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    Stop & Shop to Offer Online Photo Services

    QUINCY, Mass. - Ahold-owned supermarket chain Stop & Shop has deployed a new online photo service to allow its customers to place orders for prints online through the Stop & Shop Web site.

    QUINCY, Mass. - Ahold-owned supermarket chain Stop & Shop has deployed a new online photo service to allow its customers to place orders for prints online through the Stop & Shop Web site.

    Photo customers will be able to pick up their orders in any of the Stop & Shop's 360 locations the next day; or have them mailed to their homes. The Web-based ordering and fulfillment system was developed by Vancouver, Canada-based online media solutions provider PhotoChannel Networks Inc.
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    "PhotoChannel's capabilities fit very well with our store operations needs and align perfectly for our future growth direction," said Robert Keane, spokesperson for Stop & Shop. "As digital photo printing enters a very high growth era, we believe we have deployed one of the best services for the digital photo needs of Stop & Shop customers."

    The supplier, PNI, offers its technology in a private label format, with all program branding custom-designed with its retail customers' input. Retailers choose from a variety of features to deploy on their Web sites including:
    - Ordering prints in as little as three clicks
    - Account based albums with metadata
    - Integrated shopping cart for gifts, greeting cards, calendars, and photo books.
    - Sharing with address book integration
    - Unlimited storage
    - Editing features including crop, auto fix, and zoom.
    - Up-sell features prompting user to purchase higher margin items
    - Rendering of images onto gift products

    Stop & Shop operates more than 565 stores throughout the Eastern United States.

    PhotoChannel also provides digital solutions to Costco, Hannaford, Wal-Mart Canada, CVS/Pharmacy, and Eckerd Drugs.

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