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  • 2015 Year in Review: Top Stories across Asset Protection, Private Brands and Supply Chain

    Dec 31, 2015
    2015 Year in Review Technology in the Aisles Total Store Collaboration is a strategic pillar at FMI and is directed at helping members compete for share of stomach, share of wallet, share of talent, and share of capital. It’s befitting that stories related to asset protection, private brands and supply chain ranked as the most popular Total Store Collaboration blogs in 2015, offering perspective on the latest trends and ways to improve store operations.
  • 2015 Year in Review: Top Stories in Government Relations

    Dec 30, 2015
    2015 Year in Review Testimony on Capitol HillGovernment relations activities in the food retail industry had significant cross-over with the Food Safety Modernization Act and other regulatory issues, such as chain restaurant menu labeling, but blog readers in 2015 were much more interested in the challenges associated with employees, country of origin labeling requirements and payments systems.  
  • 2015 Year in Review: Top Stories in Food Safety

    Dec 30, 2015
    2015 Year in Review Food SafetyThe regulatory landscape in 2015 offered innumerable opportunities to help FMI members navigate the intricacies and implications surrounding the Food Safety Modernization Act. Food safety remains a number-one priority for food retailers and FMI has committed to helping its members manage risk.
  • 2015 Year in Review: Top Stories in Sustainability and Fresh Foods

    Dec 29, 2015
    2015 Year in Review Fresh Prepared FoodsFrom hot topics like food waste to research insights into consumer shopping behavior pertaining to fresh foods, FMI’s sustainability- and fresh-food-related blogs offered actionable insights to help grocers improve and strengthen business operations and align with consumer demand.
  • 2015 Year in Review: Top Stories in Consumer Affairs and Health and Wellness

    Dec 29, 2015
    2015 Year in Review Gold Plate AwardsFMI executed some exciting campaigns related to consumer affairs and health and wellness in 2015. As the champion for feeding families and enriching lives, FMI launched a national campaign that encouraged more mealtimes at home using items from the supermarket and also built complementary programming to demonstrate how the grocery store is a wellness destination. FMI continues to defend the reputation of the industry and serve as a spokesperson on industry issues.   
  • 2015 Year in Review: Top Stories in Research and Education

    Dec 28, 2015

    Best of 2015 FMI Library As 2015 comes to a close, we took an opportunity to look back at what sparked our readers’ interest this past year on the Voice of Food Retail blog. We’ll present the top blog posts across categories over the next few days. Thank you for reading and please subscribe to the Voice of Food Retail blog for more relevant content in 2016! As the first installment, we look at our most popular posts related to FMI’s signature research and education. A common theme remains operational performance; putting in place the right people and resources to stay ahead.

  • COOL and the WTO: Are We Finally At the End of the Road?

    Dec 18, 2015
    End of the RoadThere are lessons to be gleaned from the road we’ve taken on COOL, not the least of which is that government needs to work with and listen to industry as it seeks to regulate areas where it has little expertise and specialized knowledge. As the FDA moves forward on menu labeling regulations, and other agencies look to impose new rules on our industry, let’s hope that they learn from the experience of COOL. Twelve years is simply too long a time to walk down a road that leads you nowhere.
  • How New Jersey’s Liquor Law Can Be Changed to Reap Economic Growth

    Dec 18, 2015
    Wine Based on the success of the Massachusetts law, as evidenced by the FMI study, New Jersey should enact legislation to increase the amount of liquor licenses that are currently allocated. This will allow for more equity in the marketplace and reduce barriers for new businesses.
  • Tracking the Pulse of Opportunity Around Omnichannel

    Dec 16, 2015
    Final Pulse LogoFMI and Stagnito Business Information (SBI), publishers of Progressive Grocer andRetailer Leader, are working on a revolutionary program designed for senior retail, CPG executives as a means to learn, share, engage and grow together in a collaborative environment during FMI Connect 2016. It’s called Pulse, Technology Enabling the Path to Modern Retailing, and the two-day program will offer a comprehensive look at tech-driven shopper insights, consumer trends and integrated technology solutions applied to merchandising, marketing, and the associated supply chain.
  • New Recordkeeping Requirements for Retailers that Grind Raw Beef Products

    Dec 15, 2015
    Ground Meat_newOn Monday, December 14, 2015, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) released a final rule amending its recordkeeping regulations for all official establishments and retail stores that grind raw beef products for sale in commerce.
  • Release your Inner Nostradamus with Feeding the Future

