GrandVision’s Vision Express Acquires Tesco Opticians in the U.K.

By Staff
Friday, April 21, 2017 12:21 AM SCHIPHOL, The Netherlands—GrandVision NV, (EURONEXT: GVNV), the major global optical retail group, announced the acquisition of Tesco Opticians through its U.K. optical group business, Vision Express.

Saks Fifth Avenue Debuts First Optical Boutique in Boca Raton and Plans for Second Optical Opening in Fall 2017

By Staff
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 12:30 AM BOCA RATON, Fla.—Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the leading luxury department store companies in North America, has opened its first Saks Optical Boutique at its department store here in partnership with U.S. Vision Inc, one of the largest optical retailers in the U.S.

Time Is Running Out for Submissions to VM’s Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailer Report

By Staff
Friday, April 14, 2017 12:15 AM NEW YORK—The deadline has been extended one week until April 17 for optical retailers to submit information to Vision Monday for the annual ranking in its 2017 Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers Report.

Stann and Farrell Look to Continued Growth as They Celebrate 10 Years of Operating SVS Vision

By Staff
Monday, April 10, 2017 12:30 AM MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich.—Ten years ago, Ken Stann and Rob Farrell, OD, purchased SVS Vision and launched a successful management partnership.

Sunglass Hut North America Names Pradi as New General Manager

By Staff
Friday, April 7, 2017 12:30 AM MASON, Ohio—Giorgio Pradi has been named as the new general manager of Sunglass Hut North America, VMail has learned.

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

By Staff
Friday, April 7, 2017 12:24 AM 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.

PogoTec Expands Team in Preparation for Consumer Launch in Optical Shops and Practices

By Staff
Sunday, April 2, 2017 12:21 AM NEW YORK—PogoTec, a technology company with a focus on attaching wearables to eyewear, has named John Blake as senior director of the optical channel. He will work to bring awareness of PogoTec products to the optical industry and implement product sales in vision care offices across the country, according to a PogoTec announcement.

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.
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