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PhotoAccess' logo. Click here to visit the PhotoAccess website! PhotoAccess announces deal for PPA members!
(Tuesday, July 10, 2001 - 17:59 EDT)

Photographers' association Professional Photographers of America Inc. has signed a deal with PhotoAccess.com Corp. which will see its members receive discounted online digital photo finishing services. PPA members will get $100 off their setup fee on ordering a co-branded website with unlimited image storage where they can sell their photos, featuring online ordering and PhotoAccess print fulfillment.

New accounts take up to three weeks to be created, and photographers are paid monthly for transactions in their sites. PPA Director of Business Development Tim Hoynes commented:
"We’re pleased to bring PhotoAccess’ services to our members and site visitors. Now professional photographers can greatly expand their value-added merchandising opportunities, while streamlining the order and fulfillment process - it’s an excellent combination of benefits for the small business owner."

Source: PhotoAccess.com Corp.

Original Source Press Release:

14,000 Professional Photographers of America Gain PhotoAccess’ Digital Photo Finishing Services At Special Discount

PPA members enjoy new business advantages with a branded Web site, image storage and management-speeding customer orders, payments, and delivery

SEATTLE, Wash. and Atlanta, Geor.,-July 10, 2001 - PhotoAccess.com™ Corporation and the Professional Photographers of America, Inc. (PPA) announced today a new business services agreement through www.ppa.com. PPA members will receive a special discount-one hundred dollars off the set-up fee-to obtain complete, online digital photo finishing services hosted by PhotoAccess including: their own branded Web site, unlimited image storage, photo album creation for each client, convenient online order and payment processing, and fast delivery to customers of prints and photo merchandise.

“PhotoAccess is making it possible for a professional photographer to expand his/her existing Web site with a valuable, customer-centric business service, as well as create a new digital photo finishing site for those that haven’t yet found time to develop one,” said Jerry Barber, president and CEO of PhotoAccess. “Several hours a week can be wasted juggling orders, processing prints, and arranging payment and delivery methods. This program streamlines those important yet cumbersome business steps, enabling photographers to build their clientele while delivering a guaranteed, professional-quality product.”

PPA members gain several advantages by having their own branded digital services Web site. Whether a photographer uses high-end digital equipment to take event, sport, wedding, animal, and even portrait photos or scans these images, they’ll find it convenient to have a service for customers to view images online. Using PhotoAccess PhotoStreamer™ software, professional photographers can easily organize digital photos into albums, catalog them by name and event, and then upload them to their branded Web site. They can also send PhotoAccess a CD-ROM with images and the company will upload them into the studio’s secure albums, for a small fee. The photographer can distribute the URL location of their photos to the customer for instant viewing and ordering of prints. High quality prints are available in wallet to large sizes, in a professional glossy or matte finish. In addition, unique memorabilia can be ordered using the same digital images. Having a professional e-commerce Web site promotes repeat business, customer loyalty and timely customer service.

“We’re pleased to bring PhotoAccess’ services to our members and site visitors,” stated Tim Hoynes, PPA director of business development. “Now professional photographers can greatly expand their value-added merchandising opportunities, while streamlining the order and fulfillment process - it’s an excellent combination of benefits for the small business owner.”

PhotoAccess creates each professional account with password protection and can have a Web site up and running in only three weeks. Each on-screen photo has the company’s custom watermark and every order is immediately confirmed with the studio and customer. Professional photographers receive monthly payments, detailed statements of monthly transactions, and can check orders at anytime with the browser-based customer inquiry system.

About PPA
The Professional Photographers of America is the world's leading certifying agency for imaging professionals and the world's largest not-for-profit association for professional photographers, with more than 14,000 members in 64 countries. PPA offers consumers free referrals to photographic professionals, as well as acting as a locator service for finding the owners of images. For more information visit www.ppa.com or call 800.786.6277.

About PhotoAccess
Founded in 1998, PhotoAccess.com is the leading Internet retail Applications Service Provider of digital camera photo finishing solutions benefiting retailers, professional photographers and consumers. In three weeks, businesses can have an integrated, flexible, branded, and cost-effective e-commerce Web site, hosted by PhotoAccess.com, that offers consumers exceptional digital photo prints and merchandise, online image management, permanent storage, ordering, and delivery options. PhotoAccess also provides customization and licenses its technologies to a variety of photographic, electronic, Web and software development companies. PhotoAccess.com is privately held, funded through venture capital firms, and has offices in Seattle, Washington, and Tokyo, Japan. For more information visit www.photoaccess.com or the Japanese Web site at www.photoaccess.co.jp.
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