Essilor, Luxottica Merger Will Be Gradual, Essilor’s John Carrier Says

By Staff
Monday, January 16, 2017 4:15 PM NEW YORK—Although the news of Essilor’s planned merger with Luxottica Group traveled through the world’s financial markets at cyber speed today, VMail has learned that the complex process of combining the two eyewear industry giants into a behemoth valued at nearly €50 billion will occur gradually over the next three to four years.

Essilor’s Independent Distributor Division Celebrates 2016 Award Winners

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Monday, January 16, 2017 12:30 AM COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—At Essilor of America’s national sales meeting, held here last week, the company’s Independent Distribution Division (IDD) recognized selected independent laboratory partners for outstanding achievements.

Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation Announces Six 2017 Scholarship Recipients

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Monday, January 16, 2017 12:27 AM ST. LOUIS—Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation has announced six recipients of its 2017 scholarships and the recipient of a “one-time Inspiration Award” that was added this year by the family of Dr. Larry J. Alexander.

ForSight VISION4, Inc. Announces Acquisition by Roche

By Staff
Monday, January 16, 2017 12:24 AM MENLO PARK, Calif.—ForSight VISION4, a privately held biotechnology company innovating drug delivery for treatment of retinal diseases, announced that it has been acquired by Roche Holdings Inc. (OTCQX:RHHBY)

Smart Vision Labs Partners with a Top German Online Retailer

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Monday, January 16, 2017 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Smart Vision Labs has formed a partnership with Brille24, a leading German online optical retailer.

Unum Launches Vision Coverage Benefit Nationally as Follow-up to Starmount Deal

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Monday, January 16, 2017 12:18 AM CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.—Unum (NYSE:UNM), a leader in employee benefits, earlier this week said it is entering a new market with the launch of Unum Vision and Unum Dental, a move that was planned as a follow-up to its April 2016 acquisition of the parent company of Starmount Life Insurance Company and Always Care Benefits, an independent vision and dental benefits provider.

Eyewear Industry Giants Essilor and Luxottica Announce Merger; Historic Deal Will Reshape the Optical Industry

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Monday, January 16, 2017 12:15 AM PARIS and MILAN—Plans for a mega merger of Essilor [Euronext Paris: EI] and Luxottica [MTA: LUX; NYSE: LUX], two global giants of the eyewear industry, were announced today by Essilor and Delfin Sarl, the Luxembourg based holding company of the Del Vecchio family, the majority owners of Luxottica.

Gary Gerber, OD, Continues His Discussion on Hiring Staff for the Jan. 18 ‘Power Hour’

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Monday, January 16, 2017 12:15 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.—Gary Gerber, OD, will share strategies about what happens after you hire new staff on the Jan. 18 episode of “Power Hour,” the weekly broadcast hosted by Gerber, founder of The Power Practice.

Luxottica and Essilor to Announce Merger Tomorrow in Deal Valued at €50 Billion Euros, According to Reports

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Sunday, January 15, 2017 8:25 PM PARIS and MILAN—Two optical giants, Luxottica (NYSE:LUX) and Essilor (Reuters: ESSI.PA), have agreed to merge in a mega deal that would reshape the international eyewear industry, according to reports published tonight in the Financial Times, Reuters and other financial sites. The two companies are expected to announce the proposed merger before the European stock markets open tomorrow.

Luxottica Streamlines Retail Leadership Structure in North America

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Friday, January 13, 2017 12:33 AM NEW YORK—Luxottica Retail, part of the Luxottica Group (NYSE: LUX) has streamlined its executive retail leadership structure in North America, VMail has learned.

Stanton Optical and My Eyelab Banners Prepare for 32 New Store Openings in 2017

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Friday, January 13, 2017 12:30 AM PALM SPRINGS, Fla.—Stanton Optical and My Eyelab, two optical retailers owned by Vision Precision Holdings, are embarking on an ambitious expansion plan for 2017, with an expectation of entering a half dozen new markets and opening new locations at a rate of almost three new units per month, according to a Stanton Optical executive.

The Vision Council Names Mitch Barkley as New Vice President of Trade Shows and Meetings

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Friday, January 13, 2017 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has appointed Mitch Barkley as the new vice president of Trade Shows and Meetings.

Mad Vision to Distribute Vinyl Factory in the U.S.

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Friday, January 13, 2017 12:24 AM SUNRISE, Fla. and PARIS—Vinyl Factory is expanding its presence in the U.S. through an exclusive distribution agreement with Mad Vision.

Warby Parker Opens First Fully Owned Optical Lab in New York State

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Friday, January 13, 2017 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Following a plan it announced in mid-2016, Warby Parker has opened its first company-owned optical lab, a 34,000-square-foot facility in the Rockland County area of New York State.

Early Bird Registration for VM Global Leadership Summit Ends on Jan. 15

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Friday, January 13, 2017 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Early bird registration for “A-Eye - Artificial Intelligence,” Vision Monday’s 11th annual Global Leadership Summit, ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 15.
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