Vancouver-based digital media solutions provider PNI Digital Media  announced today it has added access to SkyDrive through its PNI Digital Media Platform, further improving its cloud media integration. SkyDrive is Microsoft’s private cloud technology with over 250 million users.
“Our recently launched cloud storage integrations are already generating over 5 percent of all images consumers are using to personalize products such as canvas prints, photo books and personalized greeting cards on our platform,” said Kyle Hall, CEO of PNI Digital Media. “Next to mobile, cloud storage integrations like SkyDrive represent the largest near term opportunity for incremental transactions. Being first to market with a solution that easily connects to cloud storage services is important for near term growth. Strategically, our cloud storage integrations are part of a bigger platform initiative to directly connect retail print services with user’s tablets and smartphones. This will ensure that the consumers using the sites we provide can create compelling products and the retailer-partners who rely on our platform can generate transactions and revenue from any device, anywhere. As new tablets like the Microsoft Surface and new applications such as Office 365 gain traction with consumers, so do the number of images being generated and shared from integrated services such as SkyDrive. Directly connecting our retailer-partners print services on the PNI Platform to SkyDrive positions us well for future transaction revenue.”
Customers interacting with the PNI Digital Media Platform through retailer branded sites can instantly access and print their digital photos stored across a number of cloud storage sites including Dropbox, Facebook, Instagram, Google+ Photos, Google Drive, Flickr and now SkyDrive. Images stored on any of these sites can be seamlessly printed at the customers preferred retail location and be ready for pick-up in as little as an hour. The first implementation of SkyDrive integration to the PNI Digital Media Platform has already launched at Tesco, Costco US, Walmart Canada, CVS and Sam’s Club and will launch at additional PNI retailer customers shortly.