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  • The Future of Artificial Intelligence in Food Retail

    Dec 11, 2018
    eversightA lot of futuristic movies and TV shows portray a society where robots or Artificial Intelligence (AI) take on a lot of the more mundane tasks in society. In Star Trek you can order a meal from a wall panel, in the Jetsons the dog, Astro, is walked by a treadmill, and in Star Wars those little toaster-oven looking robots scurry around the hallways doing something—maybe vacuuming? Yes, our futures will likely involve more AI, but what does that really look like and how will the food retail industry incorporate AI?
  • Strategizing for the Future: We’ve Launched FMItech@Midwinter

    Dec 07, 2018
    FMITech meetings at MidwinterWe’ve launched FMItech@, a new feature at FMI Midwinter Executive Conference, placing the spotlight on technology. We’ll delve deep into proven and emerging trends and their applications for your businesses. Through FMItech@, we’ve added Tech Talks, Tech Exchanges and tech-focused sessions to the Midwinter program to generate game-changing discussion and prepare you for what’s next.
  • FMI Partners with IFPTI to Provide Allergen Awareness Training for Retailers

    Dec 06, 2018
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-0602_edAccording to Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), approximately 15 million people in the United States suffer from food allergies. In the last decade, the prevalence of reported food allergies has significantly increased with an estimated four to six percent of children and four percent of adults who are affected by food allergies.
  • How Are Independent Operators Communicating with Shoppers?

    Nov 28, 2018
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    Independent grocery store operators need their customer communications to be effective and support their bottom line, but with so many different digital and traditional communications channels, it’s hard to know where to invest time and resources. Annually, the Food Marketing Institute survey’s the food retail industry about their overall business practices. In our 2018 The Food Retailing Industry Speaks report, we look at how grocery stores are communicating with customers. When you narrow the survey respondents to operators of one to 10 stores you can see an interesting picture. 

  • 5 Facts to Help with your FDA Facility Registration Renewal

    Nov 26, 2018
    FDA Campus BuildingIt’s that time again. It’s Q4 of 2018 which means that food facilities must renew their registration with the FDA. Renewal of facility registration occurs during Q4—October 1 through December 31—of even numbered years. If you haven’t done so already, the current registration renewal for 2018 will be available through December 31, 2018. Under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the FDA requires biennial registration of all domestic and foreign food facilities engaged in manufacturing, processing, packing, or holding food for human or animal consumption in the United States.
  • Preventing Unwelcome Guests at Your Holiday Table

    Nov 20, 2018
    food safety tips_largeForty-six million turkeys are consumed each Thanksgiving, according to the National Turkey Federation, but the centerpiece for the family meal currently under scrutiny due to an ongoing investigation and multi-state outbreak of a multi-drug resistant Salmonella Reading infections linked to raw turkey products. Your customers are likely concerned about the potential for an unwelcome guest at the Thanksgiving table based on recent headlines and local television reports.
  • How to Get Started with the SQF Food Safety Code for Retail

    Nov 19, 2018
    Retail store 1Today’s consumers are more educated about the food they’re providing their families and require more information about the quality of their food. Heightened consumer demand for increased food safety assurances starts with retailers providing verifiable proof that robust food safety control systems have been effectively implemented. Even the cleanliness of a retailer's store can influence a consumer’s decision on where to shop, relating it to the quality and safety of the foods sold there.
  • Celebrating Grocers Doing Good with the 2018 Community Outreach Awards

    Nov 15, 2018
    2018 COA WinnersThis year, grocers across the country stepped-up their various acts of generosity with personalized programs and initiatives to truly impact and benefit the communities they serve each day. Here are the 2018 Community Outreach Award Winners
     
     
  • Grocery Store Digital Communications Trends: The Rise of Email and The Fall of SnapChat

    Nov 14, 2018
    Social Media_rise and fallAs a digital communications professional I like to take a step back from my day-to-day job of actually doing digital communications and look at FMI’s Food Retailing Industry Speaks with a practitioner’s eye. I like to look at the tactics my fellow communications professionals are pursing in their B2C efforts and examine what is working and what is not. I’ve shared my thoughts in previous blog posts, but I’ll be honest, today I’m a bit surprised by what I’m going to write.
  • If You Think Your Customers Don’t Care About Accurate Product Knowledge—Think Again

