NAVCP Vision Health Summit to Feature P&G’s ‘Chief Troublemaker’ as Keynote Speaker

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019 12:27 AM WASHINGTON—The National Association of Vision Care Plans (NAVCP) has announced that Dustin Garis, a former global brand innovation leader at Procter & Gamble’s (P&G) FutureWorks, will deliver the keynote address at its 2019 Vision Health Summit. The summit is scheduled for April 14 to 16 at the MGM National Harbor in Washington, D.C. The early-bird registration period ends March 1. Throughout his disruptive career at some of the world’s most-respected companies, Garis became known as “Chief Troublemaker” for his innovative approach to brand-building, customer experience and change leadership, NAVCP said in its announcement.

Great Outlooks for Opti

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019 12:25 AM Opti took place over six halls of the Fairground Munich for the first time—and the faces and survey responses of the around 28,000 visitors and 631 exhibitors painted a clear picture: this was a crucial step forward into the future of opti. Among those surveyed, 94 percent of the trade show visitors and 91 percent of the exhibiting companies awarded the “new” opti with the highest grades.

Marcolin Group and Max Mara Fashion Group Sign Multi-Year License for Sportmax Eyewear

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019 12:24 AM LONGARONE, Italy—Marcolin Group and Max Mara Fashion Group have announced the signing of an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement for the design, production and distribution of sunglass and eyeglass frames for women under the Sportmax brand. The agreement, valid for five years, will be effective Jan. 1, 2019 until December 2023. The Sportmax Eyewear collection will be previewed to optical in February at this year’s Mido. The collection will be on sale from April 2019 at selected opticians and in Sportmax and Max Mara boutiques.

Mondottica International Renews Licenses for Hackett London and Pepe Jeans

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019 12:21 AM LONDON—Mondottica International announced the global renewal of the eyewear licenses for Hackett London and Pepe Jeans through the end of 2024. Jeremy Hackett, Hackett founder said, “Eyewear offers the finishing touch to a gentleman’s outfit and we are delighted to continue our license with Mondottica International making elegant collections and expanding our accessories offering at Hackett London to cater for all men’s needs.”

Southern College of Optometry Adds New Board of Trustees Chair, Member

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019 12:18 AM MEMPHIS, Tenn.—The Southern College of Optometry (SCO) has announced two additions to their board of trustees. James Sandefur, OD, will be stepping into the role of board chair, while  Jennifer Lyerly, OD, will become the board’s newest member. Dr. Sandefur has served on the board of trustees at SCO, his alma mater, for several years, and officially assumed the chair position in January. He has spent more than 30 years in private practice in Oakdale, Louisiana, and was one of the first optometrists to serve on a hospital staff in the state.

California Optometric Association Helps Diabetes Patients Connect With Health Care

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019 12:15 AM SACRAMENTO, Calif.—A recent California Health Policy Strategies policy brief finds that the partnership between the California Optometric Association (COA), Anthem Blue Cross Medi-Cal Health Plan, and community health centers throughout California was successful in connecting diabetes patients with comprehensive care. In this partnership, Anthem Blue Cross Medi-Cal Health Plan reached out to its members with a history of diabetes who had not accessed recommended health screenings, and invited them to the Diabetes Day Clinic at a local health center.

Gunnar Debuts Two Frames With Blue Light and UV Filtering

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019 12:11 AM

PSI’s New Solution for Lab Automation and Logistics

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019 12:08 AM

Allure Eyewear Launches New Kendall + Kylie Styles

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019 12:05 AM

Insights for 2-21-19

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 4:46 PM Progress on initiatives to accelerate growth, along with a favorable economic environment, helped us deliver strong comp sales and gain market share. We're excited about the work we're doing to reach customers in a more digitally-connected way. Our commitment to the customer is clear — we'll be there when, where and how they want to shop and deliver new, convenient experiences that are uniquely Walmart.

Gary Clark Jr. Is New Face of John Varvatos Campaign, ‘Indivisible’

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 3:02 PM NEW YORK—John Varvatos has announced that Gary Clark Jr., the Grammy award-winning musician, is the new face of the brand’s spring 2019 campaign. Clark is also joined by his entire family in the campaign ad, a first for John Varvatos. Famed music photographer, Danny Clinch captured Clark in Austin, Texas, sharing a glimpse into the private life of Gary Clark Jr. and his family. “The ‘Indivisible’ campaign represents a message that both Gary, his wife Nicole, and I are extremely passionate about. One family, one nation, indivisible,” said John Varvatos. Clark is shown here wearing the new V533 titanium aviators from John Varvatos. Read More.

20/20 Europe’s Interview of the Month: Marcolin Group

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 2:59 PM For nearly 60 years, Marcolin has designed, produced and distributed eyewear for renowned fashion labels on the international stage. 20/20 Europe recently sat down with Massimo Renon, CEO of Marcolin Group, to review the exciting developments of the global firm which is headquartered in Longarone, Italy. Renon talked about how Marcolin has evolved over the years and he outlined the company’s corporate strategies and planning for future enterprises. He described the company as “a worldwide leading company in the eyewear industry, standing out for the pursuit of excellence, continuous innovation and the unique ability to faithfully combine design and Italian craftsmanship with the core values of each brand.” Read More.

Fashion Icon Karl Lagerfeld Is Dead at 85

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:26 PM Here’s what CNN had to say about the passing of the iconic fashion designer, Karl Lagerfeld. “You didn't have to know anything about fashion to know about Karl Lagerfeld, the most instantly recognizable dandy of our time. Chanel, the luxury fashion house Lagerfeld helmed for more than three decades, announced the designer's death Tuesday. As with his designs, his own image was carefully crafted by blending past and present: Snowy white mane and ponytail like a powdered 18th-century periwig; aviator sunglasses; a high, starched white collar; black, fingerless biker gloves worn with multiple silver rings. Professionally, he was celebrated for saving the House of Chanel, but he was also a video game character (as a DJ in Grand Theft Auto IV), a limited-edition teddy bear ($1,400) and a diamanté-embellished doll ($190).” Read the full story here.

Best Practices in Data, Analytics and AI

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 12:59 PM Findings from the Annual Data & Analytics Global Executive Study by MIT SMR Connections on behalf of SAS provide insight into organizations’ activities in data, analytics, and AI. More than 2,400 business leaders and managers worldwide responded to a survey that was designed to identify where recognized best practices are becoming more mainstream and where they may still be exceptional. The researchers found that respondents who have advanced their analytics practices to incorporate AI-based technologies such as machine learning and natural language processing “work in organizations that do the most to foster data quality, safeguard data assets, and develop cultures of data literacy and innovation.”

Insights for 2-22-19

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 11:31 AM Amazon continues to “prime” consumers for experience. Price transparency, consumer reviews, and fast-shipping feature high on Prime shoppers’ love-list of features. These facets of consumer experience are bleeding over into peoples’ expectations for health care.