Kodak gets ‘PYNK’ in CVS/pharmacy stores
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Shortly after testing its PYNK system in CVS/pharmacy locations in the Westchester County, N.Y., area, Kodak officially is rolling out the photo kiosks at 5,000 CVS/pharmacy stores nationwide.
The Kodak PYNK photo kiosk gives photo enthusiasts the capability to create various projects with its "print-to-fit" system. New to the mix is a photo collage option, which takes out the time-consuming work of selecting, cropping and printing photos for a collage display, the company said.
“Consumers have always aspired to display beautiful collage frames in their homes, but the time and work involved didn’t make it easily possible. Now with the PYNK System, anyone can create stunning designer-quality framed collages in seconds,” said Nicoletta Zongrone, general nanager of retail systems solutions and Eastman Kodak VP. “We believe this solution is game-changing for the frame industry because our research shows that there is potential for incremental frame sales as a result of making the framing process this easy. The PYNK System is our most recent example of Kodak’s ongoing commitment to innovation that transforms the retail photo experience by helping consumers to quickly and easily share their stories.”
DR growlers grow in Brooklyn
NEW YORK — The inhabitants of Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood tend to like their independent, mom-and-pop stores. So it’s no surprise that the recent opening of a Duane Reade store on Bedford Avenue caused some controversy among residents. But then again, Duane Reade is no ordinary drug store chain, and it showed its independent spirit with something far from controversial: beer.
The new store includes a huge walk-in beer closet with a selection of beers ranging from locally brewed Brooklyn Brewery lagers to pricey Chimay Trappist ale imported from Belgium. It also includes a beer tap where patrons can buy growlers full of specialty microbrews for $7.99.
Bob Kwait, Richard Braddock receive Good Scout award
NEW YORK — Industry veteran Bob Kwait, chairman and COO of Bob Kwait Consulting Group, and FreshDirect chairman and CEO Richard Braddock were honored Wednesday during the 2010 Consumer Products "Good Scout" Award Luncheon in New York.
The annual luncheon, presented by the Greater New York Councils of Boy Scouts of America, was held at Hilton New York.
As the 2010 recipients of the Good Scout award, Kwait and Braddock were recognized for their exemplification of the ideals of the Boy Scouts of America as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law. Recipients are chosen for their community service, as evidenced by their leadership to many organizations, as well as the respect and esteem in which their colleagues hold them.
Kwait has more than 50 years in the consumer packaged goods industry. He has helped pioneer the development of private-label brands in the retail pharmacy industry and has developed store brands in sun care, vitamins, diagnostics, infant products, feminine hygiene, adult incontinence and over-the-counter cold remedies.
Kwait started his career at Gray Drug Stores in 1958. In 1974, he joined CVS/pharmacy and served as the director of purchasing. In 1979, he returned to Gray Drug Stores as EVP marketing and assisted with the acquisition of Drug Fair. In 1981, Robert J. Kwait & Associates was formed.
Braddock began his business career in 1965, spending a number of years in product management at General Foods. In 1973, he joined Citicorp, was elected to the board of directors in 1985 and was elected president and COO of Citicorp and its principal subsidiary, Citibank N.A., in January 1990. Braddock resigned from Citicorp in 1992. His professional experience also includes serving as CEO of Medco Containment Services until its acquisition by Merck, as chairman of True North Communications and as chairman and CEO of Priceline.com. In March 2008, he became chairman and CEO of FreshDirect.