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  • Collaborative Supply Chain Transformation

    Dec 30, 2016
    Supply Chain 2016Effective and efficient supply chains are a source of sustainable competitive advantage for retailers and wholesalers alike. The ability to optimize and transform supply chain capabilities requires collaboration with trading partners both on the physical movement of product and the information that enables smart supply chain forecasting and decision making. In 2016, the Trading Partner Alliance Supply Chain Committee established and prioritized its collaborative supply chain transformation efforts across four key areas.
  • 140 In-Person Membership Visits in 2016

    Dec 29, 2016
    Membership Visits in 2016Building a strong membership program can be equated to the quote, “Without a solid foundation, you’ll have trouble creating anything with value.” In 2016, the FMI Membership department continued to build a robust and valuable membership program by focusing on new member recruitment, as well as building breadth and depth with existing members. We worked to developed new programs, roles, and communication strategies to meet the needs of our expanding membership base. This year FMI welcomed 21 new retail and wholesale members and 93 new associate members. We’re grateful for the support and engagement of the FMI Officers and Board members who assisted in FMI’s successful recruiting process.
  • Changes to the FMI Events Program Put the Focus on Quality Content

    Dec 28, 2016
    Events and Education ImageWhile we carefully monitor the numbers, we also know we serve FMI members best by providing high-quality opportunities for them to learn what they need to grow their businesses and to meet one another face to face. So the “AND” is an important part of the sentence.
  • Sustainability and Food Retail: Alive and Kicking

    Dec 27, 2016
    Consumers were undoubtedly anxious in 2016, but the “sustainability bandwagon” kept rolling for food wholesalers and retailers. The industry’s commitment to creating sustainable supply chains and proactively engaging on a broad spectrum of corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues is ingrained in business operations; it has become part of corporate culture. FMI’s work on sustainability throughout 2016 mirrored this fact.
  • 2016: The Year of the Monkey, SQF to the Rescue

    Dec 22, 2016
    Chinese Year of the MonkeyAccording to the Chinese calendar, 2016 was the year of the monkey.  One could fairly say that there was a monkey on our stakeholders’ back this year, and its name was FSMA.  Sorting through FDA’s Final Rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is a time consuming, often frustrating and frequently confusing task.  To help SQFI stakeholders better understand the legal and regulatory complexities of FSMA, SQFI compiled a FSMA Resource page to assist our stakeholders as they worked toward compliance.
  • Food Safety in 2016: Regulations, Resources and Relationships

    Dec 22, 2016
    Food Safety Protection CommitteeThe year of 2016 will be remembered for food safety regulations, resources and relationships. These three themes may appear rather divergent, but they served as the strands carefully woven into the life-line the FMI Center for Retail Food Safety and Defense extended to internal and external stakeholders this past year.
  • Randy Edeker and the FMI Foundation Stir It Up! at Midwinter

    Dec 21, 2016
    Stir It UpThe countdown has officially begun for FMI’s Midwinter Executive Conference, and so it is time to catch up with Randy Edeker, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer for Hy-Vee, Inc. and the chairman of the FMI Foundation Board of Trustees to discuss the new Foundation fundraising event, Stir It Up!
  • What Bob Dylan and FMI’s 20 Research Reports Have in Common

    Dec 21, 2016

    Bob Dylan and FMI ReserachNobel Prize winner Bob Dylan proclaimed more than fifty years ago that “the times they are a changin’.” Today that phrase resonates in the food retail industry as we witness increasingly different ways consumers shop for food, and the many ways grocers are adapting to stay relevant. Always mindful of capturing industry trends, FMI once again this year delved into the minds of consumers and food retailers to make sense of this rapid pace of change to offer the food retail industry tools to understand today’s shopper and improve grocery operations.

  • 2016 Was More than Just an Election Year

    Dec 20, 2016
    It is safe to say that most people will remember 2016 for tweet policy, hacked emails and then its surprising election results at the federal level, but we wanted to fill you in on what we did on your behalf this year.
  • 2016, One for the Books

    Dec 19, 2016
    FMI 2016 Year in ReviewJust as a prism takes a single ray of light and splinters it into its constituent spectral colors, to help make as much sense as we can of 2016, FMI is approaching its end of year reporting by breaking the year into 13 different spectrums of activity. Over the course of the following pages, you will view 2016 from the unique perspective of our different departments and covering the following topic areas:
  • Not the Group We Wish to be Gifting this Season

