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  • Monster of an Idea to Keep Family Meals Alive

    Oct 17, 2019
    Gold Plate AwardsIn 2019 the Gold Plate Awards will recognize retailer, supplier and community collaborator programs that creatively participated in National Family Meals Month in September. 
  • Urge Congress to Prohibit Retroactive Pharmacy DIR Fees

    Oct 16, 2019
    DIR PlayscreenAccording to the federal government, DIR fees charged to pharmacies have grown by more than 45,000 percent over the past 10 years!  And, in an industry that operates on razor-thin profit margins, supermarket pharmacies have virtually no ability to absorb these unexpected costs.
     
  • Food Safety, Technology and Regulatory Decision Making at the FDA

    Oct 15, 2019
    FDA Science ForumAt this year’s biennial FDA Science Forum, scientists from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and academia shared cutting-edge food safety research to update the general public on important work being conducted to protect public health. The forum showcased the agency’s research and how it is being used to develop scientific tools and technologies to advance food safety and inform regulatory decision making.
     
  • Photo Friday: Grocers Visit MIT

    Oct 11, 2019
    CIO Council visits MITOur Chief Information Officer (CIO) Council visited the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, better known as MIT, for its fall meeting.
  • Monitoring SNAP Policy Implications for Food Retail

    Oct 08, 2019
    SNAP Expansion DistributionOver the past year, USDA and other agencies have announced proposed rules changes for SNAP participation. FMI has tracked these changes and provided commented on key issues that could affect our industry.  We highlighted a few proposals we’re monitoring.
     
  • Speaks 2019: How Can You Benefit?

    Oct 08, 2019
    speaks pulse 2019

    Based on response to the 2019 The Food Retailing Industry Speaks survey, food retailers are moving forward with proactive strategies to navigate the barriers and embrace new opportunities. As part of this process, food retailers are learning how to survive and thrive in any environment. How can food retailers benefit from this year’s Speaks report? Here are a few next steps to consider.

  • FMI Food Safety Innovation Award – Recognizing Excellence in Food Safety

    Oct 07, 2019
    fmi-innovation-awardFood Safety Innovation Award nominations are now being accepted and are due by November 1, 2019. Presentation of the award will take place in conjunction with the FMI Food Safety Committee Meeting on January 24, 2020, in Phoenix, AZ.  
     
  • Observations from Groceryshop—Through an FMI Lens

    Oct 04, 2019

    Groceryshop 2019In his June address to an audience of 6,000 at their annual associates and shareholders celebration, Doug McMillon, president and CEO of Walmart Inc. shared, “If I oversimplify our ability to thrive in the future, it comes down to one thing: our ability to solve problems together well enough and fast enough.” Later in his presentation, he expanded on change, saying, “Retail will change more in the next five years than it has in the last 50.” McMillon’s two statements ring true as I reflect on my time at Groceryshop 2019. Here are some takeaways from the event.

  • Helping Retailers Navigate the Americans with Disabilities Act

    Oct 03, 2019
    Parking LotRecently, FMI hosted a webinar for members to examine the Americans with Disability Act, or “ADA,” based on recent trends in litigation, and ways to help mitigate potential risk.
     
  • Helping Families Be Healthier and Happier with Quick, Easy Seafood Meals

    Oct 02, 2019
    SNP And Family MealsThe FMI Foundation partnered with the Seafood Nurtrition Partnership™ to emphasize the importance of family meals, expanding National Family Meals Month™ throughout the year and into a true movement - the Family Meals Movement. 
     
  • Technology’s Opportunity to Accelerate Fresh Foods

    Oct 01, 2019
    freshforward 2019Technology can be a game changer in fresh foods because it brings new solutions to longstanding problems. These include challenges related to inventory, waste, freshness, and food safety. However, the technology story will play out differently in fresh because of the unique aspects of this part of the business.
  • Speaks 2019: Success Despite or Because of Challenges

    Sep 30, 2019
    Speaks Report Cover 2019_smWhat did the 70th version of Speaks reveal? It paints the picture of a resilient industry continuing to address the diverse range of challenges confronting it. Some of the hurdles are old and familiar, such as growing interchange fees and rising health care costs. Some issues, like transportation challenges, are new. And some—such as the proliferation of competitors—have grown in intensity.
  • Proposed Regulatory Changes Could Offer Truckers Much Needed Flexibility

    Sep 27, 2019
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-0551_edGrocers know all too well the important role the trucking industry plays not just for food retailers, but for the American economy more broadly. Trucks are responsible for moving 70% of all freight tonnage in the U.S. every year, which includes virtually every product found on grocery store shelves.
  • Photo Friday: Helping Families Share More Meals Together

    Sep 27, 2019
    nfmm farewayNational Family Meals Month™ is coming to a close, but the family meals celebration is still going strong. Here are some of the ways the food retail industry is helping consumers share more meals together.
  • Loyalty Programs: Getting to Know You, Getting to Know All About You

    Sep 26, 2019
    20161208-FMI-0012_edThirty years later shoppers are still sharing data with their grocery store, privacy is still a concern, and there is a limit to the willingness of shoppers to share personal information for specific benefits. According to the 2019 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report, 45% of shoppers say they “definitely” or “probably” would provide their store with personal information for a better shopping experience. 
  • A Backup Plan for When the Lights Go Out at the Grocery Store

    Sep 25, 2019
    flashlightWhen the lights suddenly go out at the Baker household my family knows the plan. My wife grabs the candles, I get out the batteries and flashlights, we conserve our cellphone power and keep the refrigerator door closed. But, the most important thing we do when the lights go out at home is call the power company to report the outage — this helps identify the issue in our community and returns power faster.
  • Trade Makes America Great

    Sep 24, 2019
    USMCA flagsThe guacamole you enjoy during football games most likely is made with avocados from Mexico and the lamb chops you throw on the grill could come from Australia or New Zealand. Sixty years ago, these products would not have been readily available to most consumers or would have been prohibitively expensive; but expanding trade and opening new markets has helped the U.S to create and maintain the safest, healthiest, most affordable food supply in the world. It has also offered U.S. producers new populations and markets to purchase their goods, creating a boon for consumers around the world.
  • How Is Online Shopping Changing Grocery Shopping?

    Sep 23, 2019
    20171129-FMI-Home Shoot-0889_edThis year’s U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report takes a deep dive into the growing world of online shopping and explores how the evolving ecommerce world is changing how Americans shop for food and how that may impact food retailers. On the surface, we know that online shopping is growing. The numbers may vary, but they all point to significant growth. Trends allows us to get below the surface to understand the who, what, how and why of online shopping. Here are a few of the things we learned.
  • Photo Friday: Family Meals Month in Action

    Sep 20, 2019
    Newport Ave Market The food retail industry is rallying around National Family Meals Month™. Here are some of the activities we’ve seen encouraging families to get back to the table.
  • Gen Z Shoppers Partner with Grocery Stores on Health and Wellness

    Sep 18, 2019
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-0611_edYoung adulthood is a time of freedom, discovery and charting your path in the world. Eating balanced, healthy meals is normally a low priority during this time. Gen Z, however, couldn’t be more different—they are young adults focused on personalizing their health and wellness and they trust grocery stores to help in this process.