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Thursday, June 10, 2021 12:11 AM

The Digital Retail Trends Transforming the Customer Experience

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 12:04 AM For all the disruption 2020 brought us, there is a silver lining. Customers are continuing to become even more digitally literate, so there are even more customers online for retailers to attract and retain. Although this forced retailers to accelerate their plans for innovation almost overnight, they’re getting more creative to reach their customers in new ways.

The Memorial Day Holiday Led to Declines in ECPs’ Gross Revenue for the Week of May 31 to June 6, Jobson’s Latest Weekly Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021 5:33 PM NEW YORK—The Memorial Day holiday led to declines in ECPs’ gross revenue last week, May 31 to June 6, the 23rd week of 2021, according to data from Jobson’s latest Practice Performance Tracker. While the comparable 23rd weeks of 2019 and 2020 both exactly matched an average week for gross revenue (assigned an index value of 100) because neither included the Memorial Day holiday, and 2020 was also recovering from COVID’s impact by that time, gross revenue for this past week fell 17 index points below the levels achieved the past two years during the same time period. Read More

What's Up With the Summer Olympics

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021 1:08 PM Believe it or not, the Olympics are scheduled to go ahead this July, reportedly featuring more than 10,000 athletes alone. So, how is the COVID-19 situation in Japan, what safety protocols are in place, and what can we expect ahead of the Olypmics? Head over to The Cut to learn some more.

States That Are Recovering the Quickest from COVID-19

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021 12:51 PM The U.S. is gradually recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, and states have heavily relaxed their COVID-19 restrictions. As a result, the unemployment rate has dropped to 5.8 percent from its high of 14.8 percent in April 2020.

The country’s progress toward economic recovery has been largely possible because of the strides it has made toward a public health recovery, due to the distribution of the vaccine. As of June 7, around 42 percent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The country has already seen a significant decline in new COVID-19 cases and deaths, and that decline will only continue as more people get vaccinated. The greater level of safety will also lead to increased consumer confidence.

Even though the U.S. is making progress as a whole, some states are recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic much faster than others. In order to determine the states that are having the most successful recoveries, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 21 key metrics. WalletHub’s data set ranges from the share of the population fully vaccinated to the real GDP compared to pre-COVID levels.

Click here to read the full story from WalletHub.

The Memorial Day Holiday Led to Declines in ECPs’ Gross Revenue for the Week of May 31 to June 6, Jobson’s Latest Weekly Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021 12:27 AM NEW YORK—The Memorial Day holiday led to declines in ECPs’ gross revenue last week, May 31 to June 6, the 23rd week of 2021, according to data from Jobson’s latest Practice Performance Tracker. While the comparable 23rd weeks of 2019 and 2020 both exactly matched an average week for gross revenue (assigned an index value of 100) because neither included the Memorial Day holiday, and 2020 was also recovering from COVID’s impact by that time, gross revenue for this past week fell 17 index points below the levels achieved the past two years during the same time period.

Gartner Says Worldwide Smartphone Sales Grew 26 Percent in Q1 2021

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021 9:30 AM After a steep decline in 2020, global smartphone sales to end users grew 26 percent in the first quarter of 2021, according to Gartner, Inc. Overall worldwide mobile phone sales to end users grew 22 percent year over year.

“The improvement in consumer outlook, sustained learning and working from home, along with pent-up demand from 2020 boosted sales of smartphones in the first quarter. Consumers started spending on discretionary items as the pandemic situation improved.

Vision Expo East 2021 Concludes Show in Orlando, Brings Together Members for Education and Exhibition

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021 12:30 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Vision Expo East 2021 concluded on Saturday, June 5. The four-day event, which took place for the first time in Orlando, Florida, from June 2-5 at the Orange County Convention Center, marked the first large-scale, in-person trade show for the vision care community since 2019. Organizers said the show "brought together thousands of members of the industry." VMAIL asked about attendance at the show. A spokesperson said that "Vision Expo will not be releasing attendance figures at this time."

COVID-19 and Booster Shots

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Monday, June 7, 2021 1:46 PM It's likely that we will need to get a booster shot for our COVID-19 vaccine at some point, but lots of questions still remain. When will the shot be needed? Why do we need it? Does everyone need one? We don't have the answer to all these questions yet, due to time, but there are some things we know for sure. Head over to The New York Times to learn what scientists know about COVID-19 boosters, and what we can expect moving forward.