    Dec 15, 2016
    Unfair Swipe FeesEach of us would like to be able to predict what we can expect during the first 100 days of a Trump administration, but in the midst of this speculation, there is one issue food retailers must ensure doesn’t get lost in the media frenzy. When the Senate and House reconvene in January, among the legislative items anticipated to receive a floor vote will be an attempt to eliminate the big bank oversight put in place by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act passed in 2010. At stake in the consideration of the Financial CHOICE Act - Representative Jeb Hensarling’s legislation intended to repeal and replace Dodd-Frank - would be the loss of debit swipe fee reform established by the Durbin Amendment to Dodd-Frank.
  • 3 Business Questions Answered at Midwinter Executive Conference

    Dec 14, 2016
    2017 Midwinter Executive Conference: Keynote SessionsThere is no denying the food retail industry continues to navigate an ever-changing marketplace. Shoppers are finding additional ways to be more efficient, find specialty products, and save money on everyday items. Tech-savvy shoppers are increasingly using digital tools for exploring, planning, creating and sharing food experiences. Food culture is changing as we know it. Consumers have to fill a broader set of household needs, and more than ever Americans are sharing responsibilities in the food shopping experience. Within this dynamic environment, here are three business questions retailers are asking in order to prepare for the evolving grocery landscape that will be addressed at the 2017 Midwinter Executive Conference.
  • What’s New This Year at the Midwinter Executive Conference?

    Dec 08, 2016

    Midwinter Strategic MeetingAre you ready for an FMI Midwinter Executive Conference like you’ve never experienced before? The invitation-only annual event will undergo a transformation this year, making it easier and more convenient for senior-level food retail executives to find the partners they’re looking for, get the vital information they need to grow their businesses and interact with their industry peers. Here’s what’s new in 2017.

  • The Twelve Events of FMI in 2017 Put To Song

    Dec 07, 2016
    12 Days of ChristmasIt just so happens, that FMI has twelve “gifts” to share this holiday season—our extensive list of education and networking events designed to help food retail professionals at every level of the industry enhance their careers and skill set. So, please forgive us as we endeavor to adapt the traditional tune to outline our conference and signature event offerings. 
  • Visa and MasterCard Delay EMV Liability: A Win for Retail

    Dec 06, 2016
    No matter how big or small, when merchants get a victory, we run with it. That is what last week’s announcement from Visa and MasterCard is—a win for retail. The two biggest card brands announced they are delaying EMV implementation from the original announced date of 2017 until 2020, largely due to migration challenges and lack of availability of equipment. The three-year delay is a relief for stores who are already working with and toward complete EMV implementation.
  • ‘Tis the Season for Grocers Doing Good

    Dec 05, 2016
    WinnersFood retailers do much more than simply provide their customers with food items to purchase; they also feed the spirit of their community in acts of human kindness. The Community Outreach Awards highlight the oft-unmentioned goodwill of grocers that serve and shape our communities. We, at FMI, are continually amazed by the caliber of the nominated programs we receive and 2016 was no exception. The 14 nominated programs made it difficult for our judges to choose the best of the best in each category, but they managed.  Here are the 2016 Community Outreach Awards Winners:
  • Photo Friday: Bert’s Red Apple Market in Seattle, WA

    Dec 02, 2016
    Store Visit BertsA few weeks ago, Cynthia Brazzel, director of member relations and advocacy for the western region at FMI, visited with board member Roger Croshaw and his son Tyler Croshaw at Bert’s Red Apple Market in one of Seattle, Washington’s historic sections. 
  • Roadmap to Success: Fresh Prepared Food in Grocery

    Dec 02, 2016
    Fresh Prepared/DeliIn a few weeks another year will have flown by. We’ll soon start getting asked to reflect on 2016, and what we want to achieve in 2017. At some point in life, we’ve all heard the saying, “goals are the roadmaps to success.” The same concept can be applied to our recently released Power of Fresh/Deli report that indicates fresh food areas as the culinary destinations of stores.
  • The FMI Foundation Presents: Stir It Up!

    Dec 01, 2016
    Stir It UpDrum roll please! The FMI Foundation is accenting the FUN in fundraising with our new event Stir It Up!, a lively cooking competition between food industry executives taking place January 29 at the 2017 FMI Midwinter Executive Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. 
  • Food Safety Education: How to Talk Food Safety with your Customers

    Nov 29, 2016
    Fight BAC LogoFood retailers have invested tremendous resources in food safety over the past two decades. Food safety is the foundation of food retailers’ relationships with their customers—consumers expect the food they purchase is safe. According to US Grocery Shopper Trends 2016 (FMI), nearly nine out of 10 shoppers have confidence in the safety of the food at the grocery store. Also, an increasing number of consumers are taking personal responsibility for food safety compared to just six years ago.