Supply Chain

Our Voice of The Food Industry blog offers commentary from FMI subject matter experts on timely and important topics to the food industry.
  • Winter Weather Outlook for the Food Industry

    Jan 9, 2023
    The weather—we all talk about it, watch it intensely and constantly wondering what the weather will be. In a business sense, knowing possible long-term weather trends and potential conditions can help the food industry prepare for supply chain ...
  • 3 Easy Ways to Jumpstart Your Plans for Supermarket Employee Day 2.22.23

    Jan 9, 2023
    There are more than 40,000 stores that sell food and grocery items in the U.S. alone. Millions of supermarket employees come to work daily to keep shelves stocked and to provide communities with essential services that help them survive and ...
  • Does That Empty Shelf Mean There’s a Product Shortage?

    Jan 4, 2023
    SKU rationalization is a process by which food retailers and manufacturers manage their inventories to be able to offer their customers the most in-demand products or create shelf space for new and innovative ...
  • Amazingly Resilient, Deeply Caring: A Leadership Perspective from Anthony Hucker, Southeastern Grocers

    Dec 19, 2022
    FMI Midwinter Executive Conference Chair, Anthony Hucker, president and chief executive officer, Southeastern Grocers Inc. (SEG), reflects on his own experiences and the ways he upholds his commitment to putting people first in this turbulent ...
  • Navigating the VUCA Supply Chain in the Post Pandemic Era

    Oct 5, 2022
    Though our food supply chain remains resilient, it has seen its fair share of uncertainty and constraints with no real end in sight. Given this, the acronym ‘VUCA’— which stands for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity— has been used ...
  • Our Favorite Buzzwords: Unprecedented Disruption

    Sep 29, 2022
    It is heartening to know that together, we can navigate through today’s unpredictable marketplace and chart a course into the future. I’m thrilled to share this short clip with you in preparation for the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference, held ...
  • Navigating an Extreme Obstacle Course

    Sep 16, 2022
    As I look at the results of The Food Retailing Industry Speaks 2022 report, I see many of my professional role models throughout the food industry navigating a different type of obstacle course than my childhood idols. The food industry has had to ...
  • Food Prices – What Goes Up Must Come Down, Right? YES, But…

    Aug 18, 2022
    Many of the current challenges facing the economy as a whole have been aggravated and accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. But the recent increase in grocery prices is not something that simply happened overnight or that is entirely pandemic ...
  • Addressing Root Causes of Supply Chain Disruption in Transportation and Logistics

    Aug 4, 2022
    We’ve seen that our supply chain is resilient to a point, but we also have sustained inflationary and workforce pressures at play; therefore, there is a real need and opportunity for industry collaboration across the entire value chain to restore ...
  • New Infographic: July 4th Barbecue Breakdown

    Jun 30, 2022
    To help support our members’ communications with customers this holiday weekend regarding food price inflation, FMI has created a new July 4th Barbeque Breakdown infographic that highlights common ingredients people consume during their holiday ...
  • Supply Chain Pressures to Persist in 2022

    Jun 23, 2022
    Building long-term capacity and resilience in the food industry supply chain is an imperative issue for retailers and suppliers alike. Collaboration and communication are key to determining root causes, addressing current roadblocks, and building ...
  • Photo Friday: FMI Participates in White House Trucking Event

    Apr 8, 2022
    FMI's Jennifer Hatcher and Christine Pollack were invited to attend a White House event to celebrate the trucking profession and the Biden Administration's 90 Day Trucking Challenge to expand the trucking ...
  • How Does FMI Know the Current State of the Food Industry?

    Apr 6, 2022
    The answer is from YOU. We know because the industry tells us each year when we ask, as we have been doing every year for more than 70 years. The first ever The Food Retailing Industry Speaks (Speaks) report appeared in 1949. Seventy-three years ...
  • Eyeing Greater Urgency on Key Issues

    Mar 16, 2022
    As we near what we hope is the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, FMI and Oliver Wyman have reconvened and published Volume 7 of our annual journal to provide a future-focused roadmap for the food industry that harnesses the wisdom and insights learned ...
  • Interview with Chieh Huang of Boxed: Part II, Supply Chain and Technology

    Mar 8, 2022
    FMI Midwinter Executive Conference Chairman and Co-Founder and CEO of Boxed.com, Chieh Huang, has a storied career starting his wholesale technology platform after a successful background in both law and tech. Before he takes the stage at our ...