OpticsPlanet, Inc

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OpticsPlanet is a privately held online retailer of shooting, hunting, military, law enforcement, eyewear and laboratory equipment. The company is headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois, and operates a number of specialized online destinations, as well as its flagship store OpticsPlanet. After entering the optics industry as the exclusive North American wholesale distributor of LOMO products, Mark Levitin and co-founder Pavel Shvartsman launched OpticsPlanet in 1999 to build a direct-to-consumer ecommerce destination for optics, bootstrapping the company with their own private funding. They launched the flagship ecommerce site OpticsPlanet in 2000, and grew to achieve an annual revenue of over $163 million, and a staff of 300 employees. These figures led OpticsPlanet to be recognized as one of the United States Top 500 ecommerce sites by Internet Retailer Magazine. In 2011 the company was listed as one of the “Top Workplaces” by Chicago Tribune. The company has obtained notoriety through the sales of various specialty kits, such as the Z.E.R.O. Zombie Kit, the Santa Stakeout Kit, and the Invisible Man Kit. These kits combine many of the items OpticsPlanet sells into a single package, and carry a price tag upwards of $24,000. Outlets such as Business Insider, Gizmodo and Fox News have all written about these kits.