Schnucks, an almost 70-year old grocery/pharmacy chain, recently announced that it has entered the online photofinishing business by leveraging technology and services from LifePics and Qualex, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kodak. LifePics will provide the online software solution while Qualex will perform wholesale photofinishing services for Schnucks. Customers will be able to order from home and pick up their prints at any of Schnucks 101 stores located primarily in the Midwest.
“The combination of LifePics and Qualex was very easy to implement and yet it gave us the best online solution combined with superb photofinishing capabilities,” said Denis Oldani, Director of Photo Services for Schnucks. “We are also very excited to be able to offer photo gifts, templates, and a number of other creative products for sale online.”
“By working with LifePics, we have tightly linked the Schnucks online site to our state-of-the-art photofinishing labs,” said Bill Jones, Business Development Manager for Qualex. “For example, we typically begin downloading orders to our labs within minutes after the order is placed. When you couple this tight integration with the Kodak Perfect Touch capabilities of our labs, the customer gets a superior product.”
“Schnucks has a fantastic reputation in the Mid-West,” said Vahe Christianian, V.P. of Sales and Business Development at LifePics. “We are delighted to work with Schnucks and Qualex to deliver an end-to-end solution for accepting online photofinishing orders from home.”
For those of you who may not be familiar with Schnucks, the chain was Founded in St. Louis in 1939 as Schnuck Markets, Inc. and currently operates 101 grocery stores and 98 pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Mississippi and Iowa.