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    Fielmann soft-launches lens fitting app


    In the year 2020, despite the Covid-19 crisis and related retail restrictions, online sales of prescription eyewear in Germany stagnated at around one percent of total market sales according to the latest statistics from the national opticians’ association ( ZVA ). Commenting on this somewhat surprising data in Fielmann ’s ...

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    Ditto launches a PD-measurement tool


    Ditto , the U.S.-based supplier of Virtual Try-On (VTO) solutions, is launching TruePD , a new tool that calculates the pupillary distance (PD), a key information for online retail of prescription eyewear. The company’s product is said to provide PD information with a margin of error of 1 millimeter in ...

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    Fittingbox tripled VTOs last year


    Fittingbox , the French-based supplier of eyewear virtual try-ons (VTO) and other digital services, has seen the use of its try-on service triple in 2020 to reach 54 million annual VTOs, a spectacular growth driven by new clients’ acquisitions and by the digitization of our sector and a general shift ...

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    Razer partners with online optical retailer for smartglasses


    Razer , an international brand of IT and lifestyle products for gamers and e-sports fans with 100 million users worldwide, is launching its first smart glasses this month. Called Razer Anzu , the new product combines Bluetooth functionalities with 35 percent blue light filtering lenses that can ...

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    Pro Optik goes online, plans to add 200 stores by 2025


    Pro Optik , a German optical retail chain with about 150 stores, opened its first e-commerce website in January, offering direct purchase and delivery for most of its ranges as well as live consultations with opticians. Products offered online include single vision glasses, sunglasses, contact lenses and eye care products. ...

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    Digital natives are the most frequent cross-border e-commerce shoppers


    A recent survey by eShopWorld , a privately held Irish company headquartered in Dublin with offices around the globe that provides a technology platform for brands and retailers looking to sell online to global markets, found out that younger, digitally native consumers aged 25 to 34 are the group that ...

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    Mastercard hikes fees on U.K. e-commerce purchases from EU


    Mastercard is preparing to increase fees charged to EU merchants when British cardholders buy their goods online by at least 400 percent, a move it said is being made due to Brexit and could lead to higher prices for consumers should merchants decide to pass on the higher costs ...

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    Google probed by the EU


    Google is under dual investigations in the European Union for allegedly abusive practices in its advertising business. This month, according to Reuters , anti-trust regulators for the EU have sent to a number of advertisers a 13-page questionnaire regarding the “Include Google Display Network” default setting for search campaigns ...

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    Wildberries enters the German market


    Wildberries , Russia’s biggest online retailer, has just rolled out its online store in Germany ( Germany brings the number of markets in which the company operates up to ten. Wildberries began its expansion in Europe in 2020, starting with an online store in Poland. Most recently, it also entered ...

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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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    ​Mister Spex expects sales to grow in 2020 and 2021


    Mister Spex expects sales to grow in 2020, and again in 2021, from the €139 million posted in 2019. Last year, the German company saw its adjusted Ebitda rise to €2.0 million from €0.2 million in 2018 as it enjoyed growth in all three of its product categories, ...

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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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    Wildberries has begun selling in Israel


    Russia’s biggest online retailer, Wildberries , has stepped up its international expansion by entering the Israeli market, the company said in a statement. The company will be offering buyers in Israel up to 5 million items from 39,000 brands, including sports products, clothing, toys and household appliances. Purchased items are ...

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    Strong online sales on Black Friday in the U.K.


    According to a survey by IMRG , the British online retail industry association, U.K. online retail sales on Black Friday this year grew by 38 percent, with the entire week around Black Friday (Nov. 23-30) showing a 30 percent increase. The survey was based on the daily online sales results ...

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    Ozon enjoys a successful IPO


    The e-commerce giant Ozon went public on Nov. 24 on the Nasdaq stock exchange in New York, and enjoyed one of the most successful initial public offerings (IPO) for a Russian business in years. The company managed to sell 33 million shares at $30 each, raising $990 ...

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    Decathlon's Quechua brand offers prescription sunglasses


    Quechua , Decathlon ’s private label of outdoor products, has introduced a model of sunglasses fitted with corrective lenses. The MH580 is intended to meet the needs of the many outdoor enthusiasts who suffer from vision problems. The new prescription sunglasses are sold exclusively on a digital platform at ...

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    Record Cyber Monday in the U.S.


    Online shopping in the U.S. reached $10.8 billion on Cyber Monday, according to Adobe Analytics . It was a 15.1 percent increase on the previous year and a daily record for online shopping in the country. Online shopping reached $5.1 billion on Thanksgiving and $9.0 billion on Black Friday, ...

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    British delivery service fears uncontrollable Black Friday


    London-based delivery service ParcelHero said that it’s forecasting an £8.49bn (€9.5bn-$11.5bn) monster Black Friday to Cyber Monday weekend. It warns that stores must learn from the disaster of Black Friday 2014 or delivery chains could snap once again this year. In 2019, Britons spent a ...

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    Russian Post will deliver abroad goods bought on Wildberries


    Russian Post has inked a contract under which the state-owned mail operator will deliver goods purchased on Wildberries ’ online store to customers outside of Russia. In Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, where Wildberries has strong positions, Russian Post will deliver orders to the post offices of its ...