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 jbyrd@6sight.com. Those interested in finding out more about the 6Sight Mobile Imaging Summit at CTIA can visit the partner event page at http://www.ctiawireless.com/events/eventdetails.cfm/1260 and register online now.

Visit www.6Sight.com for more information about 6Sight. 6Sight welcomes comments on its program and its conference in general on its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/6Sight?ref=ts) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/6sight) account.

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.

Groupon launches in Australia as Stardeals

Groupon Inc., Chicago, Ill., has begun serving the Australian marketplace under the name Stardeals.

“We’re thrilled to introduce our network of 60 million subscribers to the world-class merchants of Australia,” said Rob Solomon, president and chief operating officer of Groupon Inc. “Stardeals will change the face of local collective buying, leveraging the best practices Groupon has pioneered in more than 40 countries around the globe.”

Since its launch in November 2008, Groupon Inc. has used the principles of collective buying to bring millions of dollars in new revenue to local businesses while saving more than $1.6 billion for subscribers. Stardeals joins the Groupon network, which serves nearly 60,000 merchants in more than 500 markets and 42 countries.

In its first week, Stardeals’ inaugural features include surfing lessons, dance classes and upscale spa treatments. The site currently serves Melbourne and Sydney, with plans to expand to eight more territories in coming months.

via Groupon Launches in Australia as Stardeals | Business Wire.

Kingston Digital delivers secure USB solutions

Kingston Digital Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Co. Inc., Fountain Valley, Calif., announced a series of portable data security solutions — the DataTraveler 4000 (DT4000) and DataTraveler Vault — Privacy Managed (DTVPM), offering flexible, cost-effective secure USB options.

The major features include:

  • DT4000: brings military-grade encryption to businesses requiring high-level protection for sensitive information. The DT4000 is FIPS 140-2 Level 2 validated for the entire cryptographic module – not just the security processor as with some other solutions. The DT4000 will also be available as a centrally-managed drive later this year.
  • DTVPM: offers centralized control of all USB activity. Leveraging the SafeConsole server software from BlockMaster, the DTVPM solution offers advanced features including password control, device state management, file audit log and file restrictor options to control what file types may be saved to the drive.

Digimarc Discover Online Services Portal enables smartphone digital watermarking in print publications

Digimarc Corp., Beaverton, Ore., launched the Digimarc Discover Online Services Portal (OSP), completing the Digimarc Discover Platform, which now includes easy, affordable embedding of digital watermarks into magazines, newspapers, and other print publications to create many new rich media experiences on today’s popular smartphones. For a limited time, anyone can access and use basic functions within the portal at no charge during an open beta period, ending May 31, 2011.

The Digimarc Discover Platform delivers the means to embed digital watermarks into printed materials, detect them on various mobile devices, and provides a backend routing and reporting system to support a range of applications and campaigns.

The Digimarc Discover OSP is a web-based service for newspaper and magazine publishers, marketers, and advertisers to link articles and advertisements to enhanced content, interactive ads and many other multi-sensory experiences. Digital watermarks embedded via the OSP can easily be detected by consumers using the Digimarc Discover mobile application available for download from iTunes or the Android Market, as well as a number of third party mobile applications that include the Digimarc Discover feature, such as Clic2C, Winkcode, Print2Web, eMotion Mobile, and iClic.

The Digimarc Discover OSP is the first offering of its kind, and the only service to enable the embedding of digital watermarks into publications to deliver enriched content on smartphones. Consumers can’t see them, but camera-equipped mobile devices can. Digital watermarking differs from other technologies such as 2D barcodes or QR codes because they do not occupy valuable real estate on printed content and do not negatively impact the design or overall aesthetics of the layout.

Dakota Micro releases OverView Camera, donates portion of profits

Dakota Micro Inc. (DM), Cayuga, N.D., manufacturer of the AgCam industrial camera system for the agriculture industry, announces the OverView camera system, designed to survive rugged, wet and “just plain gruesome” environments.

Starting at an MSRP of US$322, the OverView offers a high color contrast ratio monitor with bright LED backlighting, watertight cameras, forward/mirror image selection, high intensity night vision, choice of standard or quad display, and an 18-month warranty. Customers will be able to upgrade their systems easily to wireless without having to buy their equipment all over again, the company says. The OverView will also feature the same connectors as the currently available low cost systems.

DM will donate a portion of profits from the OverView camera system to a program benefiting U.S. servicemen and servicewomen called AnySoldier.