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

By Staff
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 12:21 AM 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.

Shopko Hosts More Than 500 at its Health Services Managers Conference

By Staff
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 12:15 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Shopko held its annual Health Services managers meeting in Minneapolis earlier this 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 following years.

Canadian Retailer New Look Vision Reports Record Revenues and Adjusted Earnings for 2016

By Staff
Monday, March 20, 2017 12:23 AM MONTREAL, QUEBEC—New Look Vision Group Inc. (BCI.TO) reported last week that recent acquisitions and organic growth helped the company achieve record revenue and adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) in both the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2016.

Snap Inc. Moves Sales of Trendy Spectacles Sunglasses to Website

By Staff
Monday, February 27, 2017 12:30 AM VENICE, Calif.—With its planned initial public offering expected later this week, Snap Inc. has decided to move sales of its trendy Spectacles sunglasses that record 10-second videos to the Spectacles.com website.

20 State AGs Among 4,000 ‘Commenters’ to FTC Over Proposed Changes to Contact Lens Rule

By Staff
Friday, February 24, 2017 12:30 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The comment period on the Federal Trade Commission’s proposed changes to the Contact Lens Rule ended Jan. 30 with more than 4,000 “commenters” submitting their views, including a comment in favor of FTC’s proposed changes that was signed by attorneys general of 20 states.

Essilor’s 2016 Revenue Rises 7.6 Percent

By Staff
Monday, February 20, 2017 12:23 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—Essilor International (Reuters: ESSI.PA) posted consolidated revenue of €7,115 million for the year ended Dec. 31, 2016, an increase of 7.6 percent excluding the currency effect.

New Options for Putting the ‘I’ in Eyewear

By Catherine Wolinski, Contributing Editor
Monday, February 13, 2017 12:30 AM For many consumers, the term “custom-made” evokes images of an old world tailor or wooden last-wielding shoe cobbler. These days, though, most shoppers get their clothing and accessories from a combination of mass-market retailers, national and regional chain stores, or even small and independent boutiques, of which most don’t carry items that are fit to our exact contours.

The Original ‘Customizable’ Eyewear: Rimless Stays Timeless

By Staff
Monday, February 13, 2017 12:29 AM Rimless or three-piece mounted eyewear dates back as far as the early 19th century, when pince-nez and simple shapes offered new options for people needing vision correction. They evolved further in the early 20th century and into the ’40s and ’50s to reflect a range of lens shapes and, traditionally, refined metal frame and bridge treatments.

To Create the Perfect Fit, Plan to Scan

By Staff
Monday, February 13, 2017 12:28 AM Fuel3D made its ophthalmic debut when it partnered with Sfered, an eyewear technology developer, to create the 3D Mirror Scanner, the first 3D scanner to be incorporated into a mirror to support the deployment and fitting of custom eyewear.

Lenses Lead the Way to Personalization and Customization

By Staff
Monday, February 13, 2017 12:27 AM The first step toward creating personalized eyewear occurred in the early 2000s, when digital and free-form spectacle lenses hit the market. Among the first to market were Zeiss, Rodenstock, Seiko, Shamir, Hoya and Essilor.

Hoya’s Yuniku System Creates ‘Fully 3D-Tailored Eyewear’

By Staff
Monday, February 13, 2017 12:26 AM Hoya Vision Care recently launched a customized eyewear system called Yuniku that is designed to be installed in opticians’ shops. The system, which Hoya spotlighted at last month’s Opti show in Munich, takes high-resolution, 3D scans of a customer’s facial anatomy to create what it describes as “fully 3D-tailored eyewear.”

Reading Glasses Firm Eyebobs Sues Snap Inc. in a Trademark Battle Over Logos

By Staff
Monday, February 6, 2017 12:30 AM MINNEAPOLIS—A small Minneapolis-based company that makes reading glasses is in the midst of ramping up a legal battle against the firm formerly known as Snapchat.

FTC Review of Contact Lens Regulations Draws Thousands of Industry Comments

By Staff
Monday, February 6, 2017 12:24 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—When the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in November announced its intention to revise and update the Contact Lens Rule, which provides the framework around dispensing of contact lenses, the agency also had to seek public comments on its proposed changes before it could move ahead.

New General Manager Named to Head LensCrafters, Bridgman to Leave Company

By Staff
Friday, February 3, 2017 1:45 PM MASON, Ohio—Pete Bridgman, who has been general manager of LensCrafters within the Luxottica Retail North America group, will be leaving the company, VMail has learned.

Luxottica Wholesale’s Uguzzoni: Seeing ‘Collaborative’ Opportunities in the Future Merger With Essilor

By Staff
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 12:27 AM NEW YORK—With the industry continuing to process the news about the historic, pending mega merger of Essilor and Luxottica , the team at Luxottica Wholesale N.A. is reinforcing the opportunities of the deal and emphasizing that the future will take on a “collaborative mindset.” The eyewear giant is actively seeking the views of its customers.
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