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  • What Makes a Great Store Manager?

    Feb 24, 2017
    I’ve learned there’s no set equation of traits and qualities that make an outstanding store manager. In a single day, these hardworking individuals often wear many hats as they jump from project to project to serve their store and customers. Each ...
  • Food Defense: Cross Your T’s and Dot Your I’s

    Feb 15, 2017
    If ever there was a time to turn up the dial on asset protection, it is now. While there are any number of issues that keep those charged with asset protection up at night, perhaps no topic is more vital to your company’s customers and investors ...
  • Advice from FMI Store Manager Award Winners to Future Nominees

    Feb 14, 2017
    What does it take for a store manager to win FMI’s Store Manager Award? Previous winner, Charlynne Stunder, one of Save on Foods’ store managers in Vancouver, BC Canada shares her advice with rising leaders of the food ...
  • Photo Friday: Albertsons’ Southern Division Office in Fort Worth, TX

    Feb 10, 2017
    Last week, Cynthia Brazzel, director of member relations and advocacy for the western region at FMI, joined Cherie Phipps, director of the Retail Management Certificate Program at Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC), to promote the Retail ...
  • Are Robots Replacing Grocery Industry Workers?

    Feb 8, 2017
    Some recent stories in the media have hypothesized that the grocery checkout clerk and deli associate will be replaced by robots and other emerging technologies. For those working in the food retail industry this might raise some alarms, but if we ...
  • Meat Prices are Down. What’s That Mean for Grocery Meat Departments?

    Feb 2, 2017
    The planning committee for the Annual Meat Conference, February 19 – 21 in Dallas, TX, has developed a session lineup that provides robust insight into consumer trends and behavior. After all, when you better understand consumer motivations, you can ...
  • 2017 Midwinter Executive Conference by the Numbers

    Jan 26, 2017
    Wondering who is attending the 2017 Midwinter Executive Conference? Curious to know what is happening at FMI’s signature event? With the event kick-off just days away, get all the facts in this breakdown of the Midwinter Executive Conference by the ...
  • Crisis at Your Store Door

    Jan 25, 2017
    The newly revamped Audit/Safety/Asset Protection (ASAP) Conference, scheduled March 20-22 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, is the one event this year designed to give those charged with creating company safety plans, store crisis plans and ...
  • Connecting Strategies for Boundary-Less Commerce

    Jan 24, 2017
    FMI’s U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2016 suggests that shoppers are using digital tools prior to and during shopping trips. No surprise, Millennials are most likely to engage with retailers using social media or other digital tools, such as apps. The ...
  • Approaching the Future of Food, Fashionably

    Jan 23, 2017
    I’ve always posited that food should be more like fashion. Similar to the latest trends in lapels and color palettes, consumers’ palates are attuned to what’s hot in the food world. Consumers may be willing to experiment with new foods and flavors, ...
  • Lasting Legacies in the Food Retail Industry

    Jan 19, 2017
    Food retail is sometimes referred to as a noble enterprise because it incorporates into a business entity the delicate art of serving communities by engaging people and providing them the food that nourishes their bodies and feeds their spirits. ...
  • Tech Opportunities for Food Retail on Display at CES

    Jan 10, 2017
    As a group of food retailing industry executives who took advantage of an FMI-organized trip to International CES 2017 realized, there is no way around it: Consumers are quite happily and increasingly ...
  • 140 In-Person Membership Visits in 2016

    Dec 29, 2016
    Building a strong membership program can be equated to the quote, “Without a solid foundation, you’ll have trouble creating anything with value.” In 2016, the FMI Membership department continued to build a robust and valuable membership program by ...
  • Changes to the FMI Events Program Put the Focus on Quality Content

    Dec 28, 2016
    While we carefully monitor the numbers, we also know we serve FMI members best by providing high-quality opportunities for them to learn what they need to grow their businesses and to meet one another face to face. So the “AND” is an important part ...
  • 3 Business Questions Answered at Midwinter Executive Conference

    Dec 14, 2016
    There is no denying the food retail industry continues to navigate an ever-changing marketplace. Shoppers are finding additional ways to be more efficient, find specialty products, and save money on everyday items. Tech-savvy shoppers are ...