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  • In the Spirit of Giving, Let’s Stir It Up!

    Dec 14, 2017
    It’s that time of year when we’re all encouraged to give back a little. Maybe you’re running a store promotion to raise money for a local charity or working with a local food back to provide families holiday meals. However you’re giving back this ...
  • Preparing Food Retailers for the Blockchain Revolution

    Dec 12, 2017
    Built on the foundation of trust and security, blockchain is a technology framework that stores, updates and verifies data across a decentralized peer-to-peer platform. This data is stored in encrypted, timestamped records – or blocks – that link to ...
  • What Will the Role of Store Development Be In The Digital Age of Food Retail?

    Dec 11, 2017
    Food retailers know that digital and mobile technology are influencing shoppers’ expectations for experiences and convenience. Meeting consumer needs will ultimately transform the size, layout and offering in retail ...
  • Store Managers Ingrained in the Success of a Community

    Dec 11, 2017
    It’s undeniable that these food retail professionals possess a unique quality of leadership, and an incredibly diverse skill set that, in a single day, ranges from being a professional circus ringleader to a strategically, savvy business operator. ...
  • Legislative Relief Remains Necessary for Food Retail Implementation of “Menu Labeling” Rule

    Dec 8, 2017
    Within the last two weeks, U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and conservative watchdog groups declared that now is the time for Congress to finally fix FDA’s “menu labeling” ...
  • Fresh Grocery, the Digital Frontier and Supply Chain

    Dec 7, 2017
    In thinking through the conversations at the FMI Executive Forum Roundtable discussions last June, and in other conversations with fresh grocery leadership since then, it has struck me that there was a lot of consensus on the issues of the day, and ...
  • Food Retailing, Meet Silicon Valley

    Dec 7, 2017
    There is little doubt that the leading high-tech producers have discovered the consumer goods and food retailing marketplace. In some cases, technology providers are working as our partners, working together to find automated solutions to problems ...
  • Pork Quality Could Top a Retailer’s Holiday Wish List

    Dec 6, 2017
    As we approach the holidays, your stores are bustling with shoppers trying to find the perfect meal for their family and friends. Pork tenderloin is a staple for many holiday tables, as evidenced by Google yielding nearly 1.6 million results for ...
  • Do You Have an Appetite for Change?

    Dec 1, 2017
    The lineup of sessions at the upcoming 2018 FMI Midwinter Executive Conference is organized to provide answers to questions you have about how to meet challenges and take advantage of the opportunities of a fast-changing industry. We have assembled ...
  • Recapping 2017 Unprecedented Change

    Dec 1, 2017
    The retail industry is experiencing unprecedented change. The decisions and investments that consumer goods and food retail businesses make now will determine future winners and losers. Change is everywhere and we all can adapt. Based on ...
  • How Industry Trends and Technology Will Influence the Future of Physical Stores

    Nov 29, 2017
    Much like an evolving Metro system, the retail marketplace is witnessing a convergence of new consumer preferences and technologies that are shaping its own ...
  • Cooking Classes Support Family Meals

    Nov 28, 2017
    The grassroots partnership with food retailers is the reason why Common Threads is such an active partner in the FMI Foundation’s National Family Meals Month campaign to encourage families to eat one more meal together every ...
  • Food Retail at a Digital Tipping Point

    Nov 27, 2017
    We recognize that our industry will reach digital maturity and saturation more quickly than other industries that went online earlier, and we’re predicting that the grocery industry will reach $100 billion in online sales by 2025. Digital will reach ...
  • Are You Ready for a Trading Partner Conversation Focused on Food Safety?

    Nov 22, 2017
    Consumers today demand food safety to be in place. So how retailers instill confidence to the consumer that the products they are buying from us are at the safest and highest level quality they can be? This is where the Safe Quality Food Institute (...
  • Can Consistent Quality Drive Repeat Pork Sales?

    Nov 21, 2017
    You may have heard that the USDA is reviewing, and has opened for public comment, a plan to revise the voluntary pork standards in place today. For the fresh pork industry, this is a monumental shift and it may directly impact retail meat cases ...