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  • Fresh Food in the Grocery Store and RevenueShield®

    Oct 10, 2017
    I recently sat down with Joel Berrian of Berrian Insurance Group to discuss the advantages RevenueShield® brings to FMI Members particularly around the area of fresh foods....
  • Why Now? What Has Changed? RevenueShield® Protecting Members’ Brands and Balance Sheets

    Oct 3, 2017
    FMI has added RevenueShield® to our Member Plus Program to assist members and associate members address these unconventional challenges and exposures. A unique program created exclusively for food retail, RevenueShield provides industry expertise, ...
  • Resources for Food Retailers Preparing for and Responding to Hurricane Irma

    Sep 5, 2017
    FMI wants to be a resource for our members that operate in Puerto Rico, Florida and other Southeastern states as they prepare for and later respond to Hurricane ...
  • BBQ and National Family Meals Month: A Perfect Pair

    Sep 5, 2017
    As the barbecue team continues to travel around and cook contests across the country, we often spend time with our “barbecue family.” Our local association, the Mid-Atlantic BBQ Association, has chosen to support National Family Meals Month by ...
  • Hurricane Harvey: Information, Resources and Donation Options for Food Retail

    Aug 29, 2017
    As our thoughts and hearts go out to those whose lives have been forever changed by this weather phenomenon, we grasp for those actions we can take that can help bring relief to those ...
  • Navigating the Curiosity to Comfort Crux

    Aug 18, 2017
    This metamorphosis of the food retail landscape is most evident with regard to the further decline of traditional supermarkets as a primary ...
  • Here’s How to Exceed Shopper Expectations

    Aug 9, 2017
    Shopper-centric retailing requires a transformation in our legacy business processes. In a time when the grocery industry is experiencing the most dynamic change in decades with changing food lifestyles, and digital connectedness, shopper-centric ...
  • FMI State Issues Retreat: Where Grocers Go To Learn About State and Local Issues

    Jul 18, 2017
    To assist our members in making sense of this legislative chaos, FMI holds the State Issues Retreat in August, an annual conference that brings together food retail grocery associations and grocery company government relations professionals from ...
  • Discovering the ABC’s of Food Retail

    Jul 10, 2017
    One of the most impactful FMI events, the Annual Business Conference (ABC), has brought suppliers and retail partners together for face-to-face joint business planning meetings for years. The event works because it is simple, effective and focuses ...
  • One Thing You Can Do Differently to Improve Your Grocery Business

    Jul 6, 2017
    FMI share groups are one of the premier member benefits for FMI members, particularly for independent operator members. Share groups provide a confidential forum for the open exchange of ideas, strategies and problem solving techniques among owners, ...
  • Grocers Thinking Like a Startup #Grocerytalk

    Jun 27, 2017
    The startup mentality is calculated when it comes to risk taking; it’s this confidence that gives a startup a scrappy persona and an optimism that doesn’t appear afraid to fail. Trend spotters suggest that food startups are on the rise, which the ...
  • 17 Companies Demonstrating Thought Leadership in Omnichannel Operations

    Jun 15, 2017
    During the resent Pulse 2017 event, co-hosted with Progressive Grocer and Retailer Leader, I had a chance to get to know some of the companies in the omnichannel arena that are helping food retailers address these pressing questions and more. Here ...
  • 10 Jobs Future Leaders Participants Didn’t Have 10 Years Ago

    Jun 8, 2017
    More than 400 of the food retailing industry’s most promising rising stars will gather in Chicago June 11-13 to participate in the Future Leaders eXperience. Through a series of team-building exercises, challenges and discussions, they will hone ...
  • Get To Know the Organic Food Shopper

    May 23, 2017
    I’ve combed through our recent research reports on fresh foods and pulled out some of the topline findings around organic for some specific departments. These findings help form an organic shopper persona that can be important to your business ...
  • Nurturing a $127 Billion Business Opportunity in Specialty Food

    May 22, 2017
    A 2017 report by the Specialty Food Association (SFA) indicates that the specialty food category represents $127 billion, up 15 percent since 2014. Specialty foods are outpacing their non-specialty counterparts in nearly every category. And ...