    Dec 14, 2015
    nostradamus-statuex240Crystal balls, tea leaves, and staring at the stars do not help much when it comes to predicting the future, but knowing history does. I believe the most reliable glimpse of the future is achieved by extending the steadiest trend lines of the past just a few more inches and remaining cognizant of any factors that may cause them to bend. 
  • International Women’s Forum DC Chapter Appoints Leslie Sarasin President of Board of Directors

    Dec 07, 2015
    LGS IWF appointmentFMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin was appointed to serve as the in-coming Washington, DC-chapter president for the International Women’s Forum (IWF). Sarasin assumed the leadership role among her peers at IWF’s annual meeting.
  • How to be FSMA Compliant: SQF Level 2 Certification Gets You Ready

    Dec 02, 2015
    FSMA Image_2aWe at the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI) know our stakeholders have questions about how SQF Certification will prepare them to be compliant with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Now we’ve answered those questions.
  • 7 Supply Chain Lessons to Learn at the TPA Supply Chain Conference

    Dec 01, 2015
    Supply Chain IconWhen you think about the supply chain you might get visions of plans, warehouses, trains, and delivery trucks. Truth is that bringing food and other consumer product goods from point A to point B involves so much more. When you start considering the complexities associated with meeting a consumer’s expectations in an omnichannel environment, the need for supply chain optimization becomes clear. That’s why theFood Marketing Institute (FMI) and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) have joined together as the Trading Partner Alliance (TPA) to host the seventh annualSupply Chain Conference in New Orleans on February 22 – 24.  Here are seven lessons on supply chain that attendees are sure to take home.
  • IdeaXchange: The puzzlement of competition

    Nov 25, 2015
    FMI in the newsAt a key point in the Rogers and Hammerstein’s classic musical The King and I, King Mongkut of Siam sings of his exasperation in being unable to reconcile various learnings by declaring, “Is a puzzlement!” I know the feeling. And I am hoping the readers of IdeaXchange can help me tease out some possible answers to a puzzlement I have.
  • I’m Giving Thanks

    Nov 24, 2015
    IMG_1580_2Thanksgiving remains among my favorite holidays.  Not only does it bring  together two of my favorite things, family and food, but it also - against many assaults - retains the flavor of its roots as a day set aside to reflect on our lives and express gratitude for the bounty of the earth and for the gift of loving relationships. In a world requiring us to move ever faster, a day that allows us the time and carries the explicit expectation that we will use those hours to actually think about, give consideration to and remain grateful for that which matters most in this life is truly a holiday. 
  • Washington Food Industry Celebrates Family Meals

    Nov 24, 2015
    DSC_9960 Mitty Bagging_smMitty the Mitt, our resident National Family Meals Month champion, recently took a trip to the west coast to join the Washington Food Industry Association for the 2015 WFIA Best Bagger Battle. Here's Mitty the Mitt enjoying the action and spreading the family meals message. 
  • Strategic Executive Exchange: Q&A with AWG’s Steve Arnold

    Nov 23, 2015
    SEE MeetingsI recently had the pleasure of interviewing Dave Jones, vice president of industry initiatives at the Kellogg Company, on the importance of engaging in collaborative business meetings each year. As a longtime participant in the Strategic Executive Exchange (SEE), Dave had great insights and tips to share on ways to make the most of the program. I thought it would benefit our members to hear the SEE perspective from the other side of the trading partner table. Steve Arnold, executive vice president of marketing with Associated Wholesale Grocers offers his perspective on how  AWG lays the groundwork for business building opportunities during SEE and the Annual Business Conference (ABC) meetings.
  • Thanksgiving Without Turkey?: No Need to Fear, There is Plenty for Everyone

    Nov 20, 2015
    Thanksgiving without TurkeyIt is important to remember, though, that turkey is pretty much the star of Thanksgiving dinner, and like any celebrity it gets treated a little bit special. Supplies of turkeys destined for Thanksgiving tables are locked in early in the year, and store buyers make sure that they will have more than enough in stock so that no shopper need go home empty handed.
  • How Are Grocery Stores Using Social Media?

    Nov 19, 2015
    Social Media EngagementIn our series interviewing food retail social media managers we’ve gotten a better idea of the day-to-day operations of these brand managers and storytellers. We’ve also seen how social media is being used creatively by grocery stores.  But how are grocery stores using social media overall and what benefits, if any, are they seeing from it?