Vision Innovation Partners Completes 19th Acquisition, Adding Western Pennsylvania Practice to Mid-Atlantic Platform

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Thursday, September 16, 2021 12:24 AM ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Vision Innovation Partners, a leading eyecare platform, has acquired Ophthalmic Associates, a provider of integrated eyecare services with five locations (and an ambulatory surgery center) in Western Pennsylvania.

Retail Imports Remain Strong But Growth Slows as COVID-19 Disruptions Continue, Report Says

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021 4:27 PM WASHINGTON—Double-digit growth in imports at the nation’s largest retail container ports is slipping to single digits as pandemic-related supply chain disruptions around the world continue, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released last week by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates.

“Year-over-year growth isn’t as dramatic as it was earlier because we’re now comparing against months when most stores closed by the pandemic last year had reopened and retailers were stocking up again,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “We expected that. But we’re seeing issues ranging from port closures in Asia to ships lined up waiting to dock at U.S. ports.

U.S. ports covered by Global Port Tracker handled 2.19 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units in July, the latest month for which final numbers are available. That was up 2 percent from June and up 14.2 percent from a year earlier. A TEU is one 20-foot container or its equivalent.

Ports have not reported August numbers yet, but Global Port Tracker projected the month at 2.27 million TEU, which would be up 7.8 percent year-over-year. That would be the busiest August on record. But it would fall short of the 2.37 million TEU forecast for August a month ago, which would have broken May’s record of 2.33 million TEU for the largest number of containers imported during a single month since NRF began tracking imports in 2002. Click here to read the full story from the NRF.

Mondottica USA Names Dan Blessing Chief Commercial Officer of the Americas

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021 12:24 AM WARREN, N.J.—Mondottica USA has announced the addition of Dan Blessing to its executive management team in the role of chief commercial officer of the Americas. 

Shopko Optical Names Angelina Popovic, OD, as New Vice President of Medical and Professional Affairs

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021 12:21 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Shopko Optical, a provider of eyecare services across the Midwest for more than 40 years, has named Angelina Popovic, OD, to its leadership team as vice president of medical and professional affairs.

Safilo and Chiara Ferragni Sign New Licensing Agreement for Eyewear Collection

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021 12:27 AM PADUA and MILAN—Safilo and Chiara Ferragni, entrepreneur and global fashion icon, have announced their new multi-year licensing agreement for the design, manufacturing and distribution of the first Chiara Ferragni branded eyewear collection.

Silmo d’Or Announces 2021 Nominations, Names Jean-Christophe Leblanc President of the Jury

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021 12:24 AM PARIS—Silmo has announced the nominations for Silmo d’Or 2021, and named Jean-Christophe Leblanc head of the jury. Leblanc, a set designer and art director, graduated from ATEP, a Parisian college for art and visual communication, and has worked in fashion shows, showcases, events and films. In 2017, he staged Silmo’s 50th anniversary at the Grand Palais. The full schedule for Silmo d’Or 2021 will be released in the coming days, with the final jury count scheduled for September 25. Silmo registration is open online here.

Warby Parker Outlines Plans for Growth, Store Expansion and Evolution to a ‘Holistic’ Vision Care Company as it Readies Public Stock Offering

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Monday, September 13, 2021 3:45 PM NEW YORK—In an optimistic and upbeat two-hour webcast presentation, Warby Parker Inc. co-founders and top executives on Monday morning laid out their plans for strong growth, including expansion of the physical store base, their ongoing philanthropic efforts and the company’s planned evolution to a more “holistic” vision care company that drives a larger share of revenue from eye exams and contact lens sales. The investor presentation follow’s last month’s registration filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a direct listing of Warby Parker’s Class A shares, as VMAIL reported.

Europa Announces Promotions, Additions to Leadership Team

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Friday, September 10, 2021 12:18 AM CHICAGO—Europa has announced key promotions and new hires to its leadership team.

Revo Expands Golf Division to United Kingdom and Europe

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Thursday, September 9, 2021 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Revo has announced the expansion of its golf division to the United Kingdom and Europe. Grahame Jenkins will oversee the division, taking the lead in growing the Revo golf market throughout the U.K. and Europe. Revo has also added Holiday Golf as its distributor for mainland Europe. Jenkins is a golf industry veteran of over 35 years and is the owner of Ireland’s largest golf publication, Tee to Green, which is distributed monthly to all 400 golf clubs in Ireland.

Marcolin, Timberland Eyewear Announce Three-Year Partnership With Treedom

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021 12:27 AM LONGARONE, Italy—Marcolin has announced a three-year partnership with Treedom, a global web platform to promote the planting of trees and forests worldwide with the aim of making the planet greener, through Timberland Eyewear.

ImageWear, Betsey Johnson to Support National Breast Cancer Foundation Through October 2021

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021 12:21 AM CARROLLTON, Texas—ImageWear has announced an agreement with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to support breast cancer awareness during the months of August, September and October 2021. The campaign will center on activities that will allow a generous donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation and its mission of “Helping Women Now.” ImageWear will raise funds through the sales of Betsey Johnson prescription frame and sun kits sold to eyecare professionals, and ImageWear employees will participate in a national walk-a-thon to help boost donation efforts.

LensCrafters Set to Launch ‘See Clearly, Drive Safely’ Campaign to Promote and Highlight the Role of Good Vision for All Drivers

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021 12:24 AM MASON, Ohio—LensCrafters, one of the largest optical retail brands in North America, has announced that beginning next Tuesday (Sept. 7) it will launch a new “See Clearly, Drive Safely “ campaign, a 360-degree marketing initiative that highlights the importance of having a personalized vision solution for driving.

Wisconsin Vision Relocates, Remodels and Expands Several Locations and Plans Fall Test of Tele-Optometry at Four Pilot Sites

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021 12:21 AM NEW BERLIN, Wis.—In an effort to improve customer experience and patient convenience, Wisconsin Vision plans to relocate and expand three of its Milwaukee/Waukesha area locations.

Hy-Vee Supermarket Chain Partners With Online Retailer Pair Eyewear to Bring Eyewear Kiosks to Hy-Vee’s Midwest Locations

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021 12:18 AM WEST DES MOINES, Iowa—In another sign of the blending of retail and health care, Midwest supermarket chain Hy-Vee Inc. has established a partnership with online retailer Pair Eyewear that will bring Pair Eyewear kiosks into select Hy-Vee locations across the company’s eight-state region.

Classique Promotes Rod Scott to National Vice President of U.S. Sales

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Thursday, September 2, 2021 12:15 AM SAN DIEGO—Classique Eyewear has announced the promotion of Rod Scott from western regional sales manager to national vice president of U.S. sales.