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  • Three Tools for Independent Retailers on Ecommerce

    May 17, 2018
    For the past two years, FMI has been engaging our members in assessing their ecommerce capabilities and the digitally engaged food shopper. This has been a big topic of interest, in particular, to FMI’s independent retail members as they look to ...
  • How Everything We Know About Consumers is Being Flipped And What That Means For Leadership

    May 16, 2018
    There is no doubt that there is a primal shift within the food industry with consumer reality that is changing the way we do business and revising industry leadership ...
  • Measuring Success By Talent

    May 11, 2018
    Businesses traditionally measure success by financial outcomes and ridge numeric terms, but what if this model was flipped on its head?...
  • Why Networking is Working

    May 1, 2018
    President and CEO, Campbell Soup Company, Denise Morrison, discusses why networking is working and how the skillsets of future leaders have ...
  • Consumer and Industry Trends Influence Legal Landscape in Food Retail

    Apr 30, 2018
    The food retail industry faces new regulatory challenges related to both changes in the industry and revisions to the regulations themselves. As customer demands and industry trends continue to change, what legal concerns will arise in the grocery ...
  • 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 ...