November 9, 2004, 12:00 AM

Wal-Mart takes one-hour photo printing multi-channel with a web service

Wal-Mart today rolled out a one-hour digital photo service that allows customers to upload photos to Walmart.com or Samsclub.com and pick them up in a store an hour later. Wal-Mart expects the service to be available in 3,000 stores by year’s end.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. today rolled out a one-hour digital photo service that allows customers to upload photos to Walmart.com or Samsclub.com and pick them up in a store an hour later. Wal-Mart expects the service to be available in 3,000 stores by the end of the year. The new offering takes to the web the one-hour digital printing service that is available in stores.

"We are taking our one-hour photo service to a whole new level by making this technology available nationwide through our web sites and the One-Hour Photo Centers in our stores and clubs,” said Dave Rogers, vice president of Wal-Mart. “We believe it will revolutionize the way our customers process digital photo prints."

The price for online service will be the same as the price for in-store service-24 cents for a 4x6 print.

Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club are giving away software titled, "My Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club Digital Photo Center at Home," which equips home computers with functions similar to those on photo kiosks inside Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores. The software is available from Walmart.com or Samsclub.com. Customers can also obtain a hard copy, also at no charge, at Wal-Mart stores.

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