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  • A Label for Every Product: Navigating The Many Labels of Food Retail

    Jan 17, 2019
    Pages from 18278FMIN_FoodLabelingLawGuide_v1To help food retailers keep up with the many food labeling regulations on the books, FMI recently updated its Practical Food Labeling Law for Retailers guide, available via FMI’s Store. Our guide was updated to include new labeling regulations, such as FDA’s menu labeling requirement (compliance date: May 2018) and FDA’s updated Nutrition Facts Label, which most food manufacturers must switch to by January 2020.
  • Fresh Food Management: The Role of Fresh In Retail

    Jan 16, 2019
    Picture43Fresh Item Management is not an easy task for any sized retailer. It requires a lot of cooperation from department heads, quality data, constant due diligence, and an end goal for efficiency/profitability. During the recent NRF 2019 Show, I had the pleasure of leading a panel discussion on this topic.
  • The Boardroom’s Perspective of The Future of Retail

    Jan 15, 2019
    Food ProductionFor the fourth year, FMI and Oliver Wyman have teamed up to provide thought leadership on the most pressing issues facing the food retail industry. The annual edition of Boardroom takes readers directly into the C-Suite of food retail companies and investigates issues that are top-of-mind while offering insightful ideas to FMI members and those interested in the food industry, from senior executives to new hires, on how to stay at the forefront of demanding issues.
  • Creating a Pillar Around Workforce as Skills Shift Within the Food Retail Industry

    Jan 14, 2019
    strategic planWe hear from our members all the time that the hiring and retention of employees is top of mind. That, combined with the complexities new technologies are bringing to the future of workforce, is why FMI has identified the future of work as the highest priority in a pillar of our revised strategic plan, in which we address the most pressing and emerging issues confronting the industry. But it doesn’t stop there. 
  • Standard Time Doesn’t Apply to Crisis Management

    Jan 11, 2019
    Crisis ManagementThis year, FMI created guidelines for asset protection professionals and those charged with business continuity to assist these key personnel in preparing for, responding to, stabilizing and recovering from two distinct and crippling situations: a natural disaster and an active shooter.
  • The Transportation Capacity Challenge of 2018: Structural or Cyclical?

    Jan 10, 2019

    Supply ChainThere is one disruptor, however, that might not seem so obvious. A severe capacity shortage in the trucking industry is affecting the flow of food to retail businesses and having a negative impact on the consumer experience. There simply aren’t enough trucks and truck drivers to get products from the manufacturer and distributor to the store.

  • New FMI Emerge Program and Community Guides New Brands to More Shelf Space

    Jan 10, 2019
    FMI EmergeFMI is working to get as many exciting new products to the marketplace as possible with its recently inaugurated Emerge program, designed to break down the barriers for new companies looking for wider grocery distribution and more sales velocity.
  • Life in the Fast Lane with Private Brands

    Jan 09, 2019
    Private BrandsPrivate brands have become full-fledged brands in their own right, as evidenced by 69 percent of consumers saying it’s very or somewhat important to have a good assortment of private brands in food and beverage. These own-brand products continue to make strides and hit an upward growth trajectory again.
  • A Fresh Look Forward

    Jan 08, 2019
    Fresh FoodsThere’s nothing stale about the fresh category in retail, which is arguably turning the food retail business on its head. It’s the ultimate disruptive category when it comes to competing for share of the business and we dedicated significant resources to our fresh strategy at FMI this year.
  • Industry Collaboration in the Era of Transformation

    Jan 07, 2019
    Industry Relations CollaborationChange in the food retail industry is taking place at an astonishing pace and there are no indications it will slow down in the foreseeable future.  Most days in retail feel like a high hurdle race in which the hurdles keep getting moved closer and closer together, affording no chance to hit stride, but just another jump to negotiate.  Retailers will need partners to help run this new race, making it more of a relay with clearly defined lanes and zones for “baton passing.”
  • Unifying the Food Retail Industry in 2018

