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Bartell Drugs expands photo services
September 15th, 2011
SEATTLE – Bartell Drugs has rolled out new Web-based premium photo products after a chainwide conversion to the Kodak Adaptive Picture Exchange (APEX) platform.
The Puget Sound-area drug store chain said Thursday that the upgrade at 55 of its 58 stores provides new options for the rising number of customers who prefer to create and order photo products from home over the Internet.
According to Bartell, the Kodak APEX solution enables a variety of photo products to be downloaded and printed at the pharmacy retailer's locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. In addition to prints and enlargements, customers can order double-sided photo books, calendars, customized greeting cards and other products, and pick them up the same day.
"We're constantly looking at ways to meet and exceed customer demand for new and exciting photo products. This provides the pathway for our stores to become same-day, Web-based photo fulfillment centers," Ron Miller, senior vice president of
merchandising at Bartell, said in a statement.
Miller noted that the APEX system complements Bartell's efforts to provide eco-friendly products and services to its customers. APEX thermal dry lab systems consume no water and use 70% to 90% less energy than the previously used silver halide "wet lab" technology.
Bartell reported that it was among the nation's first drug chains to deploy the Kodak Social Connectivity Module, which allows customers to access their photos directly from the kiosk from online sharing sites such as Facebook, the Kodak Gallery and Google Picasa Web Albums to create and print premium photo products and Kodak Picture Movie DVDs.
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