EssilorLuxottica Posts Solid Results for First Half 2021, Sets Target of Carbon Neutrality by 2025

By Staff
Friday, July 30, 2021 10:30 AM EssilorLuxottica aims to be carbon neutral by 2025, Hoya Group sales increases during Q1, Healthy Eyes Advantage acquires Professional Eye Care Associates of America, U.S. optical sales continue to grow, Jobson Tracker says and the UN General Assembly aims to provide eyecare to those with preventable sight loss by 2030 all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

EssilorLuxottica Posts Solid Results for First Half 2021, Sets Target of Carbon Neutrality by 2025

By Staff
Friday, July 30, 2021 7:16 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—EssilorLuxottica (Reuters: ESLX.PA) announced today a plan to achieve carbon neutrality within the next four years. The ambitious plan was revealed by EssilorLuxottica’s management against a backdrop of the company’s solid financial performance for the first half of 2021, which indicates a rebound from the impact of COVID-19 the prior year and a return to the pre-pandemic levels of 2019. Revenue for the Group during the first half of 2021, ending June 30, totaled €8,768 million, a +5.7 percent increase at constant exchange rates over the first half of 2019. Operating profit rose to €1,271 million, compared with a loss of €378 million a year ago and up 35.1 percent versus 2019.

Hoya Group Reports Significant Increases in Sales and Profits in First Quarter

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Friday, July 30, 2021 12:27 AM TOKYO—Boosted by strong sales in both North America and Europe, Hoya Group (7741:JP) on Thursday reported that sales for the first quarter (April 1 through June 30) of its current fiscal year totaled 158,000 million yen, an increase of 44.5 percent from the same period of the previous fiscal year. The quarterly profit before tax totaled 51,018 million yen, and quarterly profit amounted to 41,299 million yen, up 59.7 percent and 61.1 percent, respectively. The quarterly profit margin before tax was 32.3 percent, representing a year-on-year increase of 3.1 points.

Show Organizers Announce VisionEd Education Program Planned for Vision Expo West 2021 in Las Vegas

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Friday, July 30, 2021 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and RX, organizers of Vision Expo, have announced the education program curated by the Conference Advisory Board for Vision Expo West 2021, taking place Sept. 22-25 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

Italian Ministry of Economic Development Names De Rigo Group’s Lozza a Historic Italian Brand

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Friday, July 30, 2021 12:18 AM SUN VALLEY, Calif. and MILAN—De Rigo Group has announced that Lozza, which is the longest-standing Italian eyewear brand and is owned by De Rigo Group, has officially been added to the special register of historic Italian brands.

Registration Now Open for DaTE 2021, Full List of Exhibitors Announced

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Friday, July 30, 2021 12:15 AM MILAN—Registration is now open for DaTE 2021, the ninth edition of the international trade show dedicated to avant-garde eyewear. The show is set to take place from Saturday, September 11, 2021 through Monday, September 13, 2021, at Leopolda di Firenze in Florence. More than 120 international brands, all known for their originality, designs and innovative use of materials, plan to exhibit at the show. The theme of this year’s event is “shaping the future of eyewear,” and the show’s “tailor made” format is designed to cater to those with a passion for experimentation. The full list of exhibitors will be announced this morning on the DaTE website, and registration is now open online.

For the Tokyo Olympic Games, Safilo Brings Sunglasses Made for The Ocean Cleanup

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Friday, July 30, 2021 12:02 AM At Casa Italia, headquarters of the Italian National Olympic Committee, Safilo will present the sunglasses made exclusively for The Ocean Cleanup in recycled plastic.

Healthy Eyes Advantage (HEA) Acquires Professional Eye Care Associates of America (PECAA)

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Thursday, July 29, 2021 11:45 AM BOCA RATON, Fla.—Healthy Eyes Advantage (HEA) announced today that it has acquired Professional Eye Care Associates of America (PECAA), expanding its commitment to the independent eyecare channel and increasing the size of the community it serves to 12,000 independent eyecare professionals (IECPs) across all 50 states. The acquisition was completed on July 27. Financial terms were not disclosed. PECAA was founded in Portland, Oregon, in 2006 by three independent optometrists. Over the past 15 years, the company has grown from a small, Northwest based organization to one of the nation’s premier doctor alliance groups serving nearly 2,000 independent ECP members.

Safilo’s Blenders Eyewear Expands E-Commerce to U.K. and Ireland After Successful Launches in Canada and Australia

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Thursday, July 29, 2021 12:18 AM PADUA, Italy and SAN DIEGO, Calif.—Blenders Eyewear, part of Safilo Group, is taking a further step in its international growth and development projects.

Canadian ECP Myopia Survey Is Now Available

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Thursday, July 29, 2021 12:02 AM The 2021 Canadian ECP survey on the usage of and attitudes toward myopia control therapies is now available. Results of the myopia survey will help organizations with competitive positioning, identify required adjustments in priorities and determining opportunities to better serve the needs of clients in this important new category.

The U.S. States Closest to Full Vaccination

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021 3:25 PM The U.S. was quick off the blocks in its vaccination campaign but its pace has now slackened considerably. Earlier in the year, the world looked on with envy as the U.S. got jabs into arms at lighting speed but by late July, it had only managed to fully vaccinate 48.7 percent of its population. Many of the countries that looked on with envy back in February and March have now surpassed the U.S. in terms of full vaccinations and the list includes Canada (54.7 percent), Spain (54.3 percent) and Germany (48.7 percent) according to Our World in Data.

The current level of vaccination in the U.S. is not high enough to stop the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant of Covid-19 and 48 states saw their case count grow by 10 percent over the past week while 34 percent experienced a 50 percent leap. 

Getting Ahead of the Back to School Rush

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Wednesday, July 28, 2021 8:30 AM NEW YORK—Believe it or not, August is almost here, which means the back to school season really is upon us. Stores around the country are already stocking up their back to school sections, and both parents and kids are starting to think about the academic year ahead. Even though there’s still plenty of summer left, it’s never too early to start encouraging parents to begin planning their children’s back to school eye exams—in fact, it might even be beneficial to get ahead of the game now, before parents get overwhelmed with back to school necessities and when eye exams could fall through the cracks.

[Partner Post] Introducing the Varilux® Challenge

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021 8:29 AM You’re faced with a variety of progressive lenses to recommend to your patients, but they are not created equal. When Eyecare Professionals insisted on Varilux lenses with every presbyopic patient for 30 days, not only did they provide sharp, seamless vision so that their patients could truly see no limits, but they also created trust, loyalty and increased profitability for their eyecare practices. See for yourself and take the Varilux Challenge today by going to VariluxChallenge.com.

10/10 Optics

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021 8:25 AM 10/10 Optics, in New York City, welcomed their new optometrist, Dr. Chen.