• Innovation Through Education at the FMI Connect Tech Pavilion

    May 22, 2015
    FMI Technology PavilionThis year we’ve added so much more to this well trafficked area. In partnership withThe Meeting Pool, we are going to have experts on hand to provide the latest information about wearable technologies like Google Glass and the new Apple Watch. Additionally, as more and more industry professionals are working from non-traditional locations, we’re bringing you Tech Bytes—20 minute talks on technology content— to help you make sense of some of the most popular apps to support your out of the office schedule including support with productivity, travel arrangements, conference calls, scheduling and more. If you need assistance with any of your personal technology, visit the FMI Tech Bar during the FMI Expo for support.
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  • Tomorrow’s Retail Technology on View at FMI Connect

    May 21, 2015
    Technology in the AisleE-commerce and mobile technology are changing everything, and the retail grocery business is no different. Just wait until you visit the FMI Connect expo and see all the ways you now have available to please your customers. You’ll see the true retail store of the future – both brick and mortar and virtual.
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  • One of These Things Is Not Like the Others

    May 21, 2015
    One of these things is not like the otherChain restaurants and supermarkets are not the same.  Their fundamental differences are many, but among the important ones is that the vast majority of grocery stores do not have menus or menu boards for most of their products.  Unfortunately,  the U.S. Food and Drug Administration refuses to acknowledge the difference between ordering a “#4” on a menu board at a chain restaurant and shopping at a grocery store.
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  • As the Party Platter Turns: Supermarket Chefs Bring Evolution to Supermarket Catering

    May 20, 2015
    Supermarket Chef Holiday Party Platter FinalistsToday’s shoppers are upping the ante—and opportunity—for grocers with increasingly high-end expectations for supermarket catering. A finalist in the 2015 Supermarket Chef Showdown, Chef Tim Donnelly of Publix notes, “Our customers want variety and cultural flair [from prepared food and catering].”  His customers are looking for prepared options that are “less ordinary.” They’re looking for the types of dishes that will bring them praise from fellow party goers. Chef Donnelly and his fellow finalists, Chef Elizabeth Davis of Hy-Vee and Chef Keoni Chang of Foodland, Hawaii all agree—supermarket catering and prepared food departments have evolved to encompass much more than the cheese platters, vegetable trays and rotisserie chickens of grocery eras past.
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  • Top 10 Technology Topics at FMI Connect

    May 19, 2015
    Apple Watch Green 2When we talk about improving efficiencies for food retailers, the first thing that jumps into my head is technology. At FMI Connect this year, we’re aiming to showcase how technology is woven through our lives, our business operations and how it helps us do the business of tomorrow better. Here is a top 10 list of the technology topics you won’t want to miss at FMI Connect.
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  • 10 Stand-Out Supermarket Store Managers

    May 18, 2015
    Store Manager Awards TrophiesThis year we received 98 nominations for the FMI Store Manager Awards and are pleased to share with you the following 10 finalists. These exceptional store managers will attend FMI Connect, where the winners will be announced during the annual FMI Speaks presentation on Wednesday morning, June 10. This week we’ve posted stories and photos of each of our finalists to the FMI Facebook page. The finalist that receives the most “likes” by the end of the week will receive the Store Manager “People’s Pick” Award and a $500 donation to help them celebrate their store associates. Visit the FMI Facebook pageand like your favorite store manager today! 
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  • FMI Connect Has What Your Shoppers Want for Dinner

    May 15, 2015
    Shopping for Health in the Grocery StoreWhen shoppers prowl your store’s periphery looking for answers to the question, “What’s for dinner?” they want a few things: They’re looking for something that’s easy to make, healthy for their families, tastes good and puts them right at the center of whatever the latest food trend is. Here are some of the choices you can give them that are yours to investigate at FMI Connect.
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