Inspecs Group Reports Rise in Q1 Revenues

By Staff
Friday, April 29, 2022 12:24 AM BATH, England—Inspecs Group plc (LSE: SPEC), a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of eyewear (sunglasses, optical frames and lenses) announced this week the Group's trading update for the three months ending March 31, 2022.

Transitions Optical Announces Dates for Rescheduled Transitions Academy, Now Set for June 1-4 in Orlando

By Staff
Friday, March 18, 2022 12:30 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions Optical has announced new dates for the 25th Transitions Academy. The event will take place June 1-4, 2022, at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla.

Alpine and Shamir Extend Strategic Partnership into the Esports World

By Staff
Tuesday, February 22, 2022 12:21 AM SAN DIEGO—Shamir has announced a multi-year extension to its partnership with Alpine Formula 1 Team, as its optical performance partner.

Transitions Optical Announces 2021 Innovation Award Finalists

By Staff
Tuesday, February 8, 2022 12:24 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions Optical Inc. announced Monday the finalists for its annual Transitions Innovation Awards program, which recognizes both individuals and organizations for their innovative efforts to support Transitions lenses over the past year.

EssilorLuxottica Appoints New Member to its Board of Directors

By Staff
Friday, January 21, 2022 12:24 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—EssilorLuxottica (Reuters: ESLX.PA) said Thursday that during its board meeting held earlier in the day the directors appointed Virginie Mercier Pitre as a new director.

VM’s Top 5 Print Cover Stories for 2021

By Mary Kane
Friday, January 7, 2022 8:30 AM We can’t take a look back at Vision Monday’s most read stories of the year without considering VM’s print Cover Stories which are also available to our readers electronically. Even against the backdrop of another year of the COVID pandemic, the optical industry still got down to business despite the personal and business hurdles they faced due to the ongoing and seemingly never-ending pandemic. A perennial VM favorite with readers, VM’s Most Influential Women in Optical, occupies the top spot for 2021 with the Special Report taking up a record 26 edit pages in our July issue. VM’s Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers Report, How Brick Is Learning to Click, A Look at Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and The Vision Monday Leadership Summit rounded out the list of the Top 5 most read Cover Stories for 2021.

Transitions Optical Announces Transitions Academy 2022 Is Postponed

By Staff
Thursday, January 6, 2022 10:40 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions Optical said this morning that it has made the difficult decision to postpone Transitions Academy 2022, scheduled for Jan. 16-19 in Orlando. The 25th Transitions Academy event will be rescheduled on a later date, to be determined in the coming weeks, the announcement noted. Transitions Optical said in the announcement that the COVID-19 omicron variant is “disrupting domestic and international travel. Experts predict this wave in the U.S. and Canada will peak during mid-January, the scheduled time for Transitions Academy.”

Vision Monday’s Top 20 News Stories for 2021

By Staff
Thursday, January 6, 2022 12:15 AM While mergers and acquisitions dominated the news cycle in 2021, other subjects of Vision Monday’s most read news stories included major product launches and breakthroughs in new technology. This list includes our top read daily VMAIL news stories as well as Breaking VMAIL deployments from the year 2021 and is based on thousands of collective page views for these stories. For the record, Vision Monday issued its daily VMAIL newsletter five times a week in 2021, with a few days off for good behavior due to holidays. Once again, EssilorLuxottica and Warby Parker, two of the industry’s biggest and most popular optical players, dominated the top 20 with several entries for both companies. Other developments and news announcements from Keplr Vision, Eyecare Partners, Vision Expo, MyEyeDr., HEA/PECAA, MetLife, U.S. Vision, New Look Vision Group, Sight Glass, Specsavers and Clear Sight Partners rounded out Vision Monday’s top 20 news stories for 2021.

Vision Monday’s Top 10 Breaking News Stories for 2021

By Staff
Monday, January 3, 2022 12:24 AM Like most business sectors this past year, even against the backdrop of another year of the COVID pandemic, the optical industry was abuzz with breaking news as mergers and acquisitions dominated the news cycle in 2021.

Carl Zeiss Meditec Reports Record Revenue in Fiscal 2020-21 as Group Looks Ahead to 2022 With 'Some Optimism'

By Staff
Monday, December 13, 2021 12:24 AM JENA, Germany—Carl Zeiss Meditec (ISIN: DE 0005313704) reported late last week that it generated revenue of approximately €1,647 million in fiscal year 2020-21, which represents growth of 23.3 percent compared with the prior fiscal year’s revenue of €1,336 million. The percentage increase adjusted for currency effects was 26.5 percent, according to the announcement. Revenue in the Americas region increased 16.9 percent to €449 million (prior year: €384 million) due to “the further acceleration of the U.S. business,” the announcement noted.

Steven Haifawi Named President of Hoya Vision Care, Canada

By Staff
Friday, December 3, 2021 12:18 AM MISSISSAUGA, Ontario—Ophthalmic lens technology leader Hoya Vision Care announced this week that Steven Haifawi has been named president of Hoya Vision Care, Canada. In this position, Haifawi will be responsible for providing the vision for growth, short- and long-term company strategy, and commercial leadership for Canada. Haifawi is highly regarded as a collaborative and engaging leader who brings a wealth of knowledge and an array of industry experience, according to the announcement from the company.

Transitions Optical Announces 2021-2022 Transitions Diversity Advisory Board

By Staff
Thursday, December 2, 2021 12:27 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions Optical has announced the members of its Diversity Advisory Board for 2021-2022.

Reengineering and Renovation

By Andrew Karp and Jeff Hopkins
Monday, October 25, 2021 1:00 AM The term “work in progress” accurately defines most prescription optical laboratories. No matter how smoothly a lab may be running, there’s always something that needs updating or replacing, whether it’s adding a single piece of equipment, reengineering an entire production line or even building a whole facility. It’s an endless cycle of invention and reinvention, and labs must learn to adjust to it while continuing to service customers, a challenge which can be daunting for any business.

Automating With Robotics for Faster Speed and Better Quality at the Zeiss Lab

By Andrew Karp and Jeff Hopkins
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 12:58 AM Synopsis: Zeiss recently completed a multi-year, $20 million reengineering project at their flagship lab in Hebron, Kentucky. Barry Lannon, head of lab operations and supply chain for Carl Zeiss Vision, managed the Industry 4.0 process. He explained what it took to plan and execute the multi-level project, and how Zeiss customers are benefitting from the upgrade.

Incremental Upgrades Yield Big Results for LBC Optics

By Andrew Karp and Jeff Hopkins
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 12:57 AM Synopsis: LBC Optics services Wisconsin Vision’s 38 stores. The regional retailer was ranked 31st in Vision Monday’s 2020 Top Retailer ranking. LBC’s reengineering project was two-fold. The first was constructing a new conveyor line that could transfer job trays automatically using existing equipment that has the capability to function in this capacity. Second was installing a new control stacker and two new auto polishers to complete a line that produced 100 lenses/hour from blocker to final wash station.