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Tescos are pulling out of processing


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Many of the 'mass merchants' having been pulling their film processors out (where they have digital labs). Most of the completely anologue machines went ages ago. I can't see any of them putting any more wet-lab solutions in, but rather opt for dye sub or more likely, the new HP system.

I'm sure there will still be a photo element in Tesco's offering even if it is adjunct to the cleaning department.

Isn't the dry cleaning industry facing similar dilemmas to the photo trade? Very few garments need this any longer and there are a lot less dedicated stores out there.

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I don't think they will pull out, I have heard from a close source that they are going to be pushing order at home and collect in store and that they have been looking at dry lab systems for replacement of the old wet ones & even expanding dry labs into the smaller none mini lab stores.....

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I heard, In some tescos, they have been trialling the removal of labs to replace them with opticians an area they feel is more profitable.

Persil who run the dry cleaning/minilab in Sainsburys, do not need to make big profits, if these sites can break even then its a massive free advert for the persil brand in store. May be Tescos will rent out there space in a similar way.

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Persil who run the dry cleaning/minilab in Sainsburys, do not need to make big profits, if these sites can break even then its a massive free advert for the persil brand in store.

Correct!! ;D

However unilever are not doing very well and are laying off 1000's staff in UK. They will I am sure take a look at loss making sites. Tesco have just installed new minilab in one of our local stores. Policy seams a little confused, I don't think anyone knows what to do or where to go with the product.

Indies can only hope that by keeping standards of service high that they will win out in the long run. Fuji,Kodak and the other big names need to support indies or even they will disappear, and soon!!!

Wayne :o

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It would take a lot for Tesco to pull out as all there compeditors are ramping up processing, this year they put many new labs in and several hundred new input kiosks, maybe they "upgrade" to compact dry labs as the likes of HP and Kodak are desparate to get there new dry kit into one of the big supermarket chains....? (HP have done this in the USA)

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Now all the traditional channels for lab sales have dried up (replacements, new start-ups, etc) the suppliers are looking to get more from their existing customers like Tesco and Asda. There will be deals like none of us will have ever seen as they know HP are going to be nipping at their heals very soon.

If HP could throw a million at Jessops just to get the PictureHouse database imagine the contribution they can give the likes of Tesco's. Morrisons and others.

Imaging in supermarkets is here to stay. Probably the next big move will be imaging into appliance stores like has happened in Australia, Slovenia and Ireland with the likes of Harvey Norman

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The labs at Harvey Norman are Fuji machines. They have not had film processors within their store setups - ever, I think.

The Warehouse have taken all their film processors out according to one of our suppliers and are now out-labbing all their D&P.

Saturated is a great description! Things have definitely thinned out but still too many labs for the market. More importantly, too many are trying to discount to achieve volume - which doesn't happen when you have a small population.

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FYI A tesco store I visted on my way back from manchester has just opened a new Pharmacy and next to it a new Opticians.

It all ready has a photo section near the entrance and has 4 input kiosks, the friendly staff tell me are 4 months old ;)

All 4 kiosks were busy at 10.30am on a Friday!

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;D A good bit of insanity allways helps  ;D

I don't care about how many other labs are run by the supermarkets, It's when they take on specialist staff, like ex-labowners, that it will no longer be viable to be independant.

Well, I do care, but at the moment we are still the specialists, which does give us an edge. A big one in my area, at least.

Our bigest turnover is restoration or manipulation, which all the supermarkets offer, but  not on site, and people do like to talk to the person who is doing the work.

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I personaly cannot see Tesco or any simillar retailer pulling out completely from image processing. There business is solidly set on the 'loss leader' model.

Our local Tesco is now doing all the giftware and fine art/canvas wrap, obviously to claw it back. Our advantage is that our customers can actually talk to the guy that does the printing, knowing that it is being done locally.

Having just spent the week at Great Ormand Street (didn't have the time to visit Air Store - rats!) I have some deffinite ideas on shop presentation that will blow all such competition out of the water. Just the headache of logistics, as usual.

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Been in 'a store near me' for a couple of months now. Hmm.

Unfortunately I had no time to troll through London, and I realy wanted to see Karen's shop before she closed. Our small town has been decimated by so-called regeneration work (which was promptly dug up by the services), and closed permanantly several speciality shops. Very sad that people's hard won businesses can be so glibly destroyed.

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