For Eyes Unit of GrandVision Plans to Add 25 Additional Locations by Year’s End

By dba Staff

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 10:15 AM MIRAMAR, Fla.—It looks like 2018 will be a busy year for For Eyes, the U.S. unit of GrandVision N.V. The U.S. group plans to open up to 25 new locations over the next seven months, which will add about 20 percent to its existing retail base of about 120 locations across the U.S.

Refac Optical Group Selects Mi9 Retail to Drive Its Digital Transformation Strategy

By dba Staff

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 10:10 AM MIAMI—Refac Optical Group, parent company of Nationwide Vision and U.S. Vision, has chosen Mi9 Retail to “power its digital business,” according to an announcement by the enterprise software company late last month. Mi9 Retail, based here, said it provides omni-channel retail solutions that enable retailers to “automate and optimize their entire Plan-to-Sell process, from planning to executing, influencing, and selling merchandise in-store, online and on any device.”

FYidoctors Launches E-Commerce Platform in Effort to Improve Patients’ Overall Experience

By dba Staff


Tuesday, June 12, 2018 10:05 AM CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors, the leading doctor-owned provider of ophthalmic products and services, has launched an e-commerce platform that the firm believes integrates effectively with the brick-and-mortar offices within the group while enhancing and supporting communication with patients.

The Vision Council Names James Rosin as Optical Retail Division Chair

By dba Staff
Monday, May 21, 2018 10:15 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has announced that James Rosin of Rosin Eyecare will serve as the inaugural chair of the recently formed Optical Retail Division. Stuart Jolly of Sam’s Club/Walmart has been named as vice chair. “We’re thrilled to add Jamie and Stuart to the team as we grow the Optical Retail Division. Their input will be invaluable to the development of the Division's programs and services, ensuring that we’re meeting our members’ needs and addressing their concerns,” said Ashley Mills, CEO of The Vision Council.

VM’s Top 50 Optical Retailers: A Fresh Picture Takes Shape as Consolidation Re-Orders the Ranking

By dba Staff
Monday, May 21, 2018 10:10 AM NEW YORK—It was a busy year in 2017 across the optical retailing business in the U.S. Many companies enjoyed modest organic growth as the U.S. economy continued to grow, the stock markets pushed upward and consumers and patients remained confident in their outlook for the future, a confluence of events that, in one way or another, played into a steady performance for optical retailing and eyecare overall last year.

Eyemart Express Offering Veterans and Military Families a Discount Program

By dba Staff
Monday, May 21, 2018 10:05 AM DALLAS—Eyewear retailer Eyemart Express has announced a new “thank you” program to show appreciation to veterans, retired, active- and non-active duty military personnel and their families. The program features a nationwide discount program that began May 14. To celebrate the program launch, all individuals who have served in the U.S. military, and their families, will receive 20 percent off eyewear purchases through June 2, according to the announcement.

Shopko Optical Management Conference Celebrates 40 Years

By Staff
Monday, May 21, 2018 12:15 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Shopko held its 2018 Shopko Optical Management Conference at the Radisson here late last month. This year’s conference, “Celebrating the Past, While Building for the Future,” celebrated Shopko Optical’s 40th anniversary.

Shopko Optical Management Conference Celebrates 40 Years

By Mark Tosh
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 3:25 PM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Shopko held its 2018 Shopko Optical Management Conference at the Radisson here late last month. This year’s conference, “Celebrating the Past, While Building for the Future,” celebrated Shopko Optical’s 40th anniversary. More than 130 Shopko center managers, regional, corporate and lab leadership team members were in attendance.

1-800 Contacts Decides to End Test of Brick-and-Mortar Lumen Optical Stores

By Staff
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 3:20 PM DRAPER, Utah—1-800 Contacts has decided to end its test of the brick-and-mortar retail format Lumen Optical and will close the remaining three stores in the Chicago area by the end of the month, a 1-800 Contacts executive told VMAILearlier this week.

Talent Shortage Continues on a Global Scale

By Hedley Lawson, Contributing Editor
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 3:16 PM We are continually contacted by client companies and others to discuss the difficulties they experience in finding and retaining talent in virtually every market sector around the world. To add to the difficulties, it is a situation that is unlikely to improve in 2018.

The Thinking Behind LensCrafters’ Recent Ad Campaign

By Mark Tosh
Thursday, April 19, 2018 11:45 AM MASON, Ohio—A recent LensCrafters’ advertising campaign, which is being updated for an encore run later this year, was the first marketing effort to “really take into account” a new value proposition and to lay the groundwork for establishing LensCrafters as “an innovative leader creating a new standard of quality in eyecare and eyewear,” executives told dba in recent interviews. LensCrafters eyecare business is a unit of Luxottica.

EyeCare Partners Completes Two Acquisitions and Expands in Alabama and Kentucky

By Staff
Thursday, April 19, 2018 11:30 AM ST. LOUIS—EyeCare Partners LLC (ECP), a growing management group operating vision care practices primarily in the Midwest, reported last week that it has expanded into the Alabama ophthalmology market with the acquisition of Alabama Vision Center, a Birmingham-based ophthalmology practice. The practice is led by Price Kloess, MD, Andrew Velazquez, MD, Andrew Bartlett, MD, and Holly Young, OD, and also operates a second location in Hoover, Ala. In a separate transaction, ECP reported that it has taken its first steps into the Kentucky ophthalmology market with the acquisition of The Ophthalmology Group, a Paducah, Ky.-based practice of Mark Gillespie, MD, Landen Meeks, MD, Jeffery Taylor, MD, and Carl Baker, MD.

MyEyeDr. Practices in Washington, D.C., Area Raise Funds for Children’s National Hospital

By dba Staff
Thursday, April 19, 2018 10:45 AM VIENNA, Va.—The 54 MyEyeDr. offices in the Washington, D.C., metro area raised $14,367 for the Children’s National Hospital through its Make March Matter campaign by donating $1 for every retinal photo taken throughout the month of March. “For the 14,367 patients who opted to have a retinal exam in March, we’d like to think this is the best selfie they’ve ever taken,” MyEyeDr. chief executive officer Sue Downes said in an announcement about the fund-raising effort. “Not only did this initiative encourage our patients to make time for their eye health, but simultaneously support children in need.” 

Hong Kong-Based Eyewear Firm Mujosh Makes U.S. Debut With Three California Stores

By dba Staff
Friday, April 13, 2018 12:15 PM HONG KONG—Mujosh, a fashion-focused eyewear brand based here, made its initial move into the U.S. market with the opening of new stores in the San Francisco and Los Angeles markets. The new stores are located at the Stoneridge Mall in Pleasanton, the Westfield in San Francisco, and the Glendale Galleria in Glendale. The openings occurred in late February and March, according to an announcement by the company.

Eyemart Express Donates 1,100 Eyeglasses to Cedar Springs Vision Nonprofit

By dba Staff
Friday, April 13, 2018 12:10 PM DALLAS—National eyewear retailer Eyemart Express donated more than 1,100 eyeglasses to Cedar Springs Vision, a Dallas-based nonprofit that provides vision and eyecare to those who could not otherwise afford it. "We are delighted to assist in providing a healthier quality of life through better eyesight with our eyewear and Cedar Springs Vision," said Teresa Mason, Eyemart Express director of product merchandising. "The ability to see clearly should not be a right determined by economic status."
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