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  • Embrace Education as a Cornerstone of Social Justice

    Sep 15, 2020
    Our essential industry has a responsibility to ensure that our practices foster economic opportunity and racial equity. We need equitable programs that catalyze a stronger, more sustainable future for everyone. One program that meets this criteria ...
  • It’s Time to Better Connect the Fresh Supply Chain

    Sep 9, 2020
    Improved data, analytics and visibility are essential to better connect the industry and make us more prepared for whatever lies ahead. That was a key message from speakers at FMI FreshForward....
  • Why Do Shoppers “Shop Around?”

    Sep 8, 2020
    What is it that drives grocery shoppers to “shop around?” For many grocery shoppers it is private or store brands. Private brands, according to Trends, are a key driver of perceptions that the store meets a shopper’s needs. Grocery stores that ...
  • A Work of Majesty and Awe

    Sep 4, 2020
    This Labor Day, I am grateful for the thousands of grocery workers who day-in and day-out pay attention to the details of their work, who maintain the discipline of devoted sacrifice and service to their communities, and who overcome fear and ...
  • FMI & CART Launch TechTalk Series

    Sep 3, 2020
    We believe with the ongoing and accelerating growth of digital/ecommerce including both omnichannel and pure play, as well as increasing labor costs will radically alter retail profit and loss statements. FMI sees the above technologies as both ...
  • Pandemic Drives New Imperatives for Private Brands

    Sep 2, 2020
    It’s always nice to be appreciated and appreciation for private brands has only grown during the COVID-19 crisis. They have been able to meet consumer needs when many manufacturer brands were out of stock at ...
  • Getting Consumers Reenergized About Fresh Foods

    Aug 26, 2020
    Fresh had become the leading innovation force for retailers, but the pandemic altered that story as consumers pantry loaded. Now it’s time to take back that leadership role by getting consumers more engaged with fresh again. Here are key takeaways ...
  • Strong Leaders Plan for Both Now and the Future: A Discussion with Dagmar Boggs, The Coca-Cola Company

    Aug 20, 2020
    The Chief Retail Sales and Bottler Operations Officer at The Coca-Cola Company, Dagmar Boggs, reinforces The Coca-Cola Company’s strong tradition of growing people within the company who have demonstrated the ability to deliver excellent results in ...
  • Store Managers Shine Bright: Cast Your Vote in the People's Pick

    Aug 7, 2020
    If you haven’t already, please meet our 2020 Store Manager Awards Finalists and then cast your vote for your favorite store manager in our People’s Pick Contest running from Monday, August 10 – Friday, August 14....
  • Leadership Insights with Mark Skogen, CEO of Festival Foods

    Jul 31, 2020
    Leadership is not about profits, clients, and mergers. It’s about building a sustainable, dynamic work culture and creating the next generation of leaders so that a company can continuously thrive, meet the challenges of today and create solutions ...
  • Meet SPAR Thohoyandou Store Manager Awards Finalist

    Jul 27, 2020
    Captain Raymond Mashudu Mutangwa believes that offering exceptional service with a direct, innovative and sincere approach distinguishes SPAR Thohoyandou, one of the company’s biggest stores, in a competitive market....
  • Meet The Kroger Co. Store Manager Awards Finalist

    Jul 22, 2020
    Ray Brown has a leadership style that combines dedication, mentorship, vision, agility and a good nature. He meets with his leadership team one on one and in group settings, where they set and then celebrate the achievement of ...
  • Meet Meijer Inc. Store Manager Awards Finalist

    Jul 21, 2020
    It says something about Minesh Patel that one of the things he likes best about his job is how his team makes him feel welcome every day. After all, he spends much, if not most, of his time making customers and employees feel ...
  • Meet Hy-Vee, Inc. Store Manager Awards Finalist

    Jul 20, 2020
    Jen Book, manager of a Hy-Vee location in Altoona, Iowa, was lauded in 2019 for 30-plus years of service and strong management skills. She is not one to let success get to her head, though, and typically works the sales floor to assist shoppers ...
  • Meet Fareway Stores, Inc. Store Manager Awards Finalist

    Jul 16, 2020
    While he may have climbed the proverbial ladder, Aric W. Reicks understands the importance of all of the rungs and serves as a mentor to high school and college students who are key to the future of the business and the industry at large....