Monday, January 20, 2020 12:45 AM
NEW YORK—Let the vision symbolism begin! The year 2020 holds promise and opportunity for those in the eyecare and optical world to share information and ideas to raise the profile of vision care. There is much of the upside to inform patients, caretakers, other health care providers and consumers about the role of comprehensive eye exams and the eye as the window to a range of concerning health care conditions.
Monday, January 20, 2020 12:00 AM
NEW YORK—For many people, a new year—and in this case, a new decade—means new resolutions. This year, a survey by Ipsos for Urban Plates, reported in Statista, took a look at Americans’ top resolutions for 2020, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, most of them involve taking up healthy habits: for their bodies, minds, and the planet.
Monday, January 20, 2020 12:00 AM
NEW YORK—Insights into Walmart’s groundbreaking Health Centers initiative. A lightweight, wearable computer that brings together the physical and digital worlds to expand the possibilities for healthcare. Keen observations about where and how major investors are viewing the future of healthcare. These are just three of the highlights to be presented by the first announced speakers at the upcoming Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit, the exclusive live event to be held here March 25 at The Times Center.
Friday, January 17, 2020 4:09 PM
Statista data journalist Niall McCarthy observed that back in 1873, the U.S. boasted 4,144 breweries
, a number that fell drastically by the middle of the 20th century. “After Prohibition, the brewery count
grew extremely slowly and as recently as the 1970s, the country had fewer than 100 functional breweries. 1978 was particularly poor with the count falling to just 89. Amid the craft beer explosion, such a low number is unthinkable now,” McCarthy noted.
Today, Americans are living in a veritable beer paradise, with a myriad of national, regional and local number beers to choose from.
Friday, January 17, 2020 3:54 PM
Mobile is more powerful than ever— in fact, according to Inc
. and the State of Mobile report from App Annie
, consumer and ad spend on mobile devices is expected
to be $350 billion in 2020. As we spend more and more time (and money) on our phones each day, it's valuable to learn how customers are actually using their phones and spending that time and money. Head over to Inc
. to learn more.
Friday, January 17, 2020 11:52 AM
Voice is not new—you’ve been talking to your car with frustration for at least a decade—but it’s not going away.
Friday, January 17, 2020 10:12 AM
The U.S.-China trade deal may lead to reduced tariffs on certain optical products, Luxottica Wholesale N.A. invests in independent optical sales division, Staar Surgical reports 4Q new sales up 25 percent, Opti 2020 welcomes 28,000 visitors, and Vision Tech innovations are lauded at CES 2020 all topped this week's VMAIL
news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.
Friday, January 17, 2020 10:09 AM
NEW YORK—Luxottica Wholesale N.A. said it is investing in the evolution of its independent optical sales division, which accounts for the largest component of the company’s overall sales force. The independent optical sales division is made up of approximately 300 salespeople who serve ECPs throughout North America with Luxottica’s brands. "These changes will strengthen Luxottica’s consultative approach to ECPs by putting greater focus on brands and customer support," a company spokesperson told VMAIL
, adding, "the evolution is designed to empower Luxottica’s talent and rally them together as part of one family. The primary change will be a greater focus on brands."
Friday, January 17, 2020 10:06 AM
LAKE FOREST, Calif.—Staar Surgical
(NASDAQ: STAA) said yesterday that it expects fourth quarter and fiscal year net sales for the year ended Jan. 3, 2020 to increase approximately 25 percent and 21 percent over the prior year periods, respectively. Total net sales for the fourth quarter and fiscal year are expected to be approximately $38.9 million and $150.2 million, respectively, as compared to the company’s outlook for $37.6 million and $149.0 million most recently provided on Nov. 8, 2019.
Friday, January 17, 2020 10:03 AM
MUNICH, Germany—From Jan. 10 to 12 2020, Munich, Germany was once again a hub for the eyewear and eyecare industries as opti 2020
took place. This year, opti welcomed 28,000 visitors from 93 countries, who came to explore the 605 exhibitors across the show’s six halls. The show featured both industry veterans and brand new companies and designers—including the opti BOXES, which were home to recently launched, up-and-coming brands—and gave a special platform to industry influencers through the Blogger Spectacle program.