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  • The Benefit of Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

    May 18, 2017
    Whether it’s making a career change, pitching a new idea, or implementing a new program, there are times in our careers where we take a leap of faith. As professionals, we seem to learn the most at the crossroads of success and failure, and discover ...
  • Watching Your Language

    May 17, 2017
    There is another area in which the challenge to “watch our language” has relevance for the industry. Again, this is an area of focus for this year’s Trends research. As I share our 2017 Trends findings with the Future Leaders of our industry, I ...
  • Drumroll: The 2017 FMI Store Manager Award Finalists

    May 11, 2017
    It’s this commitment to people, community and financial dexterity that we celebrate annually as the FMI Store Manager Award. It’s my pleasure and honor to announce our 11 finalists, four of whom will be named winners of the 2017 award in June....
  • Want to Reach Peak Performance in your Career? Be Adaptable.

    May 11, 2017
    When faced with professional challenges, I admit I sometimes have self-doubt even at this stage in my career, but a strong support network often helps me rediscover my confidence. There’s power in positive reinforcement – oftentimes it’s the words ...
  • Investing in Talent

    May 10, 2017
    As industry leaders, you face enormous challenges, and next to the financial burdens associated with running your businesses effectively and efficiently, you tell us that providing health care to your employees is paramount. The second-biggest ...
  • Power of Strategic Storytelling in Food Retail

    May 9, 2017
    Today, exceptional leadership and successful businesses depend on the ability to tell a story that compels organizations forward and harnesses the authentic connection between a brand and a customer. Strategic storytelling transcends company ...
  • Foster Peak Performance in the Food Retail Industry

    May 3, 2017
    As an industry, we rely on measuring peak performance through the traditional means of productivity, tactics, and sales, but what if you could reach peak performance in employees through providing a variety of professional and personal experiences, ...
  • Connecting with the Shopper to Crack Omnichannel Retailing

    Apr 28, 2017
    The demands on food retailing executives involved with information technology, e-commerce and marketing have never been greater, so how does a company make omnichannel retailing a vital part of its business plan?...
  • Why Transparency Isn’t Always Clear

    Apr 20, 2017
    What we need is practical, targeted clarity, which necessitates taking the time to find out what people want to know and then presenting it to them with lucid integrity. It’s with this notion that the 2017 edition of FMI’s U.S. Grocery Shopper ...
  • Critical Thinking for Critical Issues, In Critical Times

    Apr 14, 2017
    The world of food retail is always changing, so having the tools to make strategic adjustments and adapt requires the right talent, resources and a collaborative spirit.With that in mind FMI has designed four events in one week in one major city to ...
  • Breaking Barriers in Supply Chain Optimization

    Apr 11, 2017
    One of the biggest challenges for supply chain leaders remains, “How does the food retail industry enhance operational efficiencies?”...
  • The Need for Training in Food Retail

    Apr 7, 2017
    Our members continuously stress the need to get their people the training they need to be successful. FMI is working to fill the gaps for the grocery industry and demonstrate its’ attractiveness as a ...
  • Food Retailers: Seek out that Next Generation of Leaders

    Apr 5, 2017
    Food retailing is a diverse and remarkable industry that strives to make a difference in each local community it serves every day. The food retail industry employs more than 3.4 million individuals and brims with extremely talented individuals, ...
  • Are You a Grocery Trailblazer?

    Mar 17, 2017
    Statesmanship, humanitarianism and entrepreneurialism are qualities we associate with great leaders who help to cultivate corporate purpose. In the food retail industry, these attributes define the type of leader who can advance his or her career ...
  • Advice from FMI Store Manager Award Winners to Future Nominees: Brian Hayes

    Mar 3, 2017
    Brian Hayes, a store director for Super Saver in Lincoln, Nebraska, earned recognition as an outstanding store manager in 2015. As a previous winner, Hayes shared his advice with rising food ...