DigitalCustom Targets Japanese Market for its Professional Custom Digital Editing Services

Jan 09, 2002, 00:00 ET from DigitalCustom Group, Inc.

    SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- DigitalCustom Group, Inc. announced
 today that it is expanding into the Japanese digital imaging market with its
 line of custom digital editing services.  Japan-U.S. trade consultant, Tomo
 Nakagawa, has been appointed as DigitalCustom's Japan Business Development
 Representative to develop the Japanese imaging markets.
     DigitalCustom offers custom digital editing services to consumer and
 professional markets.  It is forging relationships with Japanese camera,
 scanner and printer manufacturers to promote its services and educate Japanese
 consumers and professionals about custom digital editing.  At the retail
 level, DigitalCustom will work with Japanese photo retailers and labs to allow
 Japanese consumers to order professional digital photo editing services
 in-store.  DigitalCustom also plans to launch a Japanese language version of
 its consumer Web system, Image-Edit & Art (http://www.image-edit.com) in March
 2002.
     DigitalCustom is the first company to establish all essential elements of
 a custom digital editing business for a worldwide service:  a scalable
 technology system that can manage a high volume of custom editing orders; a
 central support, customer service and quality control facility to ensure
 consistent work; and an International consortium of managed digital editing
 service providers.  Custom digital editing is largely non-automated and is a
 labor and creative talent-intensive service.
     "Japanese consumers are the most digital in the world," said Jeff Makoff,
 President of DigitalCustom.  "While the acceptance of digital photography in
 Japan has far outpaced the U.S., the extremely high cost of professional
 creative services in Japan makes custom editing and photo restoration
 unavailable at a reasonable price.  We will work with Japan-based photo
 retailers and manufacturers to make this core product available in Japan."
     "We welcome Mr. Nakagawa to our business development team. Our Japanese
 language service will be online by April 2002, and partnerships with Japanese
 retailers and hardware manufacturers are very timely," added Dr. Barnabas
 Takacs, DigitalCustom's Co-Chairman and Chief Technology Officer.
 
     About DigitalCustom
     DigitalCustom Group develops products that allow advertising/marketing
 agencies, media companies, photographers, in-house corporate departments,
 photo-retailers and consumers (through Image-Edit & Art) to outsource digital
 image editing work, and manage digital image editing workflow.  Mr. Nakagawa
 may be contacted at tnakagawa@digitalcustom.com. DigitalCustom's corporate
 offices are in San Francisco and its worldwide customer service facility is in
 Cincinnati.  For more information, contact:  DigitalCustom Group Inc., 505
 Beach St., Penthouse, San Francisco, CA 94133 ph: 415-447-4777
 fax: 415-353-0647 http://www.digitalcustom.com.
 
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