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Our Voice of The Food Industry blog offers commentary from FMI subject matter experts on timely and important topics to the food industry.
  • Six Imperative Issues Facing the Food Industry in 2023

    Feb 28, 2023
    The articles in this year’s Boardroom volume 8 reflect FMI’s Imperative Issues Framework. Boardroom continues to provide analysis and recommendations through the lens of the food industry's imperative issues – from supply chain and workforce ...
  • Drumroll Please: Introducing the 2023 Class of FMI Store Manager Awards Nominees

    Feb 22, 2023
    In addition to celebrating the hardworking people who make up our industry, we want to pay special attention to the store managers who are the heartbeat of local supermarkets across the globe. These devoted leaders embody their company’s vision and ...
  • Coupons, Packaging and Home Meal Prep – Oh My!

    Feb 9, 2023
    I‘m not a grocer, but I am a marketing professional who loves to grocery shop. That’s part of why I’m passionate about my work to support the food industry. A bright spot in my project portfolio is the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference. I recently ...
  • 3 Easy Ways to Jumpstart Your Plans for Supermarket Employee Day 2.22.23

    Jan 9, 2023
    There are more than 40,000 stores that sell food and grocery items in the U.S. alone. Millions of supermarket employees come to work daily to keep shelves stocked and to provide communities with essential services that help them survive and ...
  • Illustrating the Evolving Grocery Experience

    Nov 8, 2022
    We used to debate whether our industry was going through an evolution or a revolution. Depending on your viewpoint regarding the pace of change and the catalysts for it, there has been one constant: Our industry continues to invest heavily in ...
  • The Forward Stance: Shifting to Action on Technology

    Oct 6, 2022
    I recently shared my thoughts on "The Ready Stance" sports posture and how it provides optimal positioning to allow your body to change directions, practice preparedness swiftly, stay aware and agile. Another position to consider is the “Forward ...
  • Our Favorite Buzzwords: Unprecedented Disruption

    Sep 29, 2022
    It is heartening to know that together, we can navigate through today’s unpredictable marketplace and chart a course into the future. I’m thrilled to share this short clip with you in preparation for the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference, held ...
  • Navigating an Extreme Obstacle Course

    Sep 16, 2022
    As I look at the results of The Food Retailing Industry Speaks 2022 report, I see many of my professional role models throughout the food industry navigating a different type of obstacle course than my childhood idols. The food industry has had to ...
  • Why Do Some Shoppers Order Online, But Still Go In-Store?

    Aug 2, 2022
    You’ve probably seen them—the grocery shoppers who order online, come to the store for curb-side pickup, then lock their car doors and go into the store to pick up something in addition to their online order. This particular online and in-store ...
  • Are You Encouraging a Digital-First Culture?

    Jul 13, 2022
    The food retail industry has been forced to focus on technology-driven innovation by the changing shopper expectations, new digital competition, and the explosive growth of consumer digital technology. What executives often miss, though, is the need ...
  • The Control Grocery Shoppers Want

    Jun 28, 2022
    During oppressively hot and humid summer afternoons, my family likes to indulge in movie trilogies. We recently revisited the classic Lord of the Rings for the umpteenth time. The obsession of the gold ring in the series always gets to me—how can it ...
  • Necessity, the Mother of Invention

    Jun 3, 2022
    Our U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends series explores the food shoppers’ journey and offers insights into the hybrid shopper landscape we’re currently experiencing. As we get to know this new consumer, it is clear they have an appetite for technology that ...
  • How Does FMI Know the Current State of the Food Industry?

    Apr 6, 2022
    The answer is from YOU. We know because the industry tells us each year when we ask, as we have been doing every year for more than 70 years. The first ever The Food Retailing Industry Speaks (Speaks) report appeared in 1949. Seventy-three years ...
  • Eyeing Greater Urgency on Key Issues

    Mar 16, 2022
    As we near what we hope is the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, FMI and Oliver Wyman have reconvened and published Volume 7 of our annual journal to provide a future-focused roadmap for the food industry that harnesses the wisdom and insights learned ...
  • Talk, Exchange, Pitch: FMItech at Midwinter

    Mar 15, 2022
    FMItech at Midwinter promotes conversations, explorations and private exchanges to enhance your technology strategy. We bring together FMI Midwinter attendees focused on technology, ecommerce and automation strategies to create actionable next steps....