Target, Kodak Team to Offer Facebook Photo Printing
At a time when there are more than 500 million Facebook users who collectively upload 3 billion photos to the popular social networking Web site each month, Target Corporation and Eastman Kodak Company saw an opportunity to make some money off of those images.
Minneapolis-based Target said Tuesday that most Target stores nationwide now have Kodak kiosks at which guests can access and print online photo albums directly from their Facebook or Kodak Gallery accounts.
Rochester, New York-based Kodak's photo kiosks have long been in some Target stores. The new offering expands that partnership.
Target's senior vice president of merchandising, Mark Schindele, claimed in a press statement that Target is “the first mass retailer to offer this creative solution nationwide.”
Target guests can create a variety of photo products ranging from standard prints to personalized photo keepsakes-including photo books, collages, calendars, both holiday and greeting cards, and picture movie DVDs.
“We know our guests are increasingly sharing their photos online, and Kodak picture kiosks with social network connectivity allow them access to their favorite photos along with the convenience of printing the images during their regular Target shopping trip,” Schindele said in a statement.
Target-which operates a retail segment and a credit-card segment-serves guests at 1,752 stores in 49 states nationwide and at Target.com. The retailer opened 10 new stores on October 10. It is Minnesota's second-largest public company based on its revenue, which totaled $65.4 billion in its most recently completed fiscal year.