Insights for 6-21-19

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019 1:34 PM Business Insider Intelligence and eMarketer are both excellent at what they do – but combined they will be a force to reckon with. Our plans for the combined group are ambitious: Together with our colleagues from eMarketer we want to build the next generation digital research company that will be the go-to-place for those shaping the digital transformation happening across all industries.

Those Puppy Dog Eyes You Can’t Resist? Thank Evolution

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019 12:11 PM You know that face your dog makes, the one that’s a little bit quizzical, maybe a bit sad, a bit anticipatory, with the eyebrows slanted? Sometimes you think it says, “Don’t be sad. I can help.” Other times it quite clearly asks, “No salami for me?” Scientists have not yet been able to translate the look, but they have given it a very serious label: “AU101: inner eyebrow raise.” And a team of evolutionary psychologists and anatomists reported Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that dogs make this face more often and way more intensely than wolves. In fact dogs, but not wolves, have a specific muscle that helps raise those brows. Click here to read the full story from The New York Times.

Trust and Price Drive Millennials’ Purchases

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019 12:03 PM In a new report, “Millennials and Beauty,” Coresight Research notes that U.S. millennials, like older generations, value trust more than anything else when selecting a beauty brand. Citing a U.S. survey by Prosper Insights & Analytics in July 2018, Coresight points out more than 50 percent of those in the 18 to 34 age group said they would select a beauty product based on trust, broadly in line with the 35 to 54 and 55+ age groups. Similar to older generations, for millennials price is the second-most important criterion. However, compared with older shoppers, millennials are more likely to visit different stores to get the best deals and also to use coupon codes when buying a beauty product.

20/20’s ‘Sport Report’ Shows Athleisure’s Growing Role

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019 11:46 AM Sport Eyewear continues to be a viable category for optical retailers and eyecare professionals. According to “The Sport Report” in 20/20’s June issue, 93 percent of independent optical locations dispensing eyeglasses also report dispensing some type of sport or protective eyewear (including ski and swim goggles). Coupled with the immersion of the athleisure category into the optical space, providing active patients with stylish and practical performance options for sport eyewear is essential. Ask your patients about their lifestyle activities and recommend sport eyewear for their active needs.

OKIA Goes Green With Dedicated Website, New Sustainable Materials

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019 12:25 AM OKIA keeps up its effort to build a more sustainable future of the eyewear industry. In order to increase customers’ sensitivity to nature and collect attention toward eco-friendly products, OKIA recently launched www.sustainability.okia.com, dedicated entirely to its green solutions.

The Vision Council Files Joint Letter in Opposition of China 301 Tariffs, Will Testify on Thursday

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—This weekend, The Vision Council, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, National Association of Opticians and Optometrists, Opticians Association of America, National Association of Vision Care Plans, Prevent Blindness, and OneSight jointly filed a letter to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in opposition of the China 301 duties on optical products. VMail previously reported on the tariffs and how they might affect the optical industry.

Registration Is Now Open for Vision Expo West 2019

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019 12:21 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Registration is now open to all for Vision Expo West 2019. Returning to the Sands Expo Convention Center in the iconic city of Las Vegas on Sept. 18 to 21, this year’s Show will feature new destinations, education courses, empowering panels and more. “In this ever-evolving industry, we are proud that Vision Expo continues to be the ultimate destination for every member of the vision community to enhance their career and grow their business," said Joanne Mohr, Vision Expo event director, Reed Exhibitions.

Safilo Announces New State-of-the-Art North American Distribution Center in Denver

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019 12:20 AM PADOVA, Italy and SECAUCUS, N.J.—Safilo (Reuters SFLG.MI) plans to open a new state-of-the-art North American Distribution Center in Denver, Colorado, to further improve its speed-to-market and increase service levels to customers across the region, the company said. Safilo noted it took possession of the new Denver Logistic Hub yesterday with the expectation of it being fully operational within the third quarter of 2019. The existing Safilo North American distribution centers in Clearfield, Utah, Montreal, Canada and the other existing facility in Denver will be integrated into the new Denver facility.

VSP Optics Names GSRx as ‘Unity Lab of the Year’

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019 12:18 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Optics announced that Global Source Rx (GSRx) is the recipient of the annual “Unity Lab of the Year” award. GSRx, an optical manufacturing laboratory based in Scottsdale, Ariz., received the award for its exceptional quality of work, superior service, sales volume and overall performance in 2018, VSP Optics said in a statement. “The GSRx team has been strong supporters of the Unity brand for years, and it has been a pleasure to continue working with them closely to offer an innovative portfolio of products to eyecare professionals,” said Todd Riley, director of wholesale business development for VSP Optics.

New MINI Eyewear Collection to Bow from Eschenbach and Tura Eyewear This Fall

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019 12:15 AM NEW YORK—MINI, the iconic auto brand of the BMW Group, has a new license with Eschenbach Optik and, in cooperation with MINI, Tura Eyewear will be launching its own MINI eyewear and sunwear collection this fall. An announcement noted that 60 years have passed since the first classic Mini was presented to the public in 1959. "The zippy little runabout quickly developed into a cult car. The MINI brand has remained true to its roots and to this day stands for incomparable design, creativity and well thought out details," it said. MINI Eyewear is a "lifestyle brand which also focuses on the essentials, an iconic design combined with high quality materials. The eyewear is designed with an urban feel."

EyePromise Intros Screen Shield Pro Vitamin

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019 12:11 AM

Morel’s Lightec Adds to Its Drill Mount Concept

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019 12:08 AM

ActiveLook Transforms Sunglasses into Data Viewers

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019 12:05 AM

An Ever-Increasing Focus on Welfare for De Rigo Vision Employees

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019 12:25 AM A new company Welfare and Work-Life Balance project, intended to improve the personal lives of employees is under way at De Rigo Vision. The program, which sees the company involved in various different initiatives, has been developed in agreement with trade unions and RSUs.

NovaBay Pharmaceuticals Appoints Justin Hall as President and CEO and Jason Raleigh as CFO

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019 12:24 AM EMERYVILLE, Calif.—NovaBay Pharmaceuticals announced that it has appointed Justin Hall as president and chief executive officer, and Jason Raleigh as chief financial officer.