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  • NLRB ‘Quickie Election Rule’

    Apr 13, 2015
    The new National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) ‘quickie election’ rule that goes into effect on April 14, 2015 allows for broader, less direct tactics for how unions can alert food retailers to a union election, giving them just 48 hours to respond....
  • What Food Retailers Need to Know about the Food Safety Modernization Act

    Apr 10, 2015
    The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) fundamentally changes the way food is regulated in the U.S. and abroad and affects the entire supply chain from farm-to-fork. FMI has broken down the changes to help food retailers better understand FSMA’s ...
  • Grocers' Day in Washington

    Apr 8, 2015
    Next week, the food retail industry’s annual Day in Washington fly-in will attract hundreds of grocery executives to Capitol Hill. Led by FMI, the National Grocers Association and the Food Industry Association Executives, fly-in participants will ...
  • Never Underestimate the Underdog

    Mar 26, 2015
    Over the years, the NCAA tournament's single elimination style has developed “Cinderella Story” type pursuits, such as George Mason’s 2006 run to the Final Four as an eleventh seed and last year’s Dayton Flyers’ ride to the Elite Eight, also as an ...
  • SNAP: Do Not Erase 15 Years of Efficiencies

    Mar 25, 2015
    This week, lawmakers in both the House and Senate are working on budget resolutions to outline spending priorities for the 2016 fiscal year. The resolution being considered in the House contains a provision that would convert the current ...
  • Big Data’s Big Privacy Debate

    Mar 6, 2015
    The common cell phone is a great micro economy in its own; in a matter of a few years we have grown comfortable both receiving massive amounts of data and value from technology while sharing our information and shopping habits with various trusted ...
  • House of Cards: Real Lessons in Advocacy for Food Retailers

    Feb 27, 2015
    There have been plenty of articles already written about how Capitol Hill does not really operate as depicted in House of Cards, yet there are lessons food retailers can learn from the show about interactions with government that may get lost among ...
  • Spacing Out SNAP Benefits Distribution

    Feb 2, 2015
    Currently, eight states issue SNAP benefits on only one day, and others, on just three days. This limited distribution creates a bottleneck for SNAP recipients and customers, as grocery lines become frustratingly long on that one day. Retailers can ...
  • FMI Making a Difference: The Value of Government Relations

    Jan 30, 2015
    FMI recently released our Making a Difference annual report on government relations. The report illustrates the value of FMI’s government relations work, highlighting our legislative, regulatory and political achievements and efforts on behalf of ...
  • Don’t Throw More Money into a 20th Century System

    Jan 26, 2015
    FMI invited Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) to join food retail senior executives at an FMI FoodPAC function during the Midwinter Executive Conference for his economic perspective on the third largest state in the U.S., Florida. In his initial address, Sen. ...
  • Hit Us With Your Best Shot: Government Relations Photo Contest

    Jan 16, 2015
    Last spring, FMI launched a photo contest to encourage FMI members to invite their members of Congress to tour their stores, distribution centers or employee gatherings. Hosting lawmakers and regulators provides invaluable first-hand examples of how ...
  • Finding More Hours in the Work Week

    Jan 15, 2015
    Employers are now required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to categorize employees into those working above or below 30-hours per week. This change impacts part-time and other workers who value flexible hours the most because store managers ...
  • State Legislation in the New Year: What Grocers Need to Know

    Jan 14, 2015
    To help prepare for the onslaught of state legislative and regulatory activity, FMI releases the 50 State Legislative Outlook every January. This annual report examines the issues our industry expects to confront during the upcoming legislative ...
  • Supermarket News Reports: Top regulatory issues for fresh foods in 2015

    Jan 13, 2015
    Supermarket News interviewed FMI’s Jennifer Hatcher, Senior Vice President, Public and Government Affairs; Andrew Harig, Director Government Relations and others on the regulatory issues around fresh foods to expect in 2015. Here are some highlights ...