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  • The Food Retail Supply Chain Recovers in the Wake of Florence

    Sep 20, 2018
    hurricane-relief-donation-driveOver the past week, our members in Hurricane Florence’s path experienced waves of destruction and frustration, but they maintained constant communication with their private sector contacts at FEMA and faster transitioned this natural disaster crisis from a response effort to recovery mode.
     
  • Find the Next Innovation in Food Retail at Groceryshop

    Sep 19, 2018
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    By 2022 - just four years from now – we project consumers will be spending $100 billion on online groceries. That is the equivalent of every U.S. household spending $850 online for food and groceries. Are you and your company ready for that?

  • In-Store Mobile Phone Use Distracts Shoppers And Increases Sales

    Sep 19, 2018
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-0775_edDid you know that in-store mobile phone use and actual mobile phone use patterns lead to increased purchases? These are the findings from a recent research study reported in the July 2018 issue of the Journal of Marketing. The study’s authors conclude that our mobile phones distract us. They divert us from our conventional shopping patterns, we spend more time in the store, and we spend more time examining products and prices on the shelves. This behavior results in buying more products.
  • A Healthy Dose of Optimism with Some Side Orders of Concern

    Sep 18, 2018
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-1015_edAs FMI prepares to release 68th annual edition of The Food Retailing Industry Speaks(Speaks) report, I thought I would give you a preview of what we will be revealing. I am happy to report that the food retail industry is riding a number of positive trends, while grappling with unprecedented challenges to their businesses. But food retailers have shown themselves to be resilient by taking proactive approaches and fine-tuning their strategies. The result has been an improved financial picture and renewed optimism for this year and the future.
  • Upending the Apple Cart

    Sep 17, 2018
    Apple CartWe can either let others upset our apple carts on their terms, or we can work with our supplier partners to upend our own apple carts in order to see things in new ways, making the needed adjustments to create the more agile marketplace our shoppers want. The 2019 FMI Midwinter Executive Conference provides content that can help you determine which of your carts need to be upended.
     
  • Hurricane Florence: What’s the Status of Your Stores?

    Sep 14, 2018
    Hurricane Florence FridayWe need your support to ensure our supply chain can respond and stabilize. As soon as physically possible, please contact FMI via our crisis resources page to alert us on the status of your stores. With this basic information, we can work together to speed up the government’s response time to get food, water and other commodities to communities in need.
  • Failing to Prepare Equals Preparing to Fail

    Sep 14, 2018
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    Preparation is key for a place of business to understand what to do when you don’t know what to do. With frequent training, development of awareness and by forging a relationship with your local police or sheriff office we can minimize the negative impact of an active shooter situation.
  • Retailers Stay Within the Circle of Trust with Food Safety

    Sep 12, 2018
    20161208-FMI-0576_ed WEBYear after year, FMI’sU.S. Grocery Shopper Trends Report shows consumers consistently trust their grocery store when it comes to food safety. This year, 93 percent of shoppers trust their grocery store to ensure the food they purchase is safe. No matter what consumers priorities are or what the latest trend is in food, food safety is at the heart of the grocery industry to maintain shopper trust.  Whether it’s providing information about a product, food safety or preparation tips - retailers continue to be a trusted source of information.
  • Hurricane Preparedness and Response Resources

    Sep 11, 2018
    Hurricane FlorenceHurricane and storm season is upon us and the first potential major storm of the years, Florence, is threatening the Eastern coast of the United States. To help our members prepare their stores, associates, supply chains and communities we’ve put together resources specific to this storm that are available through our state affairs resources.
  • How Is Technology Changing Grocery Shopping?

    Sep 10, 2018
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-0853_edThis year’s U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends study took a deep dive into the world of technology to understand how the evolving digital world is changing how Americans shop for food and how that may impact food retailers. On the surface, when we decided to explore this, we thought we could add a few more questions to our survey and that would cover the subject. But the list kept growing as we realized how pervasive technology is in the relationship between shoppers and their grocery purchases.
  • Photo Friday: National Family Meals Month™ Featured in Times Square

    Sep 07, 2018
    MORE-MATTERS-FAMILY-MEALS-MONTHTo kick off the fourth annual National Family Meals Month™, this new infographic with the message "More Matters at the Table and On Your Plate" appeared in Times Square on September 4. This represents a unique collaboration to combine the September celebrations of FMI Foundation's National Family Meals Month and Produce for Better Health's Fruit and Veggies- More Matters Month – a winning combination. 
  • Advice from a Retailer: Six Common Pitfalls for Emerging Brands to Avoid

    Sep 06, 2018
    QFC ImageIntroducing a new brand to the marketplace can be equal parts excitement and frustration. Joshua Dooley of QFC/Kroger shares his insights and advice on six common pitfalls for emerging brands that can make the difference between flourishing and vanishing. Joshua is one of many retailers and mentors who support the FMI Emerge community.
     
  • Rediscover the Value of GM-HBC

    Sep 05, 2018
    20161208-FMI-0458_ed-WEBShoppers enjoy the discovery process. We feel like everyday heroes when we bring home a new product or experiment with a new recipe for a family meal. Arguably, for food retailers, translating this same consumer experience to toothpaste or light bulbs doesn’t offer as much creative license. General merchandise and health and beauty care (GM/HBC) items often feel like an afterthought in the traditional in-store experience and are slowly losing share to other channels. So, should a traditional food retailer phase out GM/HBC items or is there hope for this category? Based on some new analysis, I believe it’s the latter.
  • Kids or No Kids: How Millennials Are Grocery Shopping

    Sep 04, 2018
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-0960r-LowResWe decided to look at the U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends2018 findings on Millennials verses Millennials with kids and see not only if our personal habits match the trends, but also how closely in-line our habits are to each other.
     
  • FMI Kicks-Off National Family Meals Month™

    Aug 31, 2018
    NFMM Staff Kick-OffFMI and AFFI staff kick off the fourth annual National Family Meals Month with a staff family potluck luncheon.
  • A Standard of Identity Crisis

    Aug 30, 2018
    Milk ProductsThis transient nature of vocabulary – where words can shift and take on additional definitions or shades of meaning -- is becoming a significant issue in the world of food retail.
     
  • Technology, Loyalty and Millennials

    Aug 29, 2018
    FMI-12092014_393_e_WEBMillennials continue to lead the way online in using the same-day and next-day delivery models but also in subscribing to meal kits and in taking advantage of online touchpoints for food service takeout or delivery. 
     
  • Eating and Shopping Well — An Independent Operator Experience

    Aug 28, 2018
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-0180_edFood retailers, particularly independent operators, are uniquely positioned to be a resource in helping shoppers eat well by offering knowledge, support, inspiration and advice.
     
  • Partnerships Provide Family Meal Month Momentum

    Aug 27, 2018
    NFMMStateProclaminationsThe movement is gaining momentum, and our country’s elected officials are joining the party, thanks to the efforts of FMI members and state grocery and retail associations. 
     
  • Photo Friday: National Family Meals Month™ Visits FMI's State Issues Retreat

    Aug 24, 2018
    StateIssuesNFMMThis year at FMI’s State Issues Retreat, participants celebrated National Family Meals Month™ by enjoying dinner together as a family! Mitty, the National Family Meals Month spokesmitt, made an appearance and celebrated with the group that included state associations, members and elected officials who support the grocery industry everyday.