The Future of Work

By Staff
Monday, September 23, 2019 3:17 PM A 2018 study commissioned by Slack, which describes itself as a “collaboration hub that brings the right people, information, and tools together to get work done,” uncovered some important truths about employee engagement and productivity.

The Slack Future of Work Study set out to find answers to these questions and more. Conducted by Kelton Global among more than 1,400 knowledge workers across the U.S., 500 of whom are also Slack users, the survey confirmed workers are looking for a deeper partnership with company decision makers, seek stronger bonds with colleagues, and share a clear desire for better ways to collaborate.

The data shows workers from across the U.S. care about these core principles, with some key differences in the way Slack users and non-users perceive the same topic.

Independent Eyewear Grande Finale @ #OptikEyeStyle Montreal

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Saturday, September 21, 2019 12:25 AM Without argument Montreal is the centre of Canadian Independent Eyewear, and a fitting venue for the grand finale of the #OptikEyeStyle tour. Over 50 different “creator” eyewear collections from nearly 25 vendors displayed their wares at the contemporary art gallery, Gallery GORA, located in the heart of the Montreal Place des Arts area.

Ford Mustang Fans are More Patriotic and Family-Oriented, Research Firm Finds

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Friday, September 20, 2019 5:29 PM Digging deep into the available data, YouGov recently took a look at the group of people who own a Ford Mustang, which is celebrating its 55th anniversary this year. The new data and corresponding analysis sheds new light on the consumer group that holds a positive opinion of the popular American muscle car, according to research firm YouGov.

Overall, fans of the Ford Mustang ages 18 and over appear more patriotic than U.S. adults as a whole, the research firm noted. “When asked if they’re proud to be an American, for instance, 88 percent of Mustang fans agree, compared with 82 percent of all consumers ages 18-plus,” the firm reported. “Ford Mustang fans are also more likely to say they make an effort to support American businesses and, if given the choice, tend to buy products made domestically.”

In looking at other characteristics of Mustang owners, YouGov said that Mustang fans also appear to show a stronger devotion to family. “This consumer group is slightly more likely than U.S. adults, in general, to agree that having a car that works well for the whole family is very important (86 percent vs. 84 percent), the research firm said.

Silmo Announces Nominees for the 26th Silmo D'Or Awards

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Friday, September 20, 2019 10:12 AM Silmo announces D'Or award nominees, FYidoctors continues its expansion, VSP Global Premier Program launches ad campaign, an acquisition for Vision Innovation Partners and Bolle acquires Spy Optic all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

FYidoctors Continues to Grow With the Addition of the Factory Optical Chain

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Friday, September 20, 2019 10:09 AM CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors | Visique, an optometrist-owned eyecare company based here, has added Factory Optical | Optiks International, a 24-location Western Canadian optical chain, to its growing network of optometric clinics, according to an announcement this week. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The addition of the Factory Optical | Optiks International chain brings the network of FYidoctors | Visique to more than 225 clinics, 500 doctors and 2,500 employees serving patients' needs and consumers across Canada, the announcement noted.

VSP Global Premier Program to Launch National Consumer Ad Campaign

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Friday, September 20, 2019 10:06 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—The VSP Global Premier Program announced today it will launch a national consumer advertising campaign, designed to drive patients to Premier Program practices. The company said "the campaign is part of its commitment to support private practice doctors of optometry." Debuting Sept. 30, a mix of television, radio, outdoor and digital advertising will motivate patients to schedule an appointment at a local Premier Program private practice, where they can maximize their benefits and receive a personalized eyecare experience. The tagline in the different creative messages for the campaign reads, "This is what more looks like."

Vision Innovation Partners Acquires Washington D.C. Ophthalmology Practice

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Friday, September 20, 2019 10:00 AM ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Expanding its presence in the Mid-Atlantic region, Vision Innovation Partners said it has acquired Washington D.C.-based ophthalmology practice, Washington Eye Specialists. "We are excited that Dr. Ted Gancayco and Dr. Cameron Ghafouri have chosen to partner with us," said Vision Innovation Partners' CEO Michael Dunn. "They have been important members of the Washington, D.C. medical community for many years and will be tremendous assets to our growing clinical team. As we sought a partner in the Washington D.C. area, we were looking for a perfect combination of talent, skill and success. We are fortunate to have found just that in Washington Eye Specialists."

