The Vision Council’s Eyecessorize Releases Fashion Eyewear Trend Kit 2017

Alexandria, VA (February, 2017) - The Vision Council’s Eyecessorize fashion eyewear campaign will release its spring/summer 2017 trend kit to hundreds of fashion and lifestyle editors nationwide. The digital kit will include an online booklet prominently featuring member product from members of The Vision Council, including men’s and women’s … [Read more...]

Signet Armorlite Launches KODAK Lens Location in St. Louis

CARLSBAD, CA (February, 2017) -- Signet Armorlite, Inc. announces the next strategic phase of its US retail initiative with the launch of KODAK Lens| Eye Deology Vision in the St. Louis, MO metro area. The KODAK Lens retail initiative provides independent eyecare professionals (iECPs) that are committed to dispensing KODAK Lenses with the … [Read more...]

Ask The Lab Guy: The #1 Way To Get Word Of Mouth Referrals

Some of you may know Scott Balestreri either as the owner of Bad Ass Optical Lab or as the Facebook owner/admin of Ask The Lab Guy. The one thing that most people can agree on with Scott, he knows his optical business and he is not afraid to speak out. He did a post in December, which was excellent and really is the bottom line for all eyecare … [Read more...]

2020 OnSite: An Emerging Business Model

CHICAGO, IL  2020 On-site, the only company bringing state-of-the-art mobile vision centers on-site to businesses expanded to Chicago, enabling employees to get a comprehensive eye exam at their place of work in 15 minutes. 2020 On-site is headquartered in Boston, where it serves 300+ corporate clients including Wayfair, Microsoft, Ocean Spray, … [Read more...]

10 Musts For Brick And Mortar Eyecare Stores

Most brick and mortar stores are struggling with gaining customers and loyalty. Eyecare professionals are not the exception: Contact Lenses, Eyewear and Sunglasses are even more competitive today than ever.  In fact a quick check there were over 200 new online eyewear companies opening up last year. The question that consistently arises is how to … [Read more...]

Eyecare-Eyewear Trends: Flat Fee Pricing

Flat Fees have been around for years. In the days of yore flat fees were usually equated with Discounters and Frame and Lens packages from $29.95. There seems to be a resurgence in the concept among eyecare professionals. The premise is 'Getting rid of the middleman' and or having 'honest prices.' On top of the flat fee out of the 223 listed, 12 … [Read more...]

Responding To A New Reality: Luxottica x Essilor

As we all know, the viral news of the day-week was the Essilor and Luxottica merger-buy-out. I don't really think it came as a shock to most of us, as they both have been supporting each other for years. With Luxottica's retail stores and Essilor online sales and lenses, it makes sense for them. Like any other 'disruption' it can serve as an … [Read more...]

To Do: Make Your Website Mobile Friendly

At the end of each year we revisit over 1000 websites to update our information. I don't even want to tell you how many bad websites there are. Even if the website is decent, you can't read it on a mobile phone, what is the point of having the website? If you don't do anything else, update your website until it is mobile friendly. Eye … [Read more...]

Store Within A Store Merchandising Trends 2017

What is a store within a store or shop within shop concept? You may not realize this but you see them all the time: Gas stations with mini-marts, Grocery Stores with Starbucks and Panda Express. Bookstores with coffee shops. You also see them in department stores, whole sections that are devoted to one brand. This is called the store within the … [Read more...]

Quora Curated Answers to Eyewear Questions

A site that shows up frequently on page 1 of google is Quora. Quora is a question-and-answer website where questions are created, answered, edited and organized by its community of users. The company was founded in June 2009, and the website was made available to the public on June 21, 2010. Quora aggregates questions and answers to topics. To … [Read more...]

Should You Offer ‘Made In’ Information?

I was reading this article on Retail Wire that said Fashion e-sites should offer ‘Made In’ info just like stores 'Pure play e-tailers typically have an overhead advantage over their physical store competitors. They have also held an edge when it comes to sales tax collection, although groups such as the Main Street Fairness Coalition have called on … [Read more...]

The Future of Eyecare And RFID

You may have heard the term RFID before and now you might be thinking what does this have to do with eyecare? A lot as it happens. RFID is 'Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) is the use of radio waves to read and capture information stored on a tag attached to an object. A tag can be read from up to several feet away and does not need to … [Read more...]

Google Focus: Smart Phones-Need Mobile Friendly Websites

It’s no secret that we live in a mobile world today. Most of us feel naked without our smart phone by our side. It’s usually the first thing we check when we wake up and one of the last things we put down when we go to sleep at night. There is a joke going around that says “I’m having a few people over later to stare at their phones if you would … [Read more...]

Op-Ed: Monopolies And Evil Empires

'There is no karmic law that dictates your business will succeed if others fail, so why not just wish them well and get on with it? (#Girlboss) I have to say my piece because frankly the Evil Empire posts, Warby Parker is crap and the monopoly subject is over or at least should be over. Let me ask you this: Do you stop ordering and funding … [Read more...]

Eyewear Curators Part 4: Ethical Fashion

As consumers start to Green Up they are spending more on Ethical Shopping. For them it makes sense to Look Good, Feel Good and Do Good and they want to spend their money with socially responsible companies that address environmental and social issues. This market is proven to be recession proof and growing up to 20% per year. Big Retail and … [Read more...]