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  • 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 ...
  • Exercising Research in 2018

    Dec 20, 2018
    This exercise was easy to do because FMI produces a rich collection of research on consumer trends and food retail operations—a total of 14 reports in 2018. As the voice of food retail, FMI strives to keep the food retail industry abreast of trends ...
  • FMI’s Strategic X’s and O’s in 2018

    Dec 17, 2018
    What is true for the industry is reflected in the life of its trade association. 2018 has been a year of the need for FMI to pay attention to where we plot our X’s while carefully watching out for those sneaky O’...
  • Is Your Data an Enterprise Asset?

    Dec 14, 2018
    Data has been at the center of many discussions and presentations for years. Big data and small, for many retailers and brands data is not the strategy, but the intel that informs or supports a broader product and/or consumer engagement ...
  • The Future of Artificial Intelligence in Food Retail

    Dec 11, 2018
    A lot of futuristic movies and TV shows portray a society where robots or Artificial Intelligence (AI) take on a lot of the more mundane tasks in society. In Star Trek you can order a meal from a wall panel, in the Jetsons the dog, Astro, is walked ...
  • Strategizing for the Future: We’ve Launched FMItech@Midwinter

    Dec 7, 2018
    We’ve launched FMItech@, a new feature at FMI Midwinter Executive Conference, placing the spotlight on technology. We’ll delve deep into proven and emerging trends and their applications for your businesses. Through FMItech@, we’ve added Tech Talks, ...
  • How to Get Started with the SQF Food Safety Code for Retail

    Nov 19, 2018
    Today’s consumers are more educated about the food they’re providing their families and require more information about the quality of their food. Heightened consumer demand for increased food safety assurances starts with retailers providing ...
  • Grocers, Get Ready for Artificial Intelligence-based Transformation

    Nov 7, 2018
    Among the six digital imperatives for a successful omnichannel strategy established by FMI and Nielsen is one that involves completeness and consistency across in-store and digital shelves, cutting costs and creating a clear assortment inventory ...
  • University Profile: USC Marshall Food Industry Management Program Creates “Intrapreneurs”

    Oct 23, 2018
    As an adult, I sometimes dream about what it would be like to go back to school. Knowing what I know now, how would I do things differently and what courses would I take? I recently had the chance to learn more about the Food Industry Management (...
  • Photo Friday: Food Forward

    Oct 19, 2018
    FMI President and CEO Leslie Sarasin recently spoke at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Food Forward event and moderated a discussion on Mapping Consumer Trends with Nicole Davis, senior innovation manager of our brands for Kroger, and ...
  • Making Disruption Work for Your Business

    Oct 12, 2018
    Food retailers continue to see opportunities for differentiation as consumer expectations continue to shift and evolve. They have also become increasingly savvy, having to compete with an ever-growing set of rivals. We’re seeing a variety of ...
  • The Blurring Lines of Foodservice

    Oct 12, 2018
    For starters, although we're in the food retail business, we’re all consumers at the end of the day. Like the people who shop our stores (or who we want to shop at our stores), we may divide our meals during a typical week by eating out at ...