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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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  • 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. ...
  • The Potential for Artificial Intelligence in Food Retail

    Jan 22, 2018
    According to a fall 2017 MIT study, 85 percent of executives believe artificial intelligence will transform their companies, but only one in five have done anything to begin incorporating it into their ...
  • Strategic Questions for the Last Mile Challenge in the Digitally Engaged Marketplace

    Jan 12, 2018
    That last mile, from the retailer to the consumer - indeed, the most expensive mile - is the puzzle we are working to solve. Throughout the industry, a number of models are being tested and questions are being ...
  • Next-Generation Loyalty: Get it Right in Food Retailing

    Jan 10, 2018
    Having a loyal customer base is one sure-fire way to effectively compete in today’s ultra-competitive marketplace, but too often loyalty is viewed as a card, program or an initiative. Loyalty is not something you do—loyalty has to be earned, ...
  • Transparency, Research and A Visit to The Ukraine: Private Brands in 2017

    Jan 3, 2018
    The private brands work FMI performed in 2017 focused on transparency, research and exploring lessons learned and opportunities from other countries. While perhaps not as catchy as Julius Caesar’s “Veni, vidi, vici - We came, we saw, we conquered,” ...
  • Digital Transformation Takes Food Retail By Storm in 2017

    Jan 2, 2018
    The grocery industry is at a critical tipping point. In January 2017, Nielsen and FMI embarked on a multi-year initiative to explore this unprecedented digital transformation. Initial findings from FMI’s The Digitally Engaged Food Shopper study ...
  • Emerging Issues: Identifying Challenges to Food Retailing

    Jan 2, 2018
    This is where FMI adds significant value to its members and their trading partners. Through our Emerging Issues initiative, we identify issues that have the greatest potential to affect the food industry in the next three to five ...
  • The Lego Legacy of 2017

    Dec 18, 2017
    2017 has been a year of big accomplishments for FMI, but something of a Lego-experience since these huge achievements are the sum of many, many small steps and tiny pieces coming together. Over the next few weeks, FMI will devote its blog platform ...
  • To Speak with One Voice

    Dec 15, 2017
    We refer to this new program as the Unified Voice Protocol and it is FMI’s most recent effort to establish a model approach to proactively perpetuate the environment of trust consumers tell us they enjoy with food retailers and to enhance that trust ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...