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  • Getting Coin Moving Cannot Be an Old Adage

    Sep 21, 2020
    As a member of the U.S. Coin Task Force, we supported the development of a new resource that retailers, banks and consumers can use to help #getcoinmoving. Much of the retailer toolkit includes ideas and best practices used by FMI retail members....
  • 2020: The Year of the Female Candidate

    Sep 16, 2020
    There are a record number of female candidates across the aisle in both the House and Senate who are gearing up for election....
  • It’s Simple: Let’s Get Coin Moving Together

    Aug 21, 2020
    FMI has launched a coin circulation resource page to help drive awareness. Leslie Sarasin, FMI president and chief executive officer, recorded a PSA to highlight how the coin circulation disruption is impacting millions of Americans and we ...
  • When Every Penny Counts, We Need to #GetCoinMoving

    Jul 30, 2020
    FMI joined the Federal Reserve’s Coin Task Force to work collaboratively with other stakeholders to identify why we have a coin problem and how we can fix it. We are experiencing a coin circulation problem, not a coin “shortage.” There are billions ...
  • Essential Jobs: Building Resilience through Private-Public Partnerships

    Jul 30, 2020
    Our industry has risen to the occasion and managed the challenges that have emerged during this national emergency. The grocery industry and the food supply chain that supports it have worked tirelessly to keep food available to American customers ...
  • Policy Priorities for the Food Industry During the Pandemic

    Jul 27, 2020
    As the nation continues to fight this battle against the coronavirus pandemic, FMI compiled a set of policy priorities that we believe will help keep our shelves stocked, protect our workers and help ensure the safety of our ...
  • That’s a Wrap: A Summary of June 2020 Primaries

    Jul 10, 2020
    This pass month turned out to be one of the busiest election months — a record 19 states held their congressional primaries in June. Between shifting voting requirements and altering deadlines, the results of June elections will have an impact on ...
  • Taking Action to Advance Supply Chain Food Safety

    Jul 7, 2020
    There is an old adage, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” In order to prevent these outbreaks from reoccurring, something must change, and the change has to occur industry-...
  • Feeding Assistance for Every Shopper

    Jun 10, 2020
    FMI and its member companies have myriad resources for consumers to help navigate federal feeding programs and tips on how to shop on a budget and prepare affordable meals....
  • Photo Friday: Vice President Hosts Food Industry Panel at Hy-Vee, Inc.

    May 22, 2020
    In front of a small group of food industry executives, political and agricultural leaders, and members of the media, Vice President Mike Pence commended the industry for its extraordinary efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, “You’ve done an ...
  • Considerations for Food Sector Continuity in a Reopening Economy

    May 13, 2020
    As more states begin to move forward with plans to allow businesses to reopen in the coming weeks and months, the food sector must be prepared to effectively transition from crisis operations to a new “normal.” FMI’s latest guide in its series of ...
  • We’re All In This Together

    Apr 30, 2020
    Since the early days of the pandemic, FMI staff have been tracking news stories recording the food industry’s responses to their communities. Our tracking is a growing spreadsheet updated daily with nearly 200 rows documenting stories of food, ...
  • Essentially Essential: A First-Hand Account of Value Delivered

    Apr 24, 2020
    In late February, (only two weeks into the job) I was assigned to the Crisis Management Team, a cross-departmental group focused on the looming coronavirus outbreak. It was just a month after I joined the FMI team in the headquarters office that I ...
  • Why We Need to Reform Card Not Present Transactions Sooner Rather Than Later

    Apr 23, 2020
    Millions of Americans are trying online grocery shopping for the first time and will continue to use it even after the stay-at-home orders have been lifted. According to our U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends COVID-19 Tracker data, 21% of Americans started ...
  • Is Online SNAP Coming to My State? If so, can my company participate?

    Apr 8, 2020
    Grocers also see a marked increase in online food sales with models like home delivery or pick-up. This process works well for those families paying with either credit or debit card, or with online Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) ...