VM’s Top 5 Print Cover Stories for 2021

By Mary Kane
Friday, January 7, 2022 8:30 AM We can’t take a look back at Vision Monday’s most read stories of the year without considering VM’s print Cover Stories which are also available to our readers electronically. Even against the backdrop of another year of the COVID pandemic, the optical industry still got down to business despite the personal and business hurdles they faced due to the ongoing and seemingly never-ending pandemic. A perennial VM favorite with readers, VM’s Most Influential Women in Optical, occupies the top spot for 2021 with the Special Report taking up a record 26 edit pages in our July issue. VM’s Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers Report, How Brick Is Learning to Click, A Look at Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and The Vision Monday Leadership Summit rounded out the list of the Top 5 most read Cover Stories for 2021.

Vision Monday’s Top 20 News Stories for 2021

By Staff
Thursday, January 6, 2022 12:15 AM While mergers and acquisitions dominated the news cycle in 2021, other subjects of Vision Monday’s most read news stories included major product launches and breakthroughs in new technology. This list includes our top read daily VMAIL news stories as well as Breaking VMAIL deployments from the year 2021 and is based on thousands of collective page views for these stories. For the record, Vision Monday issued its daily VMAIL newsletter five times a week in 2021, with a few days off for good behavior due to holidays. Once again, EssilorLuxottica and Warby Parker, two of the industry’s biggest and most popular optical players, dominated the top 20 with several entries for both companies. Other developments and news announcements from Keplr Vision, Eyecare Partners, Vision Expo, MyEyeDr., HEA/PECAA, MetLife, U.S. Vision, New Look Vision Group, Sight Glass, Specsavers and Clear Sight Partners rounded out Vision Monday’s top 20 news stories for 2021.

Vision Monday’s Top 10 Breaking News Stories for 2021

By Staff
Monday, January 3, 2022 12:24 AM Like most business sectors this past year, even against the backdrop of another year of the COVID pandemic, the optical industry was abuzz with breaking news as mergers and acquisitions dominated the news cycle in 2021.

Kits Eyecare Celebrates Record Cyber Week With Over 8,000 Eyeglasses Sold

By Staff
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 12:21 AM VANCOUVER—Kits Eyecare Ltd. (KITS) (TSX: KITS), a digital eyecare platform based here, said it achieved a record Cyber Week that was highlighted by over 8,000 pairs of eyeglasses sold.

FYidoctors Bolsters National Brand Portfolio With BonLook Acquisition, Founders to Remain With the Company

By Staff
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 12:24 AM CALGARY, Alberta and MONTREAL—FYidoctors, Canada’s leading diversified health care organization, has acquired BonLook, the Montreal-based brand famous for its trendy styles and technology-driven approach to eyewear, according to a recent announcement. The addition of BonLook boosts the FYidoctors portfolio “with new opportunities to expand the brand nationally and beyond,” the announcement noted. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Hy-Vee Supermarket Chain Partners With Online Retailer Pair Eyewear to Bring Eyewear Kiosks to Hy-Vee’s Midwest Locations

By Staff
Tuesday, September 7, 2021 12:18 AM WEST DES MOINES, Iowa—In another sign of the blending of retail and health care, Midwest supermarket chain Hy-Vee Inc. has established a partnership with online retailer Pair Eyewear that will bring Pair Eyewear kiosks into select Hy-Vee locations across the company’s eight-state region.

Kits Eyecare Reports Second-Quarter and Half-Year Sales Gains and Says ‘Positive Momentum’ Will Lead to Sustained Growth

By Staff
Monday, August 23, 2021 12:15 AM VANCOUVER, Canada—Kits Eyecare Ltd., a digital eyecare platform that went public earlier this year, said its first-half sales increased 21 percent to $42.1 million.

That 70s Frame

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 12:45 AM The 70s are back, baby. Fashion designers across the board are taking inspiration from the decade, with flare jeans, tie-dye, big sleeves and more popping up on the runways, on Instagram and in stores everywhere—including in eyewear. This season in particular, many optical brands have mentioned taking inspiration from the 70s in their designs.

Kits Announces Upgrade to the OTCQX Best Market in the U.S.

By Staff
Monday, May 10, 2021 12:15 AM VANCOUVER—Kits Eyecare Ltd. (TSX: KITS), the vertically integrated, digital eyecare platform backed by the investor Roger Hardy, has been approved for immediate trading on the OTCQX Best Market, the top tier of the OTC Markets. Shares of the company were upgraded to OTCQX from the Pink market, according to an announcement late last week. Kits Eyecare began trading Friday (May 7) on OTCQX under the symbol “KTYCF.” In its announcement, Kits Eyecare said “upgrading to the OTCQX Market is an important step for companies seeking to provide transparent trading for their U.S. investors.” (Kits Eyecare has been listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange since the beginning of this year.)

Inspecs Group Provides Trading Update for Q1

By Staff
Friday, April 30, 2021 12:24 AM BATH, England—Inspecs Group plc (LSE: SPEC), a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of eyewear frames, announced Thursday a trading update for the three-month period ending March 31.

Lensbox Canada Acquires Oxford & Kin and Partners With Baus Eyewear to Expand Telehealth and E-commerce Offerings

By Staff
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 12:18 AM VANCOUVER—Lensbox Canada, an eyecare technology company providing omni-channel eye health care solutions, has announced the acquisition of eyewear brand Oxford & Kin and a new partnership with family-owned Baus Eyewear.

JINS Eyewear Opens Sixth California Store at Bay Area Location in San Mateo

By Staff
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 12:15 AM SAN FRANCISCO—JINS Eyewear, a leading eyewear brand and retail company across Japan and Asia, opened its sixth store in the U.S. earlier this month in San Mateo, Calif. It’s the third JINS location in the Bay Area of San Francisco, according to the company’s announcement. “Despite these tough times during the pandemic, JINS wants to expand its services to more communities in the Bay Area and is happy to be a part of the San Mateo community,” the company said in its announcement.

EssilorLuxottica Board of Directors Proposes Nominees to the New Board

By Staff
Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:18 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—During a meeting of the EssilorLuxottica board of directors on Wednesday, it was decided to propose the nomination of 12 individuals to compose its future board of directors, including Leonardo Del Vecchio, as a non-independent director.

Following a Business Recovery in the Second Half, Kering Group Says its ‘Ready to Leverage the Rebound’

By Staff
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 12:18 AM PARIS—Kering Group (PARIS: KER), the global luxury group overseeing fashion brands Gucci and Saint Laurent, reported overall consolidated revenue for fiscal 2020 of €13,100.2 million, a drop of 17.5 percent on a reported basis and 16.4 percent on a comparable basis.

IDOC Reports Record Business Expansion in 2020 as Group Records Highest Jump in New Memberships in Five Years

By Staff
Friday, December 18, 2020 12:25 AM NORWALK, Conn.—IDOC is ending the year with a significant increase in its membership, highlighted by the addition of more than 250 new independent optometry practices and their optometrists to the IDOC community in 2020.