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  • Meet The GIANT Company's Store Manager Awards Finalist

    Jul 14, 2020
    Connecting with others through communication is a hallmark of Gary Cottingham’s managerial style. His nominators cite his authentic communications that combine the big picture, effective storytelling and encouragement of ...
  • A 360-Degree View of Fresh Industry Transformation

    Jul 13, 2020
    We’re entering a new phase. While the pandemic isn’t over, the country is opening up, and consumers are relaying increased confidence about shopping and safety. This period provides an opportunity to get a 360 view of where we’ve been, how much has ...
  • That’s a Wrap: A Summary of June 2020 Primaries

    Jul 10, 2020
    This pass month turned out to be one of the busiest election months — a record 19 states held their congressional primaries in June. Between shifting voting requirements and altering deadlines, the results of June elections will have an impact on ...
  • Meet Martin’s Super Markets Store Manager Awards Finalist, Jim Grochowalski

    Jul 9, 2020
    Groucho's lead-by-example philosophy and enthusiasm for providing an unmatched shopping experience ensures loyalty in not only his employees, but his customers as ...
  • Variety to Rationalization to Pantry Loading – Are SKUs Poised to Recover Post-Pandemic?

    Jul 9, 2020
    The food supply chain disruption has brought up, once again, the question of just how many products do we really need on grocery ...
  • Meet Skogen's Festival Foods Store Manager Awards Finalist

    Jul 8, 2020
    Michael Siakpere won’t let anything rain on his parade when it comes to serving shoppers. From an outdoor store event that he successfully brought indoors during a heavy downpour to emerging circumstances threatening to cut into profits, this store ...
  • Meet Lunds & Byerlys Store Manager Awards Finalist

    Jul 7, 2020
    As the saying goes, Kaitlyn Lester wears many hats. The general manager of a Lunds & Bylerlys store in Eagan, Minn., is a strong leader, fierce competitor, thoughtful mentor and compassionate community advocate. ...
  • Taking Action to Advance Supply Chain Food Safety

    Jul 7, 2020
    There is an old adage, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” In order to prevent these outbreaks from reoccurring, something must change, and the change has to occur industry-...
  • A New Decade of Store Manager Excellence: Meet the 2020 Store Manager Awards Finalists

    Jul 6, 2020
    The entrepreneurial mindset is flexible, adaptable, sees change before it happens, and seizes new opportunities. In my opinion, what really makes an entrepreneurial spirit shine is the ability to remain focused on growing, developing and improving. ...
  • 2020 Midsummer Strategic Executive Exchange By The Numbers

    Jul 2, 2020
    On July 7th, FMI will kick off our first virtual event, the 2020 Midsummer Strategic Executive Exchange. While this virtual trading partner exchange was born out of the COVID-19 pandemic, we feel the top industry executives engaging in this event ...
  • A New Look at Shopper Transparency Expectations

    Jul 1, 2020
    The growing power of ecommerce is underscored in FMI’s U.S. Grocery Shopping Trends 2020 (Trends) report. Weekly online grocery spend reported by shoppers soared to 27.9% of all grocery spending in the March/April period of this year, from 14.5% in ...
  • From The Unknown To The Known: Managing Simultaneous Crisis Situations

    Jun 26, 2020
    Unfortunately, both COVID-19 and hurricane season are incredibly devastating to a business, communities, and personal health. But, one key differentiator is that for days, we can see the hurricane heading toward us, allowing for some preparation and,...
  • Making Lemonade Out of a Lemon of a Year

    Jun 25, 2020
    Gaining new insights and leveraging resources can help you better navigate such changes while strengthening and making connections. From our vantage point at FMI, we can share some key learnings and next steps to bringing better produce business to ...
  • COVID-19 Has Made Me Lose the Joy of Cooking

    Jun 24, 2020
    Cooking brings me joy! At least that was the case until the pandemic struck. One would think that the absence of an hour-long commute at the end of the workday would make me even more excited to cook dinner. Nope. At the end of the day, I am ...
  • Grocery’s Ecommerce Evolution during COVID-19

    Jun 23, 2020
    The pandemic has accelerated ecommerce demand, pressuring capabilities and providing invaluable lessons for the future. I am not usually one to make dramatic statements about industry developments, but I have mostly put that aside during this ...