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  • 2015 Year in Review: Top Stories in Research and Education

    Dec 28, 2015
    As 2015 comes to a close, we took an opportunity to look back at what sparked our readers’ interest this past year on the Voice of Food Retail blog. We’ll present the top blog posts across categories over the next few days. Thank you for reading and ...
  • Tracking the Pulse of Opportunity Around Omnichannel

    Dec 16, 2015
    FMI and Stagnito Business Information (SBI), publishers of Progressive Grocer and Retailer Leader, are working on a revolutionary program designed for senior retail, CPG executives as a means to learn, share, engage and grow together in a ...
  • Release your Inner Nostradamus with Feeding the Future

    Dec 14, 2015
    Crystal balls, tea leaves, and staring at the stars do not help much when it comes to predicting the future, but knowing history does. I believe the most reliable glimpse of the future is achieved by extending the steadiest trend lines of the past ...
  • I’m Giving Thanks

    Nov 24, 2015
    Thanksgiving remains among my favorite holidays. Not only does it bring together two of my favorite things, family and food, but it also - against many assaults - retains the flavor of its roots as a day set aside to reflect on our lives and ...
  • Strategic Executive Exchange: Q&A with AWG’s Steve Arnold

    Nov 23, 2015
    I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Dave Jones, vice president of industry initiatives at the Kellogg Company, on the importance of engaging in collaborative business meetings each year. As a longtime participant in the Strategic Executive ...
  • Shining a Light on Women Leaders in Food Retail

    Nov 17, 2015
    As in the previous two years, it was my privilege to serve as the guest host at the formal awards ceremony of Progressive Grocer’s Ninth Annual Top Women in Grocery (TWIG) last week in Florida. This soon-to-be decade old event celebrates the ...
  • Strategic Executive Exchange: Insights and Tips from Kellogg Company’s Dave Jones

    Nov 13, 2015
    I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Dave Jones, Vice President of Industry Initiatives at the Kellogg Company, a longtime participant in the SEE program, on the importance of engaging in the collaborative meetings each year. He was able to ...
  • Back by Popular Demand: Surveys on Grocery Financial Leaders and Internal Auditors

    Nov 12, 2015
    In 2012, FMI conducted a survey among its retail financial leaders and internal auditors and presented the results at the 2013 Financial Executive and Internal Auditing Conference. By popular demand, FMI is repeating these studies and requesting ...
  • Store Manager Award Winners Show Their Appreciation

    Nov 10, 2015
    We’ll be launching the 2016 Store Manager Awards on November 16, 2015. But before we do that, we wanted to check in with our FMI Store Manager People’s Pick Award winners to see how they celebrated with their ...
  • 5 Ways to Get Your FMI Connect Education Proposal Noticed

    Oct 19, 2015
    Now through November 9, 2015 the FMI Education Team is accepting proposals for education sessions at FMI Connect 2016. Each year we get dozens of great proposals, but can only accept a limited number. So, how do you get your proposal ...
  • Getting Ahead in Food Retail

    Oct 15, 2015
    According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 68 percent of U.S. jobs by 2018—including the grocery industry—will require a credential, if not a degree. That’s significant when you consider that according to 2010 Census Bureau data only 30 percent of ...
  • Showcasing Sustainability in Energy and Store Development

    Oct 7, 2015
    Last week at the FMI Energy & Store Development Conference (ESD) there was a clear theme that permeated many of the presentations: sustainability. Consumers are becoming increasingly more focused on sustainability. And grocery stores are listening ...
  • What Does the Future Hold for your Stores?

    Sep 22, 2015
    FMI’s Energy & Store Development Conference is not shying away from change. In fact, we’ve dedicated an entire morning to future-focused sessions. We want to push your creative limits and encourage you to think outside of the box. Attend these ...
  • From Coupons to Community: Food Retailers Can Do Social Media Better

    Jul 6, 2015
    Recently at Future Leaders @ Connect three food retailers, Publix, Associated Wholesale Grocers and Hy-Vee, shared tips and strategies for how to use social media to build communities. In summary, the communications and marketing professionals on ...
  • How 3 Top NCAA Basketball Coaches Define Leadership

    Jun 23, 2015
    While the basketball court is not the grocery aisle, there are some similarities. In both arenas teammates may be between the ages of 17 – 22 years old, new technology and social media are becoming more of a factor and problems arise that need ...