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  • Technology Leaders Gathering at Groceryshop

    Aug 16, 2019
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    As robotics is becoming more commonplace in grocery stores and warehouses. I’m excited we will continue great dialogue and interactions with FMI’s participation in the second annual Groceryshop conference, taking place next month, from September 15-18, 2019, at the Venetian in Las Vegas. It will be great to have a chance to hear from innovators creating these disruptive technologies--as well as the forward-thinking brands and retailers adopting them. 

  • “Safe Recipe Style Guide” Reaches Costa Rica

    Aug 16, 2019
    Auto MercadoAuto Mercado, a grocery chain in Costa Rica, began using the Safe Recipe Style Guide in its stores. Auto Mercado worked with its nutrition and marketing team to include the Safe Recipe Style Guidemessages in store recipes and translated the materials into Spanish.
  • How Two Millennials Personalize Health and Well-Being

    Aug 15, 2019
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-0312_edAny internet search for "healthy" will show there is no one size, fits-all approach. As a 24-year old type-1 diabetic, I need to take good care of my health, especially through my diet. My husband, Nick, still has a young person's metabolism and eats like it too, but he is also in the Navy and regularly must pass fitness tests. Lucky for us, it's never been easier to personalize health and well-being at the grocery store and at home.
  • Robotics and Automation for the Food Retail Financial Executive?

    Aug 14, 2019
    RPAUsing next-gen functions to parse data strategically leverages technology to improve operational performance, insightfulness, and risk intelligence across the enterprise. 
     
  • Who Decides What’s for Dinner?

    Aug 13, 2019
    Dinner TableWhen asked who makes the household food decisions, some people may think of the 1950’s model of homemaking, where a stay-at-home wife did most of the shopping and food selection for a family. FMI’s 2019 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report indicates that is not how most families shop and eat today, but there do seem to be some differences of opinion within families about how the shopping responsibilities are shared.
  • Confessions of a Subscription-Service Enthusiast

    Aug 12, 2019
    subscriptionI’ve always been a pushover for predictive analytics, and I take solace in the fact that I’m not alone among those who relish in custom products and services. According to U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2019, I’m one of the 8% of U.S. shoppers who have subscribed to have specific grocery items delivered on an ongoing basis, such as coffee or disposable razors. And by the way, these items are also popular subscription-based ecommerce models that compete with grocery retail.
  • The Small, But Mighty, Micro-fulfillment Center

    Aug 09, 2019
    Family Fare_Fast Lane_ScanningOne trend emerging at the center of food retail store design is the Micro-Fulfillment Center (MFC), a new automation in the food retail industry. Although small, as the name implies, these warehouses are well equipped to autonomously fulfill online orders – fast and efficiently. Micro-fulfilment offers an end-to-end solution plugging into any grocery store’s already existing network and making ecommerce profitable.
  • When Technology and The Fresh Department Meet at Groceryshop

    Aug 08, 2019
    Picture32Rapidly evolving technologies and consumer preferences are having profound effects on the grocery industry. This is evident throughout the store, but some of the biggest obstacles and opportunities lie within the fresh category. Fresh presents unique challenges to grocery ecommerce as well as to automation, and the quality and variety of a retailer’s fresh selection are significant differentiators. Whatever else changes, fresh will continue to play a vital role in food retail, even as technology enables new products and sources.
  • 2019 Community Outreach Award Winners: Food Retailers Spread Goodwill in their Neighborhoods

    Aug 08, 2019
    Community Outreach AwardsBest PracticesThis year, grocers across the country have stepped-up their various acts of generosity with personalized programs and initiatives to impact and benefit their communities. Here are the “best of the best” in the four categories of the Community Outreach Awards. 
  • Food Safety Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

    Aug 07, 2019
    mg-caption: Adam Friedlander (FMI Food Safety) at IAFP 2019 with a group of food safety professionals in Louisville, KentuckyFood retailers are frequently at the forefront of introducing emerging technologies that help protect public health. Yet, artificial intelligence and machine learning cannot solve all food safety problems by themselves.
  • Shoppers Willing to Be Inconvenienced for High-Quality Foodservice at Retail

