Boys & Girls Clubs of America and National Vision Inc. Kick Off Multi-Year Partnership

By Staff
Friday, April 29, 2016 12:15 AM ATLANTA—Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and National Vision Inc. (NVI) officially kicked-off their multi-year partnership here at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta’s A.W. “Tony” Matthews Club with an eye screening and glasses fitting program.

Morgenthal Frederics Opens Third Madison Avenue Store

By Staff
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Luxury optical retailer and sunglass brand, Morgenthal Frederics, opened its third Madison Avenue location here earlier this month.

Visionworks Debuts Online E-Commerce

By Staff
Friday, April 22, 2016 12:30 AM SAN ANTONIO—Customers of Visionworks, one of the country’s largest optical retailers, can now shop directly from the company’s new e-commerce website, which debuted this week.

Retailers Launch Coalition to Press for Contact Lens Deregulation

By Staff
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 12:30 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The long-running battle over control of contact lens sales which pits major manufacturers such as Johnson & Johnson, Alcon and Bausch + Lomb as well as the American Optometric Association (AOA) against some leading national optical retailers is taking a new turn as several of the retailers launch a coalition and advocacy campaign to press for deregulating the contact lens market.

California Optical Is Now Cal Optix, New Leadership Expanding Product Range

By Staff
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 12:27 AM HAYWARD, Calif.—Cal Optix is the new name of the company formerly known as California Accessories. The new identity for the 80+ year-old company, which started out as California Optical Leather in 1935 and offers eyewear cases, optical accessories and readers, reflects the new strategic focus of its leadership team, which is planning to communicate to customers about its new product range and its new service approach to retail accounts.

Vision Monday to Rank the Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers for 2015

By Staff
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 12:24 AM 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.

World Economic Forum Names Hessel, Clearly CEO, One of 2016’s Young Global Leaders

By Staff
Friday, March 18, 2016 12:18 AM VANCOUVER, British Columbia—The World Economic Forum has released their list of 2016 recipients of the Young Global Leaders, those leaders under 40 who are shaping the future of industry and society.

ClearVision Optical Awarded Four Stevie Awards for Sales and Customer Service

By Staff
Friday, March 18, 2016 12:15 AM HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.—ClearVision Optical was honored with four awards at the 10th annual Stevie Awards for sales and customer service.

Leadership Changes at Luxottica Retail N.A.

By Staff
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 3:10 PM MASON, Ohio—A series of senior leadership changes were announced today at Luxottica Retail North America, the retail division of Luxottica Group, VMail has learned.

You’ve Got It, They Want It: Consumers Are Taking a Second Look at ‘Local’

By Jamie Wilson
Monday, February 15, 2016 12:30 AM NEW YORK—The optical landscape has been a tumultuous one especially for independent optical retailers and ECPs. Despite the challenges facing independents, like competition from online retailers, big box and chain stores, business conducted by independent ECPs still accounts for nearly two-thirds of the industry, representing 61.0 percent of all U.S. optical revenues.

Independent Locations in Groups of 3 or Less

By Jamie Wilson
Monday, February 15, 2016 12:29 AM

Local First Supports Small Business With Tools and Resources

By Jamie Wilson
Monday, February 15, 2016 12:27 AM Local First, a subset of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), is an organization that provides support and sustainability to local, independent businesses through tools and resources, such as workshops and opportunities for business owners to share best practices, ideas and network with each other.

Services to be Held for Hy Schwartz

By Staff
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 12:18 AM BOCA RATON, Fla.—Herman (Hy) Schwartz, an optical industry veteran, died here on Jan. 31 at age 89.

Luxottica Group Reports 2015 Net Sales Up 17 Percent, Co-CEO Adil Khan to Exit Company

By Staff
Friday, January 29, 2016 3:15 PM MILAN—Luxottica Group  announced  that the company finished its 2015 fiscal year with strong momentum, and also said that Adil Khan, CEO for Markets, is leaving.
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