• Q &A with Christopher Cwalina, Data Security Speaker at FMI Legal Conference

    Mar 05, 2015
    Legal 2015 Website LogoData breaches are a growing concern and how to best respond to such an event is a constantly evolving topic. That’s why we sat down with Christopher Cwalina from Holland & Knight to get to know him better before his presentation at the upcoming 2014 FMI Legal Conference, March 22 – 24 in Savanna, GA. 
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  • FMI SPEAKS: Call for participation

    Mar 04, 2015
    Speaks Report Call For Participation FMI’s flagship state of the industry report, The Food Retailing Industry Speaks, provides important benchmarks, facts and figures that get used in our advocacy work on Capitol Hill, in conversations with the media and by our members desiring to make informed business decisions. The report covers strategic concerns, operations benchmarks, key financial indicators and trends in store development advertising/social media, health care and human resources. The 2015 survey is now available and can be completed online.

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  • Asset Protection: people, property, and reputation

    Mar 02, 2015
    Asset Pro 2015 Banner Over the years, I’ve learned that asset protection really boils down to just three words: people, property, and reputation. These areas are the focus of this year’sFMI Asset Protection Conference, March 9-12 at the Peabody in Memphis, TN.
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  • House of Cards: Real Lessons in Advocacy for Food Retailers

    Feb 27, 2015
    House_of_cards_logoThere have been plenty of articles already written about how Capitol Hill does not really operate as depicted in House of Cards, yet there are lessons food retailers can learn from the show about interactions with government that may get lost among the more scandalous and suspenseful scenes.
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  • IdeaXchange: Balancing consumers’ desire for customization with broad appeal

    Feb 26, 2015

    FMI in the newsThe following article ran in the Supermarket News IdeaXChange on February 25, 2015: The empowered consumer is calling for dramatic changes in the food retail environment by demanding, in both subtle and overt ways, increasingly more personalized service. As the food retail industry wades into this changing tide, it can become overwhelming because … well, there are just so many empowered consumers out there and the idea of customization according to each of their wishes, wants and expectations feels implausible. Where does it stop? Do we try to design our stores, the products we carry, the service we offer according to the particular whims of each shopper? Some argue we must; others argue it is impossible and default to continued marketing to the generic middle.

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  • If You Could Read Your Meat Shoppers Minds, What Tales Their Thoughts Would Tell

    Feb 26, 2015
    POM Consumer Considerations FinalWe may not have a device like that from the 1982 movie, Brainstorm, which would enable us to know exactly what consumers are thinking when they stand in front of the meat case trying to make their purchase decision; but we do have the next best thing.  The research piece, Power of Meat -published by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and North American Meat Institute (NAMI) allows us a peek into the consumer thought process. 
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  • Power of Meat Breaks Down the Protein Craze

    Feb 25, 2015
    POM Optimizing FinalThe Power of Meat research was presented this week during the annual FMI and North American Meat Institute Meat Conference. During the presentation, Larry Levin, Executive Vice President for Industry Insights IRI commented that protein has graduated from an attribute to a brand. I think he's right, but is it a brand that can be sufficiently claimed by food retailers? 
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