Education

Our Voice of The Food Industry blog offers commentary from FMI subject matter experts on timely and important topics to the food industry.
  • Backhaul Pilot Project Aims to Reduce Empty Trucks on the Road

    May 1, 2019
    The backhaul challenge in transportation is characterized by an imbalance in transport flows between locations. A backhaul, as it relates to trucking capacity and logistics, is the return trip of a commercial truck that is transporting freight back ...
  • Niagara University: A Relevant Food Retail Marketing Education

    Apr 30, 2019
    A few years ago, local and regional industry partners approached Niagara University in Buffalo, NY about the need for strong young professional talent in the food retail and consumer products goods (CPG) industry. The result of these initial ...
  • 5 Things to Know About Gen Z Joining the Workforce

    Apr 24, 2019
    My son is part of Generation Z and he’s currently finishing up college. He started his first part-time job recently and was excited for the experience, but he also had some initial complaints about the way the organization did things, and couldn’t ...
  • Yesterday’s Trailblazers Are Inspiring Tomorrow’s Food Retail Leaders

    Apr 23, 2019
    Lakeisha Hall is a traffic manager for Associated Wholesale Grocers in Kansas City. Christina Caratura is a human resources specialist for ShopRite in Lawnside, N.J. Scott Kaverman is a category manager for Schnuck Markets in St. Louis, a company he’...
  • Did Millennials Usher in The Era of The Impossible Whopper?

    Apr 22, 2019
    Recently, Burger King introduced the Impossible Whopper—a vegetarian version of the classic Whopper—and there are claims of other fast food restaurants following this trend. Taste testers in the pilot location of St. Louis, Missouri, are giving the ...
  • Cornell University: Requirements for the Future Food Retail Workforce

    Apr 18, 2019
    I recently spoke with two faculty and staff members of Cornell’s FIMP program, Edward McLaughlin, Robert G. Tobin Professor of Marketing, and director of FIMP and Bill Drake, senior extension associate and director, executive education of FIMP and ...
  • Blockchain: It’s Not “If” But “When”

    Apr 17, 2019
    Blockchain is just a way to collect data on the goods that retailers use. The competitive advantage between retailers will be their ability to use that data to transform their business....
  • Every Day Community Cornerstones: Celebrate the 2019 Store Manager Awards Finalists

    Apr 11, 2019
    No longer are these incredibly hardworking individuals just responsible for running brick and mortar operations, they’re running complex, multi-faceted businesses. While navigating the ever-changing needs of consumers online and in-store, they ...
  • The Promise of Artificial Intelligence for Food Retail

    Mar 28, 2019
    At the recent Annual Meat Conference in Dallas, a roomful of attendees were baffled by what sounded like a simple question: “How often do you interact with artificial intelligence?” The fact is that, increasingly, in our everyday lives we encounter ...
  • Ninety-Three Retail Professionals Earn the FMI Food Retail Leader Certificate

    Mar 18, 2019
    In its inaugural year, 93 retail professionals earned the FMI Food Retail Leader Certificate. The certificates were awarded to individuals who completed the self-assessment of their leadership capabilities as they relate to the Compass® leadership ...
  • Passing The Torch of Leadership

    Mar 11, 2019
    Linda Cosgrove, executive director, learning & development, Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. shares why she’s excited for emerging leaders to join the food retail industry and watch the torch of leadership be passed along....
  • FMI Legal, Regulatory and Compliance Conference: Redesigned to Fit Your Needs

    Mar 4, 2019
    More and more, companies are using employees from regulatory, legal, and compliance departments to address the knowns and unknowns of today’s food retail marketplace....
  • Technology Just Might Solve the Dwell Time Conundrum

    Feb 25, 2019
    Nobody profits when drivers wait in the loading dock of a distribution center for teams to load or unload their trucks. It costs everybody in food retail. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimates “detention time,” or dwell time, ...
  • Mining Shopper Data to Build Sales

    Feb 21, 2019
    If there is one data point in NPD’s presentation for me illustrates the competitive pressures in food retail today, it’s this one: Eating occasions per capita (i.e., meals consumed per person) are down 3.8 percent over the last ...
  • Stories of Leadership in Food Retail

    Feb 13, 2019
    The food retail industry is fortunate to have a number of formidable leaders, and during times of uncertainty and transition, there’s nothing more comforting than to have courageous and nurturing leaders at the helm....