SVS Vision Celebrates 10 Years of Operational Success and Looks Forward to Continued Growth

By dba Staff
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 12:15 PM MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich.— Ken Stann and Rob Farrell, OD, began a management partnership 10 years ago this month that has produced an optical success story almost unmatched in the eyecare sector.

Private Equity Firm Acquires Three Regional Eyecare Groups and Forms Acuity Eyecare Holdings

By dba Staff
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 12:10 PM

DALLAS—Riata Capital Group, a private equity firm based here, has made a significant move into the optical business with its acquisition of three regional eyecare groups. The three regional firms—Crown Vision Center of St. Louis, Eyetique of Pittsburgh and International Eyecare Center of Quincy, Ill.—will be folded into a new company, Acuity Eyecare Holdings, according to Riata Capital’s announcement of the deal late last month.

Cohen’s Fashion Optical Celebrates 90th Anniversary With Series of Promotions and Events Throughout 2017

By dba Staff
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 12:05 PM NEW YORK—Cohen’s Fashion Optical, one of the nation’s top 10 optical retailers and one of the longest operating optical franchise companies, is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2017 with a series of special promotions, events and initiatives.

Shopko Hosts More Than 500 at its Health Services Managers Conference

By Staff
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 12:15 PM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Shopko held its annual Health Services managers meeting in Minneapolis last month and used the occasion to honor several Shopko team members for their outstanding performances in 2016 and for senior management to outline the retailer’s plans for 2017 and the following years.

TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers Changes Its Name to Specialty Eye Institute

By Staff
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 12:10 PM JACKSON, Mich.— TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers, an optical business that traces its roots to 1978, has changed the company name to Specialty Eye Institute. The new name is a better reflection of the company’s array of services and its “dedication to eyecare for patients,” according to an announcement made in late March.

Are You One of VM’s Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers?

By Staff
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 12:05 PM NEW YORK—Vision Monday is again collecting information from the nation’s largest national chains and regional operations to compile the 2017 Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers Report, our signature ranking based on sales during the 2016 calendar year. The exclusive report will be published in the May 15, 2016 issue of Vision Monday.

National Vision Inc. Announces Three Optometry Students as 2016-2017 Grant Program Winners

By dba Staff
Thursday, March 16, 2017 2:15 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Inc. (NVI)—an optical retailer providing comprehensive, quality, affordable eyecare and eyewear—announced the grand prize winner and two runner-ups of its 2016-2017 Grant Program.

1-800 Contacts’ Lumen Optical Brick-and-Mortar ‘Test’ Rolls Along in the Chicago Market

By dba Staff
Thursday, March 16, 2017 2:10 AM

CHICAGO—Lumen Optical, a new optical store concept developed by 1-800 Contacts Inc., has opened its fourth location as it continues experimenting with the brick-and-mortar format in the Illinois market. The fourth Lumen location is within the city of Chicago, while the first three Lumen stores opened in 2016 in metro areas just outside of Chicago.

Marketing Executives Invest in Technology That Supports Better Customer Understanding

By dba Staff
Thursday, March 16, 2017 2:05 AM NEW YORK—Retailers and marketers continue to play the technology card as they attempt to bring more efficiency to operations and to boost loyalty among an increasingly fickle customer base.

Signet Armorlite Continues Retail Initiative With Kodak Lens Location Opening in Missouri

By dba Staff
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 12:15 PM CARLSBAD, Calif.—Lens maker Signet Armorlite Inc. continued to advance its U.S. retail initiative with the opening of a Kodak Lens| Eye Deology Vision location in the St. Louis metro area in early February. In addition, the company is completing the rebranding of two locations in the Detroit metro area (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) that will open shortly, according to Brian Glass, strategic growth manager at Signet Armorlite.

Vision Associates Reports 15 New Dispensaries in 2016 Amid 20 Percent Growth

By dba Staff
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 12:10 PM WARREN, N.J.—Vision Associates Inc. (VAI), a leading optical dispensary management (ODM) and consulting firm, reported that its business operations generated 20 percent growth in 2016, driven in part by the addition of 15 eyecare offices to its nationwide roster.

Think About Your Eyes Launches 2017 Advertising Campaign

By Staff
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 12:05 PM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Think About Your Eyes, the vision industry’s national public awareness campaign, will launch its 2017 national advertising campaign on Monday, Feb. 13, with an increase in advertising budget and updated advertising placements.

New Look Eyewear’s Revamped Training Program Receives Top Honors at Transitions Academy

By dba Staff
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 12:15 PM MONTREAL, Quebec—The most effective training tactics for employees often come down to whether the program combines education with enjoyment. That was the simple idea that New Look Eyewear employed last year in developing an employee training program for Transitions Optical’s various lenses offered by the retailer.

Many Retail Marketers Expect to Boost Investment in E-Mail Initiatives in 2017

By dba Staff
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 12:10 PM CHICAGO—A recent survey of retail marketers found that improving customer engagement is one of their highest priorities in 2017, and a larger investment in both e-mail and social media channels are the tactics they intend to use to meet their goal of enhancing engagement with customers/patients.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Releases National Origin Discrimination Guidance

By dba Staff
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 12:05 PM NEW YORK—The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued Enforcement Guidance on National Origin Discrimination, intended to communicate the EEOC's position on legal issues. The guidance discusses a variety of employment situations, including topics such as job segregation, human trafficking and intersectional discrimination, and outlines promising practices.

The EEOC also published a question-and-answer publication and a small business fact sheet that highlights practical tips from the guidance in plain language.
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