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    Brexit controls suspended in Northern Ireland


    Controls introduced in Northern Ireland due to Brexit were suspended Monday evening in the ports of Belfast and Larne due to threats to personnel. Mid and East Antrim council on Monday night announced it was withdrawing 12 of its staff at Larne port with immediate effect due to concerns ...

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    U.K., EU trade heavily affected by Brexit, worse may be ahead


    Brexit has complicated life for merchants in the European Union exporting to the U.K., which highlights new paperwork requirements, higher administrative costs, delivery delays and uncertainty about what the rules of the game are now that the U.K. is no longer a member of the single market since Jan. 1. ...

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    Ferrino will distribute Spektrum eyewear in Italy


    Ferrino has announced a new partnership with Spektrum , the Swedish eco-friendly brand of sports goggles and accessories, which makes the outdoor company the distributor of Spektrum eyewear in Italy. Spektrum’s frames are made of plant-based non-food derivates from corn. The details on Spektrum’s frames are made out of ...

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    DPD resumes U.K. road services to EU after Brexit customs delays


    The parcel carrier DPD has resumed its road service from the U.K. to the European Union after resolving customs clearance problems caused by post-Brexit administration rules. The U.K. left the single market on Dec. 31, 2020. The company had suspended operations in the first week of the month ...

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    DB Schenker resumes shipments to the U.K.


    On Jan. 21, the German logistics group DB Schenker resumed shipments to the U.K. from the European Union after having suspended them for over a week due to the red tape introduced after the U.K. left the single market on Dec. 31. The company, which is owned by ...

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    De Rigo enters distribution deal with DIFF Eyewear in North America


    De Rigo Vision has reached a multi-year agreement under which its Los Angeles-based unit De Rigo REM will be the sole distributor of DIFF Eyewear ’s sun and optical frames in the North American optical market. DIFF Eyewear is a rapidly growing American-based fashion eyewear company ...

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    New anti-Covid measures in Germany


    In concert with the governments of the individual Länder, the federal government of Germany has ordered the lockdown of all the brick-and-mortar stores that sell non-essential products, starting on Wednesday, Dec. 16. Opticians are mentioned among the few exceptions. The new restrictions came after a spike in new contaminations ...

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    EU, UK extend Brexit trade talks in effort to avoid a “no deal”


    The United Kingdom and the European Union had decided to wait until Sunday, Dec. 13 to find a compromise on a trade agreement that would go into effect on Jan. 1. But, the European Commission’s president, Ursula von der Leyen , said the negotiators will now continue to work into ...

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    Danshari finds distributor for Croatia and Slovenia


    Danshari , a brand of eyewear made in Japan founded by Giuseppe La Boria , will be distributed in Croatia and Slovenia by Miroslav Balaž , chief executive of Dado Vision . La Boria created Danshari in mid-2019. An industry veteran, he was previously global commercial director at Italia ...

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    Safilo launches new B2B platform in Europe


    Safilo has launched a new B2B platform called You Safilo and a new customer relationship management system with the support of the American software company Salesforce . The Italian eyewear company was also assisted by the web designer WIP Italia and by the consultancy group Accenture . ...

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    Russian Post launches bonded warehouse pilot project


    The Russian state mail operator Russian Post announced a pilot project to set up bonded warehouses, where goods liable to customs can be stored and handled without payment of duty. In the future, these warehouses could manage half of all sales of foreign online stores present in the ...

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    U.K. threatens no-deal Brexit but talks to continue


    Tensions on stalled Brexit trade talks intensified as Boris Johnson , the British Prime Minister, said Britons should prepare for a no-deal departure if the European Union (EU) did not compromise, raising the prospect of supply chain chaos across Europe. Johnson stopped short of saying he was walking ...

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    Italia Independent opens a new showroom in Milan


    Italia Independent opened a new showroom in Milan, in via Fiori Chiari, in the heart of the bohemian Brera district. The location is also the company’s sole flagship worldwide after the company underwent a restructuring that led to the closure of all stores managed directly or franchised. It also ...

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    New B2B platform by Bollé Brands


    Bollé Brands has started implementing a new digital B2B program, consecutively in Europe and the U.S., as a service to its retail clients. It involves a new internet platform with clear product descriptions and intuitive ordering tools, supported by an advanced ERP system and inventory management program. Monitored by ...

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    Marcolin opens a branch in Australia


    Marcolin has opened a new branch in Sydney.The Australian subsidiary reinforces the group’s presence in the Asia-Pacific region and will work in synergy with the current regional office in Hong Kong. The branch will act as a commercial hub for the local network of independent opticians and chains, ...

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    Barton Perreira in James Bond licensing deal


    Barton Perreira , a Los-Angeles based eyewear company, has signed an exclusive global James Bond licensing agreement with EON Productions with the release of the film No Time to Die . The brand is the eyewear partner of the film, in which feature three eyewear styles. Under the ...

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    ​De Rigo in license agreement with Tumi


    Tumi , a high-end brand of travel and business accessories, has signed with De Rigo an exclusive agreement for the design, production and distribution of sunglasses and prescription frames for both men and women. The collection is set to debut at Vision Expo East , scheduled for March ...

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    WMDUK to distribute Spy+ in the U.K.


    Bollé Brands has appointed VMDUK to distribute in the U.K. Spy+ , a Californian brand of sunglasses, prescription frames and winter products. Spy+ was founded in 1994 in San Diego and in September 2019 it was taken over by Bollé Brands, which is supporting its expansion in Europe. ...

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    Club OpticLibre expands in Belgium


    Club OpticLibre , the French voluntary group of opticians, has reached an agreement to take over its Belgian peer Obos . The French company represents some 1,500 stores, 100 of which are in Belgium. With the tie-up, the network will exceed 1,700 locations and the firm aims to have sales ...

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    Black Peak Trading adds Spektrum to its portfolio


    The British sales agency, Black Peak Trading , has added the Swedish performance eyewear brand Spektrum to its portfolio. Spektrum was co-founded by a group of snow sport athletes and over 60 percent of each product is created using plant-based biomaterials and recyclable material. Black Peak Trading ...