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  • Why the Current Payment Ecosystem Isn’t Keeping Pace

    Dec 06, 2019
    Secure Payments Partnership LogoToday, the SPP released a white paper outlining the current scheme of EMVCo acting as the de-facto, standard-setting body for payment card security. Let’s just say it isn’t working.
     
  • Photo Friday: Supplier Diversity Committee

    Dec 06, 2019
    supplier diversity photo fridayThe FMI Supplier Diversity Committee met in Washington, DC, this week. The Committee, chaired by James Harris, director, diversity and inclusion and supplier diversity for H-E-B, discussed several issues and initiatives including partnership opportunities.
  • Resourcing Teams for the Ever-Changing Omnichannel Landscape—Insights from Unilever and Walmart

    Dec 05, 2019
    Walmart and Unilever presentationIt’s not often you get to be a fly on the wall of a conversation between a food retailer and supplier, but that is what attendees experienced during a recent Groceryshop 2019presentation hosted by FMI with presentations from Erin Dress, Walmart omnichannel team lead, Unilever, and Austin Leonard, industry manager, CPG food and beverages, Walmart Media Group. The discussion centered around consumer engagement—what retailers and brands are doing to address changing customer behavior and expectations.
  • ‘Engineer the Hazard out of the Equation’ for Workplace Safety

    Dec 04, 2019
    20151208-FMI-614-WEBThe “founding father” of the concept of inherent safety, Dr. Trevor Kletz, a chemical engineer and process safety expert, said it best, “There's an old saying that if you think safety is expensive, try an accident. Accidents cost a lot of money. And, not only in damage to plant and in claims for injury, but also in the loss of the company's reputation.”
  • What is the Certified Plant Based Seal?

    Dec 03, 2019
    Tofurky Certified Plant Base SealPlant-based food products are no longer just a trend – they are here to stay in an industry that is growing incrementally each day. FMI’s Power of Meat 2019 report finds that plant-based meat alternatives sales increased 19.2% last year and account for $878 million in annual sales. Plant-based meat alternatives are just one example within an innovative and diverse pool of new products – dairy alternatives, frozen food products, snack foods, etc., also are expanding aggressively.
  • Grocery Productivity Numbers to Watch

    Dec 02, 2019
    Picture67We’ve been tracking operational benchmarks for more than seven decades, but we’ve now witnessed significant shifts in business investments in the last several years. The number of SKUs might ebb and flow, but we find certainty in how retailers will continue to adapt, work along the supply chain and ultimately serve the customer
     
  • Mark Your Calendars: Special Days During the Holidays

    Nov 26, 2019
    2020 Giving TuesdayIn the spirit of Giving Tuesday, I encourage you to donate to the FMI Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization that supports research and education in the areas of food safety, nutrition, and health. Here are some of our 2019 successes that your donations support.
  • What is Hospitality?

    Nov 26, 2019
    iStock-1143047942_webWithout a doubt, our industry is experiencing change and it’s coming at us faster than ever before, but we still have fundamental principles we maintain – hospitable things food retailers are noted for. These identifying factors are service principles we retain to be true to our core, but in the new world of online interactions, we are learning to apply them in new ways and learn what hospitality means to a new generation of food shoppers.
  • Feds, States and Localities Continue to Tackle Flavored E-cigarettes

    Nov 25, 2019
    teen-vape-epidemic-3677935_640Before the 24-hour coverage of the presidential impeachment hearings, the majority of the news this fall surrounded e-cigarettes, their safety, and the many flavors in which they come. 
     
  • Exploring AI-Voice Assistants and Application in Grocery

    Nov 25, 2019
    voice assistantsMany in the industry can’t hear it yet, but artificial intelligence voice assistances (AI-voice) – on a home-based smart speaker, smartphone or a car dashboard – are on their way to the grocery industry. As they arrive, it will not only accelerate the move to online grocery but solidify consumer-to-brand relationships for retailers that connect with shoppers via voice.
  • Photo Friday: International Member Visit

    Nov 22, 2019
    Auto Mercado This week, FMI hosted international member Auto Mercado, the leading family-owned supermarket in Costa Rica, operating 17 large stores, 19 smaller format stores and one commissary. 
  • Part 2: What is “FedNow” And Why Is It Coming?

    Nov 21, 2019
    20151208-FMI-342r-WEBOn August 5, the Federal Reserve announced that its moving forward with building a real-time gross settlement service (RTGS) called “FedNow.”  The announcement was strongly supported by FMI and many other stakeholders in the payments ecosystem.
     
  • Sustainability Initiatives in Today’s Meat Industry

    Nov 20, 2019
    20161208-FMI-1225r-WEBAccording to the 2019 Power of Meat Report, eating meat is still the norm with 86% of shoppers classifying themselves as meat eaters, 5% following a vegetarian or vegan diet and 10% describing their eating style as flexitarian (mostly vegetarian with some animal protein). However, the report finds consumers are becoming conscious of the effects their diet has on the environment. While some shoppers choose to abstain from eating meat, most consumers are finding ways to keep meat in their diets in a more sustainable manner.
  • 3 Factors That Contribute to Dwell Time and How to Solve Them

    Nov 19, 2019
    iStock-108683811_webLong dwell times can strain carrier relationships, increase costs and hurt production. It’s a problem both food retailers and supplier can agree needs to be addressed. That’s why the Trading Partner Alliance (TPA), including both FMI and GMA, conducted a pilot project to examine the issues the impact dwell time. Reducing System Dwell Time Through Collaboration outlines the process of this pilot project, what we discovered and solutions.
  • Health and Well-Being: The Best Trend for Grocery Store Sales

    Nov 18, 2019
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-0103_edNo matter the food trend consumers desire, food retailers responding to The Food Retailing Industry Speaks 2019 report see consumers’ focus on health and well-being as having a positive impact on their business strategy. 
  • Consumers Boost Engagement With Private Brands

    Nov 15, 2019
    Picture82Momentum for private brands continues to build, according to the latest FMI report based on IRI data. The 2019 edition of FMI’s Power of Private Brands: From the Consumer finds that food retail private brands are advancing in several ways.
  • Three Winning Strategies for Private Brand Retailers

    Nov 14, 2019

    Private Brands DC Summit Family Meals EventSucceeding in private brands requires great products, but that’s not all.Increasingly it’s also about pursuing key strategies to accelerate the business. A number of strategies were discussed at the recent FMI Private Brands DC Summit.

  • Being Prepared For A Government Shutdown

    Nov 13, 2019
    Government AffairsWhile we're optimistic that the government will stay open past November 21, we encourage members to be prepared in case of a federal shutdown. Any food retail operation that may need to renew or apply for a new Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) license in the coming months should do so immediately. 
     
  • The Grocery Store Continues to Be A Community Cornerstone

    Nov 12, 2019
    According to The Food Retailing Industry Speaks 2019 report, 93% of grocers who responded to the survey use community support and ties as a service differentiation strategy and 73% see it as successful—the highest of any strategy. These stats make me think that while, yes, community support might be a strategy for a grocery store to set themselves apart, perhaps since so many are using this strategy and seeing success, community support is really just a part of the core nature of grocers.
  • Hand in Hand Working to Reduce Food Waste

    Nov 08, 2019
    hand in handFounding members of FWRA signed an important memorandum of understandingwith three key government agencies – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The agreement means the industry and federal government will be working hand in hand to implement food waste reduction efforts across the supply chain. Here’s a breakdown of what’s including in this MOU.