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  • Grocers Thinking Like a Startup #Grocerytalk

    Jun 27, 2017
    Start UpThe startup mentality is calculated when it comes to risk taking; it’s this confidence that gives a startup a scrappy persona and an optimism that doesn’t appear afraid to fail. Trend spotters suggest that food startups are on the rise, which the grocery industry can attest to firsthand, but speed-to-market is arguably an attribute that has never been at the fingertips of many food retailers. Still, if our industry can keep pace with the demand for ecommerce, then it stands to reason that we can in turn keep pace with the behavior of our shoppers and create a more startup-like culture and attitude. 
  • Food Retail Industry Witnessing the ‘Zation of Fresh Foods

    Jun 23, 2017
    20151208-FMI-430-WEBToday, a kaleidoscope of factors, including technology, is driving the atomization of American lives, how they plan and consume food.
  • Buying the Luxury of Time to Think

    Jun 21, 2017
    TurntableThe luxury of reflection and leisurely consideration is disappearing as we seek to do business in a world requiring us to stay two steps ahead or risk quickly finding ourselves three paces behind. At FMI, we have redoubled our efforts at identifying emerging issues.  We seek to name those concerns bearing potential to affect the food retail industry within the next five to ten years, especially those anticipated in some way to contribute to redefining the way we operate. 
  • 4D Printing: How Self-Assembly Materials Will Impact the Food Industry

    Jun 21, 2017
    4D printed self folding MITIf I had to pick one MIT team to shadow for the day, I’d probably follow Skylar Tibbits, co-director of the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT, TED fellow and speaker at this year’s Global Sustainability Summit August 9 – 11 in Nashville, TN.
  • FMI Board Adopts New Product Code Date Labeling Policy

    Jun 20, 2017
    20151208-FMI-389-WEB - FMI Preferred LanguageThe FMI Board of Directors adopted a new board policy on Product Code Date Labeling that aligns with the voluntary industry-wide effort to establish standard date-label wording on packaging for shelf-stable and perishable food products.
  • In-Store Pharmacies Are Just What the Customer Ordered

    Jun 19, 2017
    Pharmacy ReportOliver Wyman reports that more than 1,600 retail locations are now home to healthcare clinics, and an increasing number of pharmacy, supermarket and mass chains have entered the healthcare space. Shoppers desire convenience, access and transparency of traditional retail combined with healthcare’s quality and trust.
  • Sanitary Design through Communication and Collaboration

    Jun 16, 2017
    Sanitary DesignPoor sanitary design coupled with poor cleaning and sanitation practices can lead to harborage areas where pathogens can survive, increasing the risk of contamination. Developing robust equipment and facility designs in your store can reduce the risk of foodborne illness and makes cleaning easy and sanitary conditions that can be maintained. 
  • K-VA-T’s Omnichannel Approach to National Family Meals Month™

    Jun 16, 2017
    Food City Gold PlateFood City was selected for a Gold Plate Award for their omnichannel campaign that excelled in community outreach. To educate and engage their consumers, Food City used in-store, social media, print, and community strategies to spread the message of National Family Meals Month™ far and wide
  • 17 Companies Demonstrating Thought Leadership in Omnichannel Operations

    Jun 15, 2017
    Strategic ExchangeDuring the resent Pulse 2017 event, co-hosted with Progressive Grocer and Retailer Leader, I had a chance to get to know some of the companies in the omnichannel arena that are helping food retailers address these pressing questions and more. Here are some of these companies, which represent a diverse set of e-commerce expertise, and how they can help your strategy.
  • What is FMI’s Fresh Foods Leadership Council?

    Jun 13, 2017
    FMI-12092014_134_WEBThe group to include many thought-leading suppliers, research organizations, and sister trade associations, as well as, members of FMI’s Fresh Executive Committee (FEC), which includes 22 different food retail and wholesale companies. Together, the collective group is called the Fresh Foods Leadership Council (FFLC). 
  • How to Be More Productive At Work

    Jun 13, 2017
    Productive At WorkAt Future Leaders eXperience, Duhigg offered that human brains could handle multitasking until the 1950s when computers emerged, offering more distraction and making multitasking harder. It has become more critical than ever for people to build habits into their lives that help them think more deeply. Instead of being busy all the time, Duhigg said, you become productive.
  • PHOTO: Happy Customers and the Customer Experience

    Jun 12, 2017
    Future Leaders Day 1Who is the CEO or Customer Experience Officer in your company? Gary Magenta, Chief Change Architect and Senior Vice President of Root Inc., engages with with Future Leaders eXperience attendees to literally draw out what makes happy customers.
  • Photo Friday: Northgate Gonzalez Market in La Habra

    Jun 09, 2017
    Northgate Market in La HabraSue Borra, FMI's chief health and wellness officer, toured the Tortillera Northgate Gonzalez Market in La Habra located in Orange County, California with Teresa Blanco, wellness program manager, and Enrique Sanchez, assistant store team leader.This is their newest flagship store that opened in March 2017.
  • Advocacy: There’s An App for That

    Jun 09, 2017
    GR App ImageThe FMI Advocacy app provides members and supporters with resources to successfully advocate to Congress, from Washington, D.C. or back in the home states and districts.
  • 10 Jobs Future Leaders Participants Didn’t Have 10 Years Ago

    Jun 08, 2017
    Business CardMore than 400 of the food retailing industry’s most promising rising stars will gather in Chicago June 11-13 to participate in the Future Leaders eXperience. Through a series of team-building exercises, challenges and discussions, they will hone leadership skills that will be required of them in an industry that is transforming itself to serve consumers in new and exciting ways.
  • FDA Provides Protections and Opportunities to Make Menu Labeling Successful in Supermarkets

    Jun 07, 2017
    FDA buildingIn early May FDA formally extended the menu labeling rule compliance date until May 7, 2018, due to substantive regulatory and enforcement concerns expressed by many food retailers.  But even more important, FDA has opened a 60-day comment period to review potential changes to the menu labeling rule itself that will reduce the regulatory burden and increase flexibility.
  • How Future Leaders Maintain their Brands

    Jun 06, 2017
    Stephanie SimpsonIf you’re planning to join us, you’ve probably taken the time to log into our interactive networking tool to create a profile, and have download the FMI Future Leaders eXperience mobile app. But, we thought it would be fun to share a few extra tips with you before you go.
  • The New Food Safety Testing Gold Standard: Whole Genome Sequencing

    Jun 06, 2017
    DNAWhile the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA) has updated U.S. food safety regulations, an emerging technology, known as whole genome sequencing (WGS), is revolutionizing outbreak investigations to more rapidly identify and prevent pathogenic bacteria from entering our food supply.
  • Photo Friday: Store Visit to Martin's Super Markets

    Jun 02, 2017
    Rob Bartels, Martin's Super MarketsLucas Darnell, director of member relations and advocacy for the eastern region of FMI, visited with Rob Bartels, president and CEO of Martin’s Super Markets, in St. Joseph, Michigan. 
  • Food Defense Superheroes: Suppliers and Food Processors to the Rescue

    May 31, 2017
    Superheroes Arguably, there’s no greater hero to a company in the midst of a disaster or terrorist threat than those who are prepared to handle an emergency and shield your company’s assets from danger.