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Home to 5,000 volumes of publications, research reports, books and more about the food retail industry the physical FMI Library is supplemented by an online database that contains abstracts from a variety of trade and business journals dating back to 1988 and a catalog of multi-media materials about the food distribution industry from FMI and other publishers.

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  • FMI Grocery Industry Research You Might Have Missed

    Sep 19, 2016
    Grocery CartsSpeaks and Trends. These are the nicknames of the best known, long-standing research reports produced by FMI.  The Food Retailing Industry Speaks report is an annual survey sent to FMI members and other food retailers in the food industry that benchmarks supermarket operations data and includes the FMI Worry Index. The U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report, prepared for FMI by the Hartman Group, provides data on the U.S shopper and changes to shopping habits over time. 
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  • Are You A Digitally Enabled and Engaged Retailer?

    Aug 24, 2016
    Online Shopping with Grocey CartWe want answers to those questions to better enable our members, which is why FMI is embarking on a multidimensional, multi-year digital shopper and digitally enabled retailing journey with Nielsen. We’ll explore the business imperatives that are crucial to understanding retailers’ positioning today and to have a strategic vision for the future – capabilities among people, processes, and technologies; priorities for connected commerce solutions; and to anticipate the barriers and pitfalls to avoid.
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  • Telling a Local, Fresh Story

    Aug 10, 2016
    20151208-FMI-085-WEBv2Local is big business for food retailers, especially as it relates to the produce aisle.  According to the Power of Produce report, more than three-quarters of shoppers cite their support for the local economy and farmers as a reason for buying locally-sourced produce — edging out “freshness” as the number one factor.
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  • What is the Power of Produce for Grocery Stores?

    Aug 08, 2016
    Power of Produce HeaderWe recently launched the second annual Power of Produce research at FMI Connect. This year’s report was prepared by 210 Analytics and made possible by Yerecic Label. The report looks at shopper habits regarding fruits and vegetables pre-trip, in-store and at home, as well as hundreds of shopper suggestions on how to improve the produce department. For food retailers looking to use the produce department to set themselves apart, this reports give insights into the shopper’s produce purchasing process and the real power produce can bring to your store’s business.
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  • How Did That Get In The Shopping Cart?

    Jul 19, 2016
    Grilled VegetablesThe chances are really good that the shopping responsibility for these backyard grill-fests didn’t fall squarely with just one person, but were a cooperative effort among the household’s multiple shoppers. According to FMI’s U.S. Grocery Shopper Trendsreport, 85 percent of all adults in the U.S. report that they have at least half the household responsibility for grocery shopping. Last year we identified that the “primary shopper paradigm” where one person –usually Mom – handled all the food selecting, planning, cooking, and shopping –was giving way to a new “shared shopper paradigm,” in which households delegate or collaborate on food shopping.
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