DIR July/August 2018 Editor’s Note: 2018 E-tailer of the Year

DIR July/August 2018 Editor’s Note: 2018 E-tailer of the Year


Congratulations to Jason Bedford and his amazing team for being named our 2018 E-tailer of the Year.

I was fortunate enough to take my first trip to Bedford Camera & Video’s Arkansas and Oklahoma locations, as well as the corporate offices. I got to see firsthand the incredible enthusiasm and professionalism of the Bedford staff, as they continue the legacy of Stan Bedford. The efficient e-commerce team was especially impressive. This small group of professionals have their priorities locked onto the satisfaction of their customers. It was really fun to watch.

Jerry Grossman

In addition, we continue our usual coverage of what’s new in the photo-imaging world. And Jason Schneider takes a compelling look at what’s new “again.”

Jason examines the growing popularity of film, instant print cameras and “new” 35mm cameras. He covers resurgent brands like Lomography, Polaroid Originals and Ilford Photo. The interest that millennials are displaying in these retro analog products is certainly a trend worth following closely.

I would also encourage all of you to read our Last Word column by Representative Steve Womack (R-AR). He provides his perspective on the South Dakota v. Wayfair Supreme Court ruling concerning the Internet sales tax issue, which affects many of you.

With renewed interest in print output and the continued introduction of innovative products in our industry, we’re very optimistic that the coming holiday selling season will be strong and prosperous. Moreover, our September “State of the Industry” issue will provide you with insights from the brightest minds in our industry.

Enjoy the rest of the summer!