    Jan 04, 2019
    FMI FoundationThe FMI Foundation worked to unite the food retail industry using three main campaigns: National Family Meals Month™, Unified Voice Protocol and Stir It Up!
  • Health and Wellness: The Heart and Soul of Food Retail

    Jan 04, 2019
    Health and WellnessHealth and wellness is at the heart of almost every food retail success story this year. Significantly, according to the 2018 Food Retailing Industry Speaks research, industry executives identified the consumer health and wellness proposition (81 percent) and leveraging food to manage/avoid health issues (72 percent) as the top two trends creating a positive impact on business. In addition, they identified fresh foods and private brands as their top differentiation strategies to increase their competitive advantage. FMI’s 2018 health and wellness program combined each of these three trends to generate more opportunities for food retailers to showcase health and wellness in their fresh foods and private brand strategies.
  • 2018’s Most Pressing Question - Are You Operational Ready for $100 Billion Food and Beverage Online?

    Jan 03, 2019
    OmnichannelThe age of the digitally engaged food shopper has arrived, with each day seeing more shoppers moving from experimenting with online food shopping to fully embracing it. Total digital maturation in online grocery shopping is a mere five to seven years away according to research prepared by FMI and Nielsen.
  • Learning Differently in 2018

    Jan 02, 2019
    EducationPeople learn in different ways. Some of us are visual learners. Others better retain information by hearing things explained. Another group learns best from performing its own research. Some prefer having a hands-on experience and others just want quick 1-2-3 take-a-ways. In 2018, FMI’s education team experimented with maximizing our reach by providing the food retail industry with multiple ways of learning.
  • FMI’s 2018 Financial Diversity

    Dec 31, 2018
    FinanceProviding the retail food industry with the myriad products and services that FMI offers requires resources—both human and financial capital. To avoid being a one-pronged fork, any well-run business endeavors to diversify its revenue sources and FMI is no different in that regard.
  • Identifying Emerging Issues to Address Future Opportunities

    Dec 28, 2018
    Emerging IssuesUnless you’ve been in a coma, kidnapped by aliens or trapped in a sensory deprivation chamber for the last few years, it’s not news that the food industry is experiencing disruption at an unprecedented pace. Challenges and opportunities presented by these game-changing innovations must be addressed and embraced by food retailers and their trading partners if they are to survive, indeed, to thrive, in this climate of accelerated change.
  • Why Millennials Are Tired of Being Categorized and Classified

    Dec 28, 2018
    Consumer AffairsWithout a doubt, we are knee deep in the age of radical personalization, with consumers anticipating food retailers’ ability to know and serve each customer’s shopping preferences regarding cost, convenience, taste, experience, health and wellness, food safety and social responsibility positioning.
  • Where Does Sustainability Live?

    Dec 27, 2018
    SustainabilityAt a conference in June, a young man spotted “FMI” on my nametag and struck up a conversation. “I’m interested in the food industry and want to be part of it, but I don’t understand where sustainability lives.” I was a little taken aback at this and asked what he meant. “I want to work on sustainability at a company, but I don’t want to get caught up in the economic and number games that go along with business. So, I want to know where sustainability lives in the industry?”
  • Connect, Grow & Serve in 2018

    Dec 26, 2018
    MembershipOver the course of 2018, FMI’s CEO and staff made personal visits to more than 150 members, providing resources and information to help grow their businesses by serving their needs. This year we expanded our reach even further. New for 2018, FMI created a new membership category for product suppliers. By welcoming product suppliers into a new membership structure, FMI brings together CEOs, senior executives and future leaders to create a fully integrated organization driven by retail, wholesale and product supplier members.
  • Consumer Insights Fuel FMI’s 2018 Narrative

    Dec 21, 2018
    Voice of Food RetailFMI’s brand story was particularly prolific this year and our influence extended far beyond the Nation’s Capital. As one area of measurement, we reached a historic high for media mentions, effectively driving our own narrative on the issues that matter most to the food retailing industry. Our communications strategy yielded highlights worthy of mention.