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BRIEFS: July 2

You can call me Zeiss…Focus on Imaging replaced…CP+ 2014 in February…Australia and NZ Post cosy up…Apple stores raided in France…Suspended sentences at Olympus

You can call me ‘Zeiss’
zeiss.logoCarl Zeiss is dropping the first name from the official company branding, and will market itself solely as ‘Zeiss’.’Carl Zeiss is the name of the company’s founder and part of the company name Carl Zeiss AG,’ the company says. ‘However, the brand has been called Zeiss for a long time. In general language usage, ‘”Zeiss” is already well established in many countries and languages when referring to both the logo and the company.’ OK?Zeiss makes optics for microscopes, measuring machines, eyeglass lenses, binoculars, and cameras.

Says it all, doesn’t it?

Focus on Imaging replaced
UK was without an annual photo enthusiasts’ showcase for only a month or so, with the end of the long-running Focus on Photography event quickly followed by announcement of its replacement.

Future, a UK-based international media group and digital publisher, is launching a new photo event for amateur and professional photographers, called The Photography Show. It will be held on March 1-4, 2014, at the NEC in Birmingham, and will also feature a retailer/trade conference.

The Future group publishes Digital Camera in both print and digital, Photography Week, Practical Photoshop, T3 and, and has an Australian branch office. Its reach via its enthusiast publications provides a strong platform from which to market the event to photo enthusiasts and tech-heads.

‘The imaging industry is evolving at speed and we believe there is a real opportunity to create a dynamic and inclusive event with photography at its core which will deliver a broad audience of imaging enthusiasts. Future has a world-leading, multi-award-winning portfolio of photography brands and is recognised internationally for its innovation. The Photography Show will be another example of that,’ said Future’s head of photography,  Matthew Pierce.

CP+ 2014 in February
…And while on things exhibitionist, the annual Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) CP+ show will be held next year from Thursday, February 13 to Sunday, February 16, 2014.

As usual, it will take place in the Pacifico Yokohama Exhibition Hall, Annex Hall, Conference Centre in Yokohama, Japan. Next year’s theme is ‘Joy and Beauty through Advanced Photo Imaging Technology’. The show will present the latest products and technologies and include events like presentations and workshops. The admission fee of 1500 Yen is waived if attendees register on the website in advance. Details are available at

Australia and NZ Post cosy up for online retail
Australia Post has partnered with New Zealand Post in a bid to boost access to markets on both sides of the Tasman – but mostly the western side.

The partnership is, according to the press release ‘aimed to help Australian businesses expand into New Zealand by providing help with customer acquisition, direct marketing, parcel delivery, and managing returns.’

New Zealand Post will receive exclusive access to the Australia Post Express Mail Service and parcels business over the Tasman through the new deal.

‘This is a great opportunity for Australian online businesses to test the global market by starting in New Zealand. The size, demographics and popularity of online shopping in New Zealand make it an ideal test market for international expansion,’ said New Zealand Post’s GM business development and strategy, Sohail Choudhry.

Small businesses can send items up to 2kg for a flat rate of $15 to anywhere in New Zealand through Australia Post Express Courier International. This includes courier pickup, free packaging, tracking with signature, and optional extra cover.

Apple stores raided in France
Fresh from accusations of tax avoidance in the US and price gouging in Australia, Apple stores in France have been raided by competition authorities. Neither side is making comment, but an Apple distributor which went out of business last year, has reportedly filed complaints with the competition watchdog accusing Apple of favouring its own stores at the expense of independent distributors.

Price gouging in Australia, tax (ahem) minimisation around the world, and now skullduggery towards its customer-competitors. Nice products, but the company seems to have lost its moral GPS app on the road to market dominance.

Suspended sentences at Olympus
Former Olympus Corp chairman Tsuyoshi Kikukawa has received a suspended sentence for his role in a $1.7 billion accounting fraud that caused the Japanese camera maker’s market value to plunge 80 percent.

Olympus was ordered to pay 700 million yen ($7.7 million) in fines. Former Olympus executive vice president Hisashi Mori and Hideo Yamada, a former auditing officer, also got suspended sentences. The sentences reflect the defendants’ claims that former Olympus presidents Masatoshi Kishimoto and Toshiro Shimoyama made the decision to hide losses, while Kikukawa  inherited the mess.

Kikukawa and Yamada were given three years of jail time suspended for five years, while Mori got two and a half years jail time suspended for four years.


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