• Are You A Digitally Enabled and Engaged Retailer?

    Aug 24, 2016
    Online Shopping with Grocey CartWe want answers to those questions to better enable our members, which is why FMI is embarking on a multidimensional, multi-year digital shopper and digitally enabled retailing journey with Nielsen. We’ll explore the business imperatives that are crucial to understanding retailers’ positioning today and to have a strategic vision for the future – capabilities among people, processes, and technologies; priorities for connected commerce solutions; and to anticipate the barriers and pitfalls to avoid.
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  • September Is All About Family Meals

    Aug 23, 2016
    Sue Borra and Mitty The Mitt

    In many ways, September has become the month where many families reset their routines after summer vacation time. Yes, it’s back to school season, which means busy schedules, but it’s also National Family Meals Month™, a way for retailers and suppliers to help families re-connect around breakfast, lunch or dinner. This retail food industry-wide movement, celebrated in September, raises awareness of the benefits of frequent family meals and encourages families of all shapes and sizes to share one more meal together each week. 

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  • Photo Friday: Store Visit to Harvest Market in Calif.

    Aug 19, 2016
    Harvest MarketHarvest Market owner Tom Honer and his daughter and store manager Jennifer Bosma welcomed FMI's Director of Member Relations Cynthia Brazzel to their two stores, one in Fort Bragg and the other in Mendocino, Calif.
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  • Online Redemption of SNAP Benefits To Be Piloted

    Aug 18, 2016
    Supplemental_Nutrition_Assistance_ProgramUSDA Food and Nutrition Service’s Andrea Gold spoke with FMI members at FMI’sState Issues Retreat earlier this month about a number of updates in the agency’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). There was a particular interest in the request for a volunteer application that USDA is expecting to release later in September for a very limited number of pilots of online redemption of SNAP food assistance benefits. Gold said volunteers would have 45 days after the release to submit a rather extensive application. The idea behind the limited pilots is to gather information to determine whether online redemption of SNAP benefits should be considered when reauthorization of the SNAP program is discussed.
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  • D-SNAP and Other Emergency Feeding Operations

    Aug 17, 2016
    Store with broken itemsWith historic flooding affecting parts of southern Louisiana, West Virginia and other ongoing disaster-related events in the U.S., FMI wants to ensure your companies are aware of resources available during times of great need.
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  • Next Steps on GMO Disclosure Implementation

    Aug 16, 2016
    USDA BuildingFMI recently held its State Issues Retreat in Middleburg, Virginia, hosting grocery state associations and representatives from several FMI member companies. Among the speakers at the meeting, participants heard from Doug McKalip, Senior Advisor to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who has responsibility within USDA for the GMO disclosure issue. He provided an overview of the agency’s potential framework for implementation of the recently passed bioengineered food disclosure legislation (P.L. 114-216).
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  • A Vote for Grocery!

    Aug 15, 2016
    Get Out the Vote CartEvery day our government relations team works to shape public policy on the federal, state and local levels. I can’t think of a better way to directly affect the way policy is written in the states than to elect grocers to the state legislature. 
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