Fujifilm restored photos damaged in Joplin floods

Fujifilm North America Corp., Valhalla, N.Y., partnered with Walmart Stores Inc. at its newly-rebuilt supercenter store in Joplin, Missouri, as it kicked-off a week-long grand opening celebration. This past spring, a Walmart store in Joplin was destroyed by a devastating tornado sweeping through the area, taking out nearly 8,000 buildings, according to some reports. During the week-long grand re-opening celebration events, Fujifilm offered to restore damaged photographs and to have new family portraits taken, free of charge.

“Fujifilm had a unique opportunity to help the people of Joplin as they rebuild their community and their lives by restoring damaged images and taking new family portraits to replace the ones that were lost in the tornado,” says Manny Almeida, vice president and general manager, Imaging and Electronic Imaging Divisions, Fujfilm North America Corp. “While we may never be able to fully replace what was lost to these families, we are hopeful that our efforts will help them to create new memories that capture the joy and strength that make the Joplin community special.”

At the new Walmart supercenter, Fujifilm provided a large photography studio and restoration center that had several areas for taking new family portraits, restoring damaged images and showcasing photo books, cards and other photo gift products. In total, Fujifilm took nearly 300 new family portraits, and restored personal photos for approximately 250 families.


CNN: Supreme Court rules for Wal-Mart in discrimination case

CNN.com reports the Supreme Court halted a massive job discrimination lawsuit against  Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Bentonville, Ark., saying class-action status that could potentially involve hundreds of thousands of current and former female workers was too large.

“The high-profile case– perhaps the most closely watched of the high court’s term– is among the most important dealing with corporate versus worker rights that the justices have ever heard, and could eventually impact nearly every private employer, large and small.,” CNN.com says.

Bloomberg: Wal-Mart to reduce in-store electronics

Boosting electronics displays have contributing to a two-year U.S. sales slump, so Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is going to cut back, according to reporter Matthew Boyle, in Bloomberg Business News. The company, which is based in Bentonville, Ark., will reduce the floor space devoted to items like flat-screen televisions and give some of that space to apparel, according to Rosalind Brewer, who runs the Wal-Mart East division, the article said. The reduction is a reversal of Wal-Mart’s 2009 move to allocate 21 percent more floor space to entertainment gadgets and comes after electronics contributed to a 1.8 percent decline in sales at U.S. stores open at least a year in the fourth quarter, its seventh consecutive drop.

“It’s something Wal-Mart has needed to do for a year,” said Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners, a New Canaan, Conn.-based consulting firm, in an interview with Bloomberg.. “You don’t need as much space in that area with products shrinking and purchases going online, and electronics has narrow profit margins. Floor space is a scarce commodity.”

At an investor conference last month, Wal-Mart’s U.S. chief Bill Simon said “we couldn’t possibly sell enough TVs,” during the holiday season to justify the space allotted to electronics. In February, Simon cited electronics as the “primary factor” for the company’s negative comparable-store sales result, according to Bloomberg

Fourth-quarter sales up at Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Bentonville, Ark., reported fourth quarter net sales were $115.6 billion, an increase of 2.5 percent from last year. Net sales for the full year were $419 billion, an increase of 3.4 percent.

Walmart U.S. comparable store sales declined 1.8 percent in the 13-week period ended Jan. 28, 2011. Sam’s Club comparable sales, without fuel, increased 2.7 percent for the same period.

Walmart International net sales included a $664 million and a $4.5 billion currency exchange rate benefit for the quarter and fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2011, respectively. On a constant currency basis, Walmart International net sales were up 6.6 percent and 7.6 percent for the fourth quarter and fiscal year, respectively. The highest increases in net sales came from Brazil, Mexico, and China.

Wal-Mart’s international division will soon outnumber U.S. stores

The Washington Post reports the recent annual shareholder meeting of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Bentonville, Ark., featured Bollywood-style dancers, Asian balancing acts and Brazilian martial artists representing some of the 14 foreign countries in which Wal-Mart operates. Last year, its international division topped $100 billion in sales for the first time, and this year it is expected to surpass the United States in number of stores. International sales are growing at almost nine times the rate of domestic sales for the retail giant.

