• What Bob Dylan and FMI’s 20 Research Reports Have in Common

    Dec 21, 2016

    Bob Dylan and FMI ReserachNobel Prize winner Bob Dylan proclaimed more than fifty years ago that “the times they are a changin’.” Today that phrase resonates in the food retail industry as we witness increasingly different ways consumers shop for food, and the many ways grocers are adapting to stay relevant. Always mindful of capturing industry trends, FMI once again this year delved into the minds of consumers and food retailers to make sense of this rapid pace of change to offer the food retail industry tools to understand today’s shopper and improve grocery operations.

    Full story
  • 2016 Was More than Just an Election Year

    Dec 20, 2016
    Senator Roberts and Leslie SarasinIt is safe to say that most people will remember 2016 for tweet policy, hacked emails and then its surprising election results at the federal level, but we wanted to fill you in on what we did on your behalf this year.
    Full story
  • 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:
    Full story
  • 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.
    Full story
  • 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.
    Full story
  • 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.

    Full story
  • 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. 
    Full story