More than 240 Exhibitors Commit to Vision Expo East 2022, Taking Place In-Person from March 31-April 3 at NYC's Javits Center

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Thursday, January 20, 2022 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The organizers of Vision Expo, The Vision Council and RX, today announced that more than 240 exhibitors have committed to Vision Expo East to-date.  Vision Expo East 2022 will take place from March 31-April 3 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. “We are looking forward to hosting a dynamic Show. With more than 240 exhibitors already committed and more than 75 additional exhibitors expected to join, representing a diverse range of companies across the vision care landscape, the momentum is strong and reflects industry-wide excitement to be back in-person in New York City for the first time since 2019,” said Mitch Barkley, vice president of Trade Shows and Events at The Vision Council.

Allergan Announces Leadership Changes Within its Eyecare Group, as Jag Dosanjh Takes on New Senior Position

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Thursday, January 20, 2022 12:24 AM NORTH CHICAGO, Ill.—Allergan, an AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) company, announced this week a series of executive changes within the leadership of its eyecare group that the company said will “continue to bolster its long-standing service and commitment to the eyecare community, [and] which will position Allergan for continued innovation to help address unmet patient need.” Among the changes, Allergan said that Jag Dosanjh, formerly senior vice president, medical therapeutics, has been appointed to a newly created role of president, U.S. Neuroscience and Eyecare.

Registration Opens for Eyes On Dry Eye 2022, a Virtual Education Event to be Held March 4-6, 2022

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Thursday, January 20, 2022 12:18 AM SAN DIEGO—Eyes On Eyecare has announced that registration is officially open for Eyes On Dry Eye 2022. The three-day virtual educational summit is scheduled for March 4-6, 2022. Eyes On Dry Eye 2022 will provide eyecare professionals with the latest research and education, live sessions and interactive Q&As with renowned specialists, leading innovations in a virtual exhibit hall, industry-wide networking and an opportunity to earn up to 9 hours of free CE on topics directly related to patient care.

The Omicron Surge Compounds Retail Sector’s Worker Shortage

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022 4:02 PM Retailers across the U.S. are being forced to adjust their brick-and-mortar strategies as the spread of the omicron variant exacerbates the pressure on already stretched staff, according to a recent feature from eMarketer. Walmart, Starbucks, Macy’s, and Apple are just a few of the retailers that have either reduced store hours or temporarily closed locations in response to rising numbers of COVID-19 cases. 

Pandemic-induced burnout has hit many industries hard, as the number of people quitting reaches record highs. This, coupled with omicron’s highly contagious nature, has wreaked havoc on retailers’ ability to maintain business as usual. A record 4.5 million people quit their jobs in November 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Of that number, 686,000 left retail jobs, leaving the industry with a 4.4 percent quit rate (the number of people quitting as a proportion of total employment). Meanwhile, the overall quit rate hit 3 percent matching the high previously seen in September 2021.

In addition to facing increased risk of COVID-19 exposure, retail workers are also reporting low morale due to severe staffing crunches, lack of hazard pay, and rising numbers of in-store shoppers. 

As a result, retailers are overhauling their in-store experience on the fly by adjusting hours and adding more self-service options. For example, ShopRite recently rolled out an automated pickup pod that provides consumers in New Rochelle, N.Y., with a contactless way to retrieve their online grocery orders. That type of technology can reduce the retailer’s reliance on store employees and may drive an increase in online shopping.

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Increased for the Week of Jan. 10-16, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations increased last week, Jan. 10-16, at a rate of 5 index points. That places gross revenue at a level well below (-13 index points) where it was at this point in time (Week 3) last year, slightly below (-4 index points) where it was in 2020, and slightly above (2 index points) where it was in 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker.

Specsavers Announces Plan to Invest $100 Million in Independent Optometrists and Opticians in Canada

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022 12:21 AM VANCOUVER—Specsavers, a leading international optometrist-owned and led business that recently entered Canada, said this week that it plans to continue this expansion effort by investing in independent optometrists and opticians by covering 100 percent of their start-up costs as new Specsavers locations across the country.

Envision Conference Announces 2022 In-Person Date, Calls for Submissions

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022 12:15 AM WICHITA, Kan.—Organizers of the Envision Conference through Envision University are excited to return to an in-person conference experience in 2022 with outstanding programs and opportunities for professionals in the vision rehabilitation field.

Your Boss Wants You Back in the Office Despite COVID. Here’s Why.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022 12:04 AM People like the hybrid model [of office work], but the thought that offices are dead is far from reality. Offices will be an important component for companies going forward.

Chips Will Remain in Short Supply This Year, According to New Deloitte Report

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022 3:16 PM Deloitte recently released its Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) 2022 Predictions report, which highlights how worldwide trends in TMT may affect businesses and consumers worldwide. The report underscores how many of these trends are being driven by the global pandemic’s economic and societal shifts, resulting in an increasingly connected and multi-device world, fueling the world’s need for more chips, growth in connectivity, and entertainment options.

The Journey of a COVID Test

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022 11:13 AM For a myriad of reasons, Americans across the country are experiencing significant delays in COVID test results. From shipping delays to employees having to call out sick with COVID themselves, things are disrupted at every level. Head over to WebMD to learn about the journey of a COVID test: how it gets from your nose to the lab and back, and some of the other reasons why results are taking so long right now. 

VSP Ventures Moves Into Texas With Acquisition of Six-Location Eye Trends of North Houston

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022 12:27 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Ventures announced late last week that Eye Trends, a six-location practice spread across North Houston, Texas, has chosen VSP Ventures as its acquisition partner. Co-owners Dr. Douglas Inns and Dr. Michael Toups lead the practice and have provided health-focused vision care to generations of Texas families for more than 30 years, the announcement noted. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The new partnership marks a significant milestone as it signals the entry of VSP Ventures into “a new state via a practice respected within its community and throughout the optometric industry, alike,” the announcement noted.

AOA's Eye Deserve More Campaign Reinforces Essential Care of Optometrists and Will Expand in 2022

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022 12:24 AM ST. LOUIS—The American Optometric Association’s (AOA) nationwide public awareness campaign is making waves and reinforcing the essential care doctors of optometry deliver.

UnitedHealthcare Enhances Eyecare Program by Helping Reduce People’s Exposure to Blue Light

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022 12:21 AM MINNETONKA, Minn.—UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, said it will invest in new ways to help children and adults across the country reduce their exposure to blue light and support their overall eye health, amid ongoing use of screens during COVID-19 and the greater reliance on remote school and work.

opti Announces its Return to Munich, January 27 to 29, 2023

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022 12:15 AM MUNICH, Germany—European trade show opti has announced the plans for its 2023 show, which will take place from January 27 through 29, 2023 in Munich, Germany. VM reported in November that opti’s 2022 show has been postponed to May 13 through 15, 2022, also in Munich. opti also announced that its earlier plan to alternate the location of the trade show between Munich in even years and Stuttgart in odd years will no longer apply. From 2022 on, Munich will be the show’s permanent home.

Warning Sign for the Economy: Consumers Are Getting Grumpy

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022 12:04 AM Consumer spending will remain the cornerstone of economic growth this year, but the near-term path will be choppy amid surging Omicron cases.