Zyloware Celebrates 100 Years of Business

By Staff
Wednesday, February 1, 2023 2:04 PM Christopher and James Shyer, owners and co-CEOs of Zyloware, announced that the company turned 100 years old January 26, 2023. From humble beginnings, Zyloware became one of the first manufacturers of Zyl frames. Since its official incorporation in New York State on January 26, 1923, Zyloware has boasted a unique quality and business acumen which has contributed to the success of the family-owned company to span 100 years across three generations.

Millennials Are Choosing Plant Life Over Kids

By Staff
Wednesday, February 1, 2023 10:19 AM Millennials are choosing plant life over parenthood, according to the latest report from Better Planter. Recent statistics show that “elder Millennials” are leading the way in plant ownership, with people over the age of 40 owning the most plants out of any age category. Just over 33 million Americans have houseplants. Of these, seven in 10 Millennials label themselves a “plant parent.”

The most common purchaser of plants based on ethnicity were white Americans at 70.9 percent, followed by Hispanic at 11.4 percent and African American at 8.7 percent. 

The most popular houseplant purchases were broad-leaf foliage, bromeliads, cacti, flowering plants, ferns, indoor palms, air plants, narrow-leaf foliage, succulents and trailing/climbing plants.

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Decreased for the Week of Jan. 23–29, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

By Staff
Wednesday, February 1, 2023 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations decreased last week, Jan. 23–29, when compared with the previous week at a rate of -3 index points. That places gross revenue at a level 9 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 5) when compared with last year (2022), 6 points above the same period in 2021, 7 points above 2020, and 18 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker.

ANFAO, Leading Women's Organizations and Eyewear Industry Leaders Will Take Part in 'Empowering Women's Leadership' Event and Observatory, on Feb. 4 at Mido

By Staff
Wednesday, February 1, 2023 12:21 AM MILAN—A new program, "Empowering Optical Women Leadership: The Challenge of Eyewear" is kicking off at a special session on the first morning of Mido later this week, an initiative of ANFAO, the Italian Optical Goods Manufacturers association in partnership with Italy's Bellisario Foundation.

Waiting for Mido 2023: Meet Akoni Group

By Staff
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 12:22 PM From February 4-6, 2023, Mido is back at Fieramilano Rho. This year will offer an edition that is more than ever focused on internationalism and sustainability. While waiting to meet up in person at the event, WMIDO met some of the event’s protagonists. Here, they give the floor to Rosario Toscano, co-founder and CEO of Akoni Group.

Card Not Present Fraud Is on the Rise

By Staff
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 11:53 AM Experts are warning consumers to monitor their credit card statements after a surge in card-not-present (CNP) fraud. According to a new report from Insider Intelligence, more than $9.49 billion worth of fraudulent purchases will be made in 2023. This is up 8.5 percent over 2022. 

Experts are advising merchants and issuers to be vigilant in preventing CNP fraud, which has become the leading form of credit card fraud in the U.S. It is suggested that tighter security for these purchasing channels would reduce the number of fraud cases.

Ringing in the Lunar New Year With Indies

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 8:30 AM NEW YORK—On January 22, billions of people around the world celebrated the Lunar New Year, saying goodbye to the Year of the Tiger and ringing in the Year of the Rabbit. The holiday, which is celebrated by about 2 billion people worldwide, will last until February 5 in some countries—a full cycle from one new moon to the next full moon, USA Today reported.

Binyon Vision Center

By Staff
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 8:25 AM Binyon Vision Center in Bellingham, Washington, shared one of the practice’s amazing, vintage newspaper ads.

A Moment of Valentine’s Day Inspiration

By Staff
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 8:20 AM NEW YORK—With February on the horizon, love is in the air. No matter your relationship status, February 14 can be a fun, loving day to celebrate—it doesn’t matter if that celebration involves date night, friends’ night or a day full of self care. There’s still plenty of time to get ready for Valentine’s Day, including some time to decorate the office or put together some sweet social media ideas. This week, we’re taking a look at a few ways indies have celebrated Valentine’s Day to spark some inspiration.

Realize Your Family Business Vision

By Staff
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 8:15 AM This new year, continue advancing your family enterprise with one of the upcoming family business programs at the John L. Ward Center for Family Enterprises at Kellogg. Running a family enterprise presents unique challenges and opportunities. Leverage 20 years of Kellogg expertise to define and realize your vision and achieve your goals. Hone the skills your ownership group, non-family executives and board members need to succeed. Learn more and apply for one of Kellogg’s upcoming programs below.

Independent Boutique Optical Retailers Are Invited to Submit Their Stories for Vision Expo’s 5th Annual OPTImum Retail Award

By Staff
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and RX, organizers of Vision Expo, have announced that submissions are now being accepted for the 5th Annual OPTImum Retail Award scheduled to be presented at Vision Expo East on Friday, March 17 in New York City. Businesses in the independent optical retail market are encouraged to submit their stories for consideration by February 8, 2023. Launched in 2018, the OPTImum Retail Award was designed to celebrate the importance of independent boutique retailers in the optical industry.

FGX to Scale Up Use of Eastman Tritan Renew on Start-Up of New Methanolysis Plant, to Increase Production of Sustainable Eyewear

By Staff
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 12:24 AM KINGSPORT, Tenn., and SMITHFIELD, R.I.—Eastman, a global specialty materials company, and FGX International, an EssilorLuxottica company, have signed a letter of intent for FGX to reserve a significant volume of Eastman Tritan Renew copolyester manufactured at Eastman’s new methanolysis plant, which will be operational this year.

Registration Now Open for AACO Meeting at SECO 2023

By Staff
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 12:21 AM ATLANTA—Registration is open and a preliminary schedule has been announced for the American Association of Corporate Optometrists meeting on March 5 at this year’s SECO 2023, which runs from March 1-5 in Atlanta.

Energy Prices Are Expected to Fall in 2023

By Staff
Monday, January 30, 2023 2:35 PM U.S. homeowners should experience some relief on their electricity bills in 2023. A report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration expects sales of electricity to fall by 0.9 percent in 2023. This is welcome news for consumers who saw their average electricity bill rise by 2.7 percent in 2023. This was due in part to a hotter summer than the previous year. 

A cold winter, paired with global supply shortages, are expected to drive up prices of wholesale electricity by as much as 60 percent, with the highest prices expected in New England where natural gas pipeline constraints and reduced fuel inventories will push up prices. 

Overall, U.S. residents can expect to pay 14.9 cents per kilowatt-hour, up 8 percent from 2021. This increase has been driven by an increase in wholesale power prices and high natural gas prices.

Bausch + Lomb Acquires AcuFocus

By Staff
Monday, January 30, 2023 10:35 AM Bausch + Lomb and AcuFocus, a privately held ophthalmic medical device company, announced that an affiliate of Bausch + Lomb has acquired AcuFocus, pursuant to a merger transaction with the parent company of AcuFocus. AcuFocus has delivered breakthrough small aperture intraocular technology to address the diverse unmet needs in eyecare.