ClubZero, built on a foundation of helping independents
For more than 34 years, I’ve worked with independent ECPs to increase their optical profits, first with HMI Buying Group and then with Red Tray Network.
I started HMI in my garage in Vicksburg, Mississippi in 1982. At the time, I was a struggling young independent OD and, through a lot of trial and error, grew my practice into the top 2% in the nation. At the same time, our profession was changing as big corporations like Lenscrafters gained traction. With the buying power to offer lower cost products and services to patients, I knew they were a threat to all of us independents.
From a few dozen to thousands of members
That’s when the idea for HMI Buying Group began to take shape. If I could bring together a group of independent practitioners, we could negotiate with vendors for better wholesale pricing, making us more competitive with the chains. And that’s just what we did.
It wasn’t long before a few dozen HMI members grew to several hundred, then to more than 4,000 members — making HMI the largest OD-owned buying group in the country. In 2007, we added Red Tray Network. A unique program designed to reward our members with even better discounts based on their lab billings.
Introducing ClubZero — the absolute best optical discounts we’ve ever offered
The primary reason for belonging to any buying group is to lower your cost of goods. With ClubZero, members get frame and contact lens discounts that are up to 5% better across the board than through other groups (including my own, HMI and Red Tray) — and exclusive, low net pricing with the entire Essilor lab network. Simply put, ClubZero members get the same products from the same vendors and pay a lot less.
Everything you want, nothing you don’t
I’m convinced that ClubZero brings you everything you want in a purchasing group — maximum discounts with friendly, efficient service from the most experienced purchasing staff in the business — and nothing you don’t. Minimum frame purchases = zero, minimum contact lens purchases = zero, franchise fees = zero, monthly admin fees = zero, and, I believe…
Groups with a better deal = zero
ClubZero is the simple, uncomplicated way to get the best discounts from your favorite frame, lab and contact lens vendors. That’s my promise to you.