An 85-Year-Old Family Brand, Cohen’s Fashion Optical, Targets Youth
And Revamps Its Landmark Retail Location as “The Collective”

By dba Staff
Monday, April 25, 2016 8:15 AM NEW YORK—A fixture of Manhattan neighborhoods for over 85 years, Cohen’s Fashion Optical is reviving its legacy with the restoration of its first store. The landmark original shop on the corner of Orchard and Delancey Streets on the famed Lower East Side of Manhattan, has undergone a compelling makeover in the burgeoning neighborhood.

Managed Vision Care Speakers Set for
Upcoming NAVCP Track at Specialty Health Summit

By dba Staff
Monday, April 25, 2016 8:10 AM ATLANTA—The 2016 Specialty Health Summit, hosted by the National Association of Vision Care Plans (NAVCP) and the National Association of Specialty Health Organizations (NASHO), will feature a comprehensive session track devoted exclusively to managed vision care’s most pressing issues and challenges.

Essilor Acquires Opti-Port Alliance

By dba Staff
Monday, April 25, 2016 8:05 AM

DALLAS—Essilor of America (EOA) announced on April 21 that is has made an investment in Opti-Port, a U.S alliance of leading, multi-office eyecare providers. Details of the transaction, which closed April 1, were not disclosed.

Signet Armorlite Launches Retail Initiative in Indianapolis With Dr. Tavel

By dba Staff
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 1:15 PM

CARLSBAD, Calif.—With the launch this month of six Kodak Lens Dr. Tavel locations in the Indianapolis metro area, Signet Armorlite is implementing the next phase of its new U.S. retail initiative. The Kodak Lens retail initiative provides independent eyecare professionals (iECPs) that are committed to dispensing Kodak lenses with the opportunity to leverage the strength, recognition and value of the Kodak brand in their local markets. Existing iECP owners like Dr. Tavel retain full ownership of their stores.

Are You One of VM’s Top Retailers?

By dba Staff
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 1:05 PM
NEW YORK—Vision Monday is again collecting information from the nation’s largest national chains and regional operations to compile the 2016 Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers, our signature ranking based on sales during the 2015 calendar year. The exclusive report will be published in the May 16, 2016 issue of Vision Monday.

Shopko Charts More Expansion With Additional Shopko Hometown Locations

By Marge Axelrad
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 9:15 AM

MINNEAPOLIS—Shopko projects continued growth over the next two years. Having opened 53 new stores in 2015, Shopko recently announced the opening of 10 new Shopko Hometown stores, bringing the total number of stores opened this year to 12. Once the addition of these 10 stores is complete, the company plans to continue to accelerate the addition of new Shopko Hometown stores through 2017.

[Partner Post] New ‘Reminder’ Technology Drives Contact Lens Reorders Back to Rosin Eyecare

By dba Staff
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 9:10 AM
Why do millions of patients reorder contact lenses from online superstores instead of from their OD? James Rosin of Rosin Eyecare, will tell you it’s not always about price. “Eyecare patients are no different than other consumers. Online retailing is growing exponentially because people want to do business on their own terms—that means any day of the week, any time of day, from their home or car, by mobile device or PC. Personal convenience is king.”

Total U.S. Vision Care Market Revenues Reached $39.8 Billion in 2015

By dba Staff
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 9:05 AM

The latest numbers from The Vision Council’s VisionWatch survey, the largest continuous survey of consumer purchasing attitudes toward eyewear and eyecare, reflects that the overall vision care market grew 5.8 percent in dollars for the 12 months ending December, 2015 compared to the prior year.

Understanding ‘Net Promoter Scores’ – Customer Loyalty Is Tied to CX

By dba Staff
Thursday, March 3, 2016 1:15 PM Thousands of companies and brands, large and small, have been able to tap into what’s become known as The Ultimate Question: Would you recommend this business to a friend?

When Assessing Vision Benefits, Employees Say Lens Choice Matters

By dba Staff
Thursday, March 3, 2016 1:10 PM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Employers have long assumed that offering a generous frame selection as part of a vision benefit package is important to their style-conscious employees.

Multi-Office Practice Leaders to Convene at
Opti-Port SPARK Conference in New York

By dba Staff
Thursday, March 3, 2016 1:05 PM

ST. LOUIS—Members of Opti-Port, a national alliance of multi-office eyecare providers, will meet at the semi-annual Opti-Port SPARK Conference on April 14 in New York City, the day before Vision Expo East.

Stanton Optical Reaches 50th Location Milestone

By dba Staff
Monday, February 22, 2016 4:15 PM

PALM SPRINGS, Fla.—On President’s Day earlier this month, Stanton Optical achieved a milestone with the opening of its 50th location in Knoxville, Tenn. The location will be a full-service store, equipped with a state-of-the-art optical lab. Stanton Optical caters to a wide range of eyecare needs, including one-hour prescription eyeglasses.

What to Look Out for When Outsourcing Your Labor Needs

By By Hedley Lawson
Monday, February 22, 2016 4:10 PM NEW YORK—A recent case settled by the United States Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division highlights how companies, large and small, who outsource labor to staffing agencies may want to take precautions to ensure they are in compliance with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and other employment regulations.

Vision Associates Expands Optical Dispensary Services

By dba Staff
Friday, February 5, 2016 9:15 AM

WARREN, N.J.—Vision Associates Inc. (VAI), the country’s leading optical dispensary management and consulting firm, reports that it has added 36 dispensaries within the past two years, bringing the group to a total of more than 100 dispensaries under its management. Further, VAI said that the group is slated to open six new offices in the first quarter of 2016.