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, and many still struggle with issues related to staffing and in-office safety. Resiliency became the watchword.

The Dealmaking Continues

By Marge Axelrad and Mark Tosh
Monday, August 10, 2020 11:00 PM NEW YORK—The outlook was rosy in January and February. Business was strong, the eyecare and eyewear sectors were firing on nearly all cylinders, and, from the perspectives of many involved in practice transitioning and the acquisition of independent and group eyecare practices in the U.S., fueled by private equity firms and other investment models, 2020 was going to be another active year.

Preparing for a Retail Reset

By Marge Axelrad and Mark Tosh
Thursday, May 21, 2020 12:30 AM How does a leader prepare for a never-known-before challenge? Pause. Breathe. Rely on colleagues. Get the real facts. Make a plan. Be prepared to change it. Do the right thing for your team, your employees, your company, your patients. As we examine the 2019 year past, VM asked a few of our Top 2020 U.S. Optical Retailer executive leaders about the pandemic and what it could mean for the future. 
- The Editors

2019’s Consolidation Impacted in Mid to Upper Tier, Growth of Value Sector

By Marge Axelrad and Mark Tosh
Monday, May 18, 2020 12:29 AM NEW YORK— Calendar sales of optical services and products at retail were healthy. In a market that grew to nearly $37.5 billion in the U.S., according to The Vision Council’s VisionWatch tracking, sales grew at a nice pace over the prior year, for all ECPs, regional and national companies. Business was solid, for companies large and small.