Wednesday, July 15, 2020 12:33 AM
NEW YORK—The index numbers rose for optical revenues for the week ending July 12, according to the most recent Jobson COVID-19 Practice Performance Tracker. After two weeks of declining sales, the U.S. optical business experienced substantial growth in that period. This sales increase occurred across the board for all service/product categories and all census regions of the country.Click here to view the complete Jobson COVID-19 Performance Tracker.
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 12:27 AM
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—The American Academy of Ophthalmology
has announced that its annual meeting
will be a virtual-only event in 2020. Those who have already registered for the meeting will receive additional information by Wednesday, Aug. 12.
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 12:15 AM
NEW YORK—We could not get through these unprecedented times without our health care workers which is why Jobson is highlighting the work of ECPs for continuing to provide essential eyecare during the Covid-19 pandemic. Starting today, Jobson will begin featuring some of these special heroes in an online gallery located on our Eyecare Heroes site
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 12:05 AM
After two weeks of declining sales, the U.S. optical business experienced substantial growth over the past week ending July 12. This sales increase occurred across the board for all service/product categories and all census regions of the country. On a national level, gross revenue grew at a rate of 12 index points, bringing it to within only 8 index points of where it was in mid-March, when stay-at-home orders began and optical sales started to slide.Click to view the COVID-19 Practice Performance Tracker for the week ending July 12, 2020.
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 12:00 AM
SUNNYVALE, Calif.—For years now, the eyecare sector has been experiencing a steady surge of interest in telehealth options, both from patients and ODs. Fast-forward to the onset of the pandemic, the ensuing lockdowns and phased-in reopenings have only speeded up the popularity of telehealth as ODs find new ways to interact and communicate with their patients and provide them with a more meaningful eyecare experience.
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:30 PM
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Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:33 AM
LONDON— Media 10, the organizers of 100% Optical
, and the Federation of Manufacturing Opticians
(FMO), the organizers of Optrafair, announced they have reached an agreement that brings the main optical bodies and industry together into one major event for 2021 onwards. In addition to this agreement, the FMO, together with show organiser MA Exhibitions, a member of the Mark Allen Group, said they have made the difficult decision to cancel Optrafair 2020, which was due to take place at the NEC on September 19-21 2020. This action was taken due to the continued uncertainty surrounding delivery of events as a result of Covid-19.
Monday, July 13, 2020 2:52 PM
A new survey
provides a detailed update on consumer behavior and sentiment amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis. According to the survey, which was fielded on July 8, safety and hygiene are top of mind for consumers for the upcoming back-to-school season. A little over four in 10 back-to-school shoppers said they will buy face masks and/or other hygiene products/personal protective equipment for their children.
Online remains the preferred shopping channel for clothing and footwear.
Monday, July 13, 2020 1:15 PM
What has amazed me through this entire pandemic has been the incredible creativity I see in independent retail. We have retail clients who reinvented themselves in so many ways, and came up with simply brilliant ideas to continue to engage with customers and move product. Some of those even produced sales that beat last year.
Monday, July 13, 2020 11:49 AM
Last week, Jenn Chinn, OD
, sat down for a Facebook Live event with VSP to show patients just what the new eye exam looks like today, from how everything gets sanitized to how patients can prepare to come in for a smooth, safe exam, without too much stress or unexpected changes. The talk is still available to watch on Facebook
Monday, July 13, 2020 12:25 AM
CEO David Pellicer explains to WMIDO
the process put in place by the company to deal with the Covid-19 emergency. The pandemic has pushed Etnia Barcelona to give an extra boost to its programs.
Friday, July 10, 2020 5:46 PM
Despite compliance from the majority of Americans, retailers are alarmed with the instances of hostility and violence frontline employees are experiencing by a vocal minority of customers who are under the misguided impression that wearing a mask is a violation of their civil liberties.