Technology

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.


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 Doug Baker

EVENTS

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.

All NEW for 2016: Pulse: Technology Enabling the Path to Modern Retailing, an executive program connecting technology solutions providers with top retail and CPG executives. Learn more...

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.
  • Your Own Personal Tech Help Desk at FMI Connect

    May 05, 2016
    Tech Zone at FMI ConnectLike every other industry sector, technology has transformed the food retail business over the last 20 to 30 years, and will continue to do so, probably forever. Just as your customers are constantly adopting the latest electronic gadgets, you too must be sure you’re up-to-date on the latest food-related technology that shoppers will be using and will help you drive more profit to your bottom line.
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  • A Book Review of FMI Connect Keynote Speaker Steve Case’s The Third Wave

    Apr 28, 2016
    The Third Wave Book LargeWith Steve Case, entrepreneur, investor and co-founder of America Online, scheduled to speak in a few weeks at FMI Connect, I picked up his new book for a sneak peek at what words of wisdom a pioneer of the internet might offer today’s food retail audience.The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future (Simon & Schuster, April 2016) is part memoir of the rise and fall of America Online (AOL) and part prediction of the industries and opportunities for the near future. There are lessons in both for grocers and those who work for and with them.
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  • Graduating Students Take the Food Industry into the Future

    Apr 27, 2016
    Graduation CapStudents delivered their capstone presentations in March, and two teams were selected to deliver again at the mid-April Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) conference in Honolulu, HI. All of the topics demonstrated the level of innovation and future thinking that is developed among this talent pool. The featured topics at WAFC included The Age of You and Invisible Hands.
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  • Is Your Company Prepared for a Cyber Crisis?

    Apr 26, 2016
    credit card_smI spoke with Raj Bector, partner in Oliver Wyman’s Strategic IT and Operations Practice, on the importance of retailers being prepared for cyber crises and understanding how to implement effective cyber risk management. I also caught up with Hannah Walker, FMI’s senior director of technology and nutrition policy on what she’s hearing from FMI members.
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  • Technology Changes in Food Retail

    Apr 25, 2016
    20151208-FMI-326-WEBI was recently talking with Art Yerecic, president of Yerecic Label, and he shared that they are seeing consumers buying produce online, even ahead of dry grocery, demonstrating the need for food retailers to offer more channel flexibility. I see this as yet another way technology is changing the way food retailers do business.
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