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  • 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 ...
  • Everything Old is New Again

    Jan 6, 2015
    As we start 2015 and welcome a new Congress to Washington, D.C., it’s important to keep in mind the cycle of issues and that old, but true wisdom that “everything old is new again.” Take for example country of origin labeling (COOL). Our industry ...
  • Havana Daydreaming ….Not So Fast

    Dec 18, 2014
    When President Obama announced yesterday that he was taking steps to begin normalizing relations with Cuba, many Americans no doubt abandoned their seasonal “vision of sugar plums” in favor of a decidedly more adult dream – shelves overflowing with ...
  • 2014 in State Legislatures: What Grocers Need to Know

    Dec 18, 2014
    FMI monitors over 80 issues at the state level. In those issue areas alone, we saw 4,603 bills introduced; 990 bills pass their house of origin; and 668 bills enacted into ...
  • Clearing Up Fish Fears

    Dec 15, 2014
    Both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently requested comments on a draft document entitled “What You Need to Know About Mercury in Fish and Shellfish.” FMI submitted comments on the draft ...