FMI offers multiple initiatives and opportunities for collaboration among food retailing industry professionals in the area of technology. This includes an all company approach as it relates to mobility, payments, data security, cloud computing, in-store innovation and social commerce. With work through our Technology Leadership Board and other working committees, FMI facilitates networking, surveys, benchmarking, research studies and other collaborative projects that help move the industry forward and support members in their efforts.

Technology Leadership

The Information and Technology Council will lead and advise the FMI board and members on the technology to support and advance the retail food industry. By providing business technology strategy though communication and continuous education, coordinating and recommending technology topics for FMI sanctioned research, and providing clear direction on technology solutions that will effect process change in all aspects of our retailing business, this group will share insights into future technologies and business practices that could impact or benefit the industry. For more information about participating in this group, contact Doug Baker

FMI Technology Resources

  • Cybersecurity - The New Normal

    This whitepaper, produced for FMI by Fortium Partners, aims to help FMI members understand the state of Cybersecurity and become equipped with actionable steps to secure their companies. 
  • Food Retailing Industry Speaks 2016

    For 66 years, FMI has been surveying the food retail industry to develop important operational and financial benchmarks ranging from sales and profits to shrink, turns and differentiation tactics. The survey research results in The Food Retailing Industry Speaks (Speaks) report.
  • 2016 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.


  • 12 New Technologies that May Impact the Grocery Industry

    11Wearables2of2Our cameras snapped away as we captured innovations that could impact the food retail industry. Here are a dozen technologies we found—in no particular order—that you might find useful or relevant, including a few you might even like personally
  • Are You Ready For the Digital Food Shopper?

    20161208-FMI-0683_ed-WEBWhen was the last time you purchased a hardcover book? How about a magazine? How many of your adult children have a newspaper delivered to their home every day of the week? Did you do most of your holiday shopping this year in a department store or online? All of these questions should stop and make you think because each of these industries—publishing, news media, retail—are being reshaped by digital shoppers. And as it is happening to these industries, it is also happening to our industry.
  • Food Defense: Cross Your T’s and Dot Your I’s

    MealIf ever there was a time to turn up the dial on asset protection, it is now. While there are any number of issues that keep those charged with asset protection up at night, perhaps no topic is more vital to your company’s customers and investors than that of food defense.
  • Are Robots Replacing Grocery Industry Workers?

    20151208-FMI-207r-WEBSome recent stories in the media have hypothesized that the grocery checkout clerk and deli associate will be replaced by robots and other emerging technologies. For those working in the food retail industry this might raise some alarms, but if we stop and examine the issue a bit further we’ll see the story isn’t as black and white as it may seem. Here are some grey areas to consider.
  • Crisis at Your Store Door

    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.