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  • With “Ban the Box,” Employers Are Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place

    Oct 22, 2015
    Should a box appear on a job application, requesting the solicitant to check whether or not they have a criminal history? Over 100 cities and counties and 19 states have adopted what are known as “ban the box” laws. These initiatives typically seek ...
  • Grocers Get Their Turn to be Heard On EMV in House Hearing

    Oct 21, 2015
    The panel consisted of four merchants and one witness depicting the consumer perspective. FMI was thrilled to have Art Potash with Potash Markets from Chicago, Illinois testify on our behalf to give the grocer’s perspective. Art is an active member ...
  • Visa Says it Competes for Merchant Business…Fact or Fiction?

    Oct 9, 2015
    This week, the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee held a hearing on EMV migration and the challenges small businesses are facing under the liability shift deadline. When the House Small Business Committee announced it would hold ...
  • What Food Retailers Need to Know About Predictive Scheduling

    Oct 8, 2015
    So why should you, the busy food retailer, care about a municipal ordinance that affects a single city that you may not even be doing business in? Because this legislation, the first of its kind, looks to be the opening salvo of a barrage of similar ...
  • Congress Prevents a Government Shutdown, For Now

    Oct 1, 2015
    Yes, another shutdown was avoided, but the threat of one caused unnecessary confusion for businesses and consumers. We hope Congress can find common ground and pass a long-term spending measure to avoid the need for a repeat of this exercise in ...
  • Use Data and Innovation to Match Resources with Need? Sure, We Can Do That

    Oct 1, 2015
    In one short decade, the partnership between the grocery industry and Feeding America has made perishables, such as meat, dairy, and produce much more common items on food bank shelves. This smart and seemingly simple solution is backed by the use ...
  • Two Days and Counting… EMV Ready or Not

    Sep 29, 2015
    This Thursday, October 1, marks the liability shift date for merchants to be EMV-enabled and for issuers to have chip cards available in the market. As grocers, you know that if you are not EMV-enabled by Thursday, you will be saddled with ...
  • What’s Cookin’ America?

    Sep 23, 2015
    In my role as a government relations director at FMI, I have the privilege of working on food and nutrition programs that help those most in need. Programs like WIC ensure that moms in-need can deliver on their child’s most basic need—a home cooked ...
  • Corporate Executive Liability for Food Safety Violations-Peanut Corp. of America

    Sep 22, 2015
    The sentencing and the associated PCA Salmonella outbreak are especially timely as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) begins its final stage of implementing FSMA. Last week, the agency published final rules on preventive controls for human and ...
  • FMI Government Relations Overview of the Past Week and Future Outlook

    Sep 21, 2015
    Update on government relations issues facing the food retail industry. It is mid-September, and Congress still has a number of deadlines ahead as we close out the fiscal year. Government funding is front and center with September 30 less than two ...
  • Photo Contest: Member of Congress Grocer Store Tours

    Aug 13, 2015
    As elected officials return to their hometowns during the August recess, it is a great opportunity to invite your members of Congress to tour your stores and distribution centers. Take a photo with your lawmakers and share it with FMI, and we’ll ...
  • What Policy Gridlock? August Recess Begins with a Full Schedule Ahead

    Aug 7, 2015
    Thursday night's GOP debate marked the end of the presidential primary preseason, just in time for the beginning of the congressional August recess. On Wednesday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the chamber would not ...
  • Five Years Later: Swipe Fee Reform is a Success

    Jul 29, 2015
    As a body, the Senate is known for its decorum and more thoughtful collegiality than its neighboring lower body, the House of Representatives. Senators refer to each other as their “esteemed colleague” or “good friend,” no matter how vehemently ...
  • More Time for Proper Guidance on Menu Labeling

    Jul 20, 2015
    As supermarkets, FMI members have been challenged with the business implications of implementing a rule designed for restaurants and still face many unanswered questions. FDA’s announcement will hopefully give our members time to get more clarity ...
  • What We Can Learn from Country of Origin Labeling and the WTO

    Jul 7, 2015
    Perhaps the most frustrating part of this process – which has dragged on for more than six years – is that some of COOL’s most vociferous supporters are expressing surprise at this turn of events. For the food wholesale and retail community, the ...