Site Reports a Growth Rate of Approximately 100 ECPs Per Month Following Successful Launch
DALLAS – (Dec. 20, 2010) – Essilor of America, the nation’s leading manufacturer of optical lenses, has built more than 600 online optical stores for independent eyecare professionals (ECPs) to date through its e-commerce initiative, MyOnlineOptical℠. The service has experienced a steady increase since its launch last spring, growing at a rate of approximately 100 ECPs per month.
With U.S. retail e-commerce projected to grow at a rate of 11.5 percent in 2011 (according to benchmark data from the U.S. Census Bureau), Essilor anticipates the growth rate of
MyOnlineOptical to remain constant throughout 2011.
“Practices that experience the greatest success with MyOnlineOptical are simply those that actively market their new online stores,” said John Walborn, who leads the MyOnlineOptical team for Essilor. “These same practices report increased revenue in their brick and mortar stores due to the cross-channel impact. Some practices report double digit revenue growth from the increased foot traffic.”
Essilor’s MyOnlineOptical program allows ECPs to add a turnkey e-commerce engine that
extends their reach beyond office walls and office hours to 24/7 accessibility. ECPs maintain complete control, determining the product pricing and selection, and preserving the look and feel of their practice websites. ECPs can provide patients with up to 100,000 eyeglass options that can keep them from walking out the door to a perceived more competitive offering. The MyOnlineOptical solution provides ECPs a way to offer their patients a secure, convenient and robust online purchasing tool for all their eyewear needs through minimum staff involvement and reduced inventory costs.
Essilor’s MyOnlineOptical online optical store creates an additional touch point with the patient. Through these stores, ECPs have a new channel to communicate with their patients to drive interest in their product offering, including a second pair of eyeglasses, sunwear or a renewal order for contact lenses.
“Our participating practices are very pleased with the results so far of our MyOnlineOptical stores,” said Michael Kramer, The Director of Optical Services at Lansing Ophthalmology. “The service has been easy to use and easy to navigate. Early in the launch of MyOnlineOptical some practices voiced concerns regarding online retailing, but have since changed their tune. Former critics are now vocalizing their interest and involvement in our e-commerce sites.
For more information, visit MyOnlineOptical.com. Comments or questions about this initiative should be directed to MyOnlineOptical@essilorusa.com.
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Essilor is the leading manufacturer of optical lenses in the United States and is the market leader in progressive, highindex and anti-reflective coated lenses. A pioneer in the development and production of ophthalmic lenses, Essilor employs more than 9,000 people throughout North America. Essilor manufactures optical lenses under the Varilux®, Crizal®, Thin&Lite®, Xperio® and DEFINITY® and other Essilor brand names. Essilor Laboratories of America (ELOA) is the largest, and most trusted, optical lab network in the U.S. and offers a wide choice of services and lens brands, including Essilor premium lenses, to eye care professionals across the nation. Essilor of America, Inc. (Essilor) is a subsidiary of Paris-based Essilor International, S.A., a publicly held company traded on the Euronext Paris stock exchange (Reuters: ESSI.PA). Varilux, Crizal and DEFINITY are registered trademarks, and Xperio is a trademark of Essilor International. Thin&Lite is a registered trademark of Essilor of America, Inc.