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  • Powerful Approaches to Team Building

    May 30, 2017
    When it comes to working on teams, every co-worker or colleague can appreciate strong leadership, clear communication, and being a part of a supportive community. In today’s workforce, an amazing team dynamic is a powerful attribute to create in the ...
  • The Retail Management Certificate Program is Expanding

    May 26, 2017
    Established in 2000 by the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC), the Retail Management Certificate is an industry-led accredited community college business program that provides food retail employees with the most relevant skills and ...
  • Making the Connection with Storytelling

    May 24, 2017
    In any organization, the power of storytelling transcends not only audiences but departments. It’s an effective communication tool that connects individuals to one another through the opportunity to frame relatable experiences. ...
  • Nurturing a $127 Billion Business Opportunity in Specialty Food

    May 22, 2017
    A 2017 report by the Specialty Food Association (SFA) indicates that the specialty food category represents $127 billion, up 15 percent since 2014. Specialty foods are outpacing their non-specialty counterparts in nearly every category. And ...
  • 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?”...