This week we saw a flurry of reports throughout many regions of the US that LensCrafters is shuttering their local labs, and will now rely on large, centralized labs to service their corporate stores.
With many stores already lacking an in-house lab, and now with local options disappearing, does this mean that the era of "1-hour lenses", or "same-day lenses" has come to a close?
Amazon has proven that people are willing to wait up to 2 days if the price and product is right. That very model is killing traditional retailers across the US (including many of the malls where LensCrafters tend to be located!)
So perhaps this speaks more to a changing retail environment than anything else.
Will this change impact your practice? Weigh in!
In this ODwire.org Radio Show, we interview Dr. Faive Kovalis, the founder of SmartOD.com. The company provides an online site for eye care professionals to directly order frames and lenses WITHOUT the need for sales rep visits or ‘boots on the ground’. This removes a great deal of cost. Using Zappos as a model, docs can go [...]
In this show, private practitioner Dr. Dan Dieterichs stops by to talk to us about reducing costs of goods sold in the optical. We explore “Dental Envy“, Independent Practitioner Associations, and talk about the new SmartOD.com, and how buying frames factory-direct can lower the cost of goods in your optical. Leave feedback for Dan in this thread! 10 [...]
Noted consultant and creator of the EDGE system, Jay Binkowitz stops by to chat with us about the basics of running a profitable optical. We touch on several points, including:
- OD/Optician Partnerships
- Maintaining profitability in an era of vision care plans
- How much space an optical should take up
- Board management
- How often one should renovate
- To edge, or not to edge!