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  • Over 150 Initiatives on State Ballots this November – What Grocers Need to Know

    Nov 4, 2016
    On November 8, in addition to choosing the next President, voters in 35 states will consider a variety of ballot initiatives, referendums, or other measures. Over 150 total initiatives qualified to appear on state ballots this ...
  • FMI Helps Guide You Through the 2016 Elections

    Nov 3, 2016
    Believe it or not, but the seemingly decade-long episode of the 2016 elections is coming to an end next week as the nation heads to the ballot box on November 8. Early voting is already under way in several states. While a significant portion of the ...
  • Get Out the Vote

    Nov 1, 2016
    FMI wants to help make it easy for you to be educated about priority election issues, learn more about your candidates, and be able to check the locations of your voting precinct. FMI’s Voting Resources page can help:
  • Let’s Get Local

    Oct 25, 2016
    In 14 days, millions of Americans will head to the polls in the most historic election to date. Even if you are still unsure about the top of the ticket, there are many important races happening at the local and state levels. Forty-two states are ...
  • Will a new Congress and Administration bring a new policy agenda?

    Oct 7, 2016
    According to U.S Grocery Shopper Trends 2016, a majority of shoppers visit their local supermarket at least once every week, but how many shoppers stop to think about how policy decisions or elections have an impact on their weekly trips to the ...
  • EMV: The Cost of Confusion

    Sep 30, 2016
    The one-year anniversary of the EMV shift is just around the corner. FMI has heard countless stories about the delay in certification and the increase in cost of business operations, even for retailers who have the chip-card readers installed in ...
  • Don’t Think Your Vote Matters?

    Sep 29, 2016
    Earlier this month Arizona became a hot topic in political circles. No, not because of Sen. John McCain’s re-election, but because former GoDaddy executive Christine Jones conceded that she had lost the Republican primary in Arizona’s fifth ...
  • Keeping Track of the Details During Busy Times

    Sep 22, 2016
    Most of us are knee deep in the annual calendar recalibration known as “back to school month” and are hastily trying to get acclimated to the new pace- frantically searching for the rhythm that feels more like normal and less like a jolt to the ...
  • Food Retailers Need to Press for Continued Debit Card Competition

    Sep 21, 2016
    It is time to make it clear to your Member of Congress that you strongly oppose repealing these important debit reforms and that you are watching how they vote on this issue. We hope you will support these efforts by sending a letter in opposition ...
  • Fostering Grocery Talent

    Sep 20, 2016
    If the Fed was looking for an indicator that the U.S. economy was ready for a rate hike, the August job numbers weren’t any help. After two spectacular months of employment gains, August’s disappointing numbers made one thing clear – we desperately ...
  • USDA Makes Strides in Online SNAP Pilot Programs

    Sep 16, 2016
    On September 15, 2016, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) released the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) online shopping pilot Request for Volunteers (RFV). The online shopping pilot is designed to explore the feasibility of ...
  • FMI on Innovation in Payments Systems

    Sep 2, 2016
    One of Congress’ many responsibilities is to ensure competition in the marketplace. FMI and member companies appreciate the legislative work that has been done to increase innovation in the payments system, specifically debit transactions. The ...
  • What the One-year Anniversary of EMV Means for Food Retailers

    Aug 29, 2016
    FMI member companies spent more than five years and hundreds of millions of dollars to become chip card-compliant before the October 2015 liability shift, and companies continue to dedicate significant resources to become EMV-compliant months after ...
  • FSMA Compliance for Preventive Controls Begins in September: Are You Ready?

    Aug 25, 2016
    Compliance for the cornerstone rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) begins on September 19, 2016. Hopefully this does not come as a surprise and simply as a gentle reminder to complete your Hazard Analysis and Preventive Control Plans ...
  • Online Redemption of SNAP Benefits To Be Piloted

    Aug 18, 2016
    USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s Andrea Gold spoke with FMI members at FMI’s State Issues Retreat earlier this month about a number of updates in the agency’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). There was a particular interest in the ...