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  • Emerging Technologies Transforming the Supply Chain: A Supply Chain Disruptor and Transformer

    Feb 28, 2018
    As advances in technology continue to disrupt the norm, more industry leaders look toward emerging technologies as solution providers for the diverse challenges existing in trading partners’ business ...
  • SpartanNash Family Meals Month
     

    Attracting, Exciting, and Engaging with Families

    Feb 27, 2018
    SpartanNash Company stated that their goal for National Family Meals Month™ was to “attract, excite and engage with all of the families that shop in our store and encourage them to eat together at home again during the month of September,” ...
  • Traceability Today in a Global Food System

    Feb 27, 2018
    Food traceability is not a goal, but rather a backbone to many goals of the food system and plays a critical role in food safety and protecting our global food supply chain. Beyond food safety, traceability plays a role in achieving food security, ...
  • Energy Trends Reflecting Today’s Shopper

    Feb 21, 2018
    Contrary to numerous media stories, Millennials are still seeking in-store shopping experiences despite their growing interest in ecommerce. Retailers are working to create energy-efficient and sustainable shopping environments to not only meet the ...
  • Top Trends (and My Finds) from the 2018 Fancy Food Winter Show

    Feb 21, 2018
    Last month I traveled to San Francisco to staff the FMI and SQF food safety attendee information area at the Fancy Food Winter Show. We had a great booth experience with many attendees interested in our food safety accreditation program. In addition ...
  • Store Managers Are All Heart

    Feb 20, 2018
    In a world where social media, digital ads and the latest apps are all accessible, it becomes a point of differentiation to have quality, meaningful connections with people. That’s where store managers come in....
  • Midwinter in Retrospect

    Feb 20, 2018
    FMI’s Midwinter Executive Conference always offers a whirlwind of ideas, experiences, exchanges, and activities, and the 2018 version was no exception. At Midwinter, so much happens so fast, I find it challenging to take in the significance of what ...
  • New Year, New FMI Tool to Access State Legislative Information

    Feb 16, 2018
    “Chaotic” seems almost too mild a word to describe the frenetic pace of legislation at the state level. To help prepare for this onslaught of state legislative activity, FMI releases the 50 State Legislative Outlook every January. Like the report, ...
  • Tackling the Eating Together Challenge

    Feb 15, 2018
    We know families appreciate the benefits of eating together—71 percent of parents say that ideally, they would like to eat dinner with their children every single night. Unfortunately, families succeed only half the time. Why do families fail at ...
  • Blockchain for Traceability and Independent Operators

    Feb 15, 2018
    Most food traceability systems are centralized or distributed. Blockchain allows for a decentralized system. It ensures appropriate visibility for each secure, authenticated and verifiable transaction. By getting everyone on the same page and using ...
  • Hackers and Auditors: A Love Story?

    Feb 14, 2018
    If there were two professions pulled together by unlikely fate, it’s auditors and hackers. This oft-unmentioned relationship always begins unknowingly, but the thrill of the challenge leads two polar opposite roles down a tumultuous path. A love ...
  • A Valentine for Food Retailers

    Feb 13, 2018
    The greeting card companies are also getting savvier in working with retailers. Along with new product offerings, many have developed innovative displays and have an individualized approach to offering in-store marketing capabilities. This ...
  • National Family Meals Month Gains Mentor Power

    Feb 12, 2018
    This past September, Skogen’s Festival Foods celebrated National Family Meals Month™ (NFMM) through new and returning avenues....
  • How to Build a Food Safety Assessment

    Feb 12, 2018
    In October 2017, our food safety team and some FMI members participated in the SafeMark® Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) Exam Review Workshop with Prometric, a leading testing and assessment authority and FMI’s SafeMark exam provider. It ...
  • FMI In the News: Food Marketing Institute Exec Discusses E-Grocery Trends

    Feb 9, 2018
    Mark Baum, chief collaboration officer of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) talks with Mike O’Brien of Multichannel Merchant about trends in the dynamic world of e-grocery, including delivery and fulfillment, M&A activity, issues around perishable ...