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Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine Kick Off Nominations for Their Readers' Choices of Business Support from 'Ultimate Partners'

By Staff
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 5:47 PM NEW YORK—The readers of Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are being asked to share their choices for great business support partners in a challenging business year, via the new Ultimate Partners program, with nominations opening today. Readers are being asked to recall the time when they were facing a critical challenge, in 2020 and into this year, and to salute the business partner who showed up at the right moment to reshape that problem into an opportunity or name which supplier (or representative) came to the rescue with valuable new solutions. The Ultimate Partners program offers a chance for ECPs and optical retailers to name and describe an individual or a company that stepped up to help them best meet business challenges in the most trying of times. ECPs and optical retailers can submit nominations starting today for their Ultimate Partners here. Deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m., ET, April 23. Read More

Macy’s CEO Says Company Is Already Benefiting From Vaccinations and Stimulus Checks

By Staff
Monday, April 5, 2021 12:01 AM We’re still taking a conservative view to this year. We’re more conservative in the front half than the back half, but it’s positive momentum that we’re bringing into this quarter with us.

Second Video in VM's 'Micro Chats on Macro Trends' Series Considers the Rise of Telehealth and Wellness

By Staff
Friday, April 2, 2021 5:34 PM NEW YORK—The rise of telehealth and a crescendo of patients' interest in staying healthy and learning more about their own wellness are the focus of the second of Vision Monday's new weekly video series, "Micro Chats on Macro Trends," that examines significant trends which are influencing the way healthcare providers and optical retailers are doing business today, while preparing for the “next normal.” The series features VM’s editorial director, Marge Axelrad and Andrew Karp, lens and technology editor. They discuss big ideas and trends from the 2020 VM Leadership Summit that continue to reverberate throughout optical and healthcare in 2021. Read More

Second Video in VM's 'Micro Chats on Macro Trends' Series Considers the Rise of Telehealth and Wellness

By Staff
Friday, April 2, 2021 12:27 AM Second VM video, 'Micro Chats on Macro Trends,' debuts, Zeiss opens tech innovation center, optical sales remain flat, Jobson Tracker says, Retina Consultants of America continues growth, and Prevent Blindness targets April for women's eye health awareness all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Second Video in VM's 'Micro Chats on Macro Trends' Series Considers the Rise of Telehealth and Wellness

By Staff
Friday, April 2, 2021 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The rise of telehealth and a crescendo of patients' interest in staying healthy and learning more about their own wellness are the focus of the second of Vision Monday's new weekly video series, "Micro Chats on Macro Trends," that examines significant trends which are influencing the way healthcare providers and optical retailers are doing business today, while preparing for the “next normal.” The series features VM’s editorial director, Marge Axelrad and Andrew Karp, lens and technology editor.

How Did You Qualify?’ For the Young and Vaccinated, Rude Questions and Raised Eyebrows

By Staff
Friday, April 2, 2021 12:01 AM The sooner we get to vaccinating everyone, I think this question of ‘Oh, what qualified you?’ will stop. Once that goes away, hopefully, these barriers will break down, and people won’t keep asking these very personal questions.

As Mask Mandates Lift, Retail Workers Again Feel Vulnerable

By Staff
Thursday, April 1, 2021 12:01 AM Please, please, don’t let me have to wait on them, because in my heart I don’t want to ignore them, I don’t want to refuse them. But then I’m thinking I don’t want to get sick and die, either. It’s not that people are bad, but you don’t know who they’ve come into contact with.

Krispy Kreme CEO Defends Free Doughnuts Offer to Those Vaccinated

By Staff
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 12:01 AM We’re a sweet treat company… If folks don’t want to visit a doughnut shop, they don’t have to.

Krispy Kreme Offers Free Glazed Donut to Those Who Show Covid Vaccine Card

By Staff
Monday, March 29, 2021 12:01 AM Providing free Original Glazed doughnuts to those who get vaccinated is just another gesture that we hope sweetens people’s lives as the country accelerates to put this virus behind us.

20/20 Magazine: Looking Backward and Forward

By Staff
Sunday, March 28, 2021 2:07 PM Just a year ago 20/20 was putting the finishing touches on the two March issues for the annual Vison Expo East at the NYC’s Javits Center. At that time, warnings were multiplying daily about a virus with a potentially nasty impact on life. We were at the extensive handwashing stage relatively unaware that in just another month, there would be no Expo East. There would be no working from our new WebMD offices. There would continue to be a 20/20 in both a print and digital presence, but its creation would be shifted to a work-from-home condition persisting to this second as I type these words in my home office basement, 16 miles from the city where I’ve worked for my entire career. In all of the years I’ve been at 20/20, I’ve relished the train commute for the day the column was due since that’s where I would basically compose these thoughts. Read More

What Happens When a Food Critic Loses Her Smell?

By Staff
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 11:30 AM After contracting COVID-19, Tejal Rao, a restaurant critic for The New York Times lost her sense of smell and found that her appetite had changed drastically. So how can Rao continue to do her job, which relies so heavily on both of those senses? Currently, she is participating in "smell training," the only therapy for loss of smell that's been proven to work. Head over to the Times to read more from Rao, or listen to Rao on the Times' podcast, The Daily

Indies Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day on Social

By Staff
Sunday, March 21, 2021 2:20 PM NEW YORK—These days, it’s not uncommon for things to feel a little stagnant. Many people are still spending most of their time safe and at home, and without things like concerts, live sporting events and parties to break up the months, it can feel like every day is the same—which makes holidays even more fun to celebrate. This week, millions of people around the world donned their trusty green T-shirts and headed to the store to buy a can of Guinness to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, no matter how far away they are from The Emerald Isle. This week, to bring a little joy into the monotony, we’re taking a look at how independent ECPs celebrated March 17, ranging from getting all dressed up to special sales. Read More

Were the Airline Bailouts Really Needed?

By Staff
Friday, March 19, 2021 12:01 AM No other industry affected by the pandemic received more from the government. There was no special program for hotels or restaurants or travel agencies. Companies in those industries had to line up for the small business-focused Paycheck Protection Program and pray. …. The question isn’t whether airline employees should have been helped, it’s whether airline shareholders should have been.

Women In Optometry Pop-Up-Poll Asks—Has Coronavirus Accelerated Biases in Optometry?

By Staff
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 1:46 PM From a poll conducted by The Center for Public Integrity last year that found that more than 30 percent of respondents had witnessed or heard a person or people of Asian descent being blamed for the coronavirus to recent, well-publicized examples of Asian Americans being harassed or subjected to violence, the presence of coronavirus seems to have impacted public discourse. This Pop-up Poll from Women In Optometry looks at the occurrence and reactions within optometry. Take the poll here. Read More

COVID in New Jersey: Gov. Phil Murphy Targeting Memorial Day Weekend for Return to Some Type of Normalcy

By Staff
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 12:01 AM I'm not sure we'll be all on top of each other in some crowded club, but it's going to be a lot more normal than it is right now and a lot more normal than last summer on the shore. I'm looking forward to a fantastic Jersey Shore summer.