Supply Chain

Our Voice of Food Retail blog offers commentary from FMI subject matter experts on timely and important topics to the food retail industry.

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  • Meeting Food Safety Standards: Not Impossible for Emerging Companies

    Jul 20, 2018
    As an emerging brand, you’re almost ready to move your product to the next stage of assembly. You worked hard to guarantee its greatness and ensure the packaging catches the consumer’s eye. Production is set to ramp up now that you landed the ...
  • Five Questions Shoppers Ask About The Food They Buy

    Jul 9, 2018
    Technology and digital services can offer a viable solution to the information-hungry customer by providing access to the targeted information they want in the way they prefer to consume it. It’s also a way for grocers to provide transparent ...
  • Fundamentals Programs for Food Manufacturing and Primary Producers

    Jun 18, 2018
    SQFI released their Fundamentals Program for Food Manufacturing and the Fundamentals Program for Primary Producers. Each program has both basic and intermediate levels, and provides a step-by-step approach to improve food safety management....
  • Oh, The Places Our Products Will Go

    Jun 4, 2018
    I’m feeling like the proud parent of a grad (again) because FMI recently launched a subscription-based online community for emerging food and beverage brands that will offer education, mentoring, nurturing and access to investors. It’s called FMI ...
  • Finding Drivers and Higher Costs Are Issues Keeping Supply Chain Leaders up at Night

    May 8, 2018
    Those who lead in the supply chain will perfectly understand that transportation is indispensable to most ...
  • Enhancing the Brand Experience For Ecommerce

    May 7, 2018
    Center Store brands are pulling out all the stops to optimize their businesses for ecommerce. They are moving ahead quickly with plans and activities. Here’s how they are doing ...
  • Helping Small to Medium Suppliers with their Food Safety Programs

    May 4, 2018
    At Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI) our mission and vision of protecting the food supply chain from farm to fork is again exemplified with the addition of our NEW SQF Food Safety Fundamentals ...
  • How Trading Partners Can Leverage Data to Improve the Supply Chain

    Mar 21, 2018
    Trading partners struggle to connect the dots between inefficiencies in the supply chain. As food retail navigates the era of digital disruption, advancements in technology have introduced new ways to capture and analyze data....
  • Creating Agility in Today’s Supply Chain

    Mar 12, 2018
    At the end of any well-executed grocery supply chain is a satisfied consumer. However, as we witness an era of unprecedented change in food retail, supply chains must become more agile to keep today’s consumer ...
  • Emerging Technologies Transforming the Supply Chain: A Supply Chain Disruptor and Transformer

    Feb 28, 2018
    As advances in technology continue to disrupt the norm, more industry leaders look toward emerging technologies as solution providers for the diverse challenges existing in trading partners’ business ...
  • Blockchain for Traceability and Independent Operators

    Feb 15, 2018
    Most food traceability systems are centralized or distributed. Blockchain allows for a decentralized system. It ensures appropriate visibility for each secure, authenticated and verifiable transaction. By getting everyone on the same page and using ...
  • As Society Shifts, So Too Does Risk Management

    Feb 1, 2018
    At first blush, it would be easy to say that risk management is nothing new to food retail. However, as technology evolves so does the risk management solutions available to supermarkets. Here are some risk management points to ...
  • Saluting our Brave, Resilient Grocery Industry

    Jan 30, 2018
    Supermarkets always serve as the cornerstones of their communities, but that role is never seen with more clarity than when the community is in peril, a state of emergency. When the neighborhood stands in the direst of need, the grocery store -...
  • Understanding the New Food Marketplace

    Jan 23, 2018
    Terms never spoken just a few years ago are now entering the lexicon of those involved with the food industry: Urban agriculture. Vertical farming. Lab-grown meat. Plant based protein. Food-as-a-service. Statistics and forecasts about the future ...
  • What Is a Food Incubator?

    Jan 22, 2018
    A friend of mine is a backyard, urban chicken farmer. She uses a traditional egg incubator to nurture, protect and grown her precious eggs into newborn chicks. Whenever she has tried to leave the eggs to fend for themselves, disaster has struck. ...