Luxottica Group Q2 2014 Results Show Continuing Growth in North America, Emerging Markets and Europe

By Staff
Friday, July 25, 2014 12:26 AM
MILAN— Luxottica Group (NYSE: LUX) reported accelerated net sales growth in the second quarter ending June 30, 2014 to €2,060 million, up 7 percent at constant exchange rates when compared to the €2,018 million generated during the same period of 2013, according to the company’s financial results released yesterday.

More Efficient Optometrists Lead This Regional Retailer Toward Expansion

By John Sailer
Thursday, July 24, 2014 3:00 PM ROCKY MOUNT, N.C.—Even in the face of slimmer margins and reimbursements, 60-year-old regional retailer, Eyecarecenter has been able to maintain a successful growth strategy by making only a few minor adjustments that have had little impact on its medical model.

MacKeyser/American Optical Services Makes Second Bankruptcy Court Appearance, Schedules Auction of Certain Assets

By Staff
Monday, July 21, 2014 12:36 AM WILMINGTON, Del.—The Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings for MacKeyser Holdings, LLC and its subsidiaries, which include American Optical Services (AOS) and a number of other optical businesses the company had acquired prior to its bankruptcy, proceeded last week with the company’s second court appearance on July 16.

2014 U.S. Optical Retailer Report & Directory Released by Jobson Optical Research

By Staff
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Jobson Optical Research has released the 2014 U.S. Optical Retailer Report & Directory, which lists the top optical retailers in the U.S., including their company headquarters contact information, key executives, buyer names for all product categories, and trade names/DBAs.

C&E Vision and Luxottica Team Up on Practice Makeover Contest

By Staff
Friday, July 04, 2014 12:21 AM SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.— C&E Vision Services, a leading national optical buying group, has teamed up with Luxottica to makeover the retail space of the winner of a contest they are conducting.

Warby Parker Announces One Million Pairs of Glasses Donated Via ‘Buy a Pair, Give a Pair’ Program

By Staff
Monday, June 30, 2014 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Last week, eyewear e-tailer and brick-and-mortar retailer Warby Parker announced the distribution of one million pairs of glasses to people in need through its “buy a pair, give a pair” program since the company’s start in 2010.

Optical Speakers Will Explain How They’re “Digitizing The Store” at VM LIVE Sept. 17 Event in Las Vegas

By Staff
Friday, June 27, 2014 12:24 AM NEW YORK – Optical speakers, leaders from various segments of the regional and national retail and eyecare professional sectors, will explain how they’re “Digitizing The Store,” at a special VM LIVE two-hour program, examining how new technologies are transforming the patient experience and doctor/retailer/patient dynamics.

After First Day in Bankruptcy Court, MacKeyser Holdings LLC/American Optical Services to Close Some Locations While Others Remain Open Pending Sale

By Staff
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 12:30 AM WILMINGTON, Del.—Following its filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Friday, June 20, 2014, MacKeyser Holdings, LLC and its subsidiaries associated with the businesses known as American Optical Services (AOS) and Excela Hearing Services appeared for the first day of hearing yesterday before Judge Brendan L. Shannon, U.S. bankruptcy judge, in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

MacKeyser Holdings LLC and Certain Affiliates of American Optical Services File Ch. 11

By Staff
Monday, June 23, 2014 9:25 AM LAS VEGAS – Voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code were filed June 20 by MacKeyser Holdings, LLC and certain of its subsidiaries, many of which were associated with American Optical Services and Excela Hearing Services.

Glasses.com 3-D Virtual Try-On App Wins Cannes Lions Bronze Award Following Its Webby and Appy Awards

By Staff
Monday, June 23, 2014 12:21 AM SALT LAKE CITY, Utah—At the 2014 Cannes Lions Festival last week, the Glasses.com 3-D virtual try-on app won a Bronze Award for “Creative Use of Technology” and made the shortlist in the “User Experience” category.

Jockeying For Position

By John Sailer
Monday, June 16, 2014 12:01 AM NEW YORK—The 50 largest eyewear/eyecare retailers and optometric practices in the U.S. surpassed $10 billion in combined optical sales in 2013, according to Vision Monday’s exclusive listing of the Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers, released today and available in the May 19 print edition.

SVS Vision Names Seok Chung Vice President of Marketing/Advertising

By Staff
Monday, June 09, 2014 12:24 AM MT. CLEMENS, Mich.—SVS Vision, a midwest regional retailer with 60 locations throughout Michigan, has named Seok Chung vice president of marking/advertising.

Shopko Names Michael Cantrell Senior Vice President, Retail Health, in Charge of Optical, Pharmacy and Rx Care

By Staff
Friday, June 06, 2014 12:27 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Michael Cantrell has joined Shopko Stores Operating Co., LLC as senior vice president, retail health, following Mike Bettiga’s retirement from the position, after 37 years with the company. Cantrell will provide strategic direction for Shopko's optical, pharmacy and Rx care departments.

Women’s Online Eyewear Retailer, Rivet & Sway, Shuts Down

By Staff
Friday, June 06, 2014 12:21 AM SEATTLE—Rivet & Sway, the online optical retailer founded in March 2011 and focused on women’s eyewear, announced Tuesday June 3, 2014, that it “has sold its last pair of specs.”
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