Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Rebounded for the Week of Sept. 13-19, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021 12:33 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations increased last week, Sept. 13-19, at a rate of 18 index points, regaining most of the 20 index points this category lost the previous week (Sept. 6-12) due to Labor Day falling on Sept. 6. That leaves gross revenue 3 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 38) during 2019 and 10 index points below where it was during Week 38 of last year, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker.

Warby Parker Releases Financial Guidance for the Third Quarter, Fiscal Year 2021 and Fiscal Year 2022

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Warby Parker Inc. yesterday issued guidance for the third quarter ending Sept. 30, 2021 and for the fiscal years ending Dec. 31, 2021 and 2022. “As we look to the future, we’re inspired by the possibilities in front of us,” said Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa. co-founders and co-chief executive officers. “The outlook we’ve provided today underscores our belief that delivering remarkable customer experiences, making a positive impact on all stakeholders, and living our core values will lead to continued long-term sustainable growth.”

EssilorLuxottica to Relocate Luxottica's Mason, Ohio Retail Business and Shared Service Functions to NYC and Dallas Offices, EyeMed and Other Functions to Stay

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021 12:27 AM NEW YORK and MASON, Ohio— EssilorLuxottica plans to relocate the company's Mason, Ohio-based retail businesses and shared service functions to its offices in New York City and in Dallas, Texas. The company informed employees at the Mason offices on Friday. A company spokesperson told VMAIL that there are approximately 1,500 employees in the Mason offices and, while the company would not be providing detailed numbers, she noted that the company's EyeMed, IT, legal, North American call center, information security and other store systems' functions will remain in Mason.

Marchon Eyewear and Zeiss Sign Exclusive Global Licensing Agreement for Eyewear

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021 12:21 AM NEW YORK and AALEN, Germany—Marchon Eyewear, Inc., and Zeiss Vision Care announced today that they have entered into an exclusive, long-term global licensing agreement for optical eyewear and sunglasses. The first eyewear collection under this licensing agreement will be released globally beginning in Spring 2022; in advance of that release, a capsule collection comprised of nine optical styles will be previewed in Fall 2021 under Marchon’s Altair portfolio, and will be available exclusively in the U.S. market.

Hapter Is Focused on Extending the Life Cycle of Materials

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021 12:02 AM In an age where resources are scarce, Hapter (one of the most original state-of-the-art eyewear manufacturers) supports the philosophy of preserving and optimizing existing materials. WMIDO finds out how from the company founder and CEO, Eric Balzan.

Frost & Sullivan Identifies and Analyzes Mega Trends Transforming the U.S. Through 2030

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021 2:55 PM Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis, Transformative Mega Trends in the United States through 2030, examines the complex intersections of social, education, work, political, economic, and urbanization trends set to converge in the next decade. Social trends will be the biggest drivers of disruption, including the evolution of millennials, the rise of Gen Z, growth of the elderly demographic, expanding Hispanic and Asian populations, and income divides.

FYidoctors Embarks on Expansion Into the U.S. Market With Addition of Six California Eyecare Clinics

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021 10:20 AM SACRAMENTO, Calif. and CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors, known as Canada’s leading diversified health care organization, said this morning that it has expanded its geographic operations into the U.S. market with the addition of six leading eyecare clinics throughout the state of California. The foray marks a major company milestone as it marks the first time FYidoctors has added new operations outside of Canada as it continues to “focus on its patient-first, personalized customer experience,” the announcement noted.

US Eye Adds New Partnerships in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida as Group Hits 50 Eye Clinics in Southeast

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021 12:33 AM SARASOTA, Fla.—US Eye, a physician-led network of eyecare practices backed by a mid-market North Carolina investment firm, said this week that it has expanded its practice base to 50 clinics and five surgery centers across the southeastern U.S. The US Eye practice network, headquartered here, has recently completed partnerships with Griffey Eye Care of Chesapeake, Va.; Albemarle Eye Center in northeastern North Carolina; and Sungate Medical Group in Hilton Head Island, S.C., according to the US Eye announcement.

Luneau Technology and Optovue Announce Merger

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021 12:30 AM BENSENVILLE, Ill.—France-based Luneau Technology Group recently announced its merger with Optovue, a privately held medical device company, headquartered in Fremont, California.

Hilco Vision Acquires Bruder Healthcare

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021 12:27 AM PLAINVILLE, Mass.—Hilco Vision, based here, announced that it has acquired Bruder Healthcare LLC, effective Sept. 17, 2021.

Safilo Group Partners With Coventya to Introduce ‘Metal X’ to Eyewear Production

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021 12:21 AM PADUA, Italy—Safilo Group has announced a strategic partnership with Coventya, a global company with more than 90 years of experience in the development of specialty chemicals for surface finishing treatments, on the use of “Metal X,” a new material for eyewear. Safilo will be the first in the eyewear sector to use Metal X, which is an innovative Coventya patent that allows the use of precious metals in galvanic treatments for the production of optical frames and sunglasses to be reduced by 90 percent.

Dr. Dagny Zhu Joins Eyesafe’s Vision Health Advisory Board

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021 12:18 AM SEOUL and MINNEAPOLIS—Eyesafe, a consortium of leading tech companies that develops blue light management technology and standards for the consumer electronics industry, announced that Los Angeles-based ophthalmologist Dagny Zhu, MD has joined the Eyesafe Vision Health Advisory Board (VHAB). The Vision Health Advisory Board is a global group of leading ophthalmologists, optometrists and other specialized physicians concerned with the mounting body of evidence suggesting that extended to exposure to blue light emissions from digital devices is leading to an array of deleterious health effects on eyes and human health.

Examining the Roots of the Global Paper Shortage

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Monday, September 20, 2021 3:50 PM Wood pulp is in short supply lately, and shortages and soaring demand has caused prices for everything from toilet paper to lumber to jump in the past year. The price of wood pulp has risen 50.2 percent over the past year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The price of paper rose 14.2 percent in the same time period. “Across the nation, printers and direct mail houses are experiencing a massive paper shortage,” the Dot Corp. noted in a recent blog post.

Experts to Explore the Metaverse and New Retail Concepts at Oct. 27 Virtual VM Summit

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Monday, September 20, 2021 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Three leading technology experts will share their insights about the metaverse and the opportunities it offers brands at the virtual Vision Monday Leadership Summit on October 27. Robin Raskin, founder of the Virtual Events Group and a leading observer of consumer technology trends, will kick off the session by giving Summit attendees a peek inside the metaverse, including a brand experience, an event experience, a game experience for advertising and a fully immersive open-ended experience.

Mondottica USA to Launch Quiksilver Optical Eyewear and Sunwear in Spring 2022

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Monday, September 20, 2021 12:18 AM WARREN, N.J.—Mondottica USA announced the launch of a multi-year license agreement with Boardriders for the design, production, and distribution of Quiksilver prescription frames and prescription sunglasses for the optical channel in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean.