Risk & Safety

FMI offers multiple initiatives and opportunities for collaboration among food retailing industry professionals in the areas of risk management, workplace safety, crisis management, business continuity and technology. With work through our committee, FMI facilitates surveys, benchmarking, research studies and other collaborative projects that help move the industry forward and support members in their efforts.  For questions or more information, please contact Rhett Asher.

Latest News

Webinar Recording Now Available!

The recording and PowerPoint for the recent webinar, OSHA’s Reporting Rules:  Employers have lived with them for 10 months – what impact have they had, and what should we expect next from OSHA? is now available. 

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FMI Risk And Safety Resources

  • 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

  • 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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The Risk and Safety Committee assists FMI in planning the Asset Protection Conference and may provide input and guidance throughout the year about FMI’s efforts around risk management and safety issues. Want to learn more? Contact Us


In partnership with the Loss Prevention Academy, FMI is pleased to offer it's members a discount on the Safety for Retail course. (Use Code FMI5 for 20% discount)

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