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  • Photo Friday: International Member Visit

    Nov 22, 2019
    This week, FMI hosted international member Auto Mercado, the leading family-owned supermarket in Costa Rica, operating 17 large stores, 19 smaller format stores and one commissary....
  • 3 Factors That Contribute to Dwell Time and How to Solve Them

    Nov 19, 2019
    Long dwell times can strain carrier relationships, increase costs and hurt production. It’s a problem both food retailers and supplier can agree needs to be addressed. That’s why the Trading Partner Alliance (TPA), including both FMI and GMA, ...
  • Health and Well-Being: The Best Trend for Grocery Store Sales

    Nov 18, 2019
    No matter the food trend consumers desire, food retailers responding to The Food Retailing Industry Speaks 2019 report see consumers’ focus on health and well-being as having a positive impact on their business strategy....
  • Consumers Boost Engagement With Private Brands

    Nov 15, 2019
    Momentum for private brands continues to build, according to the latest FMI report based on IRI data. The 2019 edition of FMI’s Power of Private Brands: From the Consumer finds that food retail private brands are advancing in several ...
  • The Grocery Store Continues to Be A Community Cornerstone

    Nov 12, 2019
    According to The Food Retailing Industry Speaks 2019 report, 93% of grocers who responded to the survey use community support and ties as a service differentiation strategy and 73% see it as successful—the highest of any strategy. These stats make ...
  • Steps to Seamless Omnichannel Shopping

    Nov 7, 2019
    FMI has partnered with FitForCommerce, a boutique consultancy firm specializing in ecommerce and omnichannel retail, on the 2019 Grocery Omnichannel Index. After mystery-shopping 26 U.S. food retailer’s online grocery shopping experiences and ...
  • The Story Behind FMI’s Grocery Industry Benchmarking Research, Now 70 Years Old

    Nov 6, 2019
    This year marks the 70th anniversary of The Food Retailing Industry Speaks report. Throughout the decades, this research has documented important benchmarks and facts and figures of food retailers and wholesalers. The report’s value can be measured ...
  • Private Brands Drive Growth Across Food Retail Channels

    Nov 5, 2019
    The 2019 Power of Private Brands: From the Register report finds private brands continue to lead momentum for food retailers across channels. The solid growth of private brands reflects the success of retailers treating private brands as brands, ...
  • New Jobs in The Grocery Industry

    Nov 4, 2019
    The Food Retailing Industry Speaks 2019 report asked food retailers to share their plans for labor investments over the next two years. Here are some of the new jobs you can expect to see in the grocery ...
  • How Grocers Are Investing in Technology

    Oct 28, 2019
    The rapid evolution and implementation of technology in food retail can boost performance on the operational side and enhance engagement on the customer-facing front, not to mention the growing role of ecommerce. Let’s look at some of the ways that ...
  • Food Retailers Develop Free Hepatitis A Resource to Protect Public Health

    Oct 25, 2019
    The FMI Food Protection Committee (FPC) published the Hepatitis A Information Guide for Food Retail. This resource aims to protect public health and reduce the likelihood of foodborne illness by answering common questions regarding food safety, ...
  • How the Rise of “Flexitarians” is Powering Plant-Based Sales

    Oct 22, 2019
    Today in the food industry, there are thousands of companies riding the wave of the plant-based protein trend. Grocery stores, restaurants and even convenience stores are on the road to wide-spread plant-based offerings. Five years ago, a plant-...
  • Grocers Tackle Climate Change Through EPA’s GreenChill Refrigerant Management Program

    Oct 21, 2019
    Refrigerant management offers an opportunity for food retailers to evaluate source refrigerants as well as examine their leak management practices. These opportunities are the driving forces behind the creation of EPA’s GreenChill partnership ...
  • Photo Friday: Grocers Visit MIT

    Oct 11, 2019
    Our Chief Information Officer (CIO) Council visited the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, better known as MIT, for its fall ...
  • Speaks 2019: How Can You Benefit?

    Oct 8, 2019
    Based on response to the 2019 The Food Retailing Industry Speaks survey, food retailers are moving forward with proactive strategies to navigate the barriers and embrace new opportunities. As part of this process, food retailers are learning how to ...