Smart Home Devices to Exceed 13 Billion in Active Use By 2025, With Entertainment Devices Leading the Way

By Staff
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 12:44 PM A new report from Juniper Research has found that there will be almost 13.5 billion smart home devices in active use by 2025, compared to an expected 7.4 billion at year end 2020. Smart entertainment devices take the bulk of revenue attributable to smart home devices, as over $230 billion in 2025. Voice assistant capabilities are an increasingly common way to control digital entertainment devices, from smart speakers to TVs and games consoles; linking them into the smart home ecosystem.

Noha Abdalla Joins MyEyeDr. Leadership Team as Chief Marketing Officer

By Staff
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 12:27 AM VIENNA, Va.—MyEyeDr. has announced the newest member of its leadership team, Noha Abdalla, who joined the company as chief marketing officer on Nov. 30. Sue Downes, MyEyeDr. CEO, said, “I am excited to have Noha’s talents on our team and the opportunity to work closely with her to lead our marketing innovation and digitization efforts. We know that her skills and talents will accelerate our efforts in creating the next generation patient experience.” Downes added, “Noha brings to MyEyeDr. strong functional leadership, a focus on service experiences, significant experience building teams and running marketing efforts at scale in ways that will most certainly have a positive impact on our brand, her team and the associate and patient experience over time.”

Eco-Friendly Gant Takes a Sustainable Approach to Glasses

By Staff
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 12:25 AM Gant is a strongly eco-friendly brand. A sustainability-aware approach to design and planning is in the company’s DNA, extending clearly to its eyewear sector, managed by Marcolin since 2013.

FYidoctors Names Verret as VP of Digital and Brand as it Moves to Provide a ‘Superior Digital Experience to Consumers’

By Staff
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 12:24 AM CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors, a leading optometrist-controlled eyecare company, said it has named Elara Verret to its leadership team in the role of vice president, digital and brand. Verret is an award-winning marketing and e-commerce leader with more than 15 years of progressively responsible experience in notable Canadian and international multi-brand platforms, according to a recent announcement.

Bode Miller Named Global Brand Ambassador of Winter Sports at Revo

By Staff
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Revo has announced that Bode Miller is the brand’s new global brand ambassador of winter sports. Miller is the most decorated American skier in history, with two overall World Cup champions and six Olympic medals. This long-term partnership between Revo and Miller aims to help the brand expand into the winter sports market at a global scale, with the first collaboration taking the form of a goggle capsule collection, which debuts this week.

HAL Holding Reaffirms its Commitment to Supporting Sale of its GrandVision Ownership Stake to EssilorLuxottica

By Staff
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 12:15 AM AMSTERDAM—International holding company HAL Holding NV said last week that it is working to fulfill “all relevant requirements under the transaction documentation” related to the proposed acquisition of retailer GrandVision (Euronext: GVNV) by EssilorLuxottica (Euronext: EL). HAL noted that it is working “together with” GrandVision / and EssilorLuxottica to move the deal forward, including obtaining all requisite regulatory approvals. The holding company, which owns 76.7 percent of GrandVision – provided comments on the proposed deal in its announcement of third-quarter and nine-month results.

CooperVision Reveals Major Investments in MyDay Daily Disposable Contact Lens Production

By Staff
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 12:12 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—In light of unprecedented global demand for its MyDay daily disposable contact lenses, CooperVision said Monday that it has initiated a series of major investments that scale up manufacturing capacity, logistics performance and sustainability measures. As part of the company’s most aggressive expansion plan in the last decade, it has invested hundreds of millions of dollars to increase MyDay sphere and toric production capacity by more than 300 percent since 2018, the company said in an announcement about the investment.

International Business Outlook: Which Countries Are ‘Open’?

By Staff
Monday, November 30, 2020 2:58 PM Statista noted this week that APAC nations and regional economies score high in a ranking by the World Bank that assesses the ease of doing business around the world. Four out of the five top contenders in the 2020 edition—New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea—are from the region.

European and especially Scandinavian nations also had a strong showing, with Denmark in rank four and Norway and Sweden rounding off the top 10.

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

Sustainability Gains Traction in Optical Industry: VM's Cover Topic

By Staff
Monday, November 30, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—In this year like no other, the topic of sustainability is gaining ground in the optical industry. As individuals, families, companies and businesses large and small start to reprioritize as a result of new examples of climate change, economic challenges, social causes and the pandemic, there is more concern about companies' and brands' approach to the matter. In VM's November issue, the cover topic explores some of the latest findings about consumers' changing attitudes towards the subject.

Transitions Offers Certification Program Online

By Staff
Monday, November 30, 2020 12:25 AM Transitions Optical has launched a new online training resource—the Transitions Certification Program.The new program offers two ways to participate: one for individual eyecare professionals to become a Transitions Specialist and another for eyecare practices to become a Transitions Certified Provider. 

FYidoctors Expands Further in Alberta With Addition of Vision Care Plus

By Staff
Monday, November 30, 2020 12:21 AM CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors, a leading optometrist-controlled eyecare company, said it has completed a merger deal with Vision Care Plus, based in Alberta.

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.