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  • How the Role of Store Managers Has Changed

    Feb 5, 2018
    While the role of a store manager still requires a friendly face and a strong work ethic, just like the evolving marketplace, their duties are being ...
  • Saluting our Brave, Resilient Grocery Industry

    Jan 30, 2018
    Supermarkets always serve as the cornerstones of their communities, but that role is never seen with more clarity than when the community is in peril, a state of emergency. When the neighborhood stands in the direst of need, the grocery store -...
  • Understanding the New Food Marketplace

    Jan 23, 2018
    Terms never spoken just a few years ago are now entering the lexicon of those involved with the food industry: Urban agriculture. Vertical farming. Lab-grown meat. Plant based protein. Food-as-a-service. Statistics and forecasts about the future ...
  • Emerging Issues: Identifying Challenges to Food Retailing

    Jan 2, 2018
    This is where FMI adds significant value to its members and their trading partners. Through our Emerging Issues initiative, we identify issues that have the greatest potential to affect the food industry in the next three to five ...
  • Adjusting our Optics on the Consumer

    Dec 28, 2017
    FMI’s 2017 work in clarifying shopper expectations of transparency, addressing consumer concerns and highlighting community service helped better frame the food retail picture and sharpened industry focus on the customer’s craving of personalized ...
  • Food Retail as a Social Network

    Dec 26, 2017
    Food retailers are embracing their roles as arbiters and curators of these food experiences, so we recognize the need to challenge FMI’s ways of communicating the priority issues of food retail to better depict our members’ dynamic ...
  • The Expanding Universe: Food Retail Keeps Pace With an Evolving Definition of Sustainability

    Dec 22, 2017
    The definition of sustainability has evolved enormously over the past decade, expanding into the broader concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR). When we talk today about sustainable supply chains, it doesn’t just cover the environmental ...
  • The Lego Legacy of 2017

    Dec 18, 2017
    2017 has been a year of big accomplishments for FMI, but something of a Lego-experience since these huge achievements are the sum of many, many small steps and tiny pieces coming together. Over the next few weeks, FMI will devote its blog platform ...
  • To Speak with One Voice

    Dec 15, 2017
    We refer to this new program as the Unified Voice Protocol and it is FMI’s most recent effort to establish a model approach to proactively perpetuate the environment of trust consumers tell us they enjoy with food retailers and to enhance that trust ...
  • Protecting Your Brand Reputation with Seafood Fraud Mitigation

    Dec 14, 2017
    While emerging technologies and tools to track and verify, such as blockchain, will enhance our future response to supply chain fraud, FMI is focusing its efforts on helping members detect it today. FMI has just released, Best Practices on How to ...
  • Store Managers Ingrained in the Success of a Community

    Dec 11, 2017
    It’s undeniable that these food retail professionals possess a unique quality of leadership, and an incredibly diverse skill set that, in a single day, ranges from being a professional circus ringleader to a strategically, savvy business operator. ...
  • A Spoiler Alert on Broiler Issues

    Nov 14, 2017
    Food retailers can soon expect being contacted by their friendly neighborhood animal activist regarding concerns with broiler chicken production. Five specific areas of concern will be named. However, as a means of getting retailers to address ...
  • Grocery Stores Explore More Social Media and Digital Advertising

    Nov 13, 2017
    A couple of years ago, I wrote about how grocery stores used social media with findings from our 2015 Food Retailing Industry Speaks report to make the case that the food retail industry was just beginning to dip their toe in the digital marketing ...
  • The Ripple Effect of Kindness

    Nov 7, 2017
    In today’s world it is far too easy to miss the powerful ripple effect caused by one kind act, and no one demonstrates this better than food retailers....
  • Recasting Disruption As Growth Opportunity

    Nov 6, 2017
    If we continue to characterize all things driving change as disruptors, we paint all change in the darker, more negative hues, suggesting that we view it as something we are being thrust into against our ...