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  • What Can You Do to Grow and Survive in Today’s Changing Retail Environment?

    Apr 6, 2016
    FMI members are in a highly competitive, low margin business. Success is predicated on constant evaluation of changing market conditions, continual cost reduction and process improvement, along with investments in a variety of growth strategies, to ...
  • How Does Omnichannel Fit into Your Business?

    Mar 29, 2016
    In the second part of our series, I spoke with Chris Baker, Oliver Wyman Partner and North America Retail Practice Co-leader, and Jacqui Martinez, Oliver Wyman Retail Practice Partner, on the emergence of “click-and-collect” and omnichannel retail ...
  • Sneak Peek Inside the Boardroom

    Mar 22, 2016
    Yesterday I had the pleasure of interviewing the architects of a new collaborative piece of intellectual property that shares insights from some of the leading experts in food retail on a selection of the most critical issues executives must ...
  • Boardroom: Charting the Changing Food Retail Environment

    Mar 21, 2016
    Boardroom is comprised of original perspectives from leading experts in food retail on a selection of the most critical issues executives must confront in boardrooms across the country and around the world. We are excited to share a series of Q&As ...
  • FMI Survey’s Recipe for Success: Building Trust and Loyalty While Investing in E-Commerce

    Mar 16, 2016
    A new FMI survey among grocery, retailing, and wholesaling companies explores their operation costs, customer retention strategies, and e-commerce initiatives. The analysis conducted by 210 Analytics and made possible by BMO Harris Bank, FMI’s ...
  • Grocery Revolution or Evolution

    Mar 3, 2016
    With more shoppers than households, grocery stores are finding ways to set themselves apart in order to grow their business. Differentiation is becoming the new competitive edge. We see this unfolding in FMI’s two annual signature research studies, ...
  • Grocery Stores Catering to a Food Truck Mentality

    Mar 2, 2016
    In the recent research by FMI/IRI on top trends in fresh, supermarkets are expanding their “Specialty Food Service” by installing sushi stations, charcuteries, juice bars, gourmet chocolate stations, Asian, Mexican, and many other specialty food ...
  • 9 Meat Department Shopping Trends in 2016

    Feb 24, 2016
    The meat department is one of the most important categories for many food retailers. A good meat department can help a store differentiate itself from the competition, and can be a significant driver of sales and foot traffic. The 2016 Power of Meat ...
  • Helping Consumer Empowerment Become Food Retailer Empowerment

    Feb 17, 2016
    Consumers have always mentally weighed and emotionally entertained multiple factors when making their decisions about the food products they are considering. For years, those variables could easily be summarized in the easy formula of three words; ...
  • Top Trend in Fresh Foods: Transparency

    Feb 9, 2016
    More than ever before, consumers want to know where there food is from, what is in their food and even how their food will impact their lifestyles over time. The pressure to convey this information is especially relevant to supermarkets’ fresh ...
  • 10 Findings on Fresh Prepared Foods in Grocery Stores

    Feb 5, 2016
    New research from FMI and Technomic, The Sophistication of Supermarket Fresh Prepared Foods, finds that as supermarkets become increasingly skilled in food service, this decision for shoppers becomes more complex. The study details the ...
  • 2015 Year in Review: Top Stories in Research and Education

    Dec 28, 2015
    As 2015 comes to a close, we took an opportunity to look back at what sparked our readers’ interest this past year on the Voice of Food Retail blog. We’ll present the top blog posts across categories over the next few days. Thank you for reading and ...
  • How New Jersey’s Liquor Law Can Be Changed to Reap Economic Growth

    Dec 18, 2015
    Based on the success of the Massachusetts law, as evidenced by the FMI study, New Jersey should enact legislation to increase the amount of liquor licenses that are currently allocated. This will allow for more equity in the marketplace and reduce ...
  • IdeaXchange: The puzzlement of competition

    Nov 25, 2015
    At a key point in the Rogers and Hammerstein’s classic musical The King and I, King Mongkut of Siam sings of his exasperation in being unable to reconcile various learnings by declaring, “Is a puzzlement!” I know the feeling. And I am hoping the ...
  • Back by Popular Demand: Surveys on Grocery Financial Leaders and Internal Auditors

    Nov 12, 2015
    In 2012, FMI conducted a survey among its retail financial leaders and internal auditors and presented the results at the 2013 Financial Executive and Internal Auditing Conference. By popular demand, FMI is repeating these studies and requesting ...