Eastman Kodak moves to 2nd-quarter loss

Eastman Kodak moves to 2nd-quarter loss

There are 37 comments on the WHEC-TV Rochester, NY story from Jul 30, 2009, titled Eastman Kodak moves to 2nd-quarter loss. In it, WHEC-TV Rochester, NY reports that:

Eastman Kodak moved to a second-quarter loss as the global economic downturn hurt sales of digital cameras and other photography products.

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Crazy

Rochester, NY

#1 Jul 30, 2009
Wonder why they lost money.
Look what great products they just released.
http://www.dealerscope.com/article/kodak-week...

What a joke..
Bill Jenkins

Carrollton, TX

#2 Jul 30, 2009
Doesn't a "one-time" charge become an "every-time" charge when it reoccurs each quarter for the last 7 years?
Rob

Williamson, NY

#3 Jul 30, 2009
Hmmm how can we fix this? Let's see...Why dont we screw the hourly employees again!
Ko-da-man

New York, NY

#4 Jul 30, 2009
Bill Jenkins wrote:
Doesn't a "one-time" charge become an "every-time" charge when it reoccurs each quarter for the last 7 years?
Wow, Bill! You read my mind. I cannot even remember a quarterly report where there wasn't some tom-foolery-horse-manure set of excuses for disgraceful earnings: Oh, it's the Exchange Rate... Oh, it's "restructuring" (read: firing folks and having to pay severance). What a crock of soup!
Hollywood Bob

New York, NY

#5 Jul 30, 2009
Crazy wrote:
Wonder why they lost money.
Look what great products they just released.
http://www.dealerscope.com/article/kodak-week...
What a joke..
When I started, annual sales were around $13 Billion. Profit margins on items like Reversal Films often reached 80%. Heck, even the "premium items" we gave to customers were made in the USA. Frankly, I am SHOCKED that there's minimal profits in the cheesy stuff you mention.(Kidding of course). A friend who, like me, was "downsized" and who went to Fuji tells me that their Corporate Philosophy is to FIRST: keep their employees who make their products. SECOND: Be the last manufacturer of sensitized goods on the planet. THIRD: As long as they break even,(profit growth is subordinate to the employment of workers), continuing to do so.

If memory serves me, wasn't that what George Eastman had in mind when he created Kodak and built Rochester?
Ko-da-man

New York, NY

#6 Jul 30, 2009
Rob wrote:
Hmmm how can we fix this? Let's see...Why dont we screw the hourly employees again!
Rob, I don't think that there's a screw big enough. Maybe they'll go to an outside consulting company to design one!
ZigZag

Rochester, NY

#7 Jul 30, 2009
Dont worry people, The compliment bus will be arriving in Rochester soon to expand on operation smile.
Ko-da-man

New York, NY

#8 Jul 30, 2009
ZigZag wrote:
Dont worry people, The compliment bus will be arriving in Rochester soon to expand on operation smile.
That's a big "R+" for you, ZigZag!
Harry

Rochester, NY

#9 Jul 30, 2009
It Ground Hog Day the movie. We keep playing it over and over. When are they going to go out of business?
Ko-da-man

New York, NY

#10 Jul 30, 2009
Harry wrote:
It Ground Hog Day the movie. We keep playing it over and over. When are they going to go out of business?
Several financial magazines listed Kodak as one of the top ten... Top ten companies likely to go under in 2009, that is. I saw an article about B&H Photo, in NYC. They are, as you know, the largest single photo store in the USA. They don't do much with Kodak because Kodak Professional cut them off over a technicality, decades ago, and then Fuji came in and helped them build their mega-store. Everyone dresses in Fuji Green vests.

B&H's annual sales far exceed EK's WORLDWIDE sales annually. This from a single store and internet dept. Arrogance doesn't pay.
jellybelly

Alden, NY

#11 Jul 30, 2009
At least everybody on the shop floor (what little there is left) is talking nice to each other, building consensus (ala "community organization"), and taking teir weeks off without pay. Why hasn't management been tossed, or isn't their separation pay large enough yet?
Silver Halide

New York, NY

#12 Jul 30, 2009
Forty years ago, Apollo 11 landed. Every Kodak shareholder, including my dad, received a commemorative package which included several 8 X 10 photographs taken by the astronauts on Ektachrome Film. I recall that every photo magazine ran ads from Hasselblad (for their "Space" 500EL) and Kodak, celebrating their participation in this triumph.

A little over a decade ago, George Fisher accepted an Oscar for Kodak's new MP Films, "A Kodak Moment" he said to the billion folks watching. The stock price at that time was about $90. I think we had 65,000 employees worldwide.
the kodak sinking ship

Pittsford, NY

#13 Jul 31, 2009
Making money is not a priority for Kodak. Anyone who worked there, knows how backwards this company is.
Perez could care less if Kodak makes a profit. He is getting paid the same if he does his job or not.
news report

Pittsford, NY

#14 Jul 31, 2009
Perez comments:

no speeka de english
Bill Jenkins

Carrollton, TX

#15 Jul 31, 2009
How can Kodak "move" to a second quarter loss?

Doesn't "moving" indicate a "change" in location?

They haven't "moved" out of losses in 7 years?

Unless, of course, you discount those pesky one-time charges..........that appear every quarter)

You just can't make up stuff like this .......
Silver Halide

New York, NY

#16 Jul 31, 2009
Bill Jenkins wrote:
How can Kodak "move" to a second quarter loss?
Doesn't "moving" indicate a "change" in location?
They haven't "moved" out of losses in 7 years?
Unless, of course, you discount those pesky one-time charges..........that appear every quarter)
You just can't make up stuff like this .......
Bill has perfectly identified, "KODASPEAK". Very good points. One of my favorite examples of this is when we'd have "town hall" meetings and whomever the corporate officer was, ended every statement they made with: "right?", assuming that we'd buy in to their nonsense. Here's an example of Official Kodaspeak: "Everyone knows we're on a strong path to profitability, RIGHT"?
Big picture

Rochester, NY

#17 Jul 31, 2009
Remember: "TAKE PICTURES FURTHER" Campaign?
I think kodak took pictures too far!
tired of baby sitting

Rochester, NY

#18 Jul 31, 2009
ZigZag wrote:
Dont worry people, The compliment bus will be arriving in Rochester soon to expand on operation smile.
ZigZag, if I was still there my friend, I would give you a R+ and a meal ticket. But when that bus does show up and you guys can help me out on this just in case I forgot anything, but I bet it will be posted with,s.p.c. performance management,MRp1 and2,SPC,winning and inclusief culture,diversity alive,who moved my cheese,line balancing,5S, or our favorite,K.O.S. what we folks from bldg. 29 and 38, said that this stood for KODAK OUT OF BUESENESS. If I forgot any of the programs of the month please let me know.
tired of baby sitting

Rochester, NY

#19 Jul 31, 2009
news report wrote:
Perez comments:
no speeka de english
You mean TACO TONY.Your makeing me L.M.Y.O. Good job.
Eva Maria

New York, NY

#20 Aug 1, 2009
Where is the Ceo Wall of Shame when you need it?? Corrupt leaders like the ones at Kodak will cause this country to want socialism as a reaction to their excesses. I know one of the top inventors who was laid off after making millions for the company. Can you say: age discrimination ?

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