• New Year, New State Legislative Sessions – What Grocers Need to Know

    Feb 10, 2016
    Map of United States of AmericaFMI monitors over 80 issues at the state level. Currently, more than 7,000 bills have been introduced for discussion this New Year. To help prepare for this onslaught of state legislative and regulatory activity, FMI releases the 50 State Legislative Outlookevery January.
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  • Top Trend in Fresh Foods: Transparency

    Feb 09, 2016
    FMI-12092014_149_WEBMore than ever before, consumers want to know where there food is from, what is in their food and even how their food will impact their lifestyles over time. The pressure to convey this information is especially relevant to supermarkets’ fresh departments, which recent FMI research demonstrates is continuing to grow and will continue for the next three-to-five years. 
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  • Ensuring Data Quality for the Information-Savvy Shopper

    Feb 08, 2016
    20151208-FMI-117-WEBData quality makes consumer transparency in the supply chain possible. However retailers and trading partners today have to balance consumer expectation with business efficiencies. From reducing product damages to improving warehouse operations and traceability, retailers and suppliers today can enhance data quality to improve supply chain operations and satisfy consumer demands.
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  • 10 Findings on Fresh Prepared Foods in Grocery Stores

    Feb 05, 2016

    FMI-12092014_184_WEBNew research from FMI and TechnomicThe Sophistication of Supermarket Fresh Prepared Foods, finds that as supermarkets become increasingly skilled in food service, this decision for shoppers becomes more complex. The study details the sophistication of supermarket fresh prepared foods among 28 banners, representing 8,000 stores, and substantiates the $15 billion growth of supermarket fresh prepared foods over the last eight years. The study finds that most stores (64 percent) witnessed 2014 prepared foods category growth of nine percent or higher. Here are the top 10 in-depth findings from the report.

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  • Today is the Iowa Caucus, Tomorrow is Groundhog Day

    Feb 01, 2016
    I Voted StickerToday, February 1, is the day of the Iowa Caucus, a day when Iowa voters meet in their various electoral precincts or “caucuses” to begin the process of electing a nominee for the Democratic and Republican parties. While Iowa only represents a small percentage of the delegates to select the parties’ nominees, the Iowa Caucus is the first major event of the presidential election. Next week, voters in New Hampshire go through a similar process to cast direct votes to select nominees for their respective political parties. Next month, March 1 represents “Super Tuesday,” during which several states will hold their primaries and will serve as a turning point for many of the candidates’ campaigns.
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  • NEW Competitive Talent Strategies

    Jan 28, 2016
    NEW Panel at Midwinter ConferenceEmployees want to make connections; they want community and digital experiences that enable both their business and interpersonal relationships. They want to personally relate with their company’s mission statement and contribute to a greater purpose. While these aren’t necessarily new desires, according to a Network of Executive Women roundtable collocated at the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference, executives from some of the most iconic brands and global consulting firms revealed that these employee requirements are contributing to an emerging “war on talent.”
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  • Be a Future Leader in the Food Retail Industry

    Jan 22, 2016
    Future Leaders Committee MeetingWe recently brought together current food retail leaders who are dedicated to the idea of growing today’s professionals into tomorrow’s industry leaders. This group, comprising the Future Leaders Committee, worked to develop a program that equips the food retail industry’s current and future leaders with powerful education, development and networking opportunities to confidently deliver  company and team success now and in the future.
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