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The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Decreased for the Week of Jan. 17-23, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

By Staff
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 12:27 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations decreased last week, Jan. 17-23, at a rate of -3 index points. That places gross revenue at a level equal to where it was at this point in time (Week 4) in 2019 but below the levels reached at this same time in 2020 (-8 points) and 2021 (-11 points), according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker. All optical sales categories decreased last week, at rates ranging from -5 index points for contact lenses to -2 index points for exams/refractions, frame units and lens pairs.

The Biggest Travel Trend of 2022: Go Big, Spend Big

By Staff
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 12:04 AM People are desperate to get away. They’ve been waiting to get back out there and are not shying away from those international destinations and big, once-in-a-lifetime adventures.

Tracking Telehealth Use by U.S. Patients

By Staff
Monday, January 24, 2022 1:55 PM It’s been widely reported that telehealth use has grown considerably over the past two years, a trend that is the direct result of the limits the pandemic has placed on in-person medical appointments. Primary care has emerged as the most common use case in the U.S., according to newly published data derived from an Insider Intelligence survey, “Telehealth Trends 2021,” which polled 1,609 U.S. adults ages 18-75 who were surveyed online during September 23-October 7, 2021.

Optical Women’s Association Announces 2022 Award Honorees

By Staff
Monday, January 24, 2022 12:27 AM DALLAS—The Optical Women’s Association (OWA) has announced the group's 2022 OWA annual award honorees. Erinn Morgan, editor-in-chief and editorial director of Eyecare Business magazine, will receive the Pleiades Award, recognizing her exceptional dedication and support in advancing the leadership role of women in the optical industry. Laura Dorris, executive vice president and general manager of strategic sales for HEA+PECAA, is the Pyxis Award honoree, acknowledging nearly a decade of service and commitment to growing the OWA and promoting it throughout the optical industry.

Nicox Reports Fourth Quarter 2021 and Full-Year Revenue Slump

By Staff
Monday, January 24, 2022 12:21 AM SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, France—Nicox SA (Euronext Paris: FR0013018124, COX), an international ophthalmology company, reported net revenue of €3.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2021 ended Dec. 31, 2021, versus net revenue of €5.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2020.

What’s the Future of Events? Trends Shift as COVID Rages on

By Staff
Monday, January 24, 2022 12:04 AM If your event gets canceled, you have to put on the digital marketer’s hat and start using the toolkit. Because you can't rely on the serendipity and the magic of an in-person experience anymore. You have to be able to go back to the digital tools that personalized [attendees’] experiences.

Taking the Temperature of Optometry as a Profession

By Mark Tosh
Friday, January 21, 2022 8:30 AM NEW YORK—This seems to be the time of the year when “taking the temperature” of various professions and industry sectors is a popular undertaking. It’s especially popular these days because of all the upheaval and displacement in the labor force that observers lay at the feet of the COVID-19 pandemic. Who among us doesn’t want to get a better understanding of what’s going on in our day jobs? For ODs and others working in eyecare practices, three surveys and/or reports have dropped over the past few weeks that shine a light on where ODs stand on a number of topics today. Here’s a brief summary of the key findings.

Transitions Optical and OneSight Help Increase Accessibility to Vision Care Services and Education to Students

By Staff
Friday, January 21, 2022 12:15 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and committing to the importance of EssilorLuxottica’s foundational values under diversity, Transitions Optical’s Diversity Advisory Board partnered with OneSight to host a one-day vision clinic. OneSight is an independent non-profit committed to eliminating the global vision care crisis. The organization’s primary sponsor, EssilorLuxottica, is equally dedicated to this commitment. The clinic provided free eye exams and dispensing services for students on Friday, January 14, 2022, at Deerwood Elementary in Kissimmee, Fla.

More than 240 Exhibitors Commit to Vision Expo East 2022, Taking Place In-Person from March 31-April 3 at NYC's Javits Center

By Staff
Thursday, January 20, 2022 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The organizers of Vision Expo, The Vision Council and RX, announced that more than 240 exhibitors have committed to Vision Expo East. Vision Expo East 2022 will take place from March 31-April 3 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. “We are looking forward to hosting a dynamic Show. With more than 240 exhibitors already committed and more than 75 additional exhibitors expected to join, representing a diverse range of companies across the vision care landscape, the momentum is strong and reflects industry-wide excitement to be back in-person in New York City for the first time since 2019,” said Mitch Barkley, vice president of Trade Shows and Events at The Vision Council.

Lonely? Get in Line. A COVID Test Line.

By Staff
Thursday, January 20, 2022 12:04 AM There is this great spirit that says we are going to get through this together. It made me happy to see people being kind to each other. That’s all we can do right now.

The Omicron Surge Compounds Retail Sector’s Worker Shortage

By Staff
Wednesday, January 19, 2022 4:02 PM Retailers across the U.S. are being forced to adjust their brick-and-mortar strategies as the spread of the omicron variant exacerbates the pressure on already stretched staff, according to a recent feature from eMarketer. Walmart, Starbucks, Macy’s, and Apple are just a few of the retailers that have either reduced store hours or temporarily closed locations in response to rising numbers of COVID-19 cases. 

Pandemic-induced burnout has hit many industries hard, as the number of people quitting reaches record highs. This, coupled with omicron’s highly contagious nature, has wreaked havoc on retailers’ ability to maintain business as usual. A record 4.5 million people quit their jobs in November 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Of that number, 686,000 left retail jobs, leaving the industry with a 4.4 percent quit rate (the number of people quitting as a proportion of total employment). Meanwhile, the overall quit rate hit 3 percent matching the high previously seen in September 2021.

In addition to facing increased risk of COVID-19 exposure, retail workers are also reporting low morale due to severe staffing crunches, lack of hazard pay, and rising numbers of in-store shoppers. 

As a result, retailers are overhauling their in-store experience on the fly by adjusting hours and adding more self-service options. For example, ShopRite recently rolled out an automated pickup pod that provides consumers in New Rochelle, N.Y., with a contactless way to retrieve their online grocery orders. That type of technology can reduce the retailer’s reliance on store employees and may drive an increase in online shopping.

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Increased for the Week of Jan. 10-16, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

By Staff
Wednesday, January 19, 2022 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations increased last week, Jan. 10-16, at a rate of 5 index points. That places gross revenue at a level well below (-13 index points) where it was at this point in time (Week 3) last year, slightly below (-4 index points) where it was in 2020, and slightly above (2 index points) where it was in 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker.

Your Boss Wants You Back in the Office Despite COVID. Here’s Why.

By Staff
Wednesday, January 19, 2022 12:04 AM People like the hybrid model [of office work], but the thought that offices are dead is far from reality. Offices will be an important component for companies going forward.

Chips Will Remain in Short Supply This Year, According to New Deloitte Report

By Staff
Tuesday, January 18, 2022 3:16 PM Deloitte recently released its Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) 2022 Predictions report, which highlights how worldwide trends in TMT may affect businesses and consumers worldwide. The report underscores how many of these trends are being driven by the global pandemic’s economic and societal shifts, resulting in an increasingly connected and multi-device world, fueling the world’s need for more chips, growth in connectivity, and entertainment options.

The Journey of a COVID Test

By Staff
Tuesday, January 18, 2022 11:13 AM For a myriad of reasons, Americans across the country are experiencing significant delays in COVID test results. From shipping delays to employees having to call out sick with COVID themselves, things are disrupted at every level. Head over to WebMD to learn about the journey of a COVID test: how it gets from your nose to the lab and back, and some of the other reasons why results are taking so long right now.