• Ask the FMI Librarian: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year For Grocery!

    Nov 21, 2014

    Ask the FMI Librarian What does the holiday season mean for grocery stores? In 1939 Franklin Roosevelt changed the date of the Thanksgiving holiday from the last Thursday in November to the second-to-last Thursday in November to allow retailers the benefit of more holiday season shopping days.  It wasn’t a popular decision. 

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  • Consumers Buying Food WITH A Retailer

    Nov 20, 2014
    Midwinter 2015At FMI's 2015 Midwinter Executive Conference, to be held January 24-27, our educational focus will be on the diverse ways consumer empowerment is reshaping the role of the retailer. Consumer thinking appears to be shifting from a mind-set of buying food FROM a retailer to an attitude of buying food WITH a retailer.  This attitude is surfacing in several key retail areas.
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  • FSMA Series: Produce Safety Rule

    Nov 20, 2014
    FSMA Series: What Food Retailers Need to KnowWe all know that produce is an essential component of a balanced diet, and the safe production and harvesting of fruits and vegetables helps us maintain healthy diets. Over the last decade, foodborne illness outbreaks associated with contaminated produce led to widespread recognition that we need a proactive, modern food safety system that prevents food safety problems instead of reacting to outbreaks. Congress recognized this and reacted by including produce safety standards in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
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  • The Types of Grocery Shopping App Users

    Nov 19, 2014
    Online Grocery ShoppersOn my weekly grocery store trip, I see more and more people using grocery apps. They browse the aisles with smartphone in-hand and I see them checking off shopping lists or using coupons. But just who are these grocery shopping app users and what makes the apps appealing to them?
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  • 100 and Counting…

    Nov 19, 2014
    Celebrating our 100th post on Voice of Food RetailThis is our 100th post on the Voice of Food Retail and we wanted to take a moment to thank our followers, celebrate food retailers who have reached big milestones, and give you a chance to tell us what you'd like to read about. 
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  • Pop Quiz: How Well Do You Know The Grocery Industry?

    Nov 18, 2014
    How Well Do You Know The Grocery Industry?FMI has been surveying the grocery industry for 64 years. This year’s The Food Retailing Industry SPEAKS 2014 report provides industry benchmarks, covering such key topics as sales and approaches to differentiation. SPEAKS is our yardstick that helps us know as much as we can about the grocery industry.
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  • 4 Reasons To Be Thankful for the FMI Foundation

    Nov 17, 2014
    FMI Foundation LogoDid you know that the Foundation hosts its annual fundraiser each year in conjunction with FMI’s Midwinter Executive Conference? This winter we’re taking the party to Miami Beach, Florida where on January 24, 2015 food industry executives will gather together at the FMI Foundation Gala in celebration of Foundation accomplishments.
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