Tiziano Tabacchi Receives the ‘Lepre Bianca’ Art Award

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Friday, September 20, 2019 12:25 AM Tiziano Tabacchi, the designer and founder of the brand MIC-Made in Cadore, was recently presented with the 2019 edition of the “Lepre bianca” art award by the Regola di Costalissoio of Cadore. 

RevCycle Partners Launches Benefits Verification Service and Announces Partnership With Cleinman Performance Partners

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Friday, September 20, 2019 12:21 AM CHICAGO—RevCycle Partners, a revenue-cycle management company for eyecare practices, has launched WeVerify, a comprehensive service that verifies patient benefits and drives new revenue opportunities for the practice, according to an announcement this week. For many eyecare practices, patient benefits verification before the visit is an incomplete process or perhaps not done at all. RevCycle Partners, founded as a billing service of RevolutionEHR, the cloud-based software for optometrists, separated from RevolutionEHR in 2018 and formed an independent company.

EyeCarePro Rebrands Its Site, Services and Technologies to Reflect New Horizons

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Friday, September 20, 2019 12:15 AM LAS VEGAS—EyeCarePro, a veteran digital marketing company of 15 years focused exclusively on eyecare, has announced the launch of a rebrand, which includes a new website and significantly enhanced messaging , new services and technologies. Said Daniel Rostenne, CEO, “We have rebranded with a new website and we’re very excited about our new public persona. The updated look and feel best captures our ongoing mission to provide exceptional value, as well as our status as industry leaders in optometry marketing.”

How Do Shoppers Bring Digital into Physical Stores?

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Thursday, September 19, 2019 8:00 AM About four in ten shoppers report checking sales and promotions available to them on a retailer’s mobile app while shopping in-store, according to the 10th annual Retail Info Systems News study.  According to Statista.com, the report found that several different online consumer behaviors bled into the physical retail experience including, checking sales and promotions, comparing prices, and researching products. Shoppers were also looking to their screens to cut out some of the tasks a salesperson would perform, such as checking inventory and scanning bar codes.

Safilo Returns to Main Floor for VEW 2019 With Newly Designed Booth

By Staff
Thursday, September 19, 2019 12:25 AM Safilo announces its return to the main show floor of Vision Expo West. There, Safilo will be present with an impactful and easily accessible new corporate booth with which to greet all show attendees from September 19 through September 21. 

Marcolin and Emilio Pucci Renew Licensing Agreement Through 2024

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Thursday, September 19, 2019 12:21 AM LONGARONE, Italy—Marcolin Group and Emilio Pucci have announced the renewal of their global licensing agreement through 2024. The agreement covers the worldwide exclusive design, production, and distribution of Emilio Pucci branded sunglasses and eyeglasses until Dec. 31, 2024. Marcolin has been developing eyewear for the Florence-based Emilio Pucci brand since 2015; Emilio Pucci is best known for the use of color, characteristic motifs, refined structural elements and modern design concepts. An announcement from Marcolin and Emilio Pucci characterized the eyewear as being “aimed at a woman who is feminine, and who appreciates an elegant and creative aesthetic.”

Despite Challenges at Home and Work, Most Working Parents Say Being Employed Is What’s Best for Them

By Staff
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 8:00 AM Balancing work and family responsibilities brings many challenges for working mothers and fathers with children younger than 18. Roughly half say being a working parent makes it harder for them to be a good parent, and about as many say that at times they feel they can’t give 100 percent at work. Despite these challenges, many working parents—including about eight-in-ten full-time working mothers—say their current employment situation is what’s best for them at this point in their life, according to a new Pew Research Center survey

When asked about some specific challenges they may have faced at work because they were balancing work and parenting responsibilities, about half of working mothers say they’ve needed to reduce their work hours (54 percent) or that they’ve felt like they couldn’t give 100 percent at work (51 percent). Smaller but still substantial shares of working fathers say the same.

Bolle Brands Acquires Spy Optic

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019 12:33 AM BOSTON, Mass.—Bolle Brands is expanding its footprint in the premium performance sports and sports lifestyle eyewear category with the acquisition of the Spy Optic brand from Spy Optic, a privately held company. The terms of the deal were not announced. Spy Optic president Stephen Roseman and his team will remain in place, a Bolle spokesperson told VMail. Bolle Brands is a portfolio investment of A&M Capital Europe, the private equity fund that acquired it in August 2018. With this new acquisition, Spy Optic joins existing brand portfolio of Bolle, Bolle Safety, Serengeti, Cebe and H2Optix.