Mark Tosh, Senior Editor

Mark covers news and feature coverage of national and regional optical retailers, managed vision care organizations, software systems and technology. He works closely with other members of the VM editorial staff to monitor developments in online optical retailing and other industry issues. Mark is a contributor to dba, a twice monthly e-newsletter profiling successful local and regional retail/optometric businesses while addressing their decision-making needs. Contact Mark at mtosh@jobson.com.

After What We’ve All Been Through, the Optical Industry Is Pining for Baseball to Begin

By Mark Tosh
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 8:30 AM NEW YORK—Spring is in the air—at least we can hope. Yes, it does appear the tide is finally starting to turn against this awful year-long pandemic and perhaps even the harshest days of winter are winding down across the country. But another sure sign that a new spring isn’t far off is the start of the Major League Baseball season. Those magic words—pitchers and catchers are reporting—resonated against a wintry backdrop just two weeks ago and, thankfully, the real spring training games began this past weekend.

Health Care Gets a New Look

By Mark Tosh
Monday, February 8, 2021 12:00 AM There are times in life when we get caught up in places where we can’t see the forest for the trees. Chalk it up to outside distractions, a fixation on a single issue or, perhaps more likely in the current climate, a preoccupation with a global pandemic.

A Swirl of News About COVID-19 as J&J's New Vaccine Reports Positive Trial Results

By Mark Tosh
Friday, January 29, 2021 7:33 AM The news from Johnson & Johnson early Friday about the positive results of its COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial comes amid a swirl of conflicting news about coronavirus, including the increasing spread of variants of the virus, a push by the Biden Administration to speed up the immunization process for Americans and reports that the number of COVID-19 cases globally surpassed 100 million (or 1.3 percent of the world’s population) in mid-week, according to news reports. To catch you up on what the companies and some health care observers are saying about the vaccines, VMAIL Weekend recaps some of the latest developments.

During the Pandemic, ECPs Find Themselves Reaching Out to Colleagues for Ideas, Advice and Support

By Mark Tosh
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 2:30 PM NEW YORK—The COVID-19 pandemic has changed much about the way people think and go about their day-to-day business routines. But one thing that hasn’t changed—and indeed it’s become an even more enduring part of life—is the need to reach out to colleagues for support and advice on the best ways to manage during these difficult times. This trend has found a place in many eyecare professional groups and circles of ECP friends and colleagues. Among the groups of ECPs who are trying to use collaboration as an important component of their business practices today are the informal practice groups that have developed via the connections made among the ODs who have been recognized by CooperVision with a “Best Practices” award.

During a Pandemic, Data and Analytics Rise to the Occasion

By Mark Tosh
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 11:30 AM NEW YORK—Battling the coronavirus pandemic throughout 2020, ECPs and optical professionals have tried to pull out all the stops to manage their businesses effectively and to operate under some of the new restrictions related to social distancing and capacity limits. During this time, most professionals have turned to data and analytics as a way to tackle these new business challenges and look for ways to guide their decision-making. Read More

During a Pandemic, Data and Analytics Rise to the Occasion

By Mark Tosh
Monday, November 30, 2020 1:03 AM NEW YORK—Battling the coronavirus pandemic throughout 2020, ECPs and optical professionals have tried to pull out all the stops to manage their businesses effectively and to operate under some of the new restrictions related to social distancing and capacity limits. During this time, most professionals have turned to data and analytics as a way to tackle these new business challenges and look for ways to guide their decision-making

During a Pandemic, Data and Analytics Rise to the Occasion

By Mark Tosh
Monday, November 30, 2020 1:00 AM NEW YORK—Battling the coronavirus pandemic throughout 2020, ECPs and optical professionals have tried to pull out all the stops to manage their businesses effectively and to operate under some of the new restrictions related to social distancing and capacity limits. During this time, most professionals have turned to data and analytics as a way to tackle these new business challenges and look for ways to guide their decision-making

#ShopSmall and Small Business Saturday Take on More Meaning in 2020

By Mark Tosh
Wednesday, November 25, 2020 12:00 AM NEW YORK—This has been a difficult year for many businesses, but perhaps small businesses have been hurt more than most. This is one reason many small-business owners are looking forward to the annual Small Business Saturday event that takes place today, Nov. 28, sandwiched in between Black Friday (which won’t look the same this year) and Cyber Monday, which is projected to be another boon for retailers with an online presence.

