Elevating the Patient Experience Is the Focus of Today’s VM Summit Session

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Today’s Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit virtual session, Stepping Up the Patient Experience, will examine how digital technologies are bringing doctors, patients and consumers into the healthcare process in exciting new ways. An eclectic mix of speakers drawn from the technology, retail and vision care fields will discuss how new tactics and technologies are transforming patient engagement by blending physical experiences with online, virtual ones. This last session of the four-part series of "AFTERSHOCKS: Remaking Healthcare's Future, Vision Beyond 2020," the VM Global Leadership Summit's major theme will be broadcast today from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m EST.

My Eyelab Signs Agreement to Open Nine New Locations in Oklahoma and Texas With Multi-Unit Franchise Private Equity Group

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Friday, October 16, 2020 12:24 AM OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.—My Eyelab, a retail brand of Now Optics, has signed an agreement that will bring five new franchise stores to Oklahoma City and four to the Dallas/Fort Worth markets.

AEG Vision Wins 2020 CIO 100 Award for Innovation in Technology

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020 12:15 AM DALLAS—AEG Vision, an owner and operator of leading optometry practices, announced that it is among the 2020 CIO 100 Award recipients for innovation in technology. The prestigious CIO 100 Award celebrates 100 organizations and the teams within them that are using IT in innovative ways to deliver business value, whether by creating competitive advantage, optimizing business processes, enabling growth or improving relationships with customers. CIO is the leading content and community resource for information technology executives in today’s fast-paced era of IT transformation in enterprise.

Leonard Green & Partners Invests in Eyemart Express

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020 2:00 PM DALLAS—Private equity investment firm Leonard Green & Partners (LGP) has completed a strategic investment in Eyemart Express, a leading national value optical retailer, according to an announcement Tuesday. Los Angeles-based private equity firm LGP joins majority stakeholders FFL Partners (FFL) and the founding Barnes family in the ownership of the retailer, which operates 223 stores in 41 states. The financial terms of the private transaction were not disclosed, but the announcement noted that the new LGP investment “will not add any incremental debt to the Eyemart Express balance sheet.”

Kenmark Eyewear Promotes Jason Wehlage to VP of Product and Design, Marissa Cundiff to VP of Marketing

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020 12:21 AM LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Kenmark Eyewear has announced the promotions of Jason Wehlage and Marissa Cundiff. Whelage, who began his career at Kenmark in 2001 as a design assistant, has held roles as product designer and director of product design.

EyeCare4Kids Partners With 1-800 Contacts to Launch Sight the World, a Virtual Vision Clinic Providing Care to the Underserved

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Monday, October 12, 2020 12:21 AM DRAPER, Utah—1-800 Contacts, the largest retailer of contact lenses in the U.S., and nonprofit EyeCare4Kids have launched Sight the World, an initiative that will utilize innovative vision care technology from 1-800 Contacts to provide free glasses and contact lenses for underserved adults and children globally. The new partnership announcement came last week on World Sight Day, an international day of awareness for the 2.5 billion people across the world who have vision impairment that could be corrected or could have been prevented.

Pearle Vision Awarded Bronze Effie for ‘Small Moments’ Campaign, Marking the Fourth Effie in Six Years

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Friday, October 9, 2020 12:21 AM MASON, Ohio—Pearle Vision was awarded the Bronze Effie in the Sustained Success category during the 2020 Virtual Ideas That Work: Effie U.S. Summit & Awards Gala, according to a Pearle Vision announcement this week.

Marcolin Group Opens New Australian Subsidiary

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Friday, October 9, 2020 12:18 AM LONGARONE, Italy—Marcolin Group has announced the opening of a new branch in Sydney, Australia. This new subsidiary will play a key role in the Group’s growth in the APAC region, with the aim of strengthening the commercial relationship with Marcolin’s current regional office in Hong Kong.

Safilo and Pierre Cardin Renew Licensing Agreement

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020 12:21 AM PADUA, Italy and PARIS—Safilo and Pierre Cardin have announced the renewal of the licensing agreement to design, manufacture and distribute prescription frames and sunglasses under the Pierre Cardin brand. Safilo and Pierre Cardin's first collection together debuted in 1991, and the renewal will now run until Dec. 21, 2026. Pierre Cardin's most recent eyewear collection, the Pierre Cardin Evolution limited edition sunglasses, were presented in September at a fashion show held at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris to celebrate the release of the documentary film The House of Cardin.

America’s Best to Sponsor PCO’s Summer Enrichment Program

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020 12:27 AM ELKINS PARK, Pa.—The Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) at Salus University will announce today that America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses will be the sole sponsor of the University’s Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) with its vision to increase the number of Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) in the optometric profession.

Lifetime Eye Care and The Vision Performance Center Merge With Oregon-Based Sterling Vision

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020 12:24 AM EUGENE, Ore.—Sterling Vision based here announced that Lifetime Eye Care and The Vision Performance Center have merged with Sterling Vision, effective Oct. 1, 2020.

National Retail Federation Supports Legislation Setting ADA Standards for Websites

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020 12:15 AM WASHINGTON—The National Retail Federation is welcoming legislation that would establish standards clarifying what is required to make websites and mobile apps accessible to the visually impaired under the Americans with Disabilities Act. “Retailers want to serve all customers, and that includes those who are blind or visually impaired,” NRF chief administrative officer and general counsel Stephanie Martz said. “This bill makes it clear that the ADA applies to websites and requires that businesses make their websites accessible, but it also sets clear rules on what that means.

Safilo Confirms Sale of Martignacco Production Site

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Monday, October 5, 2020 12:27 AM PADUA, Italy—Safilo Group has confirmed that the process for the sale of the business branch of its Martignacco production site, closed starting from July 1, 2020, has been completed.

Marchon and Converse Announce Exclusive Global Licensing Agreement for Eyewear

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Friday, October 2, 2020 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Marchon Eyewear and Converse have announced the signing of an exclusive, long-term global licensing agreement. New sun and optical collections designed under this partnership will begin to roll out globally in January, 2021. Eyewear styles will take cues from Converse’s iconic Chuck Taylor All Star design and feature recognizable motifs such as the All Star patch and the Star Chevron logo. The brand targets all genders ages 12-35, and will feature 16 sunglasses and 43 optical styles in a mix of classic and trendy shapes.

National Vision Opens 1,200th Store in Florida

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Thursday, October 1, 2020 12:33 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE) hit a milestone late last month with the opening of its 1,200th optical location. The new store in Deerfield Beach, Fla. operates under the America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses banner, a store group that represents almost two-thirds of the company’s aggregate volume. America’s Best operates more than 750 stores across 32 states, according to a recent company presentation. “In the 15 years since we bought America’s Best and the 11 years since we bought Eyeglass World we have opened hundreds of new stores,” chief executive officer Reade Fahs told VMAIL in a note.