Essilor has many value chains and distribution channels – from delivering finished or semi-finished products to customers, supplying optical chains that have their own laboratories and also distributing products directly online. Each day the Group manages more than 3,000 lens flows and over 1 million product references.
To manage this, Essilor has a network of 33 production sites, 16 distribution centers and 490 prescription labs. This flexible and robust supply chain enables Essilor to scale its offer to provide a responsive service to meet local demand.
Beyond producing 580 million corrective lenses and 135 million pairs of sunglasses and reading glasses per year, Essilor has continued to create new solutions to help its customers grow. For independent eye care professionals these can range from high-tech dispensing technologies, programs to improve in-store communication and selling techniques to offers that combine lenses and frames and associated services. For major retail players Essilor provides services such as supplying and managing frame stocks, store planning preparation to complete services covering edging, mounting and in-store order tracking.
Essilor now has four integrated platforms in Bangkok (Thailand), Dallas (US), Shanghai (China) and Warsaw (Poland) which manage more than 95 service offerings supporting key accounts worldwide.
On 20 July, Essilor celebrated the official inauguration of the Group’s newest prescription lab in Vietnam.
Essilor celebrated the 2015 best improvement ideas from operations teams as part of its LIFE program (Lean Initiative For Excellence).