FMI offers multiple initiatives and opportunities for collaboration among food retailing industry professionals in the area of technology. This includes an all company approach as it relates to mobility, payments, data security, cloud computing, in-store innovation and social commerce. With work through our Technology Leadership Board and other working committees, FMI facilitates networking, surveys, benchmarking, research studies and other collaborative projects that help move the industry forward and support members in their efforts.

For questions, please contact Rhett Asher.

Technology Leadership

The FMI Technology Leadership Board will lead and advise the FMI board and members on the technology to support and advance the retail food industry. By providing business technology strategy though communication and continuous education, coordinating and recommending technology topics for FMI sanctioned research, and providing clear direction on technology solutions that will effect process change in all aspects of our retailing business, this group will share insights into future technologies and business practices that could impact or benefit the industry. For more information about participating in this group, contact Rhett Asher


FMI Connect

Technology is driving everything from consumer behavior to back-of-house operations. It can help you build top-line sales, reduce expenses and improve overall operational excellence. At FMI Connect 2015 Retail Technology & Innovation Pavilion was a highlight of the show floor. See these recap videos for other trends discussed and we'll see you in 2016! 

FMI Technology Resources

  • 2015 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends

    The Food Marketing Institute has long supported U.S. food retailers through annual surveys of shopper behaviors and attitudes, providing consistent metrics to evaluate the changing market landscape. This year, FMI worked with the Hartman Group to supplement our U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends research perspective with a cultural lens, interviewing Americans in their homes and while shopping, and drawing upon ethnographic research into U.S. food consumption and consumers.


  • 2015 U.S. Grocery Industry Speaks

    In its 65th year, FMI’s The Food Retailing Industry Speaks ("Speaks") provides the industry with important operational and financial benchmarks ranging from sales and profits to shrink, turns and differentiation tactics. The data is drawn primarily from FMI’s annual survey of U.S. food retailers and wholesalers, and was supplemented with information from public company Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) 10K filings.
  • Grocers Get Their Turn to be Heard On EMV in House Hearing

    Oct 21, 2015
    Art Potash Testifies on EMV to House Small Business CommitteeThe panel consisted of four merchants and one witness depicting the consumer perspective. FMI was thrilled to have Art Potash with Potash Markets from Chicago, Illinois testify on our behalf to give the grocer’s perspective. Art is an active member of FMI; he sits on our Independent Operators Committee, is a member of our Board of Directors and has been an invaluable resource, especially during the height of our interchange lobbying battle. FMI also submitted a statement for the record andtestimony.
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  • Visa Says it Competes for Merchant Business…Fact or Fiction?

    Oct 09, 2015
    EMV HearingThis week, the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee held a hearing on EMV migration and the challenges small businesses are facing under the liability shift deadline. When the House Small Business Committee announced it would hold a hearing with Visa, the Electronic Transactions Association, a bank and a credit union, FMI, like many other merchant trade associations, expressed concern that the hearing lacked a voice for merchants. We have since been assured that the committee is planning a hearing on October 21 to represent all merchants, and FMI will feature a grocer witness.
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  • Preparing in the Eye of the Storm

    Oct 02, 2015
    Rain StormGrocery stores often became the choice command centers for crisis professionals during Sandy, providing shelter, power generators, supplies, and of course, food.  I heard from our stores up and down the Mid Atlantic where the storm wiped out roads and literally created islands. Our members rated the lack of infrastructure and ease of access as two of the biggest obstacles in getting communities the support they needed. When ice, water and supplies cannot reach the intended destination, it’s often important to know what government agency and to whom to direct the crisis call.
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  • The 2015 NRSS Has Been Released: So What?

    Sep 18, 2015

    Think Differently About Your Loss Prevention ProgramAnother year. Another National Retail Security Survey (NRSS). So what? What is the significance of this survey? Does the information within affect the outcome of your company’s shrink results? What is the importance of knowing how other retailers view their shrink results? Does this survey help those of us in the food retail industry attack shrink with a better outcome than had this survey never had been conducted? In an effort to simultaneously answer all of these questions without seeming elusive, the answer is: it depends.

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  • What are FMI’s Asset Protection Plans for 2016?

    Jun 26, 2015
    FMI Asset Protection PlansRecently members of the FMI Asset Protection Council and Risk & Safety Council both descended on our newly renovated headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, to challenge the organization and themselves to “think differently” about tackling critical industry initiatives and continuing to raise the bar in 2016.
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