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  • How Leadership Can Address the Problems of Tomorrow

    Apr 26, 2018
    At the heart of the “Know My Industry Module” is an opportunity for cross-industry collaboration. Based on a vivid visual map of the industry depicting all of the sectors and participants, it offers an opportunity for participants of diverse ...
  • Business Continuity Planning in the Digital Age

    Apr 20, 2018
    In a world that’s quickly moving from hard-copy binders to intranet portals, new opportunities and challenges arise for financial officers evaluating their ...
  • Even Albert Einstein Was Confused By His Taxes

    Apr 17, 2018
    Tax Day 2018 is finally here! For those of you who have your paperwork filed and taxes paid, congratulations. For those of you still trying to get this done – or worse yet, filing for an extension – hang in there, for this too shall ...
  • Photo Friday: Associated Wholesale Grocers Showcase

    Apr 13, 2018
    FMI recently attended the Associated Wholesale Grocers Showcase and Annual Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, as part of membership’s efforts to increase exposure of FMI’s programs and services. In addition to a booth, FMI also provided thought ...
  • Hazardous Waste: What Does This Mean For Food Retail?

    Apr 10, 2018
    You may not think the food retail industry manages hazardous materials; however, if not handled properly, everyday items like bleach, florescent bulbs, aerosol cans, batteries and expired pharmaceuticals can be considered ...
  • Culture Leads the Road to Success

    Mar 16, 2018
    High-performing cultures in industries from airlines to grocery to banking maximize the play, purpose and potential felt by their people and minimize the negative ...
  • Meat Matters in More Ways Now Than Ever

    Mar 8, 2018
    Last week while attending the Annual Meat Conference, my colleagues told me that I should be ready to be impressed by the industry and its people. And, I was! Every session provided insights and opened my eyes to the breadth and depth of meat in ...
  • New Synergies in the Food Association World

    Mar 6, 2018
    In a break with tradition, AFFI President Alison Boder and I agreed that an interview format might be a more interesting way to discuss the “State of Food Retail and What It Means for Frozen,” so she interviewed me on ...
  • Energy Trends Reflecting Today’s Shopper

    Feb 21, 2018
    Contrary to numerous media stories, Millennials are still seeking in-store shopping experiences despite their growing interest in ecommerce. Retailers are working to create energy-efficient and sustainable shopping environments to not only meet the ...
  • Top Trends (and My Finds) from the 2018 Fancy Food Winter Show

    Feb 21, 2018
    Last month I traveled to San Francisco to staff the FMI and SQF food safety attendee information area at the Fancy Food Winter Show. We had a great booth experience with many attendees interested in our food safety accreditation program. In addition ...
  • Store Managers Are All Heart

    Feb 20, 2018
    In a world where social media, digital ads and the latest apps are all accessible, it becomes a point of differentiation to have quality, meaningful connections with people. That’s where store managers come in....
  • Midwinter in Retrospect

    Feb 20, 2018
    FMI’s Midwinter Executive Conference always offers a whirlwind of ideas, experiences, exchanges, and activities, and the 2018 version was no exception. At Midwinter, so much happens so fast, I find it challenging to take in the significance of what ...
  • Hackers and Auditors: A Love Story?

    Feb 14, 2018
    If there were two professions pulled together by unlikely fate, it’s auditors and hackers. This oft-unmentioned relationship always begins unknowingly, but the thrill of the challenge leads two polar opposite roles down a tumultuous path. A love ...
  • How the Role of Store Managers Has Changed

    Feb 5, 2018
    While the role of a store manager still requires a friendly face and a strong work ethic, just like the evolving marketplace, their duties are being ...
  • Photo Friday: FMI and SQF Visit Specialty Food Association’s Fancy Food Show

    Jan 26, 2018
    This week, Robert Garfield, senior vice president, and LeAnn Chuboff, vice president of technical affairs, of the Safe Quality Food Institute presented at Specialty Food Association’s Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, California....