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.

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.”

Total ECP Names Dr. Ben Gaddie President and Launches New Shared Services Platform

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 9:15 AM CINCINNATI—Total Eye Care Partners (Total ECP), a group of medically focused optometry practices founded in 2017 and based here, has named Dr. Ben Gaddie as president of the organization, according to an announcement Tuesday morning. Dr. Gaddie previously served as chief medical officer of Total ECP.

Retail, Health Care and Branding Experts Join VM Summit Program

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 12:27 AM NEW YORK—The Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit is deepening its focus on consumer trends and behavior as experts in retailing, health care and branding join the day-long program. The live exclusive event, titled, "Decoding the Consumer: The New Science of Customer Behavior," will be held Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at the Times Center here, just prior to Vision Expo East. Six new speakers have been added to the Summit program.

Hawkers Debuts at Mido

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 12:25 AM The web phenomenon has decided to enter the optical market and has chosen the Milan fair for its debut. Head of brand production Alessandro Fedalto talked about it exclusively in this interview with WMIDO.

De Rigo REM’s Police Is Official Eyewear in Sony Pictures’ ‘Men in Black: International’

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 12:24 AM SUN VALLEY, Calif.—De Rigo REM has announced that its well-known lifestyle brand, Police, will be appearing in Sony Pictures’ Men in Black: International. In the film, the MIB agents are seen wearing the new Origins 1 SPL872 style. Men In Black: International, which makes its U.S. debut on June 14, 2019, features an A-list cast including Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson and Rebecca Ferguson among others. Police is a proprietary brand of the De Rigo Group and this new model was created exclusively for the film, among others.

2nd Annual Canadian Frame Study Reveals Opportunities and Threats

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 12:15 AM NEW YORK—The results of the second annual Canadian Frame Market internet study, jointly conducted by VuePoint IDS and Jobson Optical Research, are now available. The 2018 study, building upon the inaugural research conducted in 2017, reveals that eyecare professionals are choosing to be more selective and do business with fewer frame suppliers, according to an announcement from VuePoint IDS. The distribution strength of the top players shows signs of weakening compared to the previous year. Only 2 of the top 10 companies showed gains in distribution.

Losing the Love: Bad Experiences Drive Customers Away Quickly

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Friday, February 15, 2019 1:46 PM One bad experience can make or break a brand experience. And, as expected, several bad experiences with a brand likely is a deal-breaker. These are among the findings of a survey and report, “Experience is Everything,” by the consulting firm PwC. “Give customers a great experience and they’ll buy more, be more loyal and share their experience with friends,” PwC noted in its overview of the 2018 survey’s findings. “That’s what every company strives for. Yet, so many consumers seem disappointed. Call it an experience disconnect: companies tout the latest technology or snappy design, but haven’t focused on—or invested in—the most meaningful aspects of customer experience.” On granular basis, PwC said the results of its survey showed that retailers and/or brands don’t have many chances to get things right for the consumer. Indeed, the firm estimated that a brand or retailer could lose one-fifth to one-third of its customers in a single day by virtue of a single bad experience. “Even if people love your company or product, in the U.S. 59 percent will walk away after several bad experiences [and] 17 percent after just one bad experience,” the report noted.
A copy of the PwC report can be downloaded here.

Morel and Lanctot Partner Up to Create Morel Canada

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Friday, February 15, 2019 12:25 AM Morel and Canadian distributor, Lanctot, who specializes in optical and sports gear, recently became partners to form a new subsidiary: Morel Canada. This choice was obvious for both parties, who have been working together for 20 years now.

Thai Optical Group Releases 2018 Results, Restructures Management Team and Plans to Expand U.S. Customer Base

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Friday, February 15, 2019 12:24 AM BANGKOK—Thai Optical Group announced its 2018 results, a restructuring of its management team and efforts to expand its customer base with a focus on the U.S. and the European Union.

Rockin’ for New Eyes Tickets on Sale Now

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Friday, February 15, 2019 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Tickets are now on sale for Rockin’ for New Eyes, the annual rock ‘n’ roll fundraiser in support of New Eyes for the Needy.

Steady Rise for Women in STEM But Gender Gap Remains

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Thursday, February 14, 2019 2:49 PM The number of female students awarded a STEM degree or certificate in the U.S. has steadily risen over the most recent 8-year period, according to NCES data cited by Statista. The number of male students awarded a STEM degree or certificate in the U.S. has also increased in that same period. Due in part to the consistent rise in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics ) graduates overall, the gender gap continues and, in raw numbers, is larger than it was in the 2008-2009 school year. Looking at the percent change, female students are turning to STEM. The number of male students who have been granted a STEM degree or certificate increased by 38 percent between the 2008-2009 and the 2015-2016 school year, while the number of female students who achieved the same degree or certificate increased by 48 percent.

Essilor Vision Foundation Empowers Eyecare Providers to Change Lives

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Thursday, February 14, 2019 12:30 AM DALLAS—Essilor Vision Foundation (changinglifethroughlenses.org) is combining technology and philanthropy to help people in need get the vision care and eyeglasses they need. The non-profit recently launched Changing Life through Lenses, a first-of-its-kind charitable solution equipping eye-care providers across the U.S. with the tools they need to eliminate poor vision among the underserved in their communities.