Marge Axelrad

Marge Axelrad, Sr. VP/Editorial Director

Marge oversees the overall editorial direction of Vision Monday and its print publication, VMAIL, e-newsletters, VisionMonday.com and special events including the VM Global Leadership Summit. She is also in charge of general corporate and company news, industry developments and business trends, financial news. Marge specializes in frame sunwear companies, practice management programs, spectacle lens and contact lens companies, managed care, wholesale laboratories, and research. She is also the editor of CLICK, a twice-a-month e-newsletter. Contact Marge at maxelrad@jobson.com.

Sustainability Rising

By Marge Axelrad
Monday, March 22, 2021 1:00 PM Crescendo. That’s how most experts are characterizing the growing support among most consumers and businesses for advancing “sustainability” commitments, systems, products, solutions and causes across a range of fields, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. “Sustainability has become a business necessity, not just a differentiator,” pointed out Forrester’s Olivia Berdak, vice president, research director last August. She added, “It is no longer a question of whether it is ‘necessary or not’ to launch sustainable business practices, but rather how long it will take before consumers, shareholders, or governments punish businesses that don’t.”

Be Open-Minded. Stay Strong. Embrace Resilience to ‘Bounce Forward’

By Marge Axelrad
Tuesday, December 22, 2020 7:00 PM Are we running out of adjectives yet? In a time of crisis (or crises?), as we are all still coming through the pandemic of 2020 and gazing ahead to the New Year, there are a litany of words to describe what we’ve been through, what we’re still going through.

Sustainability Goals Will be Driven By New Types of Communication

By Marge Axelrad
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 12:00 AM In doing some of the research for this month’s cover story, I found a wealth of information supporting the fact that the coronavirus pandemic this year has amplified support among consumers and business leaders for the idea of sustainability. Just as it has for so much of everything else in our lives including new ideas in health care.

Sustainability Gains Traction in Optical Industry

By Marge Axelrad
Thursday, November 26, 2020 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Taking it seriously. That’s what’s seemed to be happening to the subject of sustainability in this year like no other, 2020. From individuals and families to companies and businesses large and small, a new awareness of climate change, economic challenges, social causes, human vulnerability and a growing priority toward health and wellness are all factors. Many felt this way before, but the pandemic and a one-of-a-kind year has created more concern among customers about corporate social responsibility. In other words, they are concerned about companies’ values and what they stand for and support.

A Growing Roster of Eyewear Companies Are Advocating Sustainability

By Marge Axelrad
Thursday, November 26, 2020 12:29 AM New sustainable eyewear materials, fabrication, recycling and manufacturing technologies are still evolving. But there is one big message right now: There are going to be more and more. The wave is building to a larger scale in 2021, to serve an increased global and North American demand for new solutions.

Contact Lens Companies Adapt Corporate and Product Manufacturing Sustainability Goals

By Marge Axelrad
Thursday, November 26, 2020 12:28 AM NEW YORK—Around the world and increasing in the U.S., major contact lens companies have continued to articulate and escalate their commitment to sustainability goals and are communicating those messages more frequently to both providers and patients. As VM has reported, according to the AOA, many patients are unaware that there is an environmentally friendly way to dispose of their worn contact lenses.

Eyewear Companies and Designers Look Toward Sustainable Materials

By Marge Axelrad
Thursday, November 26, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—In the world of eyewear materials, there have been many innovations in the creation and use of sustainable materials to be used in the design and fabrication of eyeglass frames. In February of this year, one major wide-scale development in the direction of a circular economy came to light when VM reported that global specialty plastics provider, Eastman (NYSE:EMN) a $9.3 billion global specialty materials company, announced an industry-first collaboration with Mazzucchelli 1849, the world leader in the manufacturing and distribution of acetate sheet for premium eyewear.

Embrace the Recurring Themes Emerging in This Very Special Year

By Marge Axelrad
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 10:00 AM Hopefully all of you, dear readers, like all of us here on the editorial team at Vision Monday/VMAIL, have been having many conversations throughout this unbelievable year, to catch up on how friends, family and colleagues are doing, how business is recovering (or wavering), what’s working, what’s not, what’s still a question mark. And as you exchange ideas about how others are coping—sometimes to gauge how you, personally, are coping with such a large scale of changes—those discussions tend to point in certain directions. Read More

Embrace the Recurring Themes Emerging in This Very Special Year

By Marge Axelrad
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 12:00 AM Hopefully all of you, dear readers, like all of us here on the editorial team at Vision Monday/VMAIL, have been having many conversations throughout this unbelievable year, to catch up on how friends, family and colleagues are doing, how business is recovering (or wavering), what’s working, what’s not, what’s still a question mark. And as you exchange ideas about how others are coping—sometimes to gauge how you, personally, are coping with such a large scale of changes—those discussions tend to point in certain directions.

So How Long Does This Year Feel? Like a Lifetime? Sometimes, it Seems That Way

By Marge Axelrad
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 12:30 PM After the shock of the pandemic in February and mid-March, the closures, the quarantine, the gradual reopenings, we’ve now arrived at what’s “normally” the “start” of a new season—back-to-schools, cultural events, new movies and TV, autumn sports, travel.  This September, however, feels simultaneously like the prolonging of an even longer spring and summer. However, making it to this milestone time of year, it’s important to recognize that both the practical and the critical need to work together as we look to both make it through—and to value the reasons to plan ahead. Read More

So How Long Does This Year Feel? Like a Lifetime? Sometimes, it Seems That Way

By Marge Axelrad
Monday, September 21, 2020 12:00 AM After the shock of the pandemic in February and mid-March, the closures, the quarantine, the gradual reopenings, we’ve now arrived at what’s “normally” the “start” of a new season—back-to-schools, cultural events, new movies and TV, autumn sports, travel.

Time and Change March On

By Marge Axelrad
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 11:30 AM First off, I don’t know about you, but I’m a little tired. Time has become elastic, hasn’t it? Did that just happen in the last 10 days or 10 minutes? I’m thinking the last four or five months seem like 24 or 25. The VM team just put together this massive July-August special double issue. We’ve been racing to keep up with ‘what’s going on out there’ since the advent of the pandemic. And like everyone, we comment among ourselves, time is elastic, isn’t it? Either it moves waaay too slow, or way too fast. Read More