Member Benefits - Independent Operators

Welcome to the Independent Operators page of the new Here you will find resources and information that focuses on bringing the greatest possible value to FMI’s independent retailer members.  Please bookmark this page so that you can check back often for new resources.

--Kevin Davis, Bristol Farms
  Chairman, FMI Independent Operators Committee
  Member, FMI Board of Directors

FMI's Independent Operator Committee

The Independent Operator Committee, chaired by Kevin Davis, Bristol Farms, is an FMI Board-level committee that evaluates FMI's activities and makes recommendations on programming and services uniquely applicable to independents. The committee monitors industry trends, including technological advances, competitive challenges and consumer needs, for the purpose of identifying key issues of opportunity and concern for smaller operators.

Click here to view the Independent Operator Committee roster. (login required)

NEW!  FMI 2012 Supermarket Manager Attitude Survey

By Harold Lloyd
Research conducted by The Retail Feedback Group

FMI 2012 Supermarket Manager Attitude Survey


How do retailers and manufacturers grow? - Thom Blischok, Chief Retail Strategist at Booz & Company presents the FMI 2012 Trends webinar 

Based on data farom the U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2012 survey, FMI's Trends Overview webinar is now available online for free download.  Hear representatives from FMI's research partners, Booz and Company, present key information and offer food retail implications regarding four macro-trends in the industry:  the value-seeking consumer, technology, E-commerce and innovations in store format. 

Independent Operators - FMI 2012

FMI2012 rolled out the red carpet for independent operators with special offers, networking opportunities and a workshop track.

Click here to access the presentations from the Independent Operator Workshop Track, as well as the presentations from all of the workshop tracks and general sessions.

Independent Operator Hard Hat Tour

FMI hosted “Independents Day” at FMI2012.  Independents Day was a new program designed by the FMI Independent Operators Committee focused directly on bringing the greatest possible value to independent supermarkets at this year’s show. Independent's Day was kicked off with a “Hard-Hat” tour of the show floor before it opened.  Thank you to our sponsor Stericycle Expert RECALL, and thank you to Rick Brindle of Kraft Foods, Inc., for welcoming the hard hat tour participants to FMI 2012.

Click here to view photos from the Hard Hat Tour. 

Contact Us

For more information about FMI's Independent Operator membership, please contact Dagmar T. Farr, Senior Vice President, Member Services, at , or Lucas Darnell, Director, Member Services, at