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  • Tomorrow’s Retail Technology on View at FMI Connect

    May 21, 2015
    E-commerce and mobile technology are changing everything, and the retail grocery business is no different. Just wait until you visit the FMI Connect expo and see all the ways you now have available to please your customers. You’ll see the true ...
  • As the Party Platter Turns: Supermarket Chefs Bring Evolution to Supermarket Catering

    May 20, 2015
    Today’s shoppers are upping the ante—and opportunity—for grocers with increasingly high-end expectations for supermarket catering. A finalist in the 2015 Supermarket Chef Showdown, Chef Tim Donnelly of Publix notes, “Our customers want variety and ...
  • Top 10 Technology Topics at FMI Connect

    May 19, 2015
    When we talk about improving efficiencies for food retailers, the first thing that jumps into my head is technology. At FMI Connect this year, we’re aiming to showcase how technology is woven through our lives, our business operations and how it ...
  • 10 Stand-Out Supermarket Store Managers

    May 18, 2015
    This year we received 98 nominations for the FMI Store Manager Awards and are pleased to share with you the following 10 finalists. These exceptional store managers will attend FMI Connect, where the winners will be announced during the annual FMI ...
  • FMI Connect Has What Your Shoppers Want for Dinner

    May 15, 2015
    When shoppers prowl your store’s periphery looking for answers to the question, “What’s for dinner?” they want a few things: They’re looking for something that’s easy to make, healthy for their families, tastes good and puts them right at the center ...
  • Are You Taller Than An Oven Mitt? See How You Measure Up at FMI Connect

    May 14, 2015
    With the first ever NFMM on September’s horizon and a growing roster of enthusiastic supporters, our outreach efforts have been in overdrive. We’re bringing that momentum with us to FMI Connect next month to rally the industry around family meals—a ...
  • The “Better-for-You” Business Case: Four Buckets of Insights

    May 13, 2015
    The upcoming “Better-For-You” Business case study focuses on building the business case for healthier, lower-calorie foods by demonstrating the financial and marketing benefits from modifying marketing practices and product portfolios. Supermarkets ...
  • The Health and Wellness Zone at FMI Connect

    May 12, 2015
    To help FMI members actualize these opportunities and connect the dots between healthy people and healthy profits, we’ve created a Health and Wellness Zone on the expo floor at FMI Connect. This 2,000+ sq. ft. area will introduce you to ...
  • Supermarket Chefs Proving Affordable Family Meals Can Be Extraordinary Meals

    May 11, 2015
    Supermarket Chefs know that for their time-strapped, budget-conscious customers, getting a family meal on the table that won’t cause wallets or waistlines to bulge can be a tall order. Supermarket Chefs also know that shoppers often equate “...
  • 5 Fresh Workshops at FMI Connect

    May 8, 2015
    You’ve heard about the Fresh Pavilion at FMI Connect and the stories of some of the fresh exhibitors you can expect to see, but who will be talking about fresh at FMI Connect and what will they have to say? Here are five fresh speaker sessions you ...
  • The Regret of Missed Opportunity

    May 7, 2015
    To help you avoid the regret of missed opportunity, I want to ensure you are aware of a new feature offered at FMI Connect 2015 that many food retailers plan to take advantage of, and I do this with hope that hearing what your industry colleagues – ...
  • Supermarket Chefs Offering Up Breakfast-To-Go for the Morning Rush

    May 5, 2015
    Busy mornings result in many families eating on the run or not at all. Supermarkets have taken notice. Not only are more grocery stores adding to their on-the-go breakfast offerings, they see this as another meal for which consumers are seeking a ...
  • The Freshest Pavilion at FMI Connect

    May 4, 2015
    FMI Connect is launching the first-ever Fresh Pavilion & Zone. The 13,000 retailers, wholesalers and trading partners at FMI Connect will be able to learn everything they need to know about fresh in the supermarket industry – all in one ...
  • Discover Pace of Change, Competition and Consumer Insights at FMI Connect

    May 1, 2015
    This year, FMI Connect will focus on the imperatives of keeping ahead of the accelerating pace of change in food retail. The catalysts for change represent competition, operational efficiencies and consumer considerations – all of which are enabled ...
  • Find your “Seat at the Table” at FMI Connect with FMI Communities

    Apr 24, 2015
    Just as family time is centered around daily meal events, our industry’s communities are center around the grocery store that helps make those meals happen. FMI Connect Communities help you find your space at the FMI Connect table....