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  • Photo Friday: Amazon Go Store Tour

    Nov 09, 2018
    Amazon GoThis week, Hannah Walker, senior director, technology and nutrition policy, Food Marketing Institute, immersed herself in a digital shopper experience at the newest AmazonGo store in Chicago with Lee Foley, a member of the Amazon Public Policy team. 
  • Capture the Untapped Potential of GM/HBC

    Nov 08, 2018
    GMHBC VideoWith our GM/HBC Committee partner, P&G, and research partners at Acosta, we looked at how retailers can invest in the untapped potential of these products.    
  • Grocers, Get Ready for Artificial Intelligence-based Transformation

    Nov 07, 2018
    20171129-FMI-Home Shoot-0862_edAmong the six digital imperatives for a successful omnichannel strategy established by FMI and Nielsen is one that involves completeness and consistency across in-store and digital shelves, cutting costs and creating a clear assortment inventory that keeps shoppers coming back. This is particularly relevant, given that grocery retail spending on technology could vastly increase shoppers’ online grocery habits.
  • With Passion and Purpose: Food Safety Educators Gather in March

    Nov 06, 2018
    CFSEC 2019March 2019 marks not only National Nutrition Month but also the kick-off of the 7thconsumer food safety education conference sponsored by the non-profit Partnership for Food Safety Education
  • The Top Ten Ballot Measures Grocers Should Be Tracking

    Nov 05, 2018
    Vote SignIt is important not to let the high drama over control of the U.S. Congress distract from several equally important policy questions that will be determined at the state level. 
  • Growing Optimism – Tax Law to Boost Food Retailers’ Investments in Stores and Employees

    Nov 05, 2018
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    Retailers have another source of optimism: the recent passage of the tax reform law. At the end of 2017, lawmakers passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which lowered the U.S. tax rate for corporations, passthrough entities and individuals. The new U.S. corporate rate is now 21 percent, down from 35 percent. Historically, FMI member companies were paying one of highest corporate effective tax rates; the reduction of the corporate rate was a welcomed relief.
  • New Opioid Law Headlines Recent Policy Actions Impacting Pharmacies

    Nov 01, 2018
    FMI-12092014_443-Edit_WEBAt a time when pharmacies are more important than ever to supermarkets and our customers because of their link to wellness, they are also increasingly important to federal policy efforts – from combating the ongoing, nationwide opioid epidemic, to lowering the cost of prescription drugs.
  • Is a Blue Wave Coming? The Answer in a 1 Minute Read

    Oct 30, 2018
    Blue waveEarly voting is already underway in many states. The talk of a “blue wave” coming in November dominants many 24-hour news stations. So, what is a “wave” election? Reality is no one can agree on what a “wave” election actually is.
  • Photo Friday: A Night of Family Meals and Nutrition

    Oct 26, 2018
    FNCE Family MealsThe FMI Foundation hosted a Family Meals Reception before the start of the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) this past Friday. Food retail dietitians and nutrition advocates celebrated family meals with Mitty the Spokesmitt and enjoyed a tasting menu of family meals developed by food retailers.
  • 6 Trends From Kroger That Support Our U.S. Grocery Shopping Trends

    Oct 25, 2018
    Nicole Davis shares her observations on innovation at Food ForwardAs witnesses to national consumer trends affecting the way FMI members cater to their customers, I appreciate chances to learn directly from our members on ways they seize opportunities with shoppers and help set the tone for the future of our industry. That’s exactly what happened recently at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Food Forward event, where I had the pleasure of moderating a discussion on Mapping Consumer Trends that featured Nicole Davis, Senior Innovation Manager of Our Brands for Kroger. During the discussion, Davis outlined six consumer trends that align with what we learned in our national U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2018 findings. 
  • How E-commerce Will Break the Rules on Proximity Impact to Retailer Identity

    Oct 24, 2018
    Proximity to eShoppersStudies that measure the impact of proximity aren’t always consistent. Some say proximity’s impact is overstated, while others report it’s a primary factor of shopper choice. One finding is consistent—once the shopper has decided on the retailer (for example: a low-price or upscale retailer), proximity becomes an important influencer on the path to a purchase decision. But that was before e-commerce.
  • University Profile: USC Marshall Food Industry Management Program Creates “Intrapreneurs”

    Oct 23, 2018
    USC Tommy TrojanAs an adult, I sometimes dream about what it would be like to go back to school. Knowing what I know now, how would I do things differently and what courses would I take? I recently had the chance to learn more about the Food Industry Management (FIM) Program at USC Marshall School of Business by talking with Cynthia McCloud, director of food industry programs, executive education and adjunct professor at the USC Marshall School of Business. I have to tell you, if I was to go back to school again at this point in my life, the FIM program at USC would be on the top of my list for its flexibility and high-caliber curriculum that really propels your career forward.
  • He Said, She Said on Private Brands and Health and Wellness

    Oct 22, 2018
    Sue Borra and Doug Baker He said She SaidWe both love the early 1990s romantic comedy He Said, She Said for its witty depiction of people’s different points-of-views. As a registered dietitian with many years in the health and wellness arena and a seasoned private brand professional, we each have two very different points-of-view on trends facing the food retail industry. So, here are two trends and our take on them.
  • Photo Friday: Food Forward

    Oct 19, 2018
    Leslie Sarasin discusses the right formula for meeting consumer demandFMI President and CEO Leslie Sarasin recently spoke at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Food Forward event and moderated a discussion on Mapping Consumer Trends with Nicole Davis, senior innovation manager of our brands for Kroger, and Danielle Gould, founder and CEO of Food+Tech Connect. Here’s are some photos and a quote from Sarasin from the event
  • The Transparency Imperative: The Foundation of Trust and Loyalty

    Oct 18, 2018
    Transparency Imperative Video“Transparency is an imperative for growing consumer trust and loyalty.” These wise words are offered by FMI’s Doug Baker, vice president, industry relations in assessing The Transparency Imperative research study released in September by FMI, with support from Label Insight. This research looks at product labeling and transparency from the consumer perspective and why brand owners should care. Here are some key questions that this research addresses.
  • Celebrating Outstanding Family Meals Programs: Gold Plate Awards

    Oct 18, 2018
    GoldPlate2018In the fourth year of the campaign, NFMM far exceeded expectations in the level of participation of the food retail industry.
  • November Is Coming – Over 150 Initiatives On State Ballots November 6th

    Oct 15, 2018
    Although the sheer volume of initiatives has declined since then, this November, voters in 38 states will consider over 150 initiatives, referendums or other measures on their state ballots. And many of these will directly impact the food retail industry. As in years past, to assist our members in navigating this flood of ballot activity, FMI has compiled the Ballot Measure Guide for the Grocery Industry: 2018 Edition.
  • Making Disruption Work for Your Business

    Oct 12, 2018
    Apple Cart DisruptionFood retailers continue to see opportunities for differentiation as consumer expectations continue to shift and evolve. They have also become increasingly savvy, having to compete with an ever-growing set of rivals. We’re seeing a variety of strategies and initiatives.