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  • In the Spirit of Giving, Let’s Stir It Up!

    Dec 14, 2017
    It’s that time of year when we’re all encouraged to give back a little. Maybe you’re running a store promotion to raise money for a local charity or working with a local food back to provide families holiday meals. However you’re giving back this ...
  • Preparing Food Retailers for the Blockchain Revolution

    Dec 12, 2017
    Built on the foundation of trust and security, blockchain is a technology framework that stores, updates and verifies data across a decentralized peer-to-peer platform. This data is stored in encrypted, timestamped records – or blocks – that link to ...
  • Store Managers Ingrained in the Success of a Community

    Dec 11, 2017
    It’s undeniable that these food retail professionals possess a unique quality of leadership, and an incredibly diverse skill set that, in a single day, ranges from being a professional circus ringleader to a strategically, savvy business operator. ...
  • Fresh Grocery, the Digital Frontier and Supply Chain

    Dec 7, 2017
    In thinking through the conversations at the FMI Executive Forum Roundtable discussions last June, and in other conversations with fresh grocery leadership since then, it has struck me that there was a lot of consensus on the issues of the day, and ...
  • Food Retailing, Meet Silicon Valley

    Dec 7, 2017
    There is little doubt that the leading high-tech producers have discovered the consumer goods and food retailing marketplace. In some cases, technology providers are working as our partners, working together to find automated solutions to problems ...
  • Food Retail at a Digital Tipping Point

    Nov 27, 2017
    We recognize that our industry will reach digital maturity and saturation more quickly than other industries that went online earlier, and we’re predicting that the grocery industry will reach $100 billion in online sales by 2025. Digital will reach ...
  • Grocery Stores Explore More Social Media and Digital Advertising

    Nov 13, 2017
    A couple of years ago, I wrote about how grocery stores used social media with findings from our 2015 Food Retailing Industry Speaks report to make the case that the food retail industry was just beginning to dip their toe in the digital marketing ...
  • Photo: Heinen's Fine Foods, Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio

    Nov 9, 2017
    Doug Baker, vice president of private brands, technology, industry relations, joined members of FMI’s Manufacturer Share Group to explore opportunities in food service at Heinen's in Cleveland, Ohio....
  • Providing Opportunities for Veterans

    Nov 8, 2017
    As our recently released economic impact analysis emphasized, the supermarket industry is a major employer for U.S. workers, providing almost 5 million jobs across the country. FMI member companies hire workers of varying ages and backgrounds, ...
  • Photo Friday: Food Retailers in Italy

    Nov 3, 2017
    Last month, Matt Grizzard, director of member services, and a handful of food retailers visited northern Italy to see and experience food production from the other side of the ...
  • Digital Transformation in the Grocery Industry

    Nov 1, 2017
    Shoptalk’s third iteration in March is expected to draw 7,500 attendees, and a number of them will be focused on Grocerytalk, a first-ever event in which the food retailing community can engage with each other on topics as timely as “Disruptive ...
  • Standing at a Crossroads, Private Brands and RevenueShield®

    Oct 27, 2017
    As we advised earlier this year in our report, The Power of Private Brands, one of food retail’s most effective strategic competitive tools and primary differentiator is under threat. Understanding disruptive consumer behavior as the competitive ...
  • What Is Your Digital Readiness Score?

    Oct 23, 2017
    Whether the future of food retailing lies with brick-and-mortar stores, online operators or a combination of both is not the question to ask. The real challenge is to ask ourselves how ready are we to leverage digital technology and operational ...
  • Challenges and Opportunities: Is the Food Retail Industry Unique?

    Oct 18, 2017
    Just two short months ago I started at FMI as the director of research. Through my first assignment, releasing the 67th edition of The Food Retailing Industry Speaks (Speaks) report, I quickly became immersed in the exciting and evolving food retail ...
  • 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....