Insights for 3-31-30

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Monday, March 30, 2020 9:59 AM Many of us are on video conferences all the time. We still want to look good in that environment.

Responding to COVID-19, National Vision and Warby Parker Extend Store Closures, National Vision Moves to Trim Expenses

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Monday, March 30, 2020 12:33 AM NEW YORK—Two leading optical retailers announced late last week that they are extending the time period in which their stores will be closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. National Vision said in a statement that it will extend the temporary closure of its retail locations beyond March 28 as part of its COVID-19 response, and also will take other steps to reduce operating expenses. Separately, in an updated post on its website, Warby Parker said it will extend its store closures beyond the previously announced date of March 27 "until it is responsible to open."

EssilorLuxottica Withdraws 2020 Outlook and Stops Share Buyback Program, Citing Pandemic

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Monday, March 30, 2020 12:30 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—EssilorLuxottica (Reuters: ESLX.PA) announced that in light of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the company's outlook for 2020 published on March 6, 2020 is no longer valid. In a statement issued on March 27, EssilorLuxottica noted that in January and February, it delivered solid growth, in line with its full year targets. The company stated, “Business conditions began deteriorating in March as the virus shifted from impacting predominantly China to entire regions of Europe and North America.

More Industry Execs Offer Advice to ECPs Coping With COVID-19 in Part 2 Power Hour Podcast

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Monday, March 30, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Recognizing the extreme business and personal stress of the COVID-19 pandemic and in the spirit of providing guidance to ECPs from some of the industry's leading companies, a second roster of senior executives took part in Part 2 of a #Save2020Eyecare Town Hall podcast hosted last Thursday night by Gary Gerber, OD, founder of The Power Practice and host of The Power Hour. The first session was held on March 25, as reported by VMAIL last week, featuring a range of leadership advice and guidance. In both sessions, Gerber asked execs to share some personal remarks and also to share ideas to help ECPs get through the unprecedented coronavirus situation and what tactics they might suggest ODs and ECPs consider now as they think of ways to re-emerge and work with their staff to adjust to a new business environment.

Desio Supports the Fight Against the Coronavirus

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Monday, March 30, 2020 12:25 AM Desio, the Italian brand in the field of colored contact lenses, has willingly decided to support the Lombardy Region in the fight against Coronavirus with an important donation. The Lombardy based company has acted on the appeal of the Region and donated € 100.000,00 to deal with the Covid-19 emergency.

Shopko Optical Names Hengel as Director of Managed Vision Care

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Monday, March 30, 2020 12:24 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Shopko Optical has named Roberta Hengel to its management team as director of managed vision care. Hengel has worked in the managed care industry for more than 25 years and joins the team with proven experience in managed care network administration, contract negotiation, and developing growth strategies. Before accepting the position with Shopko Optical, Hengel served as director of managed care for UnitedHealth Group for more than 15 years. “I am pleased to welcome Roberta to the Shopko Optical team,” Kirk Lauterback, chief operating officer, said in a recent announcement. “Roberta’s unique experience will bring strong leadership and support with our insurance plan partners and enable us to provide additional benefits to our patients.”

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: New York Eye, SynergEyes, Zeiss Meditec

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Monday, March 30, 2020 12:21 AM VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus pandemic. New York Eye has been granted an essential business waiver by the State of New York and is open and operational with a skeleton staff. The business is processing and shipping out orders. In a statement, president Arthur Jankolovits said the business anticipates small delays in shipping, but feels confident that all orders will be shipped within 48 hours of receipt. New York Eye's on-site customer service will remain closed through Friday April 3, but employees are working from home as is most of the salesforce. 

As $2 Trillion Stimulus Bill to Support Businesses Is Signed by the President, The Vision Council Outlines Details of the Bill's New Programs

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Monday, March 30, 2020 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Amid the backdrop of the passing of the $2 trillion stimulus bill to shore up small businesses and provide economic relief to the unemployed, The Vision Council is offering its members details of the new programs. The new legislation will support business and individuals in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act” or “Phase 3”) will provide emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families, and businesses. The text of the legislation can be found here

Hoya, Together With Jobson, Offers Free CE Courses

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Monday, March 30, 2020 12:06 AM

Hand Washing Without Running Water

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Friday, March 27, 2020 11:38 AM Hand washing is one of the most important ways to stop the spread of COVID-19, but there are millions of people around the world who lack access to running water. Last week, Sightsavers put the spotlight on the tippy tap: a device that those without running water can use to safely wash their hands. Head over to Twitter to learn how it works. 

AOA Announces Expansion of COVID-19 Response

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Friday, March 27, 2020 10:15 AM AOA announces expansion of COVID-19 response, CMS postpones MIPS deadline and grant exclusions, Essilor of America takes steps to mitigate the effects of the Coronavirus crisis, The Vision Council releases Midpoint March COVID-19 study, and My Eyelab and Stanton Optical to offer only telehealth all topped this week's VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

CMS Postpones MIPS Deadline, Grants Exclusions Due to COVID-19 Crisis

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Friday, March 27, 2020 10:09 AM ST. LOUIS—ODs participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System will get a reprieve from some Quality Payment Program deadlines to help facilitate the health care system's response to COVID-19.

Essilor of America Takes Steps to Mitigate Effects of Coronavirus Crisis

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Friday, March 27, 2020 10:06 AM DALLAS—As strict new rules on social gatherings, work and movement went into effect in Dallas County on Tuesday—an effort by local officials to slow the spread of the coronavirus—Essilor of America, based here, took steps to mitigate the effects of the crisis on employees, customers and business partners, both locally and throughout the country.