• The FMI Worry Index Then and Now

    Jan 31, 2017
    Then and NowArguably, nothing registers the changes confronting the industry better than the Worry Index feature in The Food Retailing Industry Speaks (Speaks) research. Comparing and contrasting the worry index lists from various years provides a real sense of what is changing, what is staying the same, what may be shifting in intensity or in some cases what appears to be remaining the same, but in truth, is different because the context has changed.
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  • Photo Friday: Ever’Man Cooperative Grocery & Cafe

    Jan 27, 2017
    Lucas Darnell with William RolfsLucas Darnell, director of member relations and advocacy for the eastern region of FMI, visited with William Rolfs, general manager of Ever’Man Cooperative Grocery & Cafe in Pensacola, Florida. The store is dedicated to creating a healthy and vibrant community by providing education on health and nutrition issues, and supporting local agriculture and small business.
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  • 2017 Midwinter Executive Conference by the Numbers

    Jan 26, 2017

    2017 Midwinter ConferenceWondering who is attending the 2017 Midwinter Executive Conference? Curious to know what is happening at FMI’s signature event?  With the event kick-off just days away, get all the facts in this breakdown of the Midwinter Executive Conference by the numbers.

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  • Crisis at Your Store Door

    Jan 25, 2017
    Crisis At Your DoorThe newly revamped Audit/Safety/Asset Protection (ASAP) Conference is the one event this year designed to give those charged with creating company safety plans, store crisis plans and auditing systems the information they need to excel at their jobs in a constantly changing business environment.
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  • Connecting Strategies for Boundary-Less Commerce

    Jan 24, 2017
    Digital ShopperFMI’s U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2016 suggests that shoppers are using digital tools prior to and during shopping trips. No surprise, Millennials are most likely to engage with retailers using social media or other digital tools, such as apps. The Trends analysis makes a strong case that our rapidly changing food culture demands more creative ways to integrate new technologies into how shoppers plan, browse, curate, purchase and ultimately eat.
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  • Approaching the Future of Food, Fashionably

    Jan 23, 2017
    Fashion ShowI’ve always posited that food should be more like fashion. Similar to the latest trends in lapels and color palettes, consumers’ palates are attuned to what’s hot in the food world. Consumers may be willing to experiment with new foods and flavors, but counter to the world of fashion, what we’ve found in our consumer research is that it’s not necessarily an event or the media, or even food suppliers that influence their purchases. When it comes to a trusted authority on wellness, for instance, U.S. consumers primarily rely on their families, doctors and friends. Still, the primary food store ranks high on the list of supporters, and notably, the top-10 wellness allies are without a pop culture reference.
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  • Lasting Legacies in the Food Retail Industry

    Jan 19, 2017
    2017 FMI Executive Leadership AwardsFood retail is sometimes referred to as a noble enterprise because it incorporates into a business  entity the delicate art of serving communities by engaging people and providing them the food that nourishes their bodies and feeds their spirits.  Today’s food retail persona results from the cumulative efforts of many visionary leaders who have shaped the industry and sculpted it into the high calling that it is.  
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