Asset Protection

FMI Asset ProtectionFMI offers multiple initiatives and opportunities for collaboration among food retailing industry professionals in the areas of loss prevention, risk management, workplace safety, crisis management, technology, and overall asset protection concerning people, reputation and property. 
Rhett Asher

For questions or more information, please contact FMI’s Vice President of Asset Protection, Data Security & Crisis Management, Rhett Asher.

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Cyber Awareness Resources

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Although Cyber Awareness Month has come and gone, the importance of being vigilant is ever present. Sponsored by the National Cyber Security Division within the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, the resources are always available for you to make sure that your management and operational teams have the resources and information necessary to safeguard your assets.


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FMI Asset Protection Resources

  • 2013 Asset Protection Department & Compensation Study

    This study examines food retail companies’ asset protection department structure, by job description and compensation, in an effort to allow FMI members of all sizes to compare their departments against these aggregated templates.

  • 2013 Food For Thought: Retail Video Trends & Doing More for your Organization

    This survey conducted by FMI and Axis Communications identifies key trends in video. Whether retailers are beginning to deploy or have an established IP video solution in place, the benefits of IP video reach various levels of a store from safety and Assets Protection to distribution and operations to merchandising and marketing. With IP video, food retailers and other stakeholders are doing more for their stores

  • Supermarket Security and Loss Prevention 2009

    This report by FMI and Checkpoint Systems, Inc. looks at the issues of employee theft, shoplifting, organize retail crime and other forms of theft in food retail. This year’s report shows a decline in average shrink and demonstrates that loss prevention is back on track as the economy rebounds. Retailers are training their associates more, curbing internal theft and fighting back against shoplifting and organized retail crime. All signs point to a strong loss prevention initiative that will continue into the future.

  • 2015 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends

    The Food Marketing Institute has long supported U.S. food retailers through annual surveys of shopper behaviors and attitudes, providing consistent metrics to evaluate the changing market landscape. This year, FMI worked with the Hartman Group to supplement our U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends research perspective with a cultural lens, interviewing Americans in their homes and while shopping, and drawing upon ethnographic research into U.S. food consumption and consumers.


  • 2015 U.S. Grocery Industry Speaks

    In its 65th year, FMI’s The Food Retailing Industry Speaks ("Speaks") provides the industry with important operational and financial benchmarks ranging from sales and profits to shrink, turns and differentiation tactics. The data is drawn primarily from FMI’s annual survey of U.S. food retailers and wholesalers, and was supplemented with information from public company Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) 10K filings.
  • Grocers Get Their Turn to be Heard On EMV in House Hearing

    Oct 21, 2015
    Art Potash Testifies on EMV to House Small Business CommitteeThe panel consisted of four merchants and one witness depicting the consumer perspective. FMI was thrilled to have Art Potash with Potash Markets from Chicago, Illinois testify on our behalf to give the grocer’s perspective. Art is an active member of FMI; he sits on our Independent Operators Committee, is a member of our Board of Directors and has been an invaluable resource, especially during the height of our interchange lobbying battle. FMI also submitted a statement for the record andtestimony.
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  • Visa Says it Competes for Merchant Business…Fact or Fiction?

    Oct 09, 2015
    EMV HearingThis week, the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee held a hearing on EMV migration and the challenges small businesses are facing under the liability shift deadline. When the House Small Business Committee announced it would hold a hearing with Visa, the Electronic Transactions Association, a bank and a credit union, FMI, like many other merchant trade associations, expressed concern that the hearing lacked a voice for merchants. We have since been assured that the committee is planning a hearing on October 21 to represent all merchants, and FMI will feature a grocer witness.
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  • Preparing in the Eye of the Storm

    Oct 02, 2015
    Rain StormGrocery stores often became the choice command centers for crisis professionals during Sandy, providing shelter, power generators, supplies, and of course, food.  I heard from our stores up and down the Mid Atlantic where the storm wiped out roads and literally created islands. Our members rated the lack of infrastructure and ease of access as two of the biggest obstacles in getting communities the support they needed. When ice, water and supplies cannot reach the intended destination, it’s often important to know what government agency and to whom to direct the crisis call.
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Asset Protection Leadership

The FMI Asset Protection Council is made up of senior level asset protection executives from a diverse mix of FMI member retailers and wholesalers. These executives advise, guide and support various FMI activities related to asset protection, loss prevention, crisis management, cyber security, risk management, operations and safety. They meet regularly to discuss common challenges and work towards ROI-driven solutions to drive industry advancement. What to learn more? Contact Us

FMI Asset Protection Council Q&A

From time to time, we pose food retail asset protection questions to our Asset Protection Council members and ask for their anonymous response on areas of industry interest for determining best practices.

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Store Perishable Policies
Cell Phone Deposits

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Asset Protection Education

In partnership with the Loss Prevention Academy, FMI is pleased to offer our members discounts on the following courses:

  • Loss Prevention for Employees (Use Code FMI1 for 20% discount)
  • Loss Prevention for Managers (Use Code FMI2 for 20% discount)
  • Loss Prevention Detective (Use Code FMI3 for 20% discount)
  • Safety for Retail (Use Code FMI4 for 20% discount)
  • Loss Prevention "Master" Course - includes the 10 hour Wicklander-Zulawski (W-Z) Interviewing and Interrogation skills course (Use Code FMI5 for 10% discount)
Click here to register for your courses!

In partnership with the McAfee Institute, FMI is pleased to offer our members a discount on their courses:

  • Please use code FMI2014 for 20% off any of the courses McAfee Institute offers
Click here to register for your courses!