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Glasses.com releases iPhone try-on app

BY Dan Berthiaume

Draper, Utah — Online eyewear retailer glasses.com is launching its virtual try-on app for iPhone and iPod touch devices. The glasses.com virtual try-on app launched this past July for iPad.

Similar to the iPad app, the iPhone and iPod touch iteration is free in the iTunes store and allows users to virtually try on hundreds of frames in less than a minute, making it easy and fun to discover the perfect look from the comfort of their own home or on-the-go. The user experience is also based on the iPad version, with several modifications and enhancements to cater to a smaller screen, a more mobile experience, and iOS 7.

With the iPhone and iPod touch app, shoppers can still view their 180-degree 3D rendering from all angles, compare multiple glasses and sunglasses side-by-side and share favorites with friends and family via social media and e-mail. Developers implemented a zooming option so users can get a closer view of their rendering and the same level of product detail, regardless of screen size. Shoppers can now send their photos via text message for a second opinion, and they’ll be able to opt for push notifications from glasses.com to alert them of current promotions or new brands available.

In addition, enhanced by the arrival of iOS 7, the app now includes blink detection technology to identify the user’s blinks and remove them from the rendering, improving the overall true-to-life experience.

"An attention to detail was mandated from the beginning to produce a highly intuitive, stylish and high-quality brand experience," said 1-800 CONTACTS executive creative director Bruce Christy. "Countless elements were pored over. From color to typography — from animation to manner in which the app scrolls — all to deliver an innovative mobile app that is like nothing else available."

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RadioShack changes fiscal calendar, board member retires

BY Dan Berthiaume

Fort Worth, Texas — At the conclusion of the current fiscal year on December 31, RadioShack will align its fiscal year-end to a traditional 52-week retail calendar with the fiscal year ending on the Saturday closest to January 31st. RadioShack says this is the format used by the majority of retailers today.

RadioShack cites benefits to changing the company’s yearend such as easier comparability between RadioShack and its peers, as well as more efficient tracking and measuring of the company’s performance during the year. As a result of this change, the company will have a stub period between January 1, 2014 and February 1, 2014 that will be identified as Fiscal Year 2014. Fiscal Year 2015 will run between February 2, 2014 and January 31, 2015.

In other RadioShack news, Thomas G. Plaskett has resigned from the company’s board of directors. Plaskett had served on the RadioShack Board since 1986, and was a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee as well as the Corporate Governance Committee. His retirement is effective immediately, and the company intends to begin a search for a new independent director to fill his board seat.

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Sprouts Farmers Market commences public offering

BY Dan Berthiaume

Phoenix — Sprouts Farmers Market has commenced an underwritten public offering of 22.5 million shares of its common stock by affiliates of Apollo Global Management and certain other stockholders of the company. The underwriters of the offering will have the option to purchase up to an additional 3.375 million shares of common stock from the selling stockholders.

Apollo is offering approximately 11.8 million of the total shares (13.6 million if the underwriters’ option is exercised in full). The selling stockholders will receive all of the proceeds from the offering.

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