DaTE, the international trade show featuring avant-garde eyewear is set to take place Saturday September 11th to Monday 13th.
The appointment with Fall-Winter 2021-22 avant-garde eyewear returns to Florence, at the central and strategically located Stazione Leopolda, easily reached by car and train. Starring at the event are the most innovative global players, who all share the ability to create, experiment, innovate and amaze.
After the 2020 edition (the only in-person industry event of the year, with outstanding exhibitor and visitor participation), organization of the ninth edition is already under way, at the threshold of the recovery from the pandemic. This not-to-be-missed edition has set itself the core aim of heralding – through creativity and innovation – re-opening and progress in the world of eyewear.
It promises to be the pivotal place to conduct business and talk shop, the center of attraction for companies known for innovation and design and for blazing new trails in avant-garde eyewear on a global scale.
“We are faced with a new challenge in 2021,” explained Giovanni Vitaloni, President of DaTE. “Our aim is to send a strong message to the industry, mobilizing all of the industry movers and shakers who, thanks to their innovative prowess, embody the ability to build the future. For anyone engaged in research, experimentation and innovation,” he added, “this is a custom-made event, an all-important business “runway” to showcase their ideas and products that are an expression of change, the change we need, after the hiatus caused by the pandemic.
We need all the strength and determination that our industry has demonstrated throughout this very long and complicated year. Only in tandem with exhibitors, buyers, opticians and the entire eyewear supply chain can we move the market and be the driver of growth in the coming years,” concluded Vitaloni.
The Vision Council has released the results of the Internet Influence Report. Conducted in December 2020, the special interest consumer report examines the role of the Internet among consumers who recently purchased different types of eyewear. The Vision Council fielded the survey to 4,909 adult consumers. The Internet Influence Report is available as a complimentary download for members of The Vision Council and is available to purchase for non-members.
According to the report, in 2020, more than 44 percent of adults who purchased eyeglasses used the Internet to assist in their acquisition of prescription eyeglasses, up from 22 percent in 2017. With 14.1 percent of 2020 eyeglass buyers using the Internet to directly purchase eyeglasses throughout the year, about 30 percent of 2020 eyeglass buyers used the Internet to compare prices, find the type or style of eyeglasses they wanted to buy or find the ECP or retailer they bought from in-person later.
“Even before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Vision Council’s research indicated that US eyewear consumers were migrating to the Internet to make eyewear purchases. The COVID-19 pandemic seems to have accelerated that movement,” said Steve Kodey, Senior Director of Industry Research at The Vision Council. “Even though some of the heightened online buying activity has cooled in early 2021 as consumers return to physical brick and mortar retailers for eyewear purchases, online sales of eyewear are still incredibly higher than pre-COVID times and we expect that level of buying to continue increasing over the next couple of years.”
Consistent with the results from The Vision Council’s past research, when Americans do access the Internet to assist with their purchase of eyewear, most only use one or two different types of websites to aid the buying process. While many consumers generally turn to online search engines like Google for assistance when buying any type of eyewear, the study found that prescription eyeglass buyers tended to go to websites operated by known eyeglass retailers without any physical brick and mortar presence, while plano sunglasses buyers tended to visit websites operated by general online retailers or mass merchant retailers.
Furthermore, the study found that over the counter readers buyers usually visited websites operated by general online retailers, or websites of conventional chain retailers when performing basic shopping functions.
The report also found that 20 percent of recent eyewear buyers claimed that they will not use the Internet for any assistance when purchasing eyewear in the future, an all-time low number. The other 80 percent of recent buyers reported that they will use the Internet to some extent when buying eyewear in the future. Most will likely use the Internet to conduct the same window shopping and direct purchasing activities that people are doing today online.
According to the report, all consumer groups embraced the Internet to a greater extent in 2020 when buying eyewear; however some demographics, including men, younger Americans, people from households with annual income over $60K, residents of the Northeast region of the USA and people who bought eyewear from a conventional optical chain in the past, were more likely than other consumers to have used the Internet when purchasing eyewear in 2020.
Millions of social media-obsessed millennials spend hours a day scrolling through an endless number of feeds and online resources. Many of us are guilty of this digital habit, but how does time spent staring at screens affect our overall health in the long term?
A new study by Lenstore has analysed the top countries around the world who are the most addicted to their screens. Collaborating with health experts, our research reveals the detrimental cost to health as a result of spending time online and how to preserve our long-term health – particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Top 10 countries
Filipinos are spending the most time staring at screens during COVID-19, Whilst those in Japan have the lowest screen time
In terms of screen time, Filipinos are the most avid phone users with an average of 10 hours of screen time per day since the outbreak of Covid-19, a 17-minute increase from January 2020. South Africa and Brazil are next in line with an average of 9.39 and 9.34 hours of screen time respectively.
