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  • Information the Way It Should Be

    May 30, 2018
    Our fascination with data has swiftly moved from a mere attraction to a determined expectation. Technology’s gift of speedy access to the facts and figures we want touches every aspect of our lives – including what we expect to know about the food ...
  • From 1950 to 2010: How The Grocery Industry Has Changed

    May 29, 2018
    Speaks serves as a historical record of what is occurring in the food retail industry at any given time. As we complete data collection for the 2018 Speaks survey (responses due by May 31), I took a visit through the FMI archives to review the ...
  • It’s BBQ Season! Light Up the Grill!

    May 24, 2018
    Grilling displays are popping up in stores all across the country, and for good reason. The grocery industry is positioned to win the grilling basket throughout the entire year. Barbecue cuts of meat are growing 10 times faster than the total fresh ...
  • NAFTA Saved You $3.09 on Today’s Purchases

    May 23, 2018
    For many of us, it is hard to appreciate the role this free trade agreement plays in making our lives better; after all, we don’t get a receipt that says “NAFTA saved you $3.09 on today’s purchases” in the way we do for membership in store clubs or ...
  • 5 Ways to Engage with Customers on Food Safety

    May 22, 2018
    Memorial Day weekend signals that summer is here and the grilling season has officially started. This week families will head to their local grocery store or place a special online order to stock up on this season’s cookout supplies, and food ...
  • Shaping the Future of Couponing

    May 21, 2018
    According to U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2017 report, 52 percent of shoppers now use digital coupons while at the grocery store. That number increases to 68 percent of shoppers from households with kids indicating the convenience factor of digital ...
  • Technology Reinvents Retail − From Supply Chain to Store Shelves

    May 18, 2018
    In today’s food retail environment, emerging technologies − from blockchain to Internet of Things (IoT) − are beginning to produce clear gains. Retailers are leveraging new technologies to enhance aspects including supply chain, food safety, and ...
  • Three Tools for Independent Retailers on Ecommerce

    May 17, 2018
    For the past two years, FMI has been engaging our members in assessing their ecommerce capabilities and the digitally engaged food shopper. This has been a big topic of interest, in particular, to FMI’s independent retail members as they look to ...
  • How Everything We Know About Consumers is Being Flipped And What That Means For Leadership

    May 16, 2018
    There is no doubt that there is a primal shift within the food industry with consumer reality that is changing the way we do business and revising industry leadership ...
  • Food Traceability: We Are Only As Strong As Our Weakest Link

    May 14, 2018
    Although emerging traceability technologies are advancing database management capabilities, these technologies add little value to traceability programs unless all supply chain partners harmonize data collection ...
  • Addressing Consumer Behavior in Real Time

    May 14, 2018
    Narayan Iyengar, SVP, Digital and ecommerce, Albertsons Companies, in a presentation at Grocerytalk talks about tracking customer journeys in the digital era and how to collaborate to successfully reach the digital shopper....
  • Proclaim September as Family Meals Month in Your State

    May 11, 2018
    A unique way for State Grocery and Retail Associations to support this cause is to have your state proclaim September as Family Meals Month. Beyond benefits to consumers, NFMM helps the food retail industry encourage consumers to have more meals ...
  • Measuring Success By Talent

    May 11, 2018
    Businesses traditionally measure success by financial outcomes and ridge numeric terms, but what if this model was flipped on its head?...
  • Changing Paradigm Shift of Security Leadership

    May 10, 2018
    With an abundance of information available, food retailers have a heightened awareness of new and evolving terrorism threats, workplace violence, and shifts in workplace ...
  • Finding Drivers and Higher Costs Are Issues Keeping Supply Chain Leaders up at Night

    May 8, 2018
    Those who lead in the supply chain will perfectly understand that transportation is indispensable to most ...