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  • When It Comes to Produce, The Eyes Decide

    Aug 21, 2017
    Power of Produce 2017 finds three-quarter of shoppers plan their produce purchases pre-trip, and an even greater 86 percent of shoppers readily admit unplanned fruits and vegetables purchases frequently end up in their cart. That’s what makes ...
  • Navigating the Curiosity to Comfort Crux

    Aug 18, 2017
    This metamorphosis of the food retail landscape is most evident with regard to the further decline of traditional supermarkets as a primary ...
  • Start Your National Family Meals Month™ Campaign With In-Store Excellence

    Aug 17, 2017
    Research tells us that nearly nine out of 10 food retailers already routinely take advantage of in-store marketing initiatives like product sampling (86 percent) or healthy recipes (86 percent) and good-for-you product displays (86 percent) (2017 ...
  • Creating a Food Theater in Your Store

    Aug 16, 2017
    A colleague of mine recently celebrated her birthday in a rather unusual manner. Instead of going to an upscale restaurant or taking in a performance, she had her birthday celebration at a grocery store. You see, this millennial colleague loves the ...
  • Personalized Health and Nutrition: A Significant Growth Opportunity in Retail

    Aug 15, 2017
    If I look back to just three years ago in our industry, two primary leadership teams held responsibility for operationalized health and wellness initiatives in food retail – pharmacy (59 percent) and nutrition (50 percent) leadership teams. Now we’...
  • Local Continues to Drive Growth for Produce

    Aug 14, 2017
    According to the Power of Produce 2017, 54 percent of shoppers would like their produce department to offer an expanded assortment of locally-grown produce. Shoppers’ are zeroing-in on a mile radius from where they shop and use state lines to define ...
  • What Does a Winning National Family Meals Month Media Campaign Look Like?

    Aug 10, 2017
    A study conducted for FMI by Nielsen found that 95 percent of those who learned of the National Family Meals Month™ campaign on social media or by e-mail changed their shopping and consumption habits because of it....
  • Here’s How to Exceed Shopper Expectations

    Aug 9, 2017
    Shopper-centric retailing requires a transformation in our legacy business processes. In a time when the grocery industry is experiencing the most dynamic change in decades with changing food lifestyles, and digital connectedness, shopper-centric ...
  • Taking It Personally

    Aug 8, 2017
    Today’s shoppers feel entitled to information access about the product they are considering and they assume their unique needs should be listened to and addressed....
  • Seeking Input: FMI News App

    Aug 7, 2017
    Have you downloaded the FMI News App? Whether you have used the app once or use it all the time, we’re looking for users to share their experience with us. This is your opportunity to inform our ...
  • Retailers Discuss the Promise and Pitfalls of Local Preemption at the FMI State Issues Retreat

    Aug 7, 2017
    From plastic bag bans to beverage taxes, minimum wage increases to mandatory scheduling requirements, issues that impact retailers are increasingly emanating not just from Washington, D.C. and state capitols, but from city councils and mayors’ ...
  • A Challenge the Entire Food Industry is Committed to Overcoming

    Aug 4, 2017
    FMI’s Chief Food and Product Safety Officer and Senior Vice President of Food Safety Programs, Hilary Thesmar, participated in several symposiums where she shared the retail food industry’s recent food safety ...
  • Exchanging Fans for Friends in Food Retail

    Aug 3, 2017
    Today, building real relationships is critical to business, especially in food retail. This relates not only to the relationships we form with our customers, but also the relationships we form internally....
  • Produce… the Crown Jewel of the Supermarket Perimeter

    Aug 2, 2017
    Power of Produce 2017 shows a supermarket’s strength lies both in very high shopper conversion among their primary customers and being a store destination among switchers. From Power of Produce 2017, 39 percent of switchers end up visiting a ...
  • Use Every Channel You Have to Spread the National Family Meals Month Message

    Jul 31, 2017
    The entire food retail industry today is striving to offer consumers a seamless shopping experience. Almost every company now has an omnichannel strategy that will give consumers every possible opportunity to access its products, services and ...