• 2016, One for the Books

    Dec 19, 2016
    FMI 2016 Year in ReviewJust as a prism takes a single ray of light and splinters it into its constituent spectral colors, to help make as much sense as we can of 2016, FMI is approaching its end of year reporting by breaking the year into 13 different spectrums of activity. Over the course of the following pages, you will view 2016 from the unique perspective of our different departments and covering the following topic areas:
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  • Not the Group We Wish to be Gifting this Season

    Dec 15, 2016
    Unfair Swipe FeesEach of us would like to be able to predict what we can expect during the first 100 days of a Trump administration, but in the midst of this speculation, there is one issue food retailers must ensure doesn’t get lost in the media frenzy. When the Senate and House reconvene in January, among the legislative items anticipated to receive a floor vote will be an attempt to eliminate the big bank oversight put in place by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act passed in 2010. At stake in the consideration of the Financial CHOICE Act - Representative Jeb Hensarling’s legislation intended to repeal and replace Dodd-Frank - would be the loss of debit swipe fee reform established by the Durbin Amendment to Dodd-Frank.
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  • 3 Business Questions Answered at Midwinter Executive Conference

    Dec 14, 2016
    2017 Midwinter Executive Conference: Keynote SessionsThere is no denying the food retail industry continues to navigate an ever-changing marketplace. Shoppers are finding additional ways to be more efficient, find specialty products, and save money on everyday items. Tech-savvy shoppers are increasingly using digital tools for exploring, planning, creating and sharing food experiences. Food culture is changing as we know it. Consumers have to fill a broader set of household needs, and more than ever Americans are sharing responsibilities in the food shopping experience. Within this dynamic environment, here are three business questions retailers are asking in order to prepare for the evolving grocery landscape that will be addressed at the 2017 Midwinter Executive Conference.
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  • What’s New This Year at the Midwinter Executive Conference?

    Dec 08, 2016

    Midwinter Strategic MeetingAre you ready for an FMI Midwinter Executive Conference like you’ve never experienced before? The invitation-only annual event will undergo a transformation this year, making it easier and more convenient for senior-level food retail executives to find the partners they’re looking for, get the vital information they need to grow their businesses and interact with their industry peers. Here’s what’s new in 2017.

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  • The Twelve Events of FMI in 2017 Put To Song

    Dec 07, 2016
    12 Days of ChristmasIt just so happens, that FMI has twelve “gifts” to share this holiday season—our extensive list of education and networking events designed to help food retail professionals at every level of the industry enhance their careers and skill set. So, please forgive us as we endeavor to adapt the traditional tune to outline our conference and signature event offerings. 
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  • Visa and MasterCard Delay EMV Liability: A Win for Retail

    Dec 06, 2016
    20151208-FMI-189r-WEBNo matter how big or small, when merchants get a victory, we run with it. That is what last week’s announcement from Visa and MasterCard is—a win for retail. The two biggest card brands announced they are delaying EMV implementation from the original announced date of 2017 until 2020, largely due to migration challenges and lack of availability of equipment. The three-year delay is a relief for stores who are already working with and toward complete EMV implementation.
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  • ‘Tis the Season for Grocers Doing Good

    Dec 05, 2016
    WinnersFood retailers do much more than simply provide their customers with food items to purchase; they also feed the spirit of their community in acts of human kindness. The Community Outreach Awards highlight the oft-unmentioned goodwill of grocers that serve and shape our communities. We, at FMI, are continually amazed by the caliber of the nominated programs we receive and 2016 was no exception. The 14 nominated programs made it difficult for our judges to choose the best of the best in each category, but they managed.  Here are the 2016 Community Outreach Awards Winners:
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