Mark Tosh, Senior Editor

Mark covers news and feature coverage of national and regional optical retailers, managed vision care organizations, software systems and technology. He works closely with other members of the VM editorial staff to monitor developments in online optical retailing and other industry issues. Mark is a contributor to dba, a twice monthly e-newsletter profiling successful local and regional retail/optometric businesses while addressing their decision-making needs. Contact Mark at mtosh@jobson.com.

Meet the New Office: Out Go the Desks, In Come the Breakout Spaces and Armchairs

By Mark Tosh
Friday, March 26, 2021 8:30 AM NEW YORK—Many Americans have been working remotely for much of the past 12 months. But recently there has been much discussion about how and when those who have been out of their offices will begin the process of re-entry and what the office will look like when they arrive. The return to work in New York City took a step forward this week when mayor Bill de Blasio said city employees would begin making a return to their offices beginning May 3. “We’re going to make it safe, but we need our city workers back in their offices where they can do the most to help their fellow New Yorkers,” he said. Read on for a look at how some of the country’s biggest employers hope to get their workers back to life in the office.

After What We’ve All Been Through, the Optical Industry Is Pining for Baseball to Begin

By Mark Tosh
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 8:30 AM NEW YORK—Spring is in the air—at least we can hope. Yes, it does appear the tide is finally starting to turn against this awful year-long pandemic and perhaps even the harshest days of winter are winding down across the country. But another sure sign that a new spring isn’t far off is the start of the Major League Baseball season. Those magic words—pitchers and catchers are reporting—resonated against a wintry backdrop just two weeks ago and, thankfully, the real spring training games began this past weekend.

Health Care Gets a New Look

By Mark Tosh
Monday, February 8, 2021 12:00 AM There are times in life when we get caught up in places where we can’t see the forest for the trees. Chalk it up to outside distractions, a fixation on a single issue or, perhaps more likely in the current climate, a preoccupation with a global pandemic.

A Swirl of News About COVID-19 as J&J's New Vaccine Reports Positive Trial Results

By Mark Tosh
Friday, January 29, 2021 7:33 AM The news from Johnson & Johnson early Friday about the positive results of its COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial comes amid a swirl of conflicting news about coronavirus, including the increasing spread of variants of the virus, a push by the Biden Administration to speed up the immunization process for Americans and reports that the number of COVID-19 cases globally surpassed 100 million (or 1.3 percent of the world’s population) in mid-week, according to news reports. To catch you up on what the companies and some health care observers are saying about the vaccines, VMAIL Weekend recaps some of the latest developments.

During the Pandemic, ECPs Find Themselves Reaching Out to Colleagues for Ideas, Advice and Support

By Mark Tosh
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 2:30 PM NEW YORK—The COVID-19 pandemic has changed much about the way people think and go about their day-to-day business routines. But one thing that hasn’t changed—and indeed it’s become an even more enduring part of life—is the need to reach out to colleagues for support and advice on the best ways to manage during these difficult times. This trend has found a place in many eyecare professional groups and circles of ECP friends and colleagues. Among the groups of ECPs who are trying to use collaboration as an important component of their business practices today are the informal practice groups that have developed via the connections made among the ODs who have been recognized by CooperVision with a “Best Practices” award.

During a Pandemic, Data and Analytics Rise to the Occasion

By Mark Tosh
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 11:30 AM NEW YORK—Battling the coronavirus pandemic throughout 2020, ECPs and optical professionals have tried to pull out all the stops to manage their businesses effectively and to operate under some of the new restrictions related to social distancing and capacity limits. During this time, most professionals have turned to data and analytics as a way to tackle these new business challenges and look for ways to guide their decision-making. Read More

During a Pandemic, Data and Analytics Rise to the Occasion

By Mark Tosh
Monday, November 30, 2020 1:03 AM NEW YORK—Battling the coronavirus pandemic throughout 2020, ECPs and optical professionals have tried to pull out all the stops to manage their businesses effectively and to operate under some of the new restrictions related to social distancing and capacity limits. During this time, most professionals have turned to data and analytics as a way to tackle these new business challenges and look for ways to guide their decision-making

During a Pandemic, Data and Analytics Rise to the Occasion

By Mark Tosh
Monday, November 30, 2020 1:00 AM NEW YORK—Battling the coronavirus pandemic throughout 2020, ECPs and optical professionals have tried to pull out all the stops to manage their businesses effectively and to operate under some of the new restrictions related to social distancing and capacity limits. During this time, most professionals have turned to data and analytics as a way to tackle these new business challenges and look for ways to guide their decision-making

#ShopSmall and Small Business Saturday Take on More Meaning in 2020

By Mark Tosh
Wednesday, November 25, 2020 12:00 AM NEW YORK—This has been a difficult year for many businesses, but perhaps small businesses have been hurt more than most. This is one reason many small-business owners are looking forward to the annual Small Business Saturday event that takes place today, Nov. 28, sandwiched in between Black Friday (which won’t look the same this year) and Cyber Monday, which is projected to be another boon for retailers with an online presence.

B2B Ordering and Tech Services for ECPs Help Boost VisionWeb’s 2020 Business

By Mark Tosh

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 12:30 PM AUSTIN, Texas—As it turns out, 2020 is certainly going to become a memorable year for many companies and people across the optical sector. VisionWeb, based here in Austin and the leading provider of cloud-based technology services to the optical industry, is no exception. In addition to being the company’s 20th anniversary year, 2020 is turning out to be to one of the best years in terms of operational performance and account services in VisionWeb’s history, notwithstanding the lingering coronavirus pandemic that has disrupted plans of most optical firms this year. Yes, the coronavirus outbreak had “a big impact” on VisionWeb’s business, but only for a short period of time, chief executive officer Tom Loveless said in a recent interview with Vision MondayRead More

B2B Ordering and Tech Services for ECPs Help Boost VisionWeb’s 2020 Business

By Mark Tosh

Thursday, October 29, 2020 12:00 AM AUSTIN, Texas—As it turns out, 2020 is certainly going to become a memorable year for many companies and people across the optical sector. VisionWeb, based here in Austin and the leading provider of cloud-based technology services to the optical industry, is no exception.