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  • What Does It Look Like When Grocery Trends Intersect?

    Jul 23, 2019
    What does it look like when all of these trends intersect? It looks like a month in the life of FMI’s Carol Abel, who manages a single-shopper household with a varying grocery list. In one month, Carol shopped at five different grocery stores with ...
  • CBD-Infused Foods Remain Caught in A Patchwork of State and Local Laws

    Jul 22, 2019
    State cannabidiol (CBD) laws are joining the likes of plastic bag and minimum wage bills as a patchwork of differing state and local laws flood the country. But, what makes the issue of CBD drastically different is whether a state or locality is ...
  • Meal Kits: One Man’s Dream Becomes A Reality

    Jul 19, 2019
    According to FMI’s 2019 U.S Grocery Shopper Trends report, 17% of U.S. shoppers have tried a least one subscription-model approach to food procurement, most often online meal kits or grocery deliveries. Men have adopted meal kits at a higher rate ...
  • Food Retail Supply Chain Trends That Are Here to Stay

    Jul 18, 2019
    I recently discussed the food retail supply chain with a group of industry professionals who eat, breath and live it every day. During GS1 Connect, hosted by GS1 US, I presented on a panel discussion along with John Phillips, PepsiCo, Inc. and Chris ...
  • The Path to Frictionless Checkout

    Jul 17, 2019
    Three grocers start talking about their customer checkout experience. One only offers traditional checkout with store associates. Another is starting to introduce self-checkout. The last grocer has fully integrated self-checkout and is interested in ...
  • Building The Supply Chain of Tomorrow At Groceryshop

    Jul 15, 2019
    Although customer-facing technologies often grab the limelight, some of the most impactful technology shifts are those increasing the speed, efficiency and transparency with which products move through the supply chain. These technologies will build ...
  • How Many Grocery Stores Did You Shop at Last Month?

    Jul 12, 2019
    This year’s U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report found that the average shopper visits 4.4 different retail banners in a typical month, up from 4.1 last year. While shoppers do spend a significant share of their food dollars at their primary store, ...
  • Are You Ready for Barry?

    Jul 11, 2019
    As we collaborate on this post, the current storm in the Gulf of Mexico has just been deemed Tropical Storm Barry by the National Weather Service. That classification may change, and the potential impact of the storm is shifting rapidly; however, we ...
  • Five Trends from the Fancy Food Show

    Jul 11, 2019
    Walking the aisles at the Summer Fancy Food Show, where FMI had a booth showcasing the SQF Food Safety Program and FMI Emerge for companies growing their grocery shelf presence, we picked up on five key trends to share with food retailers and FMI ...
  • Millennial vs Gen Z: 2019 Grocery Shopping Habits

    Jul 10, 2019
    As an older Millennial sibling, I could share a million examples that demonstrate how I differ from my younger Gen Z brother. I like calendar appointments; he prefers his days to be unplanned. I tend to be tidy; my brother lives with a mountain of ...
  • Physical Store Changes Meet Omnichannel Opportunities

    Jul 9, 2019
    According to FMI’s 2019 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report, 43% of shoppers now report buying groceries online at least once in the past year. With this in mind, food retailers need to understand how the physical store changes will set them up for ...
  • Why Collaboration Matters in Addressing Supply Chain Transportation Issues

    Jul 8, 2019
    At June’s TPA Transportation Summit, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Administrator Raymond Martinez acknowledged that our audience of logistics and transportation experts “fuel and feed the economy.” Administrator Martinez ...
  • Proclaiming Family Meals Month in Every State: A College Student’s Perspective

    Jul 3, 2019
    State resolutions/proclamations are an excellent way to support the National Family Meals Month™ programs that are being implemented by the retailers and suppliers across the country....
  • ‘Tis the Season: How Food Marketers Can Leverage In-Season, Locally-Grown Produce to Entice and Educate Shoppers

    Jul 2, 2019
    Now that growing and harvesting season is in full swing across most of the country, the time is ripe to leverage fruits and vegetables sourced from nearby farms and orchards outside of perennial growing areas like California, Arizona and Florida. ...
  • Are You In or Out: Payment Card Interchange Fee Settlement?

    Jul 1, 2019
    In addition to our regulatory and legislative work, FMI has been monitoring and reporting on an antitrust case filed fourteen years ago by a number of retailers against Visa and MasterCard and the largest issuing ...