Shopko Hosts More Than 500 at its Health Services Managers Conference

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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.

Carl Zeiss Vision Names New Marketing Vice President

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Monday, March 20, 2017 12:30 AM SAN DIEGO—Carl Zeiss Vision has named Andrew Hyncik as vice president of marketing for North America.

WaveShades With Visa Payment Technology in Limited Distribution to Key Influencers

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Friday, March 17, 2017 12:21 AM SAN FRANCISCO—The Visa-powered WaveShades sunglasses—which feature a chip that enables consumers to pay for a purchase simply by waving the sunglasses over a point-of-sale reader—drew rapt attention at the SXSW Conference in Austin, Texas, this week.

Zeiss Veteran Claude Labeeuw Tapped for New Customer and Business Development Role

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017 12:27 AM SAN DIEGO—Claude Labeeuw, a 25-year Carl Zeiss Vision veteran, has been named vice president in charge of key ECP customers and strategic initiatives.

Snap Inc. Moves Sales of Trendy Spectacles Sunglasses to Website

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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.

Essilor to Launch Next Gen Varilux Lens Based on Fresh Approach to Product Development

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Monday, February 20, 2017 12:30 AM PARIS—Essilor is abandoning traditional methods of developing and designing products in favor of an innovative, customer-driven approach that has already yielded a new generation of Varilux progressive lenses.

Essilor’s 2016 Revenue Rises 7.6 Percent

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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.

Insights and Innovation at Transitions Academy

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Friday, February 17, 2017 12:15 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—With a dawn-to-dusk agenda and a top-notch selection of speakers, the recent Transitions Academy featured a robust program of events and education for the 650-plus attendees who participated.

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

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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.

Transitions Optical’s New Consumer Campaign Targets Younger, Single-Vision Wearers

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Friday, February 3, 2017 12:27 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—Transitions Optical will launch a new multimedia advertising campaign Feb. 12 with a new tagline, “Live the Good Light,” and a new focus on “engaging and attracting a younger generation of single-vision wearers to the photochromic lens category,” the company announced.

Silhouette International Marries Lenses and Frames to Create Silhouette Vision Sensation

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Friday, February 3, 2017 12:21 AM LINZ, Austria—Silhouette International has taken the next step in creating quality product by producing lenses in their Linz, Austria factory that combine together with the company’s frames creating Silhouette Vision Sensation.

Hoya’s Revenue Drops But Profit Increases in 3Q 2016

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017 12:26 AM TOKYO—Hoya Corp. (TOKYO:7741) reported a decrease in revenue but an increase in profit for the third quarter ended Dec. 31, 2016.

Transitions Optical Names Winners of its Annual Transitions Innovation Awards

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017 12:24 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—The 21st annual Transitions Academy came to a close Tuesday night with great fanfare as Transitions Optical recognized top performing partners from the U.S., Canada and Latin America during a closing dinner and presentation of its Transitions Innovation Awards. The awards were presented to optical retailers and ECPs across five categories, and the winners were selected from a field of three finalists in each category.

Essilor, Luxottica Merger Will Be Gradual, Essilor’s John Carrier Says

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Monday, January 16, 2017 4:15 PM NEW YORK—Although the news of Essilor’s planned merger with Luxottica Group traveled through the world’s financial markets at cyber speed today, VMail has learned that the complex process of combining the two eyewear industry giants into a behemoth valued at nearly €50 billion will occur gradually over the next three to four years.

Bollé Sport Protective Now Offers Rx Photochromics

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Monday, January 16, 2017 12:00 AM Paris & Overland Park, Kan.—Introduced in 2014, the Bollé Sport Protective line was intended to give ECPs a complete collection of high-quality, well-designed, eyewear for young athletes. Now, for the first time, all five models in the line are being offered with the option of Rx lenses with photochromic technology.
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