Optical Sales Across the U.S. Bounce Back to Pre-Labor Day Holiday Levels, Per Jobson COVID-19 Practice Performance Tracker

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Nationally, optical sales returned to their levels prior to the Labor Day Holiday during the most recent week for which metrics have been tracked (Sept. 14 – Sept. 20). Following substantial decreases resulting from the Labor Day holiday for the previous week tracked (Sept. 7 – Sept. 13), overall optical sales in all categories bounced back to where they had been on a national level during the week of Aug. 31 to Sept. 6. Regionally, although all four Census regions being monitored (Northeast, Midwest, West, South) had states reporting increases in cases of COVID-19 (according to the CDC COVID Data Tracker),  this had little to no impact on optical sales, according to the tracker. With every state in the West and nearly every state in the Midwest and South reporting increasing numbers of cases of COVID-19 over the past week, optical sales returned to the same level or within at least 1 or 2 index points of where they had been during the week prior to the Labor Day weekend.

Materialise Makes ‘Strategic Investment’ in Virtual Eyewear Try-On Firm Ditto as Companies Begin Collaboration

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020 12:27 AM LEUVEN, Belgium and OAKLAND, Calif. — Materialise NV  (Nasdaq:MTLS), a global leader in 3D printing solutions, has made a strategic investment in Ditto, an Oakland-based developer of virtual eyewear try-on platforms, according to an announcement earlier this week. In addition, the two companies will collaborate to advance the digital transformation in the eyewear industry and support the creation of new and personalized shopping experiences. The details of the investment by Materialise were not disclosed. The introduction of advanced digital technologies in the eyewear industry is creating new opportunities, including the possibility to offer personalized frame recommendations and virtual try-on solutions, the announcement noted.

Safilo North America to Focus on Fall Eyewear Trends in Next Virtual Episode of SAFILO LIVE

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020 12:25 AM Safilo North America’s next SAFILO LIVE virtual episode, titled SAFILO LIVE Fall Expo, will be an hour-long program that is set to air on Wednesday, September 23 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Broadcast on its own dedicated channel, the episode will focus on Fall 2020 frame trends for men, women and millennials.

De Rigo Group and Tumi Announce New License Agreement, Collection

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020 12:24 AM LONGARONE, Italy—The De Rigo Group and Tumi have announced an exclusive license agreement for the design, production and distribution of Tumi-branded sunglasses and prescription frames for both men and women. The Tumi eyewear collection will embody the brand’s iconic values and DNA, as well as its dedication to innovation. This collection is set to debut at Vision Expo East in 2021, prior to its global launch in May 2021. The first Tumi collection produced by De Rigo will be distributed through the De Rigo sales network, as well as select Tumi stores and eCommerce sights worldwide.

Eyemart Express Pledges $20,000 Donation for Fifth Annual Stand Up To Cancer Fundraiser

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020 12:21 AM DALLAS—Eyemart Express,  a leading national optical retailer, is kicking off its fifth annual fundraiser to benefit Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C). SU2C works to accelerate cancer research so that all cancer patients can become long-term cancer survivors. Eyemart Express will donate $5 for every pair of SU2C frames purchased through Oct. 24, with a minimum guaranteed donation of $20,000, according to an announcement this week. “We are pleased to support Stand Up To Cancer as this fundraiser is an important tradition in our stores and for the local communities that we serve,” chief executive officer Michael Bender said.

CECOP Offers Members Contactless Eye Exams Technology

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020 12:09 AM

Charmant Intros New Eddie Bauer Optical Styles

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020 12:03 AM

Insights for 9-23-20

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020 3:18 PM The caregiving responsibilities outside of work are falling heavier on women than on men, and the retail sector in particular is one where you generally don’t have a lot of control over your schedule, which can lead to a real crunch.

About Half of Americans Say Their Lives Will Remain Changed in Major Ways When the Pandemic Is Over

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020 2:01 PM After roughly six months of living amid a pandemic, many Americans expect their lives to remain changed even after the COVID-19 outbreak is over, according to an August Pew Research Center survey of 13,200 Americans. About half of U.S. adults (51 percent) say they expect their lives will remain changed in major ways after the pandemic is over, while about the same share (48 percent) expect a return to normalcy.

It has also affected where some Americans live: In a June survey, around one-in-five U.S. adults (22 percent) said they either changed their residence due to the outbreak or know someone else who did. And as of July, a majority of adults under 30 are living with their parents for the first time on record, Census Bureau data shows.

Large shares of Americans across most major demographic groups say their lives will remain changed after the pandemic, according to the August survey. Even so, there are some notable differences.

Roughly two-thirds of Black adults (64 percent) say their lives will remain changed in major ways after the pandemic is over. That compares with 56 percent of Asian adults, 53 percent of Hispanic adults and 48 percent of White adults.

Click here to read the full story from Pew Research Center. 

L’Amy America to Launch Ben Sherman Eco Sun Collection

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020 10:00 AM

Schneider Debuts Its First Contact Lens and IOL Machines

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020 9:30 AM

ABB Optical Group Intros Phoropter Mask PPE Solution

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020 9:00 AM

Lighthouse Guild’s New Podcast on Tech and Vision

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020 8:00 AM