• Solve Your ‘Periphery’ Challenge With CBX At FMI Connect

    Mar 30, 2015

    Periphery Challenge Food retailers are facing a ‘periphery’ challenge. Our research suggests a shopper demand trends toward fresh foods that are connected by core consumer values, including health and wellness, nutrition and product sourcing. Primary stores are selected by their consistently good quality produce; selection; variety; knowledgeable associates; freshly baked goods; and the list goes on. The FMI Connect Business Exchange (CBX) can help food retailers solve the ‘periphery’ challenge

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  • The French Connection: Learnings on Click and Collect

    Mar 27, 2015
    Click and CollectThe “click-and-collect” market in the U.S. is relatively nascent, and a handful of FMI members, namely Walmart, Harris Teeter and Kroger, have introduced click-and-collect offers for their consumers in test regions. Comparatively, with more than 3,125 click-and-collect operations, France arguably has the most mature click-and-collect business model. 

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  • Never Underestimate the Underdog

    Mar 26, 2015
    BasketballOver the years, the NCAA tournament's single elimination style has developed “Cinderella Story” type pursuits, such as George Mason’s 2006 run to the Final Four as an eleventh seed and last year’s Dayton Flyers’ ride to the Elite Eight, also as an eleventh seed. These teams overcame long odds in their achievements, not unlike the merchant community’s match-up against the banks and card networks when we achieved a significant victory after the Senate adopted the “Durbin Amendment” debit card swipe fee reforms in 2010.
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  • Mark Your Calendars: There’s A New Month Coming to Food Retail

    Mar 26, 2015
    RaiseMitt-Couple_smAs the association of food retailers, FMI is here to help you realize the opportunity. The National Family Meals Month™ Retailer and Manufacturer Toolkits are designed to inspire your unique approach to activation and provide you with the assets necessary to implement in-store and through marketing and communication channels. The toolkit downloads are free—all you have to do is register or login when prompted. Getting started is easy. Here’s how.
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  • SNAP: Do Not Erase 15 Years of Efficiencies

    Mar 25, 2015
    BasketsThis week, lawmakers in both the House and Senate are working on budget resolutions to outline spending priorities for the 2016 fiscal year.  The resolution being considered in the House contains a provision that would convert the current Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) from a federally managed program to a state block grant program.  While the goal of this shift is to achieve new cost savings, a SNAP state block grant program would disregard the many improvements that we have achieved over the past 15 years.
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  • Chicken Soup and Tissues

    Mar 24, 2015
    H and W Report - Sick or WellIf I say the words chicken soup and tissues, images of coughing, sneezing and fever probably jump into your head. It’s true, these items do seem to pair up when you have a cold, but they might also be beneficial when you’re well—and that’s why most grocery stores carry them all year round. Just as chicken soup and tissues are there for you when you’re sick or healthy, so too are food retailers.

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  • Keeping up with the Pace of Change in Food Retail at FMI Connect

    Mar 23, 2015
    CBX Roundtables FMI Connect, the unique gathering for all things food retail, will help you focus on the imperatives of keeping ahead of the accelerating pace of change in the industry. This year, the show will recognize there is a growing need to answer consumer demands and drive retail traffic towards specialty food offerings. In conjunction with the show, FMI is hosting the Connect Business Exchange (CBX), affording retailers and wholesalers the opportunity to schedule one-on-one meetings, free of charge, with the suppliers who best align with their assortment desires.
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