• Tech Opportunities for Food Retail on Display at CES

    Jan 10, 2017
    Smart kitchen appliances from BoschAs a group of food retailing industry executives who took advantage of an FMI-organized trip to International CES 2017 realized, there is no way around it: Consumers are quite happily and increasingly connected.
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  • FED up with Credit and Debit Card Swipe Fees

    Jan 10, 2017
    20161208-FMI-0036_ed_WEBAmericans pay the highest card swipe fees in the world every time they use a credit or debit card. The credit and debit card companies collect nearly $79 billion each year in these fees. What’s more, consumers may not even realize they are paying these hidden fees ranging from 23 cents to $4 every time they use their cards. In a society that often chooses plastic over coins and cash, this is simply outrageous, and shoppers should not be forced to pay a penalty for using their debit cards – a card that should be less expensive and faster.
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  • 2016: Fresh Recipe for Growth

    Jan 09, 2017
    Fresh Foods ImageWhen you’re in the kitchen trying to grow your culinary skills, you want to make sure you’re prepared with the right ingredients that will set you up for success. In a similar way, wholesalers and retailers spent 2016 cultivating their fresh prepared foods community that will deliver a prosperous 2017. Thanks to our members, the fresh foods community experienced tremendous growth this year; we introduced a new council, and a handful of new research and goals.
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  • The Connected Consumer Was Everywhere at International CES

    Jan 06, 2017

    CES LogoThe whole world is connected. And, if it isn’t yet, it will be. The same goes for the food retailing industry. That is what representatives from the industry’s leading companies discovered when they joined an FMI-organized Jan. 5-8 visit to International CES 2017. The giant consumer electronics show that takes over every inch of all the major venues in Las Vegas year after year is the showcase for products that the world’s consumers soon will be using – but just don’t know it yet.

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  • Amplifying the Voice of a Noble Cause

    Jan 06, 2017
    Communications and Consumer Affairs ImageA compilation of the monthly agendas for the 2016 resource calls of FMI’s Communications and Consumer Affairs Council (CCA) reads like the chapter headings of Everything You Wanted to Know about Food Retail in 2016, But Were Afraid to Ask.
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  • Better Together: Total Store Collaboration

    Jan 05, 2017
    Total Store Collaboration ImageTotal Store Collaboration is a core strategic pillar of FMI and is our wrap-around means of describing our approach to fostering partnerships between retailers, manufacturers, and distributors in the food industry. While retailer/supplier collaboration is an oft-discussed topic and wished for industry aspiration, FMI is in a unique position to facilitate the conversations needed for true cooperative effort to move from dream to reality. In the past year, we’ve built significantly on the initiative (started in early 2014) by expanding our collaborative communities and focusing on high priority industry issues.
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  • Food Retailers: A Trusted Health and Wellness Partner

    Jan 04, 2017
    Health and Wellness ImageConsumers believe their food retailer is a trusted ally to help them achieve their health and wellness goals. According to 2016 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends research, 45 percent of shoppers say their grocery store is working to help them stay healthy. In addition 89 percent of shoppers believe eating at home is healthier than eating at a restaurant. For these reasons, almost three-quarters of retailers say that consumer wellness and family health is a strategy they use to build a competitive advantage and most say they will use more nutrition, health and retail dietitian programs in the future. 
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