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.
  • 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 ...
  • Interview with Chieh Huang, Boxed.com: Part I, Investments in Workforce

    Mar 4, 2022
    FMI Midwinter Executive Conference Chairman and Co-Founder and CEO of Boxed.com, Chieh Huang, responded to several questions I had for him regarding his journey to build a successful wholesale and technology platform from the ground-up that recently ...
  • New Year Brings the Same Challenges — But Also New Opportunities

    Jan 13, 2022
    2022 was not supposed to begin this way. When I attended last February’s USDA Agriculture Outlook, the agency predicted that food prices would stabilize and return to a more traditional rate of growth of between one and two percent. Unfortunately, a ...
  • VIDEO: Food Industry Supply Chain in Focus

    Dec 16, 2021
    FMI Vice President, Industry Relations Doug Baker and Senior Director, Supply Chain & Sustainability Marjorie DePuy discuss some of the supply chain challenges impacting the food industry like port disruptions and labor shortages, their impact on ...
  • Strength and Resilience in the Food Supply Chain

    Nov 30, 2021
    During a recent White House roundtable on the supply chain, CEOs from FMI member companies Food Lion, Kroger, and Walmart all told President Biden the food supply chain is both resilient and robust to meet the needs of all Americans this December ...
  • Celebrate What You Want to See More Of

    Oct 20, 2021
    Author Tom Peters, best known for his 1982 book In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America’s Best-Run Companies said, “Celebrate what you want to see more of.” These words capture the reason FMI is proclaiming a second annual Supermarket Employee ...