John Sailer

John Sailer, Senior Editor

John covers news and feature coverage of national and regional optical retailers, managed vision care organizations, software systems and technology. He works closely with other members of the VM editorial staff to monitor developments in online optical retailing and other industry issues. John is the editor for dba, a monthly e-newsletter profiling successful local and regional retail/optometric businesses while addressing their decision-making needs. He is also a Co-Editor, for High Visibility, with Deirdre Carroll, on VisionMonday.com. Contact John at jsailer@jobson.com.

Message in a Portal

By John Sailer
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 11:30 AM Enlivened by the digital age, regional optical retailers are moving from the traditional to the electronic, linking both to have far greater impact than either alone.

Loyalty is a Two-Way Street for Co/op Optical’s Owner, WCE, LLC

By John Sailer
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 10:00 AM DETROIT—It seems that optical groups in the Detroit area are getting a lot of attention these days. Perhaps that's because in a city that is infamous for its recent economic woes, the various optical retail chains that serve this market are not only surviving but thriving, remodeling and adding locations at a healthy pace.

SVS Vision Finds the Eye in Team

By John Sailer
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 2:00 PM MT. CLEMENS, Mich.—Eight years after Kenneth Stann and Rob Farrell, OD, purchased SVS Vision, the company has grown from 52 locations to 62 and recently restructured its executive management team to facilitate even more growth.

What You Don't Know About Patient Data... Could Hurt You or Your Patients

By John Sailer
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 12:10 AM If you’re not storing your patient data in electronic health records, your reimbursements are going to be reduced in the coming era of “outcomes-based” health care . . . and it could even impact how you treat your patients.

Thousands Attend SECO 2015, the 92nd Annual Meeting for ECPs in Atlanta

By John Sailer
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 12:00 PM ATLANTA—More than 100 speakers presenting over 250 continuing education courses, an exhibit hall featuring over 200 exhibitors, and more than 50 social and affiliate events attracted more than 7,000 optometry professionals to SECO 2015, held March 4-8 in Atlanta.

#EyetiqueExperience: Embracing Digital to Deepen Customer Connections

By Marge Axelrad and John Sailer
Monday, March 16, 2015 12:00 AM PITTSBURGH—Today’s competitive environment favors those businesses who connect their brands to their communities and what’s happening around them.

Overheard

By John Sailer
Monday, March 16, 2015 12:00 AM Optometric Physician’s Art Epstein, OD, FAAO, “Kindness triumphs and every day is a new beginning with an opportunity to change the world for the better.”

Wisconsin Vision, LTD Launches in Milwaukee With Group's First Downtown Location

By John Sailer
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 10:05 AM MILWAUKEE—The group that owns and operates 23 Wisconsin Vision locations throughout the state, six Heartland Vision Stores in Indiana and Illinois, and seven Eye Boutiques in Chicago, launched a new brand, Wisconsin Vision, LTD, last month.

Multiple Location Office Managers Earn 31 Percent More Than Those in Single Locations

By John Sailer
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 10:00 AM Office managers that run multiple-location practices earn, on average, 31 percent more than those who manage a single office (see chart below), according to the latest statistics available from Jobson Optical Research's 2014 ECP Compensation Study.

#EyetiqueExperience: Embracing Digital to Deepen Customer Connections

By Marge Axelrad and John Sailer
Friday, March 06, 2015 11:00 AM PITTSBURGH—Today's competitive environment favors those businesses who connect their brands to their communities and what's happening around them. One case in point is Eyetique, the 17- location-and-growing eyewear retail group based here with strong ties to its city and patients, ties which it has strengthened via digital and social media in all forms.

Living in a Digital World

By John Sailer
Monday, March 02, 2015 12:00 AM Much of the material we cover in Vision Monday lately—Millennials, e-commerce, electronic health records (EHRs), etc.—has one thing in common, a comfort and reliance on digital information.

Bronx Born and Bred, Metro Optics Adds Fourth Location

By John Sailer
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 11:00 AM BRONX, N.Y.—After adding its fourth location in the Bronx at the end of 2014, Metro Optics has reached a level at which it can now take advantage of certain economies of scale.

Most Frames Sold by Chains Priced Under $150

By John Sailer
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 1:50 PM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The majority of frames (56.1 percent) sold by optical retail chains with more than 10 locations fell within the range of $100 to $149 for the 12-month period ending Dec. 31, 2014, according to the latest statistics available from The Vision Council’s VisionWatch report.

Each State's Scope of Practice Laws in One Infographic

By John Sailer
Friday, February 20, 2015 11:30 AM To help make sense of the varied and sometimes confusing scope of practice laws throughout the country, NewGradOptometry.com's Quy Nguyen, OD, and founder Matt Geller, OD, have developed an infographic clearly stating what each state allows.

Changing Lives With VOSH International

By John Sailer
Friday, February 20, 2015 11:00 AM IPSWICH, Mass.—Are you curious about how VOSH International restores more than vision? Watch this video to see how the global organization builds long-term solutions to provide eyecare in developing countries, enabling individuals to regain independence by restoring their sight through surgery, eyeglasses, or medical treatment.
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