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
  • Inside Collaboration 2.0

    Aug 20, 2015
    FMI-Collaboration-2-0-Logo-FINALCollaboration 2.0 is FMI’s multi-year initiative, developed withMarket6®, 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 Collaboration 2.0 is all about.
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  • Looking Ahead at 2016: Business Building Opportunities One at a Time

    Aug 17, 2015
    HandshakeIn the food retail business community, there is intense competition among product manufacturers to reach food, drug and mass retailers. FMI aims to create a wider collaboration network that’ll allow suppliers both small and large to connect with individuals responsible for making business decisions.
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  • Top 5 Stories from FMI So Far This Year

    Jul 27, 2015
    Top 5 Stores from FMIWith full inboxes and busy schedules, sometimes we miss things. That’s why it’s good to recap every now and then. With that in mind, here are the top five blog posts from FMI so far in 2015
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