DRAPER, Utah – June 9, 2013 – Glasses.com, an online eyewear retailer, announces the launch of the glasses.com app featuring its 3Dfit technology. The glasses.com app for iPad is now available for free download in the iTunes app store. This revolutionary technology allows customers to accurately see how frames fit without ever stepping into a store. Shoppers can browse a growing inventory of brand-name glasses and sunglasses, share styles with friends and even buy frames all within the app.
Blending Hollywood special effects with advanced computer modeling, the glasses.com app gives shoppers the ability to virtually try on hundreds of frames in less than a minute, making it easy and fun to discover the perfect look. Unique facial mapping software allows the app to produce a true-to-life 180° view of the user’s face showing how each pair fits in 3D and letting shoppers compare side-by-side images of each style. Because the technology places a 3D model of the glasses over a 3D rendering of the user’s face, shoppers can even reposition the glasses, tapping the screen to “slide” frames up and down the bridge of their nose just as they would in real life.
Jonathan Coon, CEO of glasses.com’s parent company 1-800 CONTACTS, Inc., acquired the glasses.com URL in 1999 but was waiting for technology to advance before developing an app. “The base technology has been there, but perfecting it to the point we have has taken significant time,” said Coon. “We didn’t want to just replicate the offline shopping experience—we wanted to improve it. Throughout the development stages, we’ve worked to create a tool that’s so true-to-life it’s not only fun, but actually useful in making a purchasing decision.”
Available for iPad with other platforms and web to follow, the glasses.com app houses a full shopping experience that allows you to try and buy with just a few swipes. For a second opinion, the app has a built-in “share” feature that allows users to send the images to family and friends and receive tallied voting results. After finding the perfect pair, orders can be placed directly from the app with free returns guaranteed.
From the same people behind 1-800 CONTACTS, Inc., glasses.com carries an expanding selection of eyewear and sunglasses including popular brands such as Ray-Ban, Oakley, Burberry, Versace, Maui Jim and GUESS. With competitive pricing, free in-home try-on and 24/7 customer service from glasses.com opticians and eyewear experts, shoppers can have confidence in their online eyewear purchase.
The glasses.com app featuring 3Dfit technology is poised to change the way shoppers purchase eyewear. “Up until now, augmented reality was something of a parlor trick,” said Coon. “It was fun but just not accurate or easy enough to be useful. Our hope is that the glasses.com app will be to augmented-reality shopping what ‘Toy Story’ was for computer-generated animated films—it’s just the beginning.”
A division of 1-800 CONTACTS, Inc., glasses.com began 10 years ago when the makers of 1-800 CONTACTS, Inc. purchased the URL for the website with the intention of improving the eyeglasses shopping experience and providing the same top-notch customer service for which it is known. Today, glasses.com is an online and on-the-go eyewear shopping experience designed specifically with the consumer in mind, offering top brand and designer names with high-quality and personalized customer service. Working directly with popular frame manufacturers and a world renowned lens manufacturer, glasses.com’s trained opticians and style experts help customers get both the product and look desired, guaranteed. Users can visit glasses.com online at www.glasses.com or through the glasses.com app for iPad which includes patented and patent-pending 3Dfit technology.
1-800 CONTACTS, Inc., a subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc., is the largest retailer of contact lenses in the United States, and is dedicated to making it easier for consumers to purchase contact lenses. 1-800 CONTACTS, Inc. offers all of the most popular brands of contact lenses at competitive prices while delivering exceptional customer service. The company has served more than 8 million customers, stocks more than 15 million contact lenses, and delivers more than 200,000 contact lenses every day directly to customers. Through its award-winning website, www.1800contacts.com, and its easy-to-remember, toll-free telephone number “1-800 CONTACTS” (1-800-266-8228), the company ships an industry leading 98 percent of its orders within one business day of receipt and verification of prescriptions. Through its glasses.com division, the company offers leading name-brand glasses, free In-Home Try-On, free shipping, free returns and innovative solutions for the consumer interested in purchasing glasses online. Glasses.com is dedicated to changing the way the world buys glasses.
DRAPER, Utah – Feb. 25, 2013 – 1-800 CONTACTS announced today that Tim Roush has been named chief marketing officer. In this role, Roush will be responsible for leading all marketing initiatives and partnering with 1-800 CONTACT’s leadership team to drive profitable growth.
Roush is a marketing veteran who has more than 20 years experience and a proven track record of success in corporate strategy, sales, marketing and product development. He most recently served as chief executive officer for Creta Farms USA where he was responsible for the re-launch of the business in the United States, developing brand position and marketing plans. Prior to joining Creta Farms USA, Roush spent five years at Sara Lee Corporation leading the company’s most profitable business unit, lunch and dinner brands, with sales exceeding $1.4 billion.
Roush gained valuable retail marketing experience in the automobile, health care products, baby care and youth products industries. Leading several product launches, numerous marketing campaigns, developing growth strategies and successfully repositioning consumer brands, Roush brings the experience necessary to lead the marketing team of the largest online retailer of contact lenses in the United States.
“With more than 38 million people wearing contact lenses and more than 140 million people wearing glasses, we have a significant opportunity to attract new customers to our 1-800 CONTACTS and glasses.com brands. Tim’s leadership, experience and success in corporate strategy and brand marketing will help position us for continued growth,” said Brian Bethers, president of 1-800 CONTACTS.
Roush received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration with concentrations in marketing and finance from Pennsylvania State University.
