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  • Addressing Consumer Behavior in Real Time

    May 14, 2018
    Narayan Iyengar, SVP, Digital and ecommerce, Albertsons Companies, in a presentation at Grocerytalk talks about tracking customer journeys in the digital era and how to collaborate to successfully reach the digital shopper....
  • 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 ...
  • How To Make An Impression In Eight Seconds Or Less

    May 1, 2018
    In a digital age, it’s getting increasingly more difficult to engage a consumer and influence his or her behavior – certainly in attracting a customer to a food retail store and ultimately creating loyalty....
  • Consumers Consider Ingredients In The Food Products They Buy, But Two-Thirds Are Challenged To Decipher

    Apr 24, 2018
    Just about half (49%) of the 1,003 primary household shoppers surveyed report they follow a health-related program that informs the way they shop for food....
  • A Grocerytalk Conversation with Ocado

    Apr 18, 2018
    Tim Steiner, co-founder and CEO of the UK-based retailer, attributes Ocado’s success to understanding the online shopper, as he says, “they like to shop with us whenever, wherever, which is what digital engagement allows us to do....
  • 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 ...
  • The New Meat Opportunities

    Mar 1, 2018
    For the past three days, we’ve been surrounded by meat at the annual Meat Conference hosted by FMI and North American Meat Institute in Nashville. As we talked to retail and supplier attendees, we heard a lot of discussion about the direction the ...
  • 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 ...
  • FMI In the News: Food Marketing Institute Exec Discusses E-Grocery Trends

    Feb 9, 2018
    Mark Baum, chief collaboration officer of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) talks with Mike O’Brien of Multichannel Merchant about trends in the dynamic world of e-grocery, including delivery and fulfillment, M&A activity, issues around perishable ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Food Retail’s Golden Age of Experimentation

    Jan 11, 2018
    Just as the Golden Ages of art, literature and even television helped to shape society and stimulate a culture of creativity; this era of digital experimentation will further transform the future of food and enable food retailers to ...