Insights for 12-6-19

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Thursday, December 5, 2019 9:37 AM We’ve never been ones to hold on to management roles when we think there’s a better way to run the company. And Alphabet and Google no longer need two CEOs and a president. … We are deeply committed to Google and Alphabet for the long term, and will remain actively involved as board members, shareholders and co-founders. In addition, we plan to continue talking with Sundar [Pichai] regularly, especially on topics we’re passionate about.

Vision Expo Introduces the Vision Expo 2020 Talent Search, Supported by the edCFDA

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Thursday, December 5, 2019 12:27 AM
NEW YORK—Vision Expo has announced the Vision Expo 2020 Talent Search, supported by the eyewear designers of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, known as the edCFDA. The search is aimed to identify and support emerging designers and foster their talent during the symbolic year for the eyewear industry, 2020. “Supporting emerging designers is vital to the growth of our industry and it’s an honor to be working with the edCFDA on such an important program,” said Ashley Mills, CEO of The Vision Council. “As we grow and expand Vision Expo, we’re dedicated to providing a space for all designers to learn from one another and showcase what makes them unique.” 

The Financial Times Honors Essilor With Diversity Award

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Thursday, December 5, 2019 12:25 AM Essilor has been awarded the title of “Diversity Leader 2020” by The Financial Times, recognized in the publication’s new annual ranking of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. 

NAVCP Sets Partnership to Streamline Credentialing Process and Interaction Between ECPs and Vision Care Plans

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Thursday, December 5, 2019 12:24 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Association of Vision Care Plans (NAVCP) announced Wednesday that it has partnered with Gemini Diversified Services to launch an enhanced version of its Universal Credentialing Alliance (UCA) provider credentialing service, which went live Dec. 2. GDS is an independent credentials verification organization based in Orange County, California. NAVCP is deploying GDS’s custom GeminiI software-based solution to streamline UCA’s credentialing process and improve the customer experience for both eyecare professionals (ECPs) and managed vision care (MVC) alliance partner plans, according to the announcement.

Match Eyewear Signs Licensing Agreement With Members Only

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Thursday, December 5, 2019 12:21 AM
 WESTBURY, N.Y.—Match Eyewear has announced the signing of a licensing agreement with JR Apparel World for the development and distribution of the first-ever eyewear collection for the iconic 1980s brand Members Only. The Members Only tagline, "when you put it on... something happens," sparked a major trend in men's fashion in the 1980s, Match Eyewear said. Thirty five years later, the lifestyle brand, most famous for its iconic racer jacket loved by celebrities and the general public alike, is having a resurgence. 

New Global Myopia Awareness Coalition Survey Reveals Parents Need More Education About Myopia Treatment Options

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Thursday, December 5, 2019 12:18 AM BOULDER, Colo.—A new survey from The Global Myopia Awareness Coalition (GMAC) reveals that while parents remain focused on their children’s overall success, only 57 percent make regular appointments to stay on top of their children’s health. Parents ranked annual visits to the eye doctor as less important than visits to the dentist or pediatrician. In fact, only 27 percent of parents reported taking their children to an optometrist in the past year. This may be due to the misperceptions the survey also revealed about what comprehensive eye exams entail. The survey was conducted online by Dynata on behalf of GMAC among parents in the U.S. A total of 4,004 responses were collected between Sept. 6 and Sept. 13, 2019. 

FDA Designates RightEye System that Aids Assessment of Parkinson's With ‘Breakthrough’ Status

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Thursday, December 5, 2019 12:15 AM BETHESDA, Md.—RightEye LLC, a health tech company that uses eye-tracking technology to help diagnose and monitor health and vision issues, announced this week that the RightEye Vision System has received “breakthrough” designation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA’s “breakthrough” program was designed to streamline the market clearance and approval process for medical devices or drugs that may provide for more effective treatment or diagnosis of debilitating diseases or conditions. RightEye has received the first and only “breakthrough device designation” for a device that uses objective eye movement measurements to aid in the assessment of Parkinson’s disease, according to the company’s announcement.

Marcolin’s Guess Debuts Fall/Winter 2019 Collection

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Thursday, December 5, 2019 12:06 AM

Quantum Introduces Padlock Anti-Slip Edging Solution

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Thursday, December 5, 2019 12:03 AM

How The Market Is Looking As The Year Winds Down

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019 3:21 PM It seems like we've been hearing a lot about the stock market, trade wars, and taxes. And, sometimes, it feels like every story presents a different outlook. Now that the year is winding down, what does the market actually look like? Take a look at this chart and round-up from CNBC to learn a little more about how the market is looking at year-end, and what that means.

Cyber Monday Online Sales Hit $9.4 Billion

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019 3:06 PM Over the past few years, Thanksgiving weekend has grown to become a huge shopping extravaganza for both on- and offline shoppers. Retailers try to outdo each other in offering the best Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals and consumers willingly jump at the chance to kick off their holiday shopping and snap up some bargains.

Not surprisingly, this year’s Thanksgiving weekend shattered online shopping records once again. According to Adobe Digital Insights, total e-commerce sales over the entire Thanksgiving weekend amounted to $28.4 billion, with Cyber Monday alone accounting for $9.4 billion of that total. That makes this year's Cyber Monday the biggest online shopping day in U.S. history and the first to exceed $3 billion in sales via smartphones. 

“Retailers unlocked sales earlier to combat a shorter shopping season, while continuing to drive up promotion of the big branded days including Black Friday and Cyber Monday," Adobe's John Copeland said. Click here to read the full story from Statista.com.

Insights for 12-5-19

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019 12:01 PM These days, a content-focused model — rich in compelling customer experiences — is a retailer’s most important competitive differentiator. Once you start supporting consumers with personalized content and give them what they need to make informed purchase decisions, you’ll earn their trust and be on your way to building lasting, loyal relationships.

The Vision Council Unveils a Reimagination of Vision Expo, New Curated 'Neighborhoods' to Debut at Expo East

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019 10:03 AM
ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Citing the year 2020's optical symbolism for the eyecare industry, The Vision Council is revealing today "the reimagining of its signature event, Vision Expo. "Innovation has always been at the heart of the industry as well as the bi-annual Vision Expo, the definitive trade event for ophthalmic professionals," the organization said, adding, "Now, The Vision Council, together with co-owner of the Show, Reed Exhibitions, aims to mark a new era for Vision Expo with a laser-like focus on discovery, connection and experience." Noted Ashley Mills, The Vision Council CEO, "Incremental improvement isn't enough. We have worked with our partners to completely reimagine the show, with a new focus on discovery, connection and experience." Read More

Review of Optometry: The Optometry Office Reimagined

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019 10:00 AM Optometrists have added a lot to their toolbox in recent years, with new high-tech diagnostic instruments, integrated electronic health records (EHR) and advanced therapies. While all of this has, without a doubt, improved eyecare, it’s also put a strain on practices operating out of smaller spaces never meant to house all of these innovations. Some optometrists make do with the space they have, squeezing in the new exam lane, OCT or widefield imaging device wherever they can. Others take the plunge and upgrade their digs, aiming to revolutionize both the patient and staff experience. Here’s a look at the three optometry practices that hit it out of the park this year with top-notch tech, function and aesthetics. Read More