Digital Grocery Shopping Helped Fuel Surge in Ecommerce Channel Ad Spending

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Monday, June 7, 2021 9:25 AM eMarketer’s Nicole Perrin recently observed that even before the pandemic, ecommerce channel advertising was attracting a lot of attention from advertisers—especially in verticals like consumer packaged goods (CPG)—as well as retailers, which hoped to add new higher-margin revenue streams to their businesses after seeing Amazon’s success in the area. “Amazon had become the No. 3 digital ad seller in the US thanks primarily to placements on its ecommerce property, and companies including Walmart, Target, and eBay had been growing similar businesses,” Perrin noted.

Review of Optometry: The Force Awakens

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Friday, June 4, 2021 1:00 PM Those of us who are regular travelers on the educational conference circuit will probably always think of SECO 2020 when we reflect on the COVID pandemic lockdown. That was the last big meeting to happen before the profession, and pretty much the entire world, retreated from society for a year or so. Review of Optometry hosts a big reception at SECO each year, where over 100 people gather to talk and eat and laugh together, elbow-to-elbow, for three hours. You couldn’t ask for a more convivial atmosphere. Less than two weeks after last year’s event, I was literally wearing surgical gloves and a mask in the grocery store. Quite a 180 from SECO! Read More

Americans Are Split on Whether the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Should Be Postponed Again

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Friday, June 4, 2021 12:45 PM Last April, during a peak in COVID-19 cases, the International Olympic Committee postponed the Summer Olympics—due to be held in Tokyo—for a year. At the time, Americans supported that decision. This year, the virus is still with us, and another postponement is being discussed.

In the latest Economist/YouGov poll, Americans aren’t sure of whether it is safe for the Tokyo Olympics to be held this year, or should they be postponed another year due to COVID-19. As many would postpone the Games again (36 percent) as would have them played this summer (37 percent).

An Asahi Shinbun poll conducted in Japan last month found 83 percent of voters there saying the Games should be postponed or canceled.

The highest levels of interest in this year’s Games—if they are held—is not much different from what it was five years ago in an Economist/YouGov poll conducted before the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Then, one in four (28 percent) also said they would be watching “a lot of events.” 

Cooper Cos. Report 2nd Quarter Sales Gain Records

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Friday, June 4, 2021 12:30 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperCompanies (NYSE: COO) announced financial results for its fiscal second quarter ended April 30, 2021. The overall company revenue increased 37 percent year-over-year to $719.5 million. CooperVision (CVI) revenue was up 30 percent to $522.6 million, and CooperSurgical (CSI) revenue  increased 60 percent to $196.9 million. Commenting on the results, Al White, Cooper's president and CEO said, "I'm happy to report that CooperVision and CooperSurgical both posted all-time record quarterly revenues which drove record quarterly earnings. Our businesses have rebounded nicely from Covid lows and we're poised for success with daily silicone hydrogel lenses and myopia management leading CooperVision, and fertility and PARAGARD leading CooperSurgical."

U.S. Optical Sales Decline for Week of May 24-30 as Gross Revenue Remains Substantially Higher Than Comparable Weeks of 2019 and 2020, Jobson’s Weekly Tracker Shows

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Thursday, June 3, 2021 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Even though national optical sales declined last week (May 24-30), overall gross revenue generated during Week 22 of this year still remained substantially higher than during the comparable weeks of both 2019 and 2020, according to data from Jobson’s latest Practice Performance Tracker. This is primarily due to Week 22 of 2020 being in the midst of the pandemic and because Memorial Day fell within Week 22 of 2019.

Staffing Is a Challenge for Many ECPs Right Now as Business Builds Back; New CDC Mask Confusion Is Creating Tension, Per Jobson's New Coronavirus Survey

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021 12:30 AM NEW YORK—The character of current business among ECPs and optical retailers is running significantly higher in May 2021  in terms of  profitability per patient (+29 percent), number of patients per day (+34 percent), revenue (+34 percent), optical sales (+35 percent) and capture rate (+23 percent) versus the May 2020 shutdowns and closings in the initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, each of these practice business benchmarks are again, in the latest Wave 23 of the Jobson Research ECP Coronavirus Survey, which was conducted May 26 to May 28, starting to even up to flat in comparison with the same period of 2019.