Technology

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 FMI Technology Leadership Board 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

EVENTS

FMI Connect

Technology is driving everything from consumer behavior to back-of-house operations. It can help you build top-line sales, reduce expenses and improve overall operational excellence.

All NEW for 2016: Pulse: Technology Enabling the Path to Modern Retailing, an executive program connecting technology solutions providers with top retail and CPG executives. Learn more...

At FMI Connect 2015 Retail Technology & Innovation Pavilion was a highlight of the show floor. See these recap videos for other trends discussed and we'll see you in 2016! 


FMI Technology Resources

  • 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.
  • 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.

     

  • What Does Innovation Mean to You?

    Jun 22, 2016
    FMI Connect TV 2016 Day 1For some, innovation is the latest technology or gadget that promises to transform the way we all live our lives and do business. For others, innovation is that big idea that solves both a business problem and a consumer need. And then there are those who find innovation in the small things, such as building strong business teams or ensuring the highest quality of customer care. However a food retailer defines innovation, he or she can embrace it at FMI Connect.
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  • Robots, Robots and More Robots

    Jun 15, 2016
    Tally RobotRobots are a part of both business and personal lives. Currently, we see robotics primarily in manufacturing in our industry, but what can we look forward to seeing in our offices and grocery stores in the near future? We’re bringing a few of these ideas to FMI Connect this year and plan to keep a close watch on what to expect in the years to come. Here are some technology highlights to be sure to catch.
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  • Solar-Powered Oven and More at FMI Connect

    May 25, 2016
    GoSunGrill_HeroShotMany of this year’s CES Innovation Award winners involve food-related technology—think The Jetsons’ kitchen. We want food retailers to be able to experience some of these new innovations before they become common place in the household. That’s why will be showcasing several of the CES Innovation Award winners in the FMI Connect Tech Zone in June.
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  • Your Own Personal Tech Help Desk at FMI Connect

    May 05, 2016
    Tech Zone at FMI ConnectLike every other industry sector, technology has transformed the food retail business over the last 20 to 30 years, and will continue to do so, probably forever. Just as your customers are constantly adopting the latest electronic gadgets, you too must be sure you’re up-to-date on the latest food-related technology that shoppers will be using and will help you drive more profit to your bottom line.
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  • A Book Review of FMI Connect Keynote Speaker Steve Case’s The Third Wave

    Apr 28, 2016
    The Third Wave Book LargeWith Steve Case, entrepreneur, investor and co-founder of America Online, scheduled to speak in a few weeks at FMI Connect, I picked up his new book for a sneak peek at what words of wisdom a pioneer of the internet might offer today’s food retail audience.The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future (Simon & Schuster, April 2016) is part memoir of the rise and fall of America Online (AOL) and part prediction of the industries and opportunities for the near future. There are lessons in both for grocers and those who work for and with them.
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