Embracing Explanations And Inspiring Ideas

By Marge Axelrad
Monday, November 17, 2014 12:00 AM With the blizzard of business and corporate changes coming at the optical industry from pretty much every direction these days, it can be a daunting task for ECPs to concentrate on the basics of the business and remember that optical retail and vision care are fields which help millions of consumers and patients look good and see well.

Eyewear Vending? It Could Happen!

By John Sailer
Monday, November 17, 2014 12:00 AM For brick-and-mortar retailers who think e-tailing, showrooming and other forms of multichannel retailing are creating an unfair competitive environment, consider the possibility of eyewear vending machines. While

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By Mary Kane
Monday, November 17, 2014 12:00 AM “The NRF’s consumer spending survey reveals holiday shoppers will spend nearly 5 percent more this year. Encourage patients to include eyewear in the mix.”

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By Andrew Karp
Monday, November 17, 2014 12:00 AM “In the next year, 23 percent of Millennials are likely to buy smart glasses, 24 percent smart clothing, 40 percent a smart watch, a PricewaterhouseCoopers report said.”

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By Deirdre Carroll
Monday, November 17, 2014 12:00 AM “It has taken me eight years to truly understand how complicated the frame making process is, hopefully now it won’t take the consumer nearly that long!”

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By Catherine Wolinski
Monday, November 17, 2014 12:00 AM “Trent Hamm of TheSimpleDollar.com, ‘if you can find a way to make money based on something you’re passionate about, that’s a sweet gig.’ Stay passionate.”

A Different Kind of Challenge

By Mary Kane
Monday, October 20, 2014 12:00 AM This past summer, millions of people, including some of us in optical, were obsessed with taking the ice bucket challenge to raise awareness and much needed funds for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. But on Oct. 9, the optical industry paused and took up a different kind of challenge in support of World Sight Day led by Optometry Giving Sight (OGS).

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By Andrew Karp
Monday, October 20, 2014 12:00 AM “No one ever injured their eyesight by looking on the bright side.”
—Joni Ernst, candidate for U.S. Senate, Iowa.

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By Deirdre Carroll
Monday, October 20, 2014 12:00 AM
“Audrey Hepburn was right—‘Paris is always a good idea’ has never been more true than at this year’s Silmo.”

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By John Sailer
Monday, October 20, 2014 12:00 AM “With 8,000 Boomers turning 60 every day, will low vision and nutraceuticals stop skirting the periphery and finally become an integral part of optometry?”

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By Catherine Wolinski
Monday, October 20, 2014 12:00 AM “Don’t get spooked by Halloween-themed contact lenses—educate your patients so they buy them from the right place—your practice.”

Stories Supporting the Fight For 'The Right to Sight'

By Marge Axelrad
Monday, October 20, 2014 12:00 AM It was very encouraging this year to see how the active involvement and proactive use of social media helped propel a wide ranging audience to learn more about the value of vision care and vision correction through this month’s World Sight Day.

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By Catherine Wolinski
Wednesday, October 01, 2014 12:00 AM “Conor Oberst crooned, ‘For a sunrise or a sunset, you’re either coming or you just left, but you’re always on the way.’ Keep your heads up, optical!”

Changes at the Top: Leadership in Business

By Marge Axelrad
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 12:00 AM I’m writing this column five days after the news was officially announced about a change in the senior-most management structure at Luxottica Group.

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By Andy Karp
Monday, September 15, 2014 12:08 AM "‘I admire Eric’s intelligence and managerial courage. He’s very strategic and pragmatic.’ Essilor of America CEO John Carrier on EOA’s new president, Eric Leonard.” akarp@jobson.com
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