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  • How Feeding Assistance Programs Continue to be Resilient in Challenging Times

    Sep 25, 2020
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-1173r-LowResFMI has actively pursued the extension of P-EBT as it has proven to effectively reach children who would typically receive free or reduced school lunches, but are missing these meals due to their schools being closed or operating with reduced hours because of COVID-19. 
  • A Rollercoaster Ride for The Meat Department in 2020

    Sep 25, 2020
    rollercoasterThe past six months has been so “unprecedented” that FMI and NAMI decided to break our trend of annual reports to conduct a The Power of Meat: Midyear 2020 Edition to take a fresh look at what was happening in the meat industry from the shopper’s perspective. In this tumultuous year, it should not be a surprise that what we found was a bit of a rollercoaster ride.
  • Prioritizing Fresh Sustainability Despite Pandemic Challenges: FMI FreshForward Recap

    Sep 23, 2020
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-0248r-LowResIt might be logical to think the fresh industry would have put sustainability on the back burner during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, in reality, many industry leaders never departed from their sustainability goals in the face of extreme hurdles. Executives pressed forward, even if they encountered some delays or needed to work in the background for a while. It’s great to see the momentum has continued on topics such as single-use plastics, recycling, and packaging and food waste reduction.
  • FMI SafeMark® Offers Remote CFPM Assessment Tool

    Sep 22, 2020
    SafeMarkFMI is proud to strengthen food safety education and culture across the entire retail industry, and we are delighted to support our members in keeping the food supply safe.
  • Getting Coin Moving Cannot Be an Old Adage

    Sep 21, 2020
    Screen Shot 2020-09-21 at 1.19.32 PMAs a member of the U.S. Coin Task Force, we supported the development of a new resource that retailers, banks and consumers can use to help #getcoinmoving. Much of the retailer toolkit includes ideas and best practices used by FMI retail members. 
  • L.A.S.T: A Tool for De-Escalation

    Sep 18, 2020
    Last InfographicHow does a grocery store employee communicate with shoppers, particularly when they are agitated? What should they do when they observe shoppers calling one another out for failure to comply with these requirements? How should the grocery associate ask the shopper to comply? These are questions that store managers face as they navigate mask rules and new safety and sanitation regulations.
  • The Food Industry Celebrates Family Meals Month

    Sep 17, 2020
    Pork PulseThe food industry is rallying around National Family Meals Month™. Here are some of the MANY activities we’ve seen encouraging families to make the most of their time around the table.
  • 2020: The Year of the Female Candidate

    Sep 16, 2020
    Capitol Hill in JanuaryThere are a record number of female candidates across the aisle in both the House and Senate who are gearing up for election. 
  • Embrace Education as a Cornerstone of Social Justice

    Sep 15, 2020
    booksOur essential industry has a responsibility to ensure that our practices foster economic opportunity and racial equity. We need equitable programs that catalyze a stronger, more sustainable future for everyone. One program that meets this criteria is the FMI-endorsed Retail Management Certificate (RMC), led by the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC).
  • So, How Does America Feel about All These Family Meals?

    Sep 11, 2020
    Family-Meals time square 2020_lgCOVID-19 has certainly changed our approach to family meals and perhaps reshaped our attitude about preparing them, but has it affected the benefits and how we perceive them? We wanted to know, so the FMI Foundation funded research to find out and here is what we learned
  • It’s Time to Better Connect the Fresh Supply Chain

    Sep 09, 2020
    Data and AnalyticsImproved data, analytics and visibility are essential to better connect the industry and make us more prepared for whatever lies ahead. That was a key message from speakers at FMI FreshForward. 
  • Why Do Shoppers “Shop Around?”

    Sep 08, 2020
    Private BrandsWhat is it that drives grocery shoppers to “shop around?” For many grocery shoppers it is private or store brands. Private brands, according to Trends, are a key driver of perceptions that the store meets a shopper’s needs. Grocery stores that deliver strong private brands are also seen as having great product selection and variety, which is a top driver of satisfaction. 
  • A Work of Majesty and Awe

    Sep 04, 2020
    Food CityThis Labor Day, I am grateful for the thousands of grocery workers who day-in and day-out pay attention to the details of their work, who maintain the discipline of devoted sacrifice and service to their communities,  and who overcome fear and fatigue to show up for work because others are depending on them. 
  • FMI & CART Launch TechTalk Series

    Sep 03, 2020
    20171129-FMI-Home Shoot-0751_edWe believe with the ongoing and accelerating growth of digital/ecommerce including both omnichannel and pure play, as well as increasing labor costs will radically alter retail profit and loss statements. FMI sees the above technologies as both disrupters and enablers of new economics and a new operating model at retail. 
  • Pandemic Drives New Imperatives for Private Brands

    Sep 02, 2020
    shutterstock_1382315081_webIt’s always nice to be appreciated and appreciation for private brands has only grown during the COVID-19 crisis. They have been able to meet consumer needs when many manufacturer brands were out of stock at retail.
  • Water is Foundational to Our Food System and Economy

    Aug 31, 2020
    WatershedWater is not just for safety and cleanliness. Water is foundational to our food system as well as to our world’s economy. According to McKinsey & Company’s recent article water is as important to the world’s economy as oil or data. 
  • A Millennial Declaration to Strengthen Family Meals

    Aug 27, 2020
    washing-vegetablesAt the intersection of health and well-being and food safety, the Family Meals Movement signifies community service, inclusion, respect and a drive to build a brighter future together.
  • Getting Consumers Reenergized About Fresh Foods

    Aug 26, 2020
    Picture68Fresh had become the leading innovation force for retailers, but the pandemic altered that story as consumers pantry loaded. Now it’s time to take back that leadership role by getting consumers more engaged with fresh again. Here are key takeaways from FMI FreshForward. 
  • The ROOT of De-Escalation

    Aug 24, 2020
    Thinking_PersonDe-escalation is all about assisting and improving a challenging situation. What that might be depends on the circumstances and the people involved. Your intervention might be something you dosomething you say or choosing to do nothing at all.
  • It’s Simple: Let’s Get Coin Moving Together

    Aug 21, 2020

    Get Coin MovingFMI has launched a coin circulation resource page to help drive awareness about the nation's coin circulation issue. Leslie Sarasin, FMI president and chief executive officer, recorded a PSA to highlight how the coin circulation disruption is impacting millions of Americans and we created an animated infographic that encourages consumers to #getcoinmoving.