Supply Chain

FMI offers multiple initiatives and opportunities for collaboration among food retailing industry professionals in the areas of logistics, transportation, distribution, warehousing, supply & demand planning, forecasting, purchasing and technology across the entire supply chain. This includes the people, activities, information and resources involved in moving products from it's supplier to customer. With work through our growing community of committees, FMI facilitates networking, surveys, benchmarking, research studies and other collaborative projects that help move the industry forward and support members in their efforts.


1E07F20000037F.filename.Supply_Chain_2016_960x353_Web_BannerFebruary 22-24, 2016
New Orleans Marriott
New Orleans, LA

When you bring together all sides of the value chain, you foster stronger relationships, streamline logistics, effectively manage activities, explore new process options and increase efficiency – all leading to innovation and reduction in costs. The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and Food Marketing Institute (FMI) joined together as the Trading Partner Alliance (TPA),* are pleased to host the annual Supply Chain Conference. Now in its seventh year, over 500 retailers, manufacturers, and solution providers will convene for a joint conference filled with idea-stimulating educational sessions, interactive exhibits with the latest technology and relationship-building networking opportunities. Connect, transform, deliver! 
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  • Solving the Out-of-Stock Problem

    The OSA study was led by key retail and manufacturing executives from FMI/GMA Trading Partner Alliance member companies and the survey responses came from a wide selection of leading manufacturers and retailers. Survey questions were directed specifically to retailers or manufacturers to better understand each side’s issues and as a means to compare and contrast the two sides’ approach to the problem. This was significant in identifying the gaps discussed in this report. This report summarizes the findings of the survey around the four key gaps that must be overcome to reach OSA maturity. These are: metrics/data; process/practice; organizational issues; and technology. The report also provides Good-Better-Best recommendations under these same four topic areas. - View More
  • Collaboration 2.0: Unlocking the Benefits of Collaboration

    The Collaboration 2.0 project is a multiyear initiative, developed with Market6®, to help the grocery industry improve how grocers and their suppliers work together around key shared business processes to grow sales, profits and customer satisfaction/loyalty. This initiative was launched in response to the recognition that there is tremendous unrealized value in improved collaboration in the industry and that by bringing expanded focus on collaboration best practices and the associated organizational, business process and technical changes needed to effect improved collaboration, FMI could help the industry improve performance and outcomes in this area. - View More
  • Ensuring Data Quality for the Information-Savvy Shopper

    Feb 08, 2016
    20151208-FMI-117-WEBData 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 traceability, retailers and suppliers today can enhance data quality to improve supply chain operations and satisfy consumer demands.
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  • 2015 Year in Review: Top Stories across Asset Protection, Private Brands and Supply Chain

    Dec 31, 2015
    2015 Year in Review Technology in the Aisles 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 and supply chain ranked as the most popular Total Store Collaboration blogs in 2015, offering perspective on the latest trends and ways to improve store operations.
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  • 7 Supply Chain Lessons to Learn at the TPA Supply Chain Conference

    Dec 01, 2015
    Supply Chain IconWhen 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 complexities associated with meeting a consumer’s expectations in an omnichannel environment, the need for supply chain optimization becomes clear. That’s why theFood Marketing Institute (FMI) and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) have joined together as the Trading Partner Alliance (TPA) to host the seventh annualSupply Chain Conference in New Orleans on February 22 – 24.  Here are seven lessons on supply chain that attendees are sure to take home.
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