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The Eastman Kodak Co. has introduced two new additions to its family of retail photo center solutions developed to provide consumers with a superior and more environmentally conscious experience in retail photo centers.
Kodak’s Picture Kiosk G4XE Order Station and the KODAK 8810 Photo Printer allow consumers to create photo products faster and with more choices than older kiosk models, according to the Rochester, N.Y.-based company.
"With an estimated 4 trillion to 5 trillion pictures captured globally every year, and more being taken every day, consumers have a strong desire for easy, affordable and creative ways to convert their pictures into treasured keepsakes,” said Nicki Zongrone, general manager, worldwide kiosk systems and services at Kodak. “Kodak’s innovation and investment in consumer retail photo solutions enable retailers to create a much richer consumer experience, which in turn helps promote profitable premium products.”
The new G4XE is the latest-generation order station, offering performance increases and higher energy efficiency than older kiosk models. The kiosk can be used on a printer cabinet as an instant photo solution or as an order station for submitting orders into the Kodak Adaptive Picture Exchange (APEX) dry lab or wet minilab systems.
According to Kodak, the G4XE is more than 44 percent faster on average for typical consumer photo orders, and up to 70 percent faster on average for creating Kodak Picture Movie DVDs, when compared with G3 models. In addition, with its substantially lower power usage, the G4XE saves retailers up to 25 percent in electricity costs to run the device, compared with the G3.
The G4XE supports Kodak Picture Kiosk Software v2.0 and later for picture access and organization, and offers a suite of premium photo creation products both on and off-site. It includes Kodak Perfect Touch technology, which automatically enhances pictures.
New design features on the G4XE include a tray load CD/DVD drive and clearly marked digital media input slots for transferring pictures from CDs, USB drives, and memory cards. Included in the Kodak software are media loops to draw consumers in as well as show them what their photos will look like in a Kodak Photobook or Picture Movie DVD.
The new 8810 Photo Printer enables consumers to easily create 8-by-10-inch and 8-by-12-inch prints, photo books, collages and calendars, as well as 4-by-8-inch greeting cards, in glossy or satin finish. Retailers can use their Apex or Kodak Picture Kiosk Software to set the printing options they desire for their store, or allow the consumer to choose.
The 8810 printer was designed to be retail staff-friendly, using no wet inks and also featuring a brand-new auto load system.
For more information, visit www.kodak.com.