Residents in Japan, on the other hand, are the least addicted to their phones with an average of just 4.30 hours of screen time each day, followed by the Netherlands who look at their screens for 4.45 hours. Germany, Denmark and France all have an average screen time of just over 5 hours.
During the past year, computer and mobile screen usage drastically increased on a global scale. A staggering 76% of the population between 16 and 24 are spending more time on their phones, while 45% have increased the amount of time they spend on their laptops. And it’s not just phones and laptops that are the digital culprits: 34% of the population are spending more time watching TV, while 22% have increased their tablet usage.
Alongside this, Akua K. Boadteng, a licensed psychotherapist comments that she has seen a marked increase in the use of screen time across her client base. “The uptake since last year could be attributed to working from home, decreased social interaction outside of the home and comfort-seeking behaviours due to stress. Additionally, relational connection and socialisation have largely moved to digital means. Therefore, individuals are working on screens, connecting on screens, decompressing on screens, and then using screens to mitigate stress.”
The Top 10 negative effects your devices are having on your health
According to Behavioural Optometrist, Bhavin Shah, staring at screens “can have a big impact on transient blurry vision, an increased need for wearing glasses, the discomfort of the eyes, and performance at work. It can also have a detrimental effect on our neck and shoulders.”
Since the Covid-19 lockdown, Bhavin Shah has seen “an increase in people working from home suffering from eye strain, dry eyes, itchy and sore eyes. Many people have found themselves needing to wear glasses to relieve eye strain and allow them to work for longer.” This means that taking additional measures to protect our eyes and health is imperative to preserving our long-term health when using screens.
Top 10 Tips for Protecting Your Health When Using Screens
Update on the proposed acquisition of GrandVision: EssilorLuxottica confirms that the Turkish Competition Authority (TCA) has cleared yesterday the proposed acquisition of GrandVision.The clearance was given after EssilorLuxottica made certain behavioral commitments with regards to the conduct of its business in Turkey.
With this approval of the Turkish authority, all regulatory approvals for closing of the proposed transaction have been obtained.The outcome of the transaction is still subject to the decision regarding the ongoing arbitration proceedings.
Reed Exhibitions announced its evolution to RX, with a refreshed visual identity and updated brand positioning. Building on its flagship events business, the company is leveraging its capabilities in data and technology to create all year-round communities that support businesses and help their customers to grow.
Hugh Jones, RX CEO, commented: “The opportunities to combine both digital and face-to-face interactions have a significant part to play in the global economy. These innovative interactions will create better livelihoods for our customers, better careers for our people and profoundly better experiences for our audiences to connect be that in person, virtually, or in combination.
We are building upon our deep familiarity and passion for the industries we serve. At RX, we know that making a positive impact on society and our customers means being fully committed to an inclusive work environment, so we are putting opportunity for all at the epicentre of everything we do. Our new brand identity and proposition unites us behind a higher-level purpose that embraces this digital transformation to help our customers to grow their businesses. When people now ask me what we do, I say RX is in the business of building businesses so everyone can thrive whoever and wherever you are.”
Nathalie Haxby, Global Head of Corporate Communications and Marketing commented: “I am thrilled to unveil our new brand identity, which is symbolic of the changing nature of our wonderfully diverse events business. RX has been our internal shorthand for some time now, so the shift to adopt and embrace it as part of our refreshed brand identity was an easy one to make. We have created a simple but engaging story that unites our event brands, geographies and teams under a common purpose and with a renewed culture that places inclusion and diversity at its core.”
Last Thursday, the French government announced a plan to progressively release the country’s lock-down measures. This officially confirms what the Silmo organizers have been anticipating: that trade fairs, conferences and exhibitions will be able to open. Beginning on June 30th, there will be no maximal capacity for such events, as long as the health measures still in force are observed.
The benefits of worldwide vaccination campaigns and their widespread acceleration, the loosening of international travel conditions, the establishment of a European health pass, and the obvious eagerness of professionals to reunite enable Silmo to confirm that Silmo Paris 2021 will take place.
Amélie Morel, Chairwoman of SILMO Paris
“ After two years without any major international assemblies, the reunion of optical and eyewear industry professionals will only be more intense, I’m sure. The whole team of SILMO Paris is hard at work to prepare this recovery edition, and we are looking forward to seeing you! We can’t wait to amaze you once again with the talent of these enthusiastic professionals. We can’t wait to enjoy the delight of discovery, the opportunity for encounters and the conviviality of discussions. It is clear that all the technology in the world will never replace the power and emotion of a physical event… ”