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  • The SCOTUS Case that will Reexamine What “Confidential” Means to You

    Mar 19, 2019
    A legal case heading to oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court this spring has far-reaching implications when it comes to something you hold near and dear -- your confidential commercial information. FMI is a named party in the case because we ...
  • Ninety-Three Retail Professionals Earn the FMI Food Retail Leader Certificate

    Mar 18, 2019
    In its inaugural year, 93 retail professionals earned the FMI Food Retail Leader Certificate. The certificates were awarded to individuals who completed the self-assessment of their leadership capabilities as they relate to the Compass® leadership ...
  • Photo Friday: Store Visit at H-E-B

    Mar 14, 2019
    This week, members of FMI's Supplier Diversity Committee visited Houston, Texas to tour several H-E-B. stores. The group toured various store formats with different customization and personalization experiences for shoppers....
  • The Power of Meat 2019

    Mar 12, 2019
    Shoppers are on a power trip when it comes to meat and poultry. And that’s not a bad thing. People continue to enjoy power-packed protein in their diets, usually in the form of meat....
  • Passing The Torch of Leadership

    Mar 11, 2019
    Linda Cosgrove, executive director, learning & development, Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. shares why she’s excited for emerging leaders to join the food retail industry and watch the torch of leadership be passed along....
  • Stir It Up! 2019 Delivers Top Awards for Best in Family Meal Fare and Raises $1.2M for the FMI Foundation

    Feb 15, 2019
    Each year at the FMI Foundation’s signature fundraising event, Stir It Up!, we replicate the culinary adventures that shoppers can experience every day in food retail stores across the nation. The 2019 Stir It Up! competition winners exemplified ...
  • Stories of Leadership in Food Retail

    Feb 13, 2019
    The food retail industry is fortunate to have a number of formidable leaders, and during times of uncertainty and transition, there’s nothing more comforting than to have courageous and nurturing leaders at the helm....
  • Store Managers On The Front Line of Food Retail's Changing Landscape

    Feb 7, 2019
    Director of Talent Development, Kroger Co., Dawn Gilmore shares why store managers are creative and dynamic leaders....
  • Creating Life-Long Learners in Food Retail

    Jan 29, 2019
    My kids are in college and while they are enjoying their campus experience, they can’t wait to graduate. I tell them all the time that graduation will come and go, but you’ll never stop learning. In today’s fast-pace food retail industry ...
  • Portland State University – The Proving Ground for Retail

    Jan 28, 2019
    Portland State University, home of the Vikings, first established the Center for Retail Leadership (CRL) in the 1990s and around the same time started the Food Industry Leadership Certificate (FILC) in response to industry demand for a pipeline of ...
  • 2019 Midwinter Executive Conference by the Numbers

    Jan 22, 2019
    The countdown to the 2019 Midwinter Executive Conference has reached single digits. Soon, the food retail industry will gather together to delve deep into proven and emerging trends, and the impacts they will have on their business ...
  • The Boardroom’s Perspective of The Future of Retail

    Jan 15, 2019
    For the fourth year, FMI and Oliver Wyman have teamed up to provide thought leadership on the most pressing issues facing the food retail industry. The annual edition of Boardroom takes readers directly into the C-Suite of food retail companies and ...
  • Creating a Pillar Around Workforce as Skills Shift Within the Food Retail Industry

    Jan 14, 2019
    We hear from our members all the time that the hiring and retention of employees is top of mind. That, combined with the complexities new technologies are bringing to the future of workforce, is why FMI has identified the future of work as the ...
  • Learning Differently in 2018

    Jan 2, 2019
    People learn in different ways. Some of us are visual learners. Others better retain information by hearing things explained. Another group learns best from performing its own research. Some prefer having a hands-on experience and others just want ...
  • FMI’s 2018 Financial Diversity

    Dec 31, 2018
    Providing the retail food industry with the myriad products and services that FMI offers requires resources—both human and financial capital. To avoid being a one-pronged fork, any well-run business endeavors to diversify its revenue sources and FMI ...