• Food Retailers Need to Press for Continued Debit Card Competition

    Sep 21, 2016
    Jennifer Hatcher on Debit Card ReformIt is time to make it clear to your Member of Congress that you strongly oppose repealing these important debit reforms and that you are watching how they vote on this issue. We hope you will support these efforts by sending a letter in opposition to the legislation we feel is more appropriately called the “No-Choice Act”.
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  • The Family Meals Month Celebration

    Sep 21, 2016
    Festival Foods In Store Example of Family Meals MonthEvery day in September has been a real treat because my daily emails are full of new and exciting National Family Meals Month™ stories.  It’s clear that grocery stores are coming up with creative ways to join in on Family Meals Month and that the movement has transitioned from mainly a social media discussion to promotions and activities playing out in-store. At the same time, the Dietitian community has joined in to echo the benefits of eating together for families of all shapes and sizes. As the Family Meals Month messages continue to crescendo, here are a few examples of how companies and people are taking part
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  • Fostering Grocery Talent

    Sep 20, 2016
    20151208-FMI-221r-WEBIf the Fed was looking for an indicator that the U.S. economy was ready for a rate hike, the August job numbers weren’t any help. After two spectacular months of employment gains, August’s disappointing numbers made one thing clear – we desperately need to pick up the pace of job creation and put more people back to work. In the grocery business, this is sometimes easier said than done.
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  • FMI Grocery Industry Research You Might Have Missed

    Sep 19, 2016
    Grocery CartsSpeaks and Trends. These are the nicknames of the best known, long-standing research reports produced by FMI.  The Food Retailing Industry Speaks report is an annual survey sent to FMI members and other food retailers in the food industry that benchmarks supermarket operations data and includes the FMI Worry Index. The U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report, prepared for FMI by the Hartman Group, provides data on the U.S shopper and changes to shopping habits over time. 
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  • USDA Makes Strides in Online SNAP Pilot Programs

    Sep 16, 2016
    SNAP 50 year info graphic SmallOn September 15, 2016, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) released the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) online shopping pilot Request for Volunteers (RFV). The online shopping pilot is designed to explore the feasibility of using SNAP benefits to shop and pay for groceries online. 
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  • Photo Friday: Store Visit to Gelson’s in California

    Sep 16, 2016
    Photo Friday Gelson'sGelson’s Donna Tyndall, senior vice president of operations, and Tim Mahoney, senior director of operations, welcomed Cynthia Brazzel, director of member relations and advocacy for the western region at FMI, to three of their grocery stores in California. The high chain grocery store in LA has been around since 1951, and places an emphasis on delivering outstanding customer service. Wolfgang Puck’s pizza oven café is a staple for shoppers in search of to-go prepared foods.  
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  • 3 Reasons to Invest in Food Safety Training and Certification

    Sep 15, 2016
    Manager Temp RecordingThere are more than 42,200 items in a grocery store (The Food Retailing Industry Speaks 2015).  That’s 42,200 opportunities to have a mishap, and it only takes one issue to damage a company’s reputation.  Food safety is the hallmark of grocers’ relationships with their customers.  The nation’s food retailers do everything to maintain shopper trust. When it comes to food safety, the best protection is prevention, and that’s why food safety training and certification is so important. 
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