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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  • Approaching the Future of Food, Fashionably

    Jan 23, 2017
    I’ve always posited that food should be more like fashion. Similar to the latest trends in lapels and color palettes, consumers’ palates are attuned to what’s hot in the food world. Consumers may be willing to experiment with new foods and flavors, ...
  • 5 Key Areas of the Supply Chain to Focus On in 2017

    Jan 19, 2017
    As more companies evaluate supply chain initiatives to better meet the needs of consumers living in a digital world, it’s imperative that trading partners come together to engage in a synergistic supply chain transformation. The 2017 Supply Chain ...
  • Better Together: Total Store Collaboration

    Jan 5, 2017
    Total Store Collaboration is a core strategic pillar of FMI and is our wrap-around means of describing our approach to fostering partnerships between retailers, manufacturers, and distributors in the food industry. While retailer/supplier ...
  • Collaborative Supply Chain Transformation

    Dec 30, 2016
    Effective and efficient supply chains are a source of sustainable competitive advantage for retailers and wholesalers alike. The ability to optimize and transform supply chain capabilities requires collaboration with trading partners both on the ...
  • Winners and Losers in the Grocery Industry from Deflation

    Nov 15, 2016
    We’re in the midst of one of the longest periods of food price deflation in more than 50 years. USDA reports that the consumer price index has been negative on a year-over-year basis since December 2015, causing severe pressure on same-store sales ...
  • Embracing a New Wave of Information Technology

    Jul 21, 2016
    The legislative achievements last week on GMO have been a win for the value chain in giving food makers and sellers the option to disclose information in a flexible manner, so it was disconcerting that the debate on GMO included accusations that the ...
  • The Supply Chain of the Future

    Jun 13, 2016
    Are you helping mold the supply chain of the future? Are you an expert in the food industry supply chain? Do you have a new technology or innovation to share that can help both suppliers and retailers enhance their supply chain? Then the Food ...
  • Does On-Shelf Availability Matter for Bottom Line Results?

    May 10, 2016
    Despite many years of good faith efforts by manufacturers and retailers, the average out-of-stock rate remains a stubborn 8 percent, often exceeding 10 percent for promoted items. The potential revenue loss combined with the harm to shopper ...
  • Get the Most Out of Free CBX One-on-One Meetings

    Apr 22, 2016
    Do what thousands of attendees and exhibitors did at last year’s FMI Connect Business Exchange (CBX), when more than 1,700 face-to-face meetings took place in the CBX, exhibit booths and private suites in the CBX ...
  • How Does Omnichannel Fit into Your Business?

    Mar 29, 2016
    In the second part of our series, I spoke with Chris Baker, Oliver Wyman Partner and North America Retail Practice Co-leader, and Jacqui Martinez, Oliver Wyman Retail Practice Partner, on the emergence of “click-and-collect” and omnichannel retail ...
  • The New Economics of Food Waste

    Feb 22, 2016
    Recent amendments to the tax code provide the industry with new incentives to donate food that would otherwise be wasted, meaning there is a new economic motivation around decreasing food waste in our supply chains. At the TPA Supply Chain ...
  • Ensuring Data Quality for the Information-Savvy Shopper

    Feb 8, 2016
    Data quality makes consumer transparency in the supply chain possible. However retailers and trading partners today have to balance consumer expectation with business efficiencies. From reducing product damages to improving warehouse operations and ...
  • 2015 Year in Review: Top Stories across Asset Protection, Private Brands and Supply Chain

    Dec 31, 2015
    Total Store Collaboration is a strategic pillar at FMI and is directed at helping members compete for share of stomach, share of wallet, share of talent, and share of capital. It’s befitting that stories related to asset protection, private brands ...
  • 7 Supply Chain Lessons to Learn at the TPA Supply Chain Conference

    Dec 1, 2015
    When you think about the supply chain you might get visions of plans, warehouses, trains, and delivery trucks. Truth is that bringing food and other consumer product goods from point A to point B involves so much more. When you start considering the ...
  • Inside Collaboration 2.0

    Aug 20, 2015
    Collaboration 2.0 is FMI’s multi-year initiative, developed with Market6®, to help the grocery industry improve how grocers and suppliers work together around key shared business processes. I sat down with Market6® to dig deeper into what ...