Pearle Vision Readies ‘Strategic Franchise Growth Phase’ Focusing on Strength of Its Operating Model

By dba Staff
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 12:15 AM MASON, Ohio—Pearle Vision, a division of Luxottica, is gearing up for a “strategic franchise growth phase that will significantly expand the brand’s U.S. presence,” according to an announcement made earlier this week.

Grand Rapids Ophthalmology Opens 12th and Newest Location in West Michigan

By dba Staff
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 12:10 AM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Grand Rapids Ophthalmology (GRO)—a comprehensive eyecare provider offering ophthalmology, optometry and retail optical services in West Michigan—opened its newest eyecare location late last month in East Grand Rapids. The Lakeshore Eye office is “part of GRO’s growing commitment to providing West Michigan a broad spectrum of high quality, state-of-the-art eyecare products and services,” according to an announcement.

Vote Now for Vision Monday's and 20/20 Magazine's 2017 EyeVote Reader’s Choice Awards

By dba Staff
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 12:05 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are hosting the ninth annual EyeVote Reader’s Choice Awards to identify the optical industry’s favorite products and companies this year.

Eyemart Express Updates Its Operating Model With an Eye to Shifting Trends

By dba Staff
Thursday, September 21, 2017 11:15 AM DALLAS—Responding to global trends such as convenience and personalization, Eyemart Express, located here, is in the midst of updating its operating model with an eye on addressing shifting consumer and technology trends, according to chief executive officer Doug Barnes Jr.

Acuity EyeCare Group to Establish Central Business Office in Dallas

By dba Staff
Thursday, September 21, 2017 11:10 AM ST. LOUIS—Acuity EyeCare Group, will be opening a central business office in Dallas, Texas, sometime in late 2017.

Imperial Capital Forms Total Eye Care Partners and Brings Gaddie Eye Centers on Board

By dba Staff
Thursday, September 21, 2017 11:05 AM CINCINNATI—Imperial Capital Group, a Toronto-based private equity fund manager, has formed a new company, Total Eye Care Partners (Total ECP), and launched a platform that will seek partnerships with optometrists and assist in managing medically focused optometry practices across the U.S.

Dr. Tavel Redesigns Its Website, Overhauls Social Outreach

By dba Staff
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 1:15 PM INDIANAPOLIS—Dr. Tavel, the 75-year-old optical retailer based here, has taken a number of tactical steps to address the changes the “digital age” is bringing to eyecare and the optometry world.

Boston Consulting Group Predicts Revenue Shift Driven by ‘Personalization’

By dba Staff
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 1:10 PM

BOSTON—For those in optical retailing, here’s a worrying prediction from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG): over the next five years in three sectors alone—retail, health care and financial services—“personalization” will drive a revenue shift of an estimated $800 billion to the 15 percent of companies that get personalization right.

Ontario’s Eyes on Market Joins FYidoctors, Marking First Brantford Location

By dba Staff
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 1:05 PM CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors has announced that the Brantford, Ontario, optometry practice Eyes on Market has become part of the FYidoctors organization, marking the latter’s first location in Brantford.

Texas State Optical Elects Peña as Chairman and Five New Board Members

By dba Staff
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 4:15 PM HOUSTON—Texas State Optical (TSO), a member-owned cooperative consisting of more than 120 optical locations across Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma, has announced the results of its recent election of directors and board officers.

VM LIVE to Explore How Digital Tech Is Changing the In-Store Experience

By dba Staff
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 4:10 PM NEW YORK—Sweeping changes in consumer attitudes and expectations require optical retailers to rethink all interactions with customers and patients.

How Valuable Are Benefit Surveys?

By dba Staff
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 4:05 PM

NEW YORK—At first blush, the data from benefit surveys is often overwhelming given the sheer magnitude of information included in the survey. It seems like every benefit insurance broker, consultant, carrier, and/or research organization publishes a survey.

SEE Eyewear’s Richard Golden Keeping Busy Charting Retailer’s Next Moves

By dba Staff
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 1:15 PM SOUTHFIELD, Mich.—There’s no slowing down these days for Richard Golden, the longtime optical industry executive who is overseeing the steady growth of SEE Eyewear.

My Eyelab Sets Deal to Open 18 Franchise Locations in Atlanta Metro Area

By dba Staff
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 1:10 PM PALM SPRINGS, Fla.—My Eyelab, a unit of Vision Precision Holdings, announced that it has reached an agreement that will pave the way for the opening of 18 franchise locations across the Atlanta metro area beginning in September.

5 Thoughtful Ways to Continuously Improve Your Communication

By dba Staff
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 1:05 PM NEW YORK—As we have all learned over time, rarely do we experience two people who have identical communication styles. If you think you know how to communicate well with everyone you work with, that may be a stretch. To become a master communicator at work and in your life, here are five smart ways you can improve your communication.
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