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  • 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 ...
  • 5 Things to Know About Gen Z Joining the Workforce

    Apr 24, 2019
    My son is part of Generation Z and he’s currently finishing up college. He started his first part-time job recently and was excited for the experience, but he also had some initial complaints about the way the organization did things, and couldn’t ...
  • Yesterday’s Trailblazers Are Inspiring Tomorrow’s Food Retail Leaders

    Apr 23, 2019
    Lakeisha Hall is a traffic manager for Associated Wholesale Grocers in Kansas City. Christina Caratura is a human resources specialist for ShopRite in Lawnside, N.J. Scott Kaverman is a category manager for Schnuck Markets in St. Louis, a company he’...
  • Did Millennials Usher in The Era of The Impossible Whopper?

    Apr 22, 2019
    Recently, Burger King introduced the Impossible Whopper—a vegetarian version of the classic Whopper—and there are claims of other fast food restaurants following this trend. Taste testers in the pilot location of St. Louis, Missouri, are giving the ...
  • Cornell University: Requirements for the Future Food Retail Workforce

    Apr 18, 2019
    I recently spoke with two faculty and staff members of Cornell’s FIMP program, Edward McLaughlin, Robert G. Tobin Professor of Marketing, and director of FIMP and Bill Drake, senior extension associate and director, executive education of FIMP and ...
  • Blockchain: It’s Not “If” But “When”

    Apr 17, 2019
    Blockchain is just a way to collect data on the goods that retailers use. The competitive advantage between retailers will be their ability to use that data to transform their business....
  • Every Day Community Cornerstones: Celebrate the 2019 Store Manager Awards Finalists

    Apr 11, 2019
    No longer are these incredibly hardworking individuals just responsible for running brick and mortar operations, they’re running complex, multi-faceted businesses. While navigating the ever-changing needs of consumers online and in-store, they ...