Archives for February 15, 2011

Noritsu, Lucidiom part ways

Noritsu America Corp., Buena Park, Calif., announced the company has divested Lucidiom Inc. by transferring all of its Lucidiom shares to the present Lucidiom management, according to a statement. Noritsu said its customers will see no changes from the divestiture.

Both companies have changed considerably since they combined in 2009, according to Steve Giordano Jr., president, Lucidiom, Vienna, Va. “Noritsu changed management in March, 2010, and changed direction. Our vision hasn’t really changed on where we want to take the industry; in fact, at the end of the day, we agreed it was better if we split up.”

Giordano says the conflicting visions of the industry “confused” the marketplace. “Our visions were so radically different,” he says. “There was no way of putting them together. We thank them for everything they’ve done for us and hope they’re successful in everything they want to do. We’re looking forward to the future and advancing the imaging category.”

The next steps for Lucidiom will be to go back to its roots. “We’re going to go back to who we were, pre-merger, which includes a lot more communication and marketing than we’ve done in the past year and a half,” says Giordano. “We like being a voice for the industry, a voice for change and evolution.

“We’re also going to reinvest in the innovation of imaging. We believe strongly in the imaging category, but we don’t necessarily believe in the [4-by-6] printing category,” he says. “There’s an evolution occurring in our market, and Lucidiom is best suited for assisting retailers in that transformation.

“There’s no doubt people are taking more pictures and sharing more than they have ever shared. But where’s the future of the business? Is it in printing 4-by-6s or some new service? That’s what Lucidiom is going to be talking about. We think about traditional printing, then books and creative, then online activities, and then optical [CDs and DVDs]. All of those have great places in the future of the industry,” Giordano says.

A.C. Moore exploring strategic alternatives, including potential sale

A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts Inc., Berlin, N.J., announced its board of directors is exploring strategic alternatives to enhance shareholder value including, but not limited to, a potential sale of the company, corporate financing or capital raise. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC was engaged to serve as the company’s financial advisor in this process. The company also annonced it has received “third-party expressions of interest.”

The company reported it ended fiscal 2010 with more than $35.0 million in cash. A.C. Moore has 134 stores located in the eastern United States.

Durst opens Brazil subsidiary

Durst Phototechnik Digital Technology GmbH announced the foundation of a new daughter company in Brazil, Durst do Brazil Techologia Em Impressão Digital Ltda., based in Sao Paolo. Durst believes that the current growth in large format imaging in Brazil offers great business potential and its direct presence will have a very positive impact on the Brazilian market.

The launch of Durst do Brazil, with its own structure, spare parts and consumables, will help to lower import costs, provide higher service to customers and further increase sales in this already exciting market.

Gerry Purdy presents at 6Sight Mobile Imaging Summit at International CTIA Wireless® 2011

6Sight® Conferences LLC today announced the addition of J. Gerry Purdy, Ph.D.,  principal analyst, Mobile & Wireless for MobileTrax LLC to the 6Sight Mobile Imaging Summit at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., on March 22, 2011. As a nationally recognized industry authority, Purdy’s presentation focuses on emerging trends, technologies, and market behavior in the mobile computing and wireless data communications industry; it will be followed by a panel discussion on “Mobile Imaging Apps & OS.”

The 6Sight Mobile Imaging Summit provides a snapshot of the technologies and trends in mobile imaging devices and applications that will affect camera phones for the next two to three years. Attendees gain a clear vision from mobile imaging leaders on ways to advance their companies and products.

“I have spoken at the 6Sight Mobile Imaging Summit and enjoyed the level of interaction with the executive attendees, both on and off stage,” says Purdy. “Imaging is such an exciting part of the mobile industry that it needs a Mobile Imaging Summit like we are planning to focus the attention of the industry on it.”

“Thanks largely to the meteoric rise of smart phones, camera phones are now the driving force for innovation and growth in the imaging industry,” says Tony Henning, senior analyst for mobile imaging at 6Sight. “Mobile imaging is starting to live up to the potential we envisioned when it was introduced 10 years ago. We’re delighted to welcome an expert of Dr. Purdy’s stature to our program to explore the expanding impact of imaging on the wireless industry.”

Those interested in speaking and sponsoring are invited to contact 6Sight at Those interested in finding out more about the 6Sight Mobile Imaging Summit at CTIA can visit the partner event page at and register online now.

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The next 6Sight Future of Imaging Conference, the imaging technology executive conference for PMA – The Worldwide Community of Imaging Associations, will be June 20-22, 2011, at The Sainte Claire hotel in San Jose, Calif.

Second quarter loss of $24 million for Winn-Dixie

Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., Jacksonville, Fla.,  reported its financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2011, a 16-week period that ended on Jan. 12, 2011.

Net sales in the second quarter were $2.1 billion, which were essentially flat compared to the same period in the prior fiscal year. Identical store sales, which exclude stores that opened or closed during the quarter, decreased 0.3 percent for the second quarter compared to the same period in the prior fiscal year. I

The Company reported a net loss of $24.0 million, compared to net income of $2.1 million for the same period last year. This includes a net loss of $1.7 million, as compared to a net loss from discontinued operations of $2.2 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2010.