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  • Congress Weighs In As DIR Fees Threaten Supermarket Pharmacies

    Jun 27, 2019
    FMI united with a diverse coalition of pharmacy groups to continue urging the Trump Administration, while also lauding the recent, bipartisan emphasis by Congress on closing the loophole that inflates drug costs for patients and Medicare, and ...
  • Answering the Call: FMI Wins Landmark U.S. Supreme Court Decision

    Jun 26, 2019
    The Food Marketing Institute on behalf of the food retail industry did just that by achieving a landmark U.S. Supreme Court victory (6-3) in its fight to protect retailer and shopper privacy. As FMI’s counsel stated soon after the Court issued its ...
  • What is “RTGS” And Why Is It Needed?

    Jun 19, 2019
    Last year, the Federal Reserve issued a request for comment on a proposal to establish a real time gross settlement system here in the United States. FMI enthusiastically submitted comments strongly supporting the FED moving forward with the ...
  • Cannabis and Hemp and CBD, Oh My! A Breakdown for Food Retailers

    Jun 11, 2019
    Whether you are walking through the aisles of your local supermarket, convenience store, pharmacy or simply perusing a health magazine, you have probably seen an increase in the number of products and advertisements promoting ingredients such as ...
  • Beyond the Grocery Store: The Need to Protect Confidential Business Data

    May 20, 2019
    The Retail Litigation Center was one of these industry groups to step forward and explain how its members rely on Exemption 4 of the Freedom of Information Act to ensure that the confidential information their members disclose to the government will ...
  • For Food Retailers Infrastructure Isn’t Just About Reliable Roads

    May 16, 2019
    This week kicked-off the seventh-annual Infrastructure Week, with hundreds of organizations and companies coming together to stress the importance of a reliable, well-managed national infrastructure. This year’s iteration comes at a particularly ...
  • Three Local Issues Rising to The State Level in 2019

    May 15, 2019
    A consistent theme we see in the lawmaking process is that absent state preemption, localities often take matters into their own hands when legislation they think is crucial is blocked at the state or federal level. As the wheel of government turns, ...
  • The Historic Possibilities of the Landmark Supreme Case that Examines the term “Confidential”

    May 14, 2019
    To date, the Court has decided 19 cases involving the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), cases involving a wide array of FOIA issues and critical procedural concerns. Not one of those cases, however, has involved the interpretation of FOIA’s ...
  • The Promise of Confidentiality: FMI Presents Oral Arguments at U.S. Supreme Court

    Apr 25, 2019
    The Food Marketing Institute presented oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court in a case with broad implications for large and small commercial enterprises. We have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to clarify the appropriate standard for exempting ...
  • Have You Had Your Fill of Increased Card Processing Fees?

    Apr 24, 2019
    According to The Nilson Report, U.S. retailers paid almost $100 billion to process card transactions last year. American retailers pay the highest fees to process credit cards in the world, while many other countries are limiting the fees networks ...
  • Freedom of Information Act Wasn't Created to Shine a Light on Private Parties

    Apr 22, 2019
    The nation’s grocery stores have long kept confidential the amount consumers spend at individual stores with cash, credit and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. To business owners large and small, this store-level sales data is ...
  • Day in Washington 2019: A Time for Education on Capitol Hill

    Apr 16, 2019
    In just two weeks, FMI will be hosting dozens of its grocery members for its annual Day in Washington fly-in, during which food retail executives will be on Capitol Hill meeting with their members of Congress....
  • Has Food Waste Finally Met Its Match?

    Apr 12, 2019
    On Tuesday, the Washington headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosted a joint event with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to unveil a new strategy to address food waste. ...
  • Photo Friday: Proclaim It Family Meals Month

    Apr 5, 2019
    Last week the FMI Foundation attended the House Conference District Director Fly-in, where local district directors gathers on Capitol Hill to hear about national initiatives they can take back to their ...
  • We have an EMV, Now What?

    Apr 3, 2019
    It is hard to believe, but October 2019 will mark four years since the card brand-imposed liability shift went into effect, requiring retailers to invest significant time, resources, and capital to accept “chip” cards in their stores. Now that we ...