    Aug 06, 2019
    20161208-FMI-0195_ed_WEBThese days, convenience is the name of the game. Just look at how shoppers select their primary store. According to FMI’s 2019 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report, 67% of shoppers rate convenience from home as one of the key attributes of their primary grocery store and 50% say a store must be convenient from work or along daily commute. These findings are even more pronounced for Gen Z and Millennial shoppers. With the need for ease and simplification so high among shoppers, why would more and more consumers be willing to inconvenience themselves when it comes to foodservice?
  • Forced Labor and the Impact on Supply Chain: What Retailers and Manufacturers Need to Know

    Aug 05, 2019
    SQFI Ethical SourcingIn today’s “prosumer” world, consumers are placing greater pressure on suppliers and retailers to raise their standards and performance with regards to how products are made and who makes them. Product sourcing is a supply chain responsibility and the accountability rests on the shoulders of many people, companies, and governments. 
     
  • Engage With Your Elected Officials on FMI’s Advocacy Platform

    Aug 02, 2019
    Grassroots IssuesTo help the food retail industry share its story, recently this year, FMI launched a new, easy to use grassroots advocacy platform. From our Capitol Hill perspective, the new FMI Advocacy Center keeps us connected with our members of Congress, and makes sure we stay engaged with them on important issues. 
     
  • Remember Your First Job?

    Aug 01, 2019
    the-great-american-milk-drive_somerville-ma--dairy-farmer-greets-a-customerAs leaders, we all started somewhere. The food retail industry is a noted provider of first-job opportunities for young workers. Many of these employees transition their first roles in a supermarket into a steppingstone for a future career in grocery, retail, sales – or even a different industry.
     
     
  • Can’t Decide on a Family Meal?

    Jul 31, 2019
    BestPracticesEverybody is joining the Family Meals Movement – are you?  One of the best ways to join the movement is to start with National Family Meals Month this September.  
  • The 25% Of Us Who Grocery Shop for Ourselves

    Jul 30, 2019
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-0145_edI’m one of the 25% of grocery shoppers making purchasing decisions solely for myself. As a single shopper, I have my own methods to meet my household shopping needs, but are my shopping habits really that different from co-shoppers, shared shoppers and primary shoppers? I turned to the 2019 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report and the data tables to take a closer look. Here’s what I found and how this single shopper’s grocery shopping habits measure up.
  • Best Practices in Supply Chain Agreements to Prepare for Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Consumer Advisories

    Jul 29, 2019
    Hilary Thesmar Legal ConferenceThe emergence of new tools, like Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS), has greatly changed how outbreak investigations are conducted. WGS analyzes the genetic fingerprint of bacteria and genetic matches can be identified in international databases.
  • Photo Friday: FMI President and CEO Joins U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Press Conference to Urge Passage of USMCA

    Jul 26, 2019
    Sarasin on the panelThe USMCA takes a very good trade agreement and makes it better by bringing it into the 21st century. It maintains and secures the existing supply chain, resulting in continued growth in U.S. food and beverage exports and strengthens our food safety efforts
     
  • How Consumer Trends Push Innovative Store Formats

    Jul 25, 2019
    Family Fare_Betty Kaye_Digital displaysEvolving consumer behaviors are compelling retailers to explore innovative store formats, while also investing in new refrigeration technologies and energy resources. How do food retail professionals build a blended shopping experience based on traditional and technological expectations? 
     
  • Comparing Grocery Shopping: Brick-and-Mortar vs. Online

    Jul 24, 2019
    grocery shopping online vs brick-and-mortarLast year, I wrote about how brick-and-mortar grocery stores are alive and well, and looking at the 2019 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report we see this trend remains strong. An important indicator is the number of trips that consumers make to brick-and-mortar stores for their groceries. This year’s report finds consumers visit a grocery store 1.6 times a week, which is consistent with the trend of the past several years. In addition, most shoppers (92%) continue to have a go-to store for their food, a place they can readily name where they spend most of their grocery dollars.