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  • What Can You Do to Grow and Survive in Today’s Changing Retail Environment?

    Apr 6, 2016
    FMI members are in a highly competitive, low margin business. Success is predicated on constant evaluation of changing market conditions, continual cost reduction and process improvement, along with investments in a variety of growth strategies, to ...
  • Supermarket Chefs: More than Just a Showdown

    Apr 4, 2016
    We see a great opportunity to increase collaboration across all fresh foods departments at FMI Connect by taking the energy from the previous year’s competitions and transitioning that into a comprehensive learning experience where Supermarket Chefs ...
  • Give Your Customers a Taste for the World

    Mar 31, 2016
    This year, FMI Connect will help in a way it never has before as it introduces multiple new pavilions to the FMI Expo, providing you with contacts to not just international suppliers that will be at FMI Connect for the first time, but also state-...
  • FMI Survey’s Recipe for Success: Building Trust and Loyalty While Investing in E-Commerce

    Mar 16, 2016
    A new FMI survey among grocery, retailing, and wholesaling companies explores their operation costs, customer retention strategies, and e-commerce initiatives. The analysis conducted by 210 Analytics and made possible by BMO Harris Bank, FMI’s ...
  • One-Stop Shopping for the Grocery Industry

    Mar 4, 2016
    You know that your customers look to their grocery stores for one-stop service to supply more and more of their needs and desires. Likewise, FMI Connect, United Fresh, International Floriculture Expo and the Global Cold Chain Expo will do the same ...
  • First-Ever Supermarket Department Manager Survey

    Feb 26, 2016
    The survey will provide a view from the eyes or our food retail department managers. What do they like about their job? What challenges do they face? How well do they communicate with store management and field supervision? Where are the ...
  • FMI Store Manager Award Winners: Where Are You Now Larry Hack?

    Feb 23, 2016
    We’ve been sharing inspirational stories from dedicated, hard-working store managers through a series of interviews with past FMI Store Manager Award winners, and we recently had the opportunity to continue the conversation with our 2014 Category A ...
  • 40 Asset Protection Experts Helping Us Think Differently

    Feb 19, 2016
    Behind every Food Marketing Institute (FMI) conference you’ll find a group of dedicated food retail professionals building the programs that will best meet today’s industry needs. Our conference planning committees spend countless hours advising FMI ...
  • 360 Degrees of Meat Trends

    Feb 16, 2016
    The industry is facing some unique pressures including increasing consumer focus on health and wellness, fresh prepared foods and a desire for more information about their food. To arm meat industry professionals with a 360 degree view of current ...
  • Store Manager Award Winners: Charlynne Stunder Where Are You Now?

    Feb 11, 2016
    Charlynne Stunder, store manager for Overwaitea Food Group’s Vancouver, BC, Canada store, was named Category D grand-prize winner in last year’s Store Manager Award competition. Charlynne’s positive, upbeat personality has been the driving ...
  • NEW Competitive Talent Strategies

    Jan 28, 2016
    Employees want to make connections; they want community and digital experiences that enable both their business and interpersonal relationships. They want to personally relate with their company’s mission statement and contribute to a greater ...
  • Be a Future Leader in the Food Retail Industry

    Jan 22, 2016
    We recently brought together current food retail leaders who are dedicated to the idea of growing today’s professionals into tomorrow’s industry leaders. This group, comprising the Future Leaders Committee, worked to develop a program that equips ...
  • FMI’s Midwinter Executive Conference by the Numbers

    Jan 21, 2016
    Here’s a breakdown of the 2016 Midwinter Executive Conference by the ...
  • The Role of the Futurist in Grocery

    Jan 20, 2016
    To help us examine ways to shape our own futures and explore the trends in today’s marketplace, we’ve invited Sheryl Connelly, one of the most-recognized futurists in the world, to join us at our upcoming 2016 Midwinter Executive Conference. She ...
  • What I Hope FMI Can Do for You in 2016

    Jan 12, 2016
    FMI has been enhancing all the ways we reach out to you. Through webinars, an improved website, newsletters, our new Voice of Food Retail blog and the FMI News App with its new push notification feature, we seek to help you separate the wheat from ...