Supply Chain

FMI offers multiple initiatives and opportunities for collaboration among food retailing industry professionals in the areas of logistics, transportation, distribution, warehousing, supply & demand planning, forecasting, purchasing and technology across the entire supply chain. This includes the people, activities, information and resources involved in moving products from it's supplier to customer. With work through our growing community of committees, FMI facilitates networking, surveys, benchmarking, research studies and other collaborative projects that help move the industry forward and support members in their efforts.

Supply Chain Icon2017 TPA Supply Chain Conference
When you bring together all sides of the value chain, you foster stronger relationships, streamline logistics, effectively manage activities, explore new process options and increase efficiency – all leading to innovation and reduction in costs. Join us April 30 - May 2, 2017 in San Diego, CA. Visit the 2017 conference page for more details. 

Previous Conferences:

2016 Supply Chain Conference
2015 Supply Chain Conference

On Shelf Availability RESOURCES

  • On Shelf Availability Root Causes Ishikawa Diagram

    The Best Practices Solutions to Address On Shelf Availability (OSA) Guide and On Shelf Availability Root Causes Ishikawa Diagram were developed to help companies reduce out-of-stock levels. The Root Causes Ishikawa diagram highlights the leading causes of failures across these areas and is tailored for use across the supply chain.

  • Best Practices Solutions to Address On Shelf Availability (OSA) Guide

    The Best Practices Solutions to Address On Shelf Availability (OSA) Guide and On Shelf Availability Root Causes Ishikawa Diagram were developed to help companies reduce out-of-stock levels. The best practices guide addresses root causes - and potential solutions - of challenges across five retail functional domains: Store Execution, Ordering and Execution, Forecasting, Manufacturing, and Category Management and Merchandising.  It also identifies process owners to deal with these product availability issues throughout the supply chain.  The Root Causes Ishikawa diagram highlights the leading causes of failures across these areas and is tailored for use across the supply chain.

  • Solving the Out-of-Stock Problem

    The OSA study was led by key retail and manufacturing executives from FMI/GMA Trading Partner Alliance member companies and the survey responses came from a wide selection of leading manufacturers and retailers. Survey questions were directed specifically to retailers or manufacturers to better understand each side’s issues and as a means to compare and contrast the two sides’ approach to the problem. This was significant in identifying the gaps discussed in this report. This report summarizes the findings of the survey around the four key gaps that must be overcome to reach OSA maturity. These are: metrics/data; process/practice; organizational issues; and technology. The report also provides Good-Better-Best recommendations under these same four topic areas. - View More


Productivity Benchmarking Industry Report

In partnership with the Retailer Owned Food Distributors & Associates (ROFDA), FMI launched a productivity benchmarking survey. The  survey results are complied in the Productivity Benchmarking Industry Report, which provides key benchmarks, metrics and insights, enabling companies to compare their performance with that of other wholesalers and self-distributing retail chains. 201 facilities in 25 states participated in the initial survey resulting in one of the largest and diverse warehouse productivity studies in North America. Each survey participant also received a complimentary Confidential Personalized Productivity Report. Full Report

Collaboration 2.0: Unlocking the Benefits of Collaboration

The Collaboration 2.0 project is a multiyear initiative, developed with Market6®, to help the grocery industry improve how grocers and their suppliers work together around key shared business processes to grow sales, profits and customer satisfaction/loyalty. This initiative was launched in response to the recognition that there is tremendous unrealized value in improved collaboration in the industry and that by bringing expanded focus on collaboration best practices and the associated organizational, business process and technical changes needed to effect improved collaboration, FMI could help the industry improve performance and outcomes in this area. - View More

From Category Management to Shopper-Centric Retailing: It can be done — here's how

The 2015 FMI WWA Deloitte Consulting Shopper-Centric Retailing Study focuses on the gaps between merchandising practices common in today's Consumer Package Goods (CPG) manufacturer-retail environment and the practices that can be applied for the industry to become more effectively shopper-focused. This study draws on the perspectives of a proprietary Shopper-Centric Retailing Survey, submitted to the CPG manufacturer and retail trade, which resulted in 68 responses (34 retail and 34 CPG manufacturer). It also draws on the collective client engagement experience among FMI, WWA, and Deloitte Consulting in addressing merchandising challenges in the food, drug, and mass-merchandising sectors. - View More

  • Better Together: Total Store Collaboration

    Total Store Collaboration ImageTotal Store Collaboration is a core strategic pillar of FMI and is our wrap-around means of describing our approach to fostering partnerships between retailers, manufacturers, and distributors in the food industry. While retailer/supplier collaboration is an oft-discussed topic and wished for industry aspiration, FMI is in a unique position to facilitate the conversations needed for true cooperative effort to move from dream to reality. In the past year, we’ve built significantly on the initiative (started in early 2014) by expanding our collaborative communities and focusing on high priority industry issues.
  • Collaborative Supply Chain Transformation

    Supply Chain 2016Effective and efficient supply chains are a source of sustainable competitive advantage for retailers and wholesalers alike. The ability to optimize and transform supply chain capabilities requires collaboration with trading partners both on the physical movement of product and the information that enables smart supply chain forecasting and decision making. In 2016, the Trading Partner Alliance Supply Chain Committee established and prioritized its collaborative supply chain transformation efforts across four key areas.
  • Winners and Losers in the Grocery Industry from Deflation

    USDA DeflationWe’re in the midst of one of the longest periods of food price deflation in more than 50 years. USDA reports that the consumer price index has been negative on a year-over-year basis since December 2015, causing severe pressure on same-store sales growth. Retail beef prices have declined in some areas by nearly 8 percent, with pork and poultry on a similar (but slightly less steep) downward trend. USDA predicts we could see up to a 19 percent decline in the CPI for eggs in 2016, and the dairy sector is in dire enough straits that USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has authorized two rounds of government purchases of surplus cheese. It doesn’t look like this trend is likely to let up in the near future.