Wal-Mart has nine international store formats ranging from relatively tiny Bodega Aurrera Express stores in Mexico to a cash-and-carry warehouse in India to the traditional box in Canada. It operates under 55 different banners — Acuenta in Chile, Asda in the United Kingdom and Seiyu in Japan. But all the stores strictly adhere to a core Wal-Mart principle: always low prices, the Washington Post reports.

PNY named Wal-Mart Photo Supplier of the Year

PNY Technologies Inc. (“PNY”), Parsippany, N.J., a supplier of flash memory, USB flash drives, solid state drives, computer memory upgrade modules, as well as consumer and professional graphics cards, was awarded Wal-Mart “Photo Supplier of the Year” for 2009.

The 2009 Wal-Mart Photo Supplier of the Year award was presented to PNY at Wal-Mart’s annual Supplier Summit, held March 10 in Rogers, Ark.

PNY was also honored as the Wal-Mart “Supplier Award of Excellence” for both first and fourth quarter 2009.

Wal-Mart sued over bathroom camera

Wired.com reports seven former and current Wal-Mart employees are suing one of the retailer’s Pennsylvania stores for installing a surveillance camera in a unisex bathroom used by employees and customers.

The camera was allegedly installed by two employees in the company’s loss-prevention department, with the aim of monitoring employees for theft, Wired.com reports. Workers discovered the camera in March 2008. It’s not known how long the camera was recording activity in the bathroom before it was found.

Walmart fired two employees who were responsible for installing the camera, but the suit also names four local Wal-Mart managers. The attorney representing the plaintiffs says three of the employees were dismissed from their jobs after complaining about the camera.

Snapfish adds pickup through Wal-Mart, Duane Reade

Snapfish by HP, Palo Alto, Calif., partnered with Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Bentonville, Ark., and  drug store chain Duane Reade, New York, N.Y., to allow customers to pick up photo prints or photo cards ordered on Snapfish.com.

The service will enable customers to order prints online and pick them up at a local store within an hour. The program will be offered at 3,350 participating Wal-Mart stores nationwide, and from 200 Duane Reade locations in the greater New York City area. Duane Reade customers also are able to order and pickup large poster prints, wall calendars, hardcover photo books and photo cards at select stores.

Wal-Mart announces third quarter sales increase

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Bentonville, Ark., reported net sales for the third quarter were $98.667 billion, an increase of 1.1 percent from $97.619 billion in the third quarter last year. On a constant currency basis (which assumes currency exchange rates remained the same as the prior year), net sales for the third quarter would have been $2.617 billion higher, increasing 3.8 percent to approximately $101.284 billion. Income from continuing operations increased to $3.246 billion from $3.033 billion in the same period last year, on a reported basis.

Snapfish partners with Walmart and Duane Reade

Snapfish by HP, Palo Alto, Calif., is partnering with Walmart, the No. 1 retailer in the United States, and Duane Reade, the New York drug store chain. Effective today, customers can pick up photo prints or photo cards ordered on Snapfish.com in one hour from any of the 3,350 participating Walmart stores nationwide.

Beginning Nov. 14, Snapfish customers also will be able to pick up photos from any of the 200 Duane Reade locations in the greater New York City area. Duane Reade customers also will have the option to collect large poster prints, wall calendars, hardcover photo books and photo cards at select stores.

The new relationships are expected to make Snapfish the largest print-to-store web destination in the United States, the company claims. Snapfish customers can find and choose a pickup location in their area quickly and easily by entering their zip code at checkout.

“We are committed to offering Snapfish customers the ultimate in choice and convenience when it comes to printing their digital photos and gifts,” says Ben Nelson, general manager, Snapfish by HP. “Our relationships with Walmart and Duane Reade extend our reach and leadership in the print-to-store category, making our prints available for pickup in more than 10,000 retail locations nationwide.”

Earlier this year, HP announced the installation of 200 HP retail print solutions in Duane Reade stores.