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  • What Does It Look Like When Grocery Trends Intersect?

    Jul 23, 2019
    What does it look like when all of these trends intersect? It looks like a month in the life of FMI’s Carol Abel, who manages a single-shopper household with a varying grocery list. In one month, Carol shopped at five different grocery stores with ...
  • Building The Supply Chain of Tomorrow At Groceryshop

    Jul 15, 2019
    Although customer-facing technologies often grab the limelight, some of the most impactful technology shifts are those increasing the speed, efficiency and transparency with which products move through the supply chain. These technologies will build ...
  • Physical Store Changes Meet Omnichannel Opportunities

    Jul 9, 2019
    According to FMI’s 2019 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report, 43% of shoppers now report buying groceries online at least once in the past year. With this in mind, food retailers need to understand how the physical store changes will set them up for ...
  • Why Collaboration Matters in Addressing Supply Chain Transportation Issues

    Jul 8, 2019
    At June’s TPA Transportation Summit, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Administrator Raymond Martinez acknowledged that our audience of logistics and transportation experts “fuel and feed the economy.” Administrator Martinez ...
  • Changes at 2020 FMI Midwinter Executive Conference

    Jun 17, 2019
    It may seem our 2020 FMI Midwinter Executive Conference is far away, but it’ll be upon us before we know it. At FMI, we continue to address the industry’s most pressing issues and the Midwinter Conference allows us to convene, collaborate and ...
  • A Look at the Future of Food Retail

    Jun 6, 2019
    It’s no surprise that food retail’s organizational chart of the future will look different than it does today. The exciting part of this change is hearing the many visions of how this structural chart will evolve. Jim Frusciante, head of U.S. sales ...
  • Four Takeaways from Future Leaders eXperience

    May 22, 2019
    Last week at Future Leaders eXperience, nearly 400 attendees challenged their leadership skills and perception of food retail to bring new strategies to life.Here are a few key ...
  • ShopRite, Coborn’s Market, and Giant Food Students Complete Retail Management Certificate Program

    May 21, 2019
    It’s graduation season, that time of the year when you watch your children and their friends wear the regalia, show some school spirit, eat cake and advance in their journey. It’s a season of transition. Since partnering with the Western Association ...
  • For Food Retailers Infrastructure Isn’t Just About Reliable Roads

    May 16, 2019
    This week kicked-off the seventh-annual Infrastructure Week, with hundreds of organizations and companies coming together to stress the importance of a reliable, well-managed national infrastructure. This year’s iteration comes at a particularly ...
  • New Tools to Get to ‘Know Your Industry’

    May 7, 2019
    How do you really get to KNOW an industry like food retail? You can work in it, but that might only give you one point of view about the industry. You can read about food retail, but you’d need to read a lot to understand both the history and ...
  • 5 Modern Day Imperatives for Private Brands

    May 6, 2019
    In every business process there are several imperatives that move the needle in a positive direction. At the conference this week, I walked attendees through five key imperatives that have been identified through our private brand research supported ...
  • People Are the Most Valuable Asset to Any Business

    May 3, 2019
    I often hear our members asking how do food retailers meet the challenge to identify, recruit, train, and retain top talent? David Smith, president and CEO of Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. and co-chair of Future Leaders eXperience, says it’s ...
  • The Future of Retail Metrics

    May 2, 2019
    There is an advantage to looking at the larger retail landscape and applying the lessons learned to food retail. I had the pleasure of speaking with Rod Sides, vice chairman, U.S. retail and distribution leader, Deloitte LLP about how changes in ...
  • Backhaul Pilot Project Aims to Reduce Empty Trucks on the Road

    May 1, 2019
    The backhaul challenge in transportation is characterized by an imbalance in transport flows between locations. A backhaul, as it relates to trucking capacity and logistics, is the return trip of a commercial truck that is transporting freight back ...
  • Niagara University: A Relevant Food Retail Marketing Education

    Apr 30, 2019
    A few years ago, local and regional industry partners approached Niagara University in Buffalo, NY about the need for strong young professional talent in the food retail and consumer products goods (CPG) industry. The result of these initial ...