their imaginations - not by the equipment at the retail location - and that the processes and tools for designing these products are easy to access and operate, more of these higher-margin photo keepsakes will be produced and sold," Villard said.

Digital photo product tools at PMA
"Consumers are now able to order a range of image-based products - for themselves, for friends and relatives, for pets, for the kitchen, for the bedroom (curtains, for example) - using their own unique images," he said. "The range of product offerings is being immensely expanded as new imaging tools like the ones we’re showing at PMA become available. With these tools, photo retailers can move from a business model centered on simply selling prints to a model that defines them as the source of an entire menu of creative, highly appealing, high-margin photo-based products," Villard said. "It is in this area that we see the best opportunities for growth – both for the retailer and for the KIS Photo Me Group. It forms the core of our current strategy, and we believe it is the right strategy."

About KIS Photo Me Group
Photo Me International Group, through its KIS Photo Me Group division, is a leading developer, manufacturer and provider of on-site image processing solutions for photo retailers. A worldwide enterprise with headquarters in Grenoble, France, the company employs 2,400 people and operates subsidiaries in the United States, United Kingdom, Japan and China. KIS Photo Me Group manufactures and markets award-winning DKS minilabs, as well as innovative digital photo kiosks, photo booths and other equipment for retail photo businesses.

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