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1-800 CONTACTS, Inc., a subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc., is the largest retailer of contact lenses in the United States, and is dedicated to making it easier for consumers to purchase contact lenses. 1-800 CONTACTS offers all of the most popular brands of contact lenses at competitive prices while delivering exceptional customer service. The company has served more than 8 million customers, stocks more than 15 million contact lenses, and delivers more than 200,000 contact lenses every day directly to customers. Through its award-winning website, www.1800contacts.com, and its easy-to-remember, toll-free telephone number “1-800 CONTACTS” (1-800-266-8288), the company ships an industry leading 98 percent of its orders within one business day of receipt and verification of prescriptions. Through its Glasses.com division, the company offers leading name-brand glasses, free In-Home Try-On, free shipping, free returns and innovative solutions for the consumer interested in purchasing glasses online. Glasses.com is dedicated to changing the way the world buys glasses.
Salt Lake City, Utah —February, 15, 2013— 1-800 CONTACTS is delivering on a vision to expand in Utah. Today, along with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) and Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah), the company announced an expansion that will bring 654 new jobs to Salt Lake County.
“Businesses demonstrate confidence in Utah when they choose to expand in our State,” Governor Gary R. Herbert said. “That investment is proof of our business-friendly environment, stable regulatory environment, job-ready workforce and eagerness to work with companies who want to grow in Utah.”
The company has entered into an agreement with the state that will bring more than $35 million in new state tax revenue and more than $455 million in new state wages over the lifetime of the agreement. These wages will be at least 125 percent of Salt Lake County’s average annual wage including benefits. 1-800-CONTACTS will invest $59 million in a new facility.
1-800 CONTACTS is the largest retailer of contact lenses in the United States. Founded in 1995, 1-800 CONTACTS launched Glasses.com in 2011, extending its mission of offering exceptional customer service to glasses wearers. In 2012, WellPoint, Inc., which is expanding its efforts to build trusted relationships with consumers across the entire company, acquired 1-800 CONTACTS.
“1-800 CONTACTS currently serves more than 3 million customers annually. There are more than 38 million people wearing contact lenses and more than 140 million people wearing glasses in the United States,” said Brian Bethers, president of 1-800 CONTACTS. “Clearly, we are in a very large market, and we see a tremendous growth opportunity for our company. We appreciate this partnership with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, which will help us continue to grow and deliver our superior level of service and expanding product line to more customers. We have made our home in Utah since our founding and look forward to creating more jobs in our home state.”
“It is gratifying to watch Utah companies become world leaders in their fields, and when partnering with the state has helped make a contribution to their growth and ability to remain in Utah we know our business support systems are working the way they are intended ,” GOED executive director Spencer Eccles said.
“We are pleased to see an established Utah company like 1-800 CONTACTS expand its corporate headquarters in the State,” said Jeff Edwards, president and CEO of EDCUtah. “This expansion of R & D, manufacturing, fulfillment, technology and customer support functions demonstrates Utah’s quality workforce and diverse business environment.”
The GOED Board of Directors has approved a post-performance Economic Development Tax Increment Financing refundable tax credit (EDTIF) of $8,801,310, or 25 percent of the new state revenue paid by the company over the 15 year life of the agreement.
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Governor Gary Herbert’s commitment to economic development statewide. Utah’s economic development vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business destination. The mandate for this office is to provide rich business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. GOED accomplishes this mission through the administration of programs that are based around targeted industries or “economic clusters” that demonstrate the best potential for development. GOED utilizes state resources and private sector contracts to fulfill its mission. For more information please contact: Michael Sullivan, 801-538-8811 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 20, 2012-- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) today announced the completion of its acquisition of 1-800 CONTACTS, Inc. 1-800 CONTACTS is the largest direct-to-consumer retailer of contact lenses in the U.S., providing consumers with a convenient and affordable way to purchase contact lenses through its easy-to-remember, toll-free telephone number, "1-800 CONTACTS" and its www.contacts.com web site; or glasses through its glasses.com web site. The company serves approximately 3.3 million customers.
"We are extremely pleased to finalize our agreement even sooner than anticipated," said Angela F. Braly, chair, president and chief executive officer of WellPoint. "1-800 CONTACTS is an extraordinary company and we look forward to working together to deliver greater value to consumers and convenient access to care. WellPoint and 1-800 CONTACTS have complementary capabilities and assets, and we can now focus on leveraging 1-800 CONTACTS' industry-leading platform to help grow direct-to-consumer relationships across the country and further supplement and expand our vision business."
1-800 CONTACTS will remain headquartered in Draper, Utah, and becomes a wholly owned operating division of WellPoint.
At WellPoint, we believe there is an important connection between our members' health and well-being and the value we bring our customers and shareholders. So each day we work to improve the health of our members and their communities. And, we can make a real difference since we have nearly 34 million people in our branded health plans, and more than 62 million people served through our subsidiaries. As an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, WellPoint serves members as the Blue Cross licensee for California; the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee for Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri (excluding 30 counties in the Kansas City area), Nevada, New Hampshire, New York (as the Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in 10 New York City metropolitan and surrounding counties and as the Blue Cross or Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in selected upstate counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.), and Wisconsin. In a majority of these service areas, WellPoint's plans do business as Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, or Empire Blue Cross (in the New York service areas). WellPoint also serves customers throughout the country as UniCare and in certain California, Arizona and Nevada markets through our CareMore subsidiary. Additional information about WellPoint is available at www.wellpoint.com.
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