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  • It’s Time for Food Retailers to Take the Lead on Card Security

    Jun 7, 2018
    Here is what we do know; on its current trajectory U.S. payment fraud is expected to reach a whopping $14.41 billion by 2025, and as a country we are lagging behind our competitors. American consumers, retailers, financial institutions and our ...
  • Why Are Established Brands Creating Investment Vehicles and Incubators?

    Jun 6, 2018
    The well-established companies know why they need to be on constant lookout for the next winning product: Consumer tastes and interests are quickly shifting towards higher quality, more unique and in some cases artisanal food solutions; new ...
  • It’s About Food – But Also Disruptive Business Models

    Jun 5, 2018
    Food, beverage, and related product preferences are still the key draw, but today a company’s business model also figures into consumer purchase decisions. That’s because grocery business models are being reinvented in ways that provide specific ...
  • Oh, The Places Our Products Will Go

    Jun 4, 2018
    I’m feeling like the proud parent of a grad (again) because FMI recently launched a subscription-based online community for emerging food and beverage brands that will offer education, mentoring, nurturing and access to investors. It’s called FMI ...
  • You’re Invited to Celebrate National Family Meals Month™

    May 31, 2018
    Have you ever felt like you missed out on the party? If you haven’t been participating in National Family Meals Month™ in September, a growing movement in food retail, you have been missing the party! ...
  • 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 ...