• How Do Customers Shop for Produce?

    Jul 01, 2015

    Power of Produce InsightsHave you ever had a bird’s-eye view of how people shop the produce aisle? Do they stick to their shopping list, purchase unplanned items, compare prices? What brings them into the store and helps them make a decision on produce once they are in the section? FMI’s new annual research, Power of Produce, studies consumer shopping behavior in the produce department.

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  • Summertime Food Safety

    Jun 30, 2015
    Summer Food Safety LessonsWhen I think about summertime, my first thought is all the delicious food—BBQ, grilled fish, fresh watermelon and sweet corn. Summer offers an opportunity for grocers to remind customers of proper food handling and storage techniques to prevent foodborne illness. Here are some great resources created with the Partnership for Food Safety Education, of which FMI is a partner organization, for food retailers to use to better educate shoppers about summertime food safety.
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  • Payment Security Front and Center in Kansas City

    Jun 29, 2015
    Payment SystemsLast week, I joined over 100 payments professionals for an International Payments Policy Conference hosted by the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank.  The two-day conference focused on protecting the retail payments system and included a series of presentations and panel discussions from various industries, including the card networks, merchants, technology solution providers, processors and bankers.
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  • What are FMI’s Asset Protection Plans for 2016?

    Jun 26, 2015
    FMI Asset Protection PlansRecently members of the FMI Asset Protection Council and Risk & Safety Council both descended on our newly renovated headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, to challenge the organization and themselves to “think differently” about tackling critical industry initiatives and continuing to raise the bar in 2016.
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  • Time to Move Forward with Addressing Supermarkets’ Concerns with ACA Implementation

    Jun 25, 2015
    Health in the SupermarketWe hope that today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision on King v. Burwell will prompt Congress to move forward and the Administration to properly consider needed changes to the Affordable Care Act that are currently impacting supermarket associates. FMI strongly supports the following legislative changes currently pending before Congress.
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  • How Does Your Company Inspire Families to Share More Meals At Home?

    Jun 25, 2015
    2014 FMI Gold Plate Award WinnersWith the nomination deadline for 2015 Gold Plate Awards on the horizon (July 31), we think it’s a great time to share learnings from some of our past Gold Plate Award winners.
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  • Managing the Risk of Food Recall to Keep Retailers Happy

    Jun 24, 2015
    Produce Section of the SupermarketThere are many ways that suppliers can make retailers happy: healthy options, affordable products, sustainable sourcing, and reduced waste are only a few.  What about simpler recalls? Or better yet, fewer or no recalls at all? No one, least of all you, wants a product recall to occur, however they do happen. And while recalls are certainly not easy for anyone involved, how can you make them easier on your retailer? Let’s take a step back to first understand what causes product to be pulled from store shelves. Based on data collected by SQFI, there were 2,155 global recalls reported in 2014. 
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