    Nov 13, 2018
    Picture83Here’s some news: When shoppers are at home, they’re often staring at their computer screens to get information about the products they want BEFORE they hit your food retail aisles. Retail Dive tells us 67 percent of shoppers research products online before they head for your store. Another study points out that half of all Millennials use their phones in-store to research products they’re looking for.
  • Photo Friday: Amazon Go Store Tour

    Nov 09, 2018
    Amazon GoThis week, Hannah Walker, senior director, technology and nutrition policy, Food Marketing Institute, immersed herself in a digital shopper experience at the newest AmazonGo store in Chicago with Lee Foley, a member of the Amazon Public Policy team. 
  • Capture the Untapped Potential of GM/HBC

    Nov 08, 2018
    GMHBC VideoWith our GM/HBC Committee partner, P&G, and research partners at Acosta, we looked at how retailers can invest in the untapped potential of these products.    
  • Grocers, Get Ready for Artificial Intelligence-based Transformation

    Nov 07, 2018
    20171129-FMI-Home Shoot-0862_edAmong the six digital imperatives for a successful omnichannel strategy established by FMI and Nielsen is one that involves completeness and consistency across in-store and digital shelves, cutting costs and creating a clear assortment inventory that keeps shoppers coming back. This is particularly relevant, given that grocery retail spending on technology could vastly increase shoppers’ online grocery habits.
  • With Passion and Purpose: Food Safety Educators Gather in March

    Nov 06, 2018
    CFSEC 2019March 2019 marks not only National Nutrition Month but also the kick-off of the 7thconsumer food safety education conference sponsored by the non-profit Partnership for Food Safety Education
     
  • The Top Ten Ballot Measures Grocers Should Be Tracking

    Nov 05, 2018
    Vote SignIt is important not to let the high drama over control of the U.S. Congress distract from several equally important policy questions that will be determined at the state level. 
     
  • Growing Optimism – Tax Law to Boost Food Retailers’ Investments in Stores and Employees

    Nov 05, 2018
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    Retailers have another source of optimism: the recent passage of the tax reform law. At the end of 2017, lawmakers passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which lowered the U.S. tax rate for corporations, passthrough entities and individuals. The new U.S. corporate rate is now 21 percent, down from 35 percent. Historically, FMI member companies were paying one of highest corporate effective tax rates; the reduction of the corporate rate was a welcomed relief.
  • New Opioid Law Headlines Recent Policy Actions Impacting Pharmacies

    Nov 01, 2018
    FMI-12092014_443-Edit_WEBAt a time when pharmacies are more important than ever to supermarkets and our customers because of their link to wellness, they are also increasingly important to federal policy efforts – from combating the ongoing, nationwide opioid epidemic, to lowering the cost of prescription drugs.
  • Is a Blue Wave Coming? The Answer in a 1 Minute Read

    Oct 30, 2018
    Blue waveEarly voting is already underway in many states. The talk of a “blue wave” coming in November dominants many 24-hour news stations. So, what is a “wave” election? Reality is no one can agree on what a “wave” election actually is.
  • Photo Friday: A Night of Family Meals and Nutrition

    Oct 26, 2018
    FNCE Family MealsThe FMI Foundation hosted a Family Meals Reception before the start of the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) this past Friday. Food retail dietitians and nutrition advocates celebrated family meals with Mitty the Spokesmitt and enjoyed a tasting menu of family meals developed by food retailers.
  • 6 Trends From Kroger That Support Our U.S. Grocery Shopping Trends

    Oct 25, 2018
    Nicole Davis shares her observations on innovation at Food ForwardAs witnesses to national consumer trends affecting the way FMI members cater to their customers, I appreciate chances to learn directly from our members on ways they seize opportunities with shoppers and help set the tone for the future of our industry. That’s exactly what happened recently at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Food Forward event, where I had the pleasure of moderating a discussion on Mapping Consumer Trends that featured Nicole Davis, Senior Innovation Manager of Our Brands for Kroger. During the discussion, Davis outlined six consumer trends that align with what we learned in our national U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2018 findings.