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    Electric partners with Volcom in Europe


    Liberated Brands Europe , an entity affiliated with Volcom Europe , is partnering with Electric for the distribution of the Californian sport and lifestyle eyewear brand in Europe. The agreement includes the wholesale distribution of Electric’s goggles and sunglasses as well as its e-commerce and marketing operations. The eyewear ...

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    CECOP extends international footprint with French acquisition


    Spanish-based CECOP Group is entering the French independent optical market through the full acquisition of CERCLE OPTIQUE , a national buying group created in 2009 that boasts about 600 members in the country. This brings the number of countries in which CECOP Group is operating to ten, adding France ...

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    CECOP and KIMERvisión join forces in Spain


    CECOP Group , the Spanish-based international buying group, and KIMERvisión , a distributor of optical products with more than 600 associated member opticians in Spain, have agreed to form a strategic alliance in the country. According to the terms of this agreement, both companies will be operating independently but under ...

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    New Canadian distributor for Rodenstock


    Rodenstock has announced the signature of a new agreement for the distribution of its lenses in Canada by Centennial Optical , starting May 1, 2021. Founded in 1967 and based in Toronto, Centennial Optical is a national distributor of lenses, eyewear and optical supplies to Canadian eye care professionnals ...

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    J&J Vision partners with Menicon in ortho-k lenses


    Johnson Johnson Vision Care and Menicon , the Japanese contact lens specialist, announced on April 7 the signature of a global partnership in the field of orthokeratology contact lenses designed to slow the progression of myopia among children. According to the joint statement, Menicon will keep developing ...

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    Hoya rolls out MiYoSmart across Europe


    After France and Italy, Hoya Vision Care is now launching its MiYoSmart lens for children in Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands and the UK. Developed through a partnership with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the lens is said to slow down myopia progression in children by 60 percent ...

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    Novacel extends Leica footprint, increases French market share


    The French-based lens maker Novacel almost put a final touch to its European distribution network for the German licensed brand Leica Eyecare , with the implementation of a network of regional distributors in Italy. Leica lenses are now available throughout Europe except for Denmark, Norway, Slovenia, ...

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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 ...