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  • What Does Innovation Mean to You?

    Jun 22, 2016
    For some, innovation is the latest technology or gadget that promises to transform the way we all live our lives and do business. For others, innovation is that big idea that solves both a business problem and a consumer need. And then there are ...
  • Make an Important Connection at FMI Connect

    Jun 17, 2016
    As its name conveys, FMI Connect is focused on helping its participants get connected in a variety of ways. We seek to provide the environment that enables you to connect with colleagues in the greater food retail industry, connect to new ideas and ...
  • Creating an Equal Opportunity to Thrive in Food Retail

    Jun 14, 2016
    When I first heard FMI Future Leaders at FMI Connect speaker Tara Jaye Frank, founder and CEO of TJF Career Modeling LLC explain unconscious bias, a light bulb went off for me. “Unconscious bias is a collection of thoughts and/or beliefs shaped by ...
  • Private Brands Winner in Excellence in Exporting

    Jun 8, 2016
    The President’s “E” Award recognizes companies for “Excellence in Exporting.” During World War II 4,000 “E” Awards were awarded to war plants in recognition of production excellence. As a winner of the “E” award companies receive and were authorized ...
  • Thought Leaders in Food Retail

    Jun 6, 2016
    During FMI Connect, we’ll host several Thought Leader education sessions that will include leading experts from inside and outside the industry addressing these near-universal issues. Here are some highlights of what these Thought Leader sessions ...
  • Bring the World to the Dinner Table

    Jun 2, 2016
    When FMI Connect says “Everybody to the Table,” they mean everybody, all over the world! Visit the Expo at FMI Connect and you will have the chance to sample specialty products from all parts of the globe. Six country pavilions and dozens of more ...
  • Leadership During A Rapid Pace of Change

    May 31, 2016
    Leadership is the skill that will get you everywhere. That’s Mary Walter’s motto and she will be sharing her strategies and experiences from working with Fortune 300 retail companies during Future Leaders at FMI Connect in the session The Secrets to ...
  • A First-Hand Look at Fresh Prepared Innovation: Upcoming Store Tours

    May 24, 2016
    Beginning Thursday afternoon, FMI Connect will offer two exciting tours that will allow you to visit food retailers who are working to stay ahead of consumer demands by exploring new culinary options, offering the tastes shoppers are looking for, ...
  • Learn to Walk TALL at FMI Future Leaders at FMI Connect

    May 23, 2016
    Personal branding is important to one’s career, and can actually support the company brand at the same time. That’s why I’m pleased to welcome Lesley Everett, internationally-known branding expert to the stage at Future Leaders during FMI Connect. A ...
  • Three Trends Worth A Wager

    May 19, 2016
    I hope your plans will include joining your industry colleagues and me at FMI Connect where we will reveal and explore the new findings in FMI’s 2016 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends. Among a host of other topics, we will discuss three findings worth ...
  • And the Store Manager Award Finalists Are…

    May 11, 2016
    Each year, I have the pleasure of collecting the nominations for our Store Manager Awards and managing the judging process. Reading through 85 nominations this year was like taking a sneak peek into the lives of these everyday heroes; I was ...
  • Everyone to the Table!

    May 9, 2016
    FMI Connect is that “table,” the platform upon which retailers, manufacturers and suppliers can gather to share information, introduce new ideas, analyze their businesses, track the pulse of the shopper and look for new ways to reach an evolving ...
  • A Book Review of FMI Connect Keynote Speaker Steve Case’s The Third Wave

    Apr 28, 2016
    With Steve Case, entrepreneur, investor and co-founder of America Online, scheduled to speak in a few weeks at FMI Connect, I picked up his new book for a sneak peek at what words of wisdom a pioneer of the internet might offer today’s food retail ...
  • Graduating Students Take the Food Industry into the Future

    Apr 27, 2016
    Students delivered their capstone presentations in March, and two teams were selected to deliver again at the mid-April Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) conference in Honolulu, HI. All of the topics demonstrated the level of innovation and ...
  • 6 Reasons to Take the Supermarket Department Manager Survey

    Apr 22, 2016
    The first-ever Supermarket Department Manager Survey has already garnered more than 1,300 submissions! We have extended the survey deadline to April 25 to ensure we get as many responses as possible, which will give us some fantastic data to ...