Posts Tagged ‘brickandmortar’

Calumet Photo in the US Officially Declares Bankruptcy, Gave Employees Zero Notice

Update: Calumet has posted an update to its Facebook page to say they might reopen a few locations. Full statement at the bottom of this post.


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In a story that is still very much developing as more information comes to light, well-known camera store chain Calumet Photographic has filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy without so much as a whispered warning to their employees. Read more…

Hasselblad to Open Its First Retail Store in Tokyo

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The online shopping revolution has wreaked havoc on brick-and-mortar stores, and photography shops are no exception. If you need an example, look no further than Jessops in the UK, which is down from 187 stores to only 36, and even those are only open because of some serious funding from investor and Reality TV star Peter Jones.

Stories like that, however, don’t seem to be stopping camera companies from jumping into the retail store game. Over the past year, Canon opened its first Experience Center, Polaroid opened its first Photobar, and now Hasselblad is joining the party with its first retail store, which will be opening in a few days time in Tokyo. Read more…

Clever Ad Tells the Love Story of a Photog and an Olympus Camera

Creativity and humor score big points with consumers. That’s why photographers, camera companies and camera stores alike often employ one or both to get their customers’ attention. Some of what we’ve seen in the past includes James Hodgins’ Crappy Vs Snappy, Olympus’ ziplock bags of walnuts, and Schick’s razor photo fad.

The above video by Canada’s The Camera Store is another prime example. Instead of making a bland announcement, they decide to film this fun and funny ‘love story’ to let their customers know the store will once again be carrying Olympus brand cameras. Read more…

Store Wages War Against ‘Showrooming’ by Charging a $5 ‘Just Looking’ Fee

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‘Showrooming’ is something that’s having a big effect in the camera equipment industry and something that many brick-and-mortar retailers are trying to address. It’s when consumers walk into a store not with the intention of actually purchasing a camera or lens, but instead to play around with them and evaluate them in person before making the actual purchase for a lower price online.

One store over in Brisbane, Australia has come up with a novel strategy (but not so consumer friendly) for combatting showrooming. To ensure that only customers looking to purchase products walk through their doors, the store is charging a $5 fee just to browse its wares.
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Canon to Open First of Many ‘Experience Stores’ In the Following Days

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Even as we say goodbye to the Jessops chain of retail stores in the UK, it seems that more of the major manufacturers are moving towards establishing a brick and mortar branch. Polaroid will soon be opening ‘Fotobars’ and now, following in Polaroid and Leica’s footsteps, Canon is getting ready to open its own ‘Canon Experience Stores.’ Read more…