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.
In 2016, companies that responded to the full survey represent 12,070 stores and
combined with SEC filings the survey represents 33,616 stores.
What are the top worries of grocery industry leaders?
Speaks contains The Worry Index, where senior leaders in the food retail industry assign
macro and micro issues a score between one and 10, where 10 reflects the greatest impact on their business.
To better measure the financial impact of issues on the food retail industry, in 2016 we re-worded
The Worry Index question to focus on the impact on a company's sales and profit.
The cost of providing healthcare benefits tops the list of food retail industry leader worries with an impact score of 6.84 on the 10 point scale. Expected impact for 2016 – 2017 scored at 7.35.
Rapidly rising in concern is the job market including staffing, hiring, retention and wages with an impact score of 6.27 on the 10 point scale. Expected impact for 2016 – 2017 scored at 7.23.
From number of trips to the store to operational data
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