B2B Ordering and Tech Services for ECPs Help Boost VisionWeb’s 2020 Business

By Mark Tosh

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 12:30 PM AUSTIN, Texas—As it turns out, 2020 is certainly going to become a memorable year for many companies and people across the optical sector. VisionWeb, based here in Austin and the leading provider of cloud-based technology services to the optical industry, is no exception. In addition to being the company’s 20th anniversary year, 2020 is turning out to be to one of the best years in terms of operational performance and account services in VisionWeb’s history, notwithstanding the lingering coronavirus pandemic that has disrupted plans of most optical firms this year. Yes, the coronavirus outbreak had “a big impact” on VisionWeb’s business, but only for a short period of time, chief executive officer Tom Loveless said in a recent interview with Vision MondayRead More

B2B Ordering and Tech Services for ECPs Help Boost VisionWeb’s 2020 Business

By Mark Tosh

Thursday, October 29, 2020 12:00 AM AUSTIN, Texas—As it turns out, 2020 is certainly going to become a memorable year for many companies and people across the optical sector. VisionWeb, based here in Austin and the leading provider of cloud-based technology services to the optical industry, is no exception.

VM’s Summit Examines Seismic Changes in Optical Landscape Due to Pandemic

By Mary Kane and Mark Tosh
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 9:00 AM For the first time since its inception 14 years ago, Vision Monday held the opening session of its Global Leadership Summit on a virtual platform due to the pandemic. So it was only fitting that the theme of the four-part, month-long Summit, titled "AFTERSHOCKS: Remaking Healthcare's Future, Vision Beyond 2020," took “attendees” on a quest for answers to the many business challenges and urgent questions facing ECPs and vision care decision makers in light of the virus. If the first session was any indication, Vision Monday more than delivered on its promise to serve up a thought-provoking program and bring together a wide range of noted experts to address big trends and practical tactics in the face of COVID-19. Here is a top-line look at some of the messages. Read More

Billie Jean King’s 50 Years of Leadership, Activism and Style. From the ‘Original 9’ to Advocating for ‘Seeing Clearly’

By Mark Tosh
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 3:30 PM NEW YORK—We’re not one to throw in the towel on a regular basis, but there’s just no topping this recent Glamour headline: “No One Plays the Game Like Billie Jean King.” So true, as anyone who remembers the legendary tennis star’s career—or even follows her very active and outspoken Twitter account—can attest. King, and several of her women’s tennis contemporaries, have been in the news recently because it’s the 50th anniversary of the “Original 9.” Read More

VM’s Summit Examines Seismic Changes in Optical Landscape Due to Pandemic

By Mary Kane and Mark Tosh
Monday, October 5, 2020 12:45 AM For the first time since its inception 14 years ago, Vision Monday held the opening session of its Global Leadership Summit on a virtual platform due to the pandemic. So it was only fitting that the theme of the four-part, month-long Summit, titled "AFTERSHOCKS: Remaking Healthcare's Future, Vision Beyond 2020," took “attendees” on a quest for answers to the many business challenges and urgent questions facing ECPs and vision care decision makers in light of the virus. If the first session was any indication, Vision Monday more than delivered on its promise to serve up a thought-provoking program and bring together a wide range of noted experts to address big trends and practical tactics in the face of COVID-19. Here is a top-line look at some of the messages.

Billie Jean King’s 50 Years of Leadership, Activism and Style. From the ‘Original 9’ to Advocating for ‘Seeing Clearly’

By Mark Tosh
Friday, October 2, 2020 11:40 AM NEW YORK—We’re not one to throw in the towel on a regular basis, but there’s just no topping this recent Glamour headline: “No One Plays the Game Like Billie Jean King.” So true, as anyone who remembers the legendary tennis star’s career—or even follows her very active and outspoken Twitter account—can attest. King, and several of her women’s tennis contemporaries, have been in the news recently because it’s the 50th anniversary of the “Original 9.”