Supermarkets, drugstores and other retail outlets in Japan that consumers frequently visit typically do not have an on-site film processing capability. EASTMAN KODAK CO. sees that missing service as an another opportunity to gain ground on archrival FUJI PHOTO FILM CO., LTD. Although plans still are sketchy, its subsidiary will seek out innovative companies willing to install photo processing labs in their stores. The advantage of the Kodak system is that it can be maintained on-line, which means that stores do not have to have technicians on staff. Down the road, the firm plans to offer interested retailers digital imaging services.
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