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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 ...

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    Pourquery testing laboratory opens an optical division


    Pourquery Laboratories , a family-owned testing and certifying company based in Lyon, France, has just opened a new optical division for the analysis of protective glasses and visors, ski goggles, eye and face protection, sunglasses and other types of glasses. The new department is headed by Julian Delport , former ...

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    Afflelou voted best customer service in French optical sector


    Alain Afflelou , the optical and hearing-aids retail group has been voted the best French customer service in France in the optical retail category for the fifth consecutive year. Taking place since 2007 and organized by the research companies Viséo Consumer Insights and BVA , the annual survey tests ...

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    Zeiss Vision Care to hold virtual event in February


    Following the cancellation of trade fairs traditionally scheduled in the coming months, Zeiss Vision Care will hold a virtual event for its clients in the second half of February. On top of presenting its new products, the company will use the event to hold debates on topics such as ...

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    Maho Shades appoints Jordan Poston managing partner


    Maho Shades has appointed Jordan Poston as managing partner. She has been working with the company since March 2019, serving as its e-commerce and marketing director. Her role will continue to drive e-commerce and marketing and expand to include financial oversight for the brand. “Jordan quickly became ...

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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 ...

  • News briefs launches sale of audio glasses


    The online retailer has started the commercialization of Revel Tune audio glasses with customizable lens options, including, among others, Transitions lenses, sunglasses, blue light blocking lenses and polarized lenses. The collection starts retailing at $138 a pair. For clients without a prescription, the platform’s Prescription Scanner ...

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    ​U.S. Vision to axe 299 jobs due to Covid-19


    USV Optical , which is part of the Refac group and trades under the name U.S. Vision , has informed the state of New Jersey, where it is located, that it plans to lay off 299 workers. The job cuts are expected to be executed by the end of ...

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    Britons started Christmas shopping in October


    Britons started their Christmas shopping early this year, according to data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). In October, retail sales volumes increased by 1.2 percent in the U.K. when compared with September, marking the sixth consecutive month of growth. The increased reached 6.4 percent for non-store ...

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    Zeal Optics plants trees for every eyewear product sold


    U.S. eyewear brand Zeal Optics celebrates its fifth annual “ Buy A Zeal, Plant A Tree ” campaign, applicable site-wide on and throughout more than 1,000 retailers globally. In partnership with the National Forest Foundation (NFF) and 1% For The Planet , the brand will ...

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    Pugnale opens its first flagship store


    The Italian eyewear company Pugnale has opened its first flagship store. The 35 square meter shop is located in the center of Rome. Pugnale, which was created in 2013 and has its headquarters in the northeastern town of Udine, said that the store is part of a plan to ...

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    Fielmann opens 30th Italian store


    Fielmann has opened its 30th store in Italy. The more than 230 square meter shop is located in the center of Mantua. The German retailer plans to open at least two additional stores in the country by the end of the year. Fielmann entered the Italian market in ...

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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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    Hilco Vision buys German reader firm I Need You


    The American company Hilco Vision has acquired I Need You (INY), a Hamburg-based provider of premium reader glasses. The acquisition became effective on Oct. 30. INY was founded by the Gellermann family in 1993. INY founder, Uwe Gellermann , and the company’s joint managing director, Neele ...

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    News briefs targets 200 German stores by end 2022


    The German omni-channel eyewear retailer , which is owned by SuperVista , plans to have a domestic network of 200 stores by the end of 2022 compared with over 90 currently. The banner has been expanding rapidly this year, opening more than 60 branches in the first ten months ...

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    ​Mister Spex adds audio eyewear to its portfolio


    The German optician and eyewear retailer Mister Spex has included audio glasses and sunglasses in its portfolio. Since Oct. 29, it offers Bose audio sunglasses on its online shop for customers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, the so-called DACH business region. The models can also be found in ...

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    Alibaba grows by 30% in Q3


    Confirming a recovery from the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in China, the Alibaba Group reported a 30 percent increase in overall revenues to 155.1 billion yuan renminbi (€19.9bn-$23.5bn) in the third quarter, leading to a rise of 28 percent in adjusted Ebitda to RMB 47.5 billion ($6.1bn-$7.2bn). ...

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    French suppliers to keep normal services during the new lockdown


    Faced with a new wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the French government decided last week to implement another national lockdown as of Nov. 1 and for at least one month, closing all retail businesses considered as non-essential. As with the first lockdown in the spring, opticians are allowed to remain ...

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    ​Inspecs extends license agreement with O’Neill


    Inspecs has agreed a new “long-term” license agreement with O’Neill , the international surf and snowwear brand. The companies have working together since 2013 and no further details on the length of the renewal were released. As part of O’Neill’s sustainability initiatives, Inspecs has recently created a frame ...

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    Bollé launches augmented reality experience for contactless sales


    This summer, Bollé launched an app that allows users to try out Bollé’s Phantom Glass technology directly on a smartphone, a first on the sports market. Now the company introduced a new augmented reality (AR) filter with the help of its partners QReal and M7 Innovations . ...