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  • Meet The GIANT Company's Store Manager Awards Finalist

    Jul 14, 2020
    Connecting with others through communication is a hallmark of Gary Cottingham’s managerial style. His nominators cite his authentic communications that combine the big picture, effective storytelling and encouragement of feedback.
  • A 360-Degree View of Fresh Industry Transformation

    Jul 13, 2020
    ArtichokeWe’re entering a new phase. While the pandemic isn’t over, the country is opening up, and consumers are relaying increased confidence about shopping and safety. This period provides an opportunity to get a 360 view of where we’ve been, how much has changed, and what lies ahead.
  • That’s a Wrap: A Summary of June 2020 Primaries

    Jul 10, 2020

    NEW GR ICON 2020 1024x1024This pass month turned out to be one of the busiest election months — a record 19 states held their congressional primaries in June. Between shifting voting requirements and altering deadlines, the results of June elections will have an impact on the food industry. 

  • Meet Martin’s Super Markets Store Manager Awards Finalist, Jim Grochowalski

    Jul 09, 2020
    Jim GrouchoGroucho's lead-by-example philosophy and enthusiasm for providing an unmatched shopping experience ensures loyalty in not only his employees, but his customers as well.
  • Variety to Rationalization to Pantry Loading – Are SKUs Poised to Recover Post-Pandemic?

    Jul 09, 2020
    SKUsThe food supply chain disruption has brought up, once again, the question of just how many products do we really need on grocery shelves?
  • Meet Skogen's Festival Foods Store Manager Awards Finalist

    Jul 08, 2020
    Michael SiakpereMichael Siakpere won’t let anything rain on his parade when it comes to serving shoppers. From an outdoor store event that he successfully brought indoors during a heavy downpour to emerging circumstances threatening to cut into profits, this store director at Skogen’s Festival Foods in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, continually strives to meet his goals and engenders a similarly driven mindset among employees. 
  • Meet Lunds & Byerlys Store Manager Awards Finalist

    Jul 07, 2020
    Kaitlyn LesterAs the saying goes, Kaitlyn Lester wears many hats. The general manager of a Lunds & Bylerlys store in Eagan, Minn., is a strong leader, fierce competitor, thoughtful mentor and compassionate community advocate.  
  • Taking Action to Advance Supply Chain Food Safety

    Jul 07, 2020
    papayaThere is an old adage, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” In order to prevent these outbreaks from reoccurring, something must change, and the change has to occur industry-wide.
  • A New Decade of Store Manager Excellence: Meet the 2020 Store Manager Awards Finalists

    Jul 06, 2020
    2020 SMA Finalists_LG copyThe entrepreneurial mindset is flexible, adaptable, sees change before it happens, and seizes new opportunities. In my opinion, what really makes an entrepreneurial spirit shine is the ability to remain focused on growing, developing and improving. You better believe an entrepreneurial spirit flows through the DNA of a store manager.
  • 2020 Midsummer Strategic Executive Exchange By The Numbers

    Jul 02, 2020
    Screen Shot for Teaser VideoOn July 7th, FMI will kick off our first virtual event, the 2020 Midsummer Strategic Executive Exchange. While this virtual trading partner exchange was born out of the COVID-19 pandemic, we feel the top industry executives engaging in this event will find value in discussing the latest insights and developing strong business collaborations for the future.
  • A New Look at Shopper Transparency Expectations

    Jul 01, 2020
    Label Insight InfographicThe growing power of ecommerce is underscored in FMI’s U.S. Grocery Shopping Trends 2020 (Trends) report. Weekly online grocery spend reported by shoppers soared to 27.9% of all grocery spending in the March/April period of this year, from 14.5% in February of 2020 and 10.5% last year.
  • From The Unknown To The Known: Managing Simultaneous Crisis Situations

    Jun 26, 2020
    hurricane imageUnfortunately, both COVID-19 and hurricane season are incredibly devastating to a business, communities, and personal health. But, one key differentiator is that for days, we can see the hurricane heading toward us, allowing for some preparation and, in many cases, evacuation from the imminent danger.
  • Making Lemonade Out of a Lemon of a Year

    Jun 25, 2020
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-0022_edGaining new insights and leveraging resources can help you better navigate such changes while strengthening and making connections. From our vantage point at FMI, we can share some key learnings and next steps to bringing better produce business to fruition for the rest of 2020 and beyond.
  • COVID-19 Has Made Me Lose the Joy of Cooking

    Jun 24, 2020
    20171129-FMI-Home Shoot-0469_edCooking brings me joy! At least that was the case until the pandemic struck. One would think that the absence of an hour-long commute at the end of the workday would make me even more excited to cook dinner. Nope. At the end of the day, I am exhausted with no appetite for food or the time it takes to cook dinner. Cooking on a weeknight looks different than cooking on a weekend or for a special occasion, and perhaps because every day seems like the same day these days, I have lost my mojo.
  • Grocery’s Ecommerce Evolution during COVID-19

    Jun 23, 2020
    20171129-FMI-Home Shoot-0615_edThe pandemic has accelerated ecommerce demand, pressuring capabilities and providing invaluable lessons for the future. I am not usually one to make dramatic statements about industry developments, but I have mostly put that aside during this pandemic, when everything seems to be unprecedented. But here is a sweeping statement I am comfortable making: online grocery shopping is undergoing its biggest test.
  • What’s In Your Kitchen?

    Jun 22, 2020
    kitchen pantryMy freezer, refrigerator and kitchen cabinets have never been this full. And, as I look at the results of our most recent U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends COVID-19 Tracker survey of consumers, it appears that my household is not unique. This food anxiety driven by the events around the pandemic is shaping our food shopping behaviors.  
  • A Time for Conversations on The Future of Fresh

    Jun 19, 2020
    20171129-FMI-Home Shoot-0912_edIn the fresh industry, my area of focus at FMI, we need an opportunity not only to listen and learn, but also to converse, collaborate and plan action steps together. The need is great because the pandemic has scrambled so many of the traditional fresh industry story lines.
  • Technology Demands Arising from COVID-19

    Jun 18, 2020
    D&W Fresh Market_Fast Lane_iPad2According to the 2020 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report, COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the way consumers shop for groceries and their expectations from food retailers and suppliers. We particularly see this in the demand for technology solutions to aid in new pressures we’re seeing from consumers related to COVID-19. From the rise in demand for online grocery shopping options to better supply chain data needs, it’s time for the food industry to re-evaluate our technology needs and consider some new opportunities.
  • Collaborating on Health and Well-being

    Jun 17, 2020
    Krystal veggiesI am most excited in my new role at FMI to connect with so many others working to better serve all aspects of the food industry as together we embrace solutions for health and well-being.
  • Free Personal Hygiene Modules for Food Retail Associates

    Jun 16, 2020
    20151208-FMI-516r-WEBEmployees working in the grocery industry face unique food safety challenges. Because reinforcing critical food safety concepts and worker health are more important than ever, we have opened four critical SafeMark® modules for your review.