VM's 2022 Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers Report: Recovery and Recalibration

By Marge Axelrad and Mark Tosh
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 1:00 AM NEW YORK—After the shock of the 2020 pandemic and the slow build back to some semblance of stability by the end of that year, the leading U.S. optical retailers and companies, both national and regional groups, came back in 2021 with a solid mid-to-high double digit performance overall. While the 2020 year was characterized as working past store and office closures to “craft a comeback,” as VM noted in our 2021 Top 50, the 12 months of 2021 were marked by tightening up operations, accelerating new digital technologies to power operations and to demonstrate new ideas to consumers and patients. Companies reconsidered initiatives like more online sales choices or remote eyecare.

A 2021 Sales Comeback, Combined With Acquisitions and New Entrants, Shape VM’s 2022 Top 50

By Marge Axelrad and Mark Tosh
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 12:59 AM NEW YORK—In contrast to the harrowing year that was 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic shook the world and forced many stores to close in the U.S for many weeks, the 2021 business year saw a comeback for the U.S.’s Top 50 Optical Retailers and groups, Vision Monday has learned. Based on submissions from companies as well as VM’s own estimates, the collective Top 50 Retailers’ sales for the 12 months ending 2021 ended up higher by some 21 percent from the previous year.

Key Optical Players Ranked by U.S. Sales in 2021

By Staff
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 12:57 AM

Mass Merchants and Clubs Saw a Healthy 2021 Optical Sales Performance

By Marge Axelrad and Mark Tosh
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 12:56 AM NEW YORK—Mirroring their overall companies’ sales performance in 2021, which saw the U.S.’ mass merchants and warehouse clubs reflect strong consumer buying activity and a healthy return to business after the initial pandemic year of 2020, those operations with optical departments experienced healthy gains as well. Collective revenues from this sector of the market rose some 16 percent for the year, reaching $3.86 billion in calendar year 2021, according to their reports and VM estimates.

Top 50 U.S. Retailer Submissions Being Accepted Through May 31 for VM's Annual Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers Report

By Staff
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday will be publishing its signature Annual Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers Report in its upcoming June print/digital edition. A link to the survey is posted here. The current deadline to submit to be considered for inclusion in the Special Report ihas been extended through Tuesday, May 31. The optical industry's leading news platform's annual survey collates and presents sales and operations data for regional and national retailers for the calendar year ending Dec. 31, 2021.

Are You a Top 50 U.S. Retailer? Submissions Still Being Accepted for VM's Annual Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers Report

By Staff
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday will be publishing its signature Annual Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers Report in its upcoming June print/digital edition. A link to the survey is posted here. The current deadline to submit to be considered for inclusion in the Special Report is no later than Wednesday, May 25. The optical industry's leading news platform has kicked off this annual survey among regional and national retailers for the signature report, which collates and presents sales and operations data for the calendar year ending Dec. 31, 2021.

Are You a Top U.S. Optical Retailer? VM Opens its Annual Top 50 Optical Retailers Survey, Sets May 25 Deadline

By Staff
Monday, May 2, 2022 12:30 AM NEW YORK—The year 2021 for the optical sector was not unlike a rollercoaster ride in some ways, with a series of ups and downs and quick turns, as the nation experienced an uneven recovery from COVID-19. But the optical business did bounce back in 2021, and after this second consecutive extraordinary business year, Vision Monday will be publishing its signature Annual Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers Report in its upcoming June print/digital edition. A link to the survey is posted here.

Jobson Research Report Looks at 10 Years of VM's Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailer Trends

By Staff
Monday, December 13, 2021 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Jobson Research has issued a new report called "10 Years of Top U.S. Optical Retailer Trends." The special edition pulls together the last 10 years of Vision Monday's Top 50 U.S Optical Retailers Reports.

New Jobson Research Report Looks at 10 Years of VM's Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailer Trends

By Staff
Thursday, September 23, 2021 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Jobson Research has issued a new report called "10 Years of Top U.S. Optical Retailer Trends." The special edition pulls together the last 10 years of Vision Monday's Top 50 U.S Optical Retailers Reports and gauges the performance, expansion activity and estimated sales of the U.S.'s leading optical retailers and ECP groups over a 10-year period. It is designed to be a valuable resource and offer perspective on key trends and sales metrics. Derived from one of Vision Monday's signature features, the VM Annual Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers report, this new report has been compiled through a Vision Monday/Jobson Research collaboration.

Read the Last 10 Years of VM's Top 50 U.S. Retailers Reports

By Staff
Monday, August 23, 2021 9:00 AM Read the last 10 years of Top 50 Retailers Reports.

Crafting a Comeback

By Marge Axelrad and Mark Tosh
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 12:30 AM The year 2020 was remarkable, presenting an almost unimagined range of challenges unheard of before COVID-19 became part of the lexicon. The result has been a wave of changes for everyone, whether at work or at home. Like many businesses, the optical/eyecare sector was significantly impacted by the long-running and continuing pandemic. Practices closed or operated with reduced hours over various time periods. Resiliency became the watchword.