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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.
  • Why Self-Checkout is Here to Stay

    Feb 13, 2024
    At least once a week someone asks me to predict the future of self-checkout. So, here it is—self-checkout is here to stay. I said it! Here’s why I stand by that ...
  • Boardroom Vol 9: Addressing Food Industry Challenges

    Jan 17, 2024
    Boardroom is a forward-thinking annual journal designed for C-suite executives tackling the most compelling issues confronting the food ...
  • A New Years Resolution of Gratitude for Supermarket Employees

    Dec 18, 2023
    As we approach Supermarket Employee Day on February 22, 2024, let's make a conscious effort to recognize and express gratitude to supermarket employees who play a pivotal role in shaping our daily ...
  • Photo Friday: Visit to Oregon Dairy

    Nov 10, 2023
    Oregon Dairy, a sole operated supermarket, is proud to offer their highest quality products like meats, seafood, produce and fresh baked goods. Serving Lancaster, ...
  • The Power of Customer Feedback: A Key to Success

    Nov 7, 2023
    A retailer needs valuable insights to continually improve and adapt to the evolving needs of its ...
  • Supply a Chain of Thanks

    Nov 2, 2023
    As we approach the season of giving thanks and look forward to one of the most significant meals of the year, the food industry also needs to prepare for Supermarket Employee Day, February ...
  • Appreciate the Hidden Gem

    Sep 12, 2023
    As a parent with accompanying young children, a trip to the grocery store is much more than just picking up food and other household ...
  • Unleashing Innovation: The FMItech Pitch Competition 2024

    Aug 16, 2023
    As we welcome the year 2024, aligning with the Chinese Zodiac of the Dragon, the world holds great anticipation for groundbreaking technological strides. Amidst this excitement, the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference re-emerges as a captivating ...
  • Learn How to Lead Through Burnout

    Aug 14, 2023
    Speaker Erin Stafford will discuss the timely and highly relevant topic of burnout at the upcoming FMI Supply Chain Forum during the event's closing keynote ...
  • Harnessing the Power of Supplier Diversity

    Aug 2, 2023
    In the new FMI Supplier Diversity Next/Best Practices Guide, industry leaders candidly share the ways they use supplier diversity to drive sustainable and meaningful impact in their supply chain while building a customer base and brand ...
  • Photo Friday: Trip to Tippin's Pies

    Jul 28, 2023
    FMI's Manufacturer Share group was hosted by Tippin's Pies in Kansas City, MO. Their plant currently produces three million delicious pies a ...
  • How to Handle a Full Plate

    Jul 25, 2023
    While vacationing at the beach, we dined at a famous, local restaurant known for its all-you-can eat fresh seafood. As I waited to fill my plate with fresh shrimp and crab legs, the gentleman in front of me filled his plate beyond what I thought was ...
  • The Model Store: How Supply Chain Challenges and Sustainability are Driving Decisions

    Jul 19, 2023
    As the last few years have shown, it’s an ever-evolving operational climate for doing business. Food retailers building new stores or remodeling existing locations are simultaneously dealing with supply chain challenges and the drive toward ...
  • Benchmarking the Food Industry Supply Chain Ecosystem

    Jul 17, 2023
    FMI, in partnership with the Boston Consulting Group, has released the 2023 Supply Chain Benchmarking report, which report provides key quantitative performance metrics, qualitative industry perspectives and actionable insights to enhance supply ...
  • The Power of Making The World A Better Place

    Jul 14, 2023
    According to The Food Retailing Industry Speaks 2023, 82% of food retailers emphasize community support or community ties. What’s more 62% of food retailers surveyed report these community uplift programs are successful at connecting with customers. ...