FMO and Media 10 Join Forces to Deliver One Major UK Industry Show in January 2021, Following Cancellation of September Optrafair

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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. 

Essilor Vision Foundation Partners With FoxFire Systems Group to Simplify Charitable Donations for Patients and Practices

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:18 AM DALLAS—Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) announced that it is partnering with FoxFire Systems Group to facilitate charitable donations to EVF’s See Kids Soar program. EVF is FoxFire’s first charitable partner. FoxFire specializes in ophthalmic-specific electronic health records and practice management software, and is known for industry-leading technology that helps eye doctors see more patients per day. The company stated it is proud to support the See Kids Soar program which raises money to help children across America receive vision care. FoxFire’s technology will make it easier for eye doctors to collect funds by allowing patients to add a donation at checkout.

SN Optical Adds Social Distancing Signs and Decals

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:03 AM

3 Ways the Pandemic Changed Practice Operations

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Monday, July 13, 2020 3:13 PM

New Consumer Survey Shows Safety and Hygiene are Top of Mind for Back-to-School Season

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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.

Retail Develops Creative Cash Flow

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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.

#VMBrightSpots—Jenn Chinn, OD

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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

Essilor Offers Anti-Fog Solutions

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Monday, July 13, 2020 9:03 AM

Accelmed Partners Closes Acquisition of TearLab, Which Positions Firm to Build Comprehensive Platform for Dry Eye

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Monday, July 13, 2020 12:30 AM ESCONDIDO, Calif.—TearLab Corp., a leader in diagnostics for dry eye disease (DED), said its acquisition by Accelmed Partners II (AP-II) has closed. The tentative deal between the companies and a $25 million investment by the Accelmed was announced in May, as VMAIL reported.

Etnia Barcelona Accelerates the Future With New Projects

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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.

Binovi Secures VIMA Rev Strobe Lenses Through Acquisition and Announces Private Placement

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Monday, July 13, 2020 12:24 AM OAKVILLE, Ontario, Canada—Binovi Technologies Corp. announced it has signed a binding share purchase agreement to acquire a private entity which owns VIMA Rev Strobe Lenses, its related patents, associated intellectual property, and available inventory.

Retail Association Exec Calls for Safety Protocls to Include Wearing Masks

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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.

Three Generations of Women ODs

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Friday, July 10, 2020 3:49 PM Not many optometric families can boast three generations of ODs—and even fewer can say that they’re three generations of women ODs—but the Montecalvos can. Brenda Montecalvo, OD, FCOVD, FAAO, FCSO, and her daughter Natalie Montecalvo, OD, MS, had the influence and mentorship of Marilyn Brenne Heinke, OD, FAAO, FCOVD. Dr. Heinke is a 1945 graduate of the Northern Illinois College of Optometry. An accomplished optometrist, lobbyist for physicians and single mother of four after her husband passed away while the young couple was still in their 40s, Dr. Heinke took few breaks.

The Science Behind the Mask

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Friday, July 10, 2020 3:07 PM Know someone who still doesn't quite want to wear a mask while outdoors? Or just curious about how, exactly, it helps keep people safe? Head over to Forbes for a look at the science behind wearing a mask, and what it does to lower the risk of spreading or contracting COVID-19.

Updated Forecast Shows E-Commerce Sales Climbing 18 Percent in 2020, But Overall Retail Dropping 10.5 Percent

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Friday, July 10, 2020 9:58 AM NEW YORK—It has been a difficult year for brick-and-mortar retail, of course. But, for e-commerce, the year 2020 has been a record-breaker for many firms. This is borne out in a revised forecast by eMarketer for the U.S. retail sector.

The research firm, in its February retail forecast, projected modest growth of 2.8 percent (to $5.62 trillion in total U.S. retail sales), but then the coronavirus pandemic hit hard, leading to “store closures, stay-at-home orders and declined demand for nonessential goods,” according to eMarketer.

As a result, the firm said it now expects there to be a 10.5 percent decline in U.S. retail sales this year, with a 14.0 percent drop in brick-and-mortar sales.

However, eMarketer said it believes the “news isn't dire for all retail channels. E-commerce is poised to grow 18.0 percent following a 14.9 percent gain in 2019, further evidence of the digital shift.”