FMI Updates: News, Blog, and Events

Leadership During A Rapid Pace of Change
Leadership is the skill that will get you everywhere. That’s Mary Walter’s motto and she will be sharing her strategies and experiences from working with Fortune 300 retail companies during Future Leaders at FMI Connect in the session The Secrets to Building a High-Performance Team on June 21 at 1:30 pm CT. As a retail expert, Mary knows how to make effective change happen, which is often difficult in today’s grocery retail business that is experiencing a rapid pace of change. I had the opportun...
Talking Family Meals at FMI Connect
In its first year, National Family Meals Month™ achieved significant momentum around its key priorities. We issued a pledge challenge and retailers and suppliers raised their oven mitts at the 2015 FMI Foundation Gala, garnering the support of almost 100 companies and organizations for our inaugural campaign in September. The success of the National Family Meals Month™ campaign was in large part due to the approachable theme, customizable participation parameters and messaging that could fit in...
Accurate Information and Effective Communication: Key to Retail Allergen Management
FMI recently published a Retail Allergen Resource Guide to address food allergens with store brand products, in-store practices and procedures, employee and customer awareness and engagement. Development of the Retail Allergen Resource Guide was a collaborative effort to provide insight, resources and information on food allergen management at retail.
Solar-Powered Oven and More at FMI Connect
Many of this year’s CES Innovation Award winners involve food-related technology—think The Jetsons’ kitchen. We want food retailers to be able to experience some of these new innovations before they become common place in the household. That’s why will be showcasing several of the CES Innovation Award winners in the FMI Connect Tech Zone in June.
A First-Hand Look at Fresh Prepared Innovation: Upcoming Store Tours
Beginning Thursday afternoon, FMI Connect will offer two exciting tours that will allow you to visit food retailers who are working to stay ahead of consumer demands by exploring new culinary options, offering the tastes shoppers are looking for, and changing the way shoppers think about the traditional grocery store.
Learn to Walk TALL at FMI Future Leaders at FMI Connect
Personal branding is important to one’s career, and can actually support the company brand at the same time. That’s why I’m pleased to welcome Lesley Everett, internationally-known branding expert to the stage at Future Leaders during FMI Connect. A thought-leader on personal branding and executive reputation management, Lesley will be leading the session “Brand Me”: Developing Your Authentic Brand, on Tuesday, June 21, 11:15 am-12:30 pm. Her session will give relevant insight into how you can b...
Three Trends Worth A Wager
I hope your plans will include joining your industry colleagues and me at FMI Connect where we will reveal and explore the new findings in FMI’s 2016 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends. Among a host of other topics, we will discuss three findings worth your consideration.
Anticipating Big Changes to the Food Retail Industry’s Workforce
We’re thankful that Secretary Thomas Perez listened to our industry’s concerns and didn’t change the duties test at this time, as it is critical that food retail managers are able to perform essential duties and simultaneously lead by example. While the agency did make some improvements in some of the industry’s concerns, there are aspects of the rule that will create new burdens for the industry. First, a rule with changes of this magnitude needs adequate implementation time and starting some t...
The Poetry of Public Policy
Love or hate my rhyme, it is still critical that you keep up to date on the legislative and regulatory actions that could impact your business. Sign-up now to start receiving FMI’s weekly GR Report newsletter and visit our webpage to learn about our policy related publications including our state report and more. While you’re at it, follow @FMI_GR on Twitter.
Today is the Tomorrow We Worried about Yesterday
Now in its 66th year, FMI’s The Food Retailing Speaks survey is currently in the field and for the last 12 years, FMI Speaks has asked senior leaders in the food industry about the issues that affect their ability to succeed in the marketplace. Known as the FMI Worry Index, when it was initiated in 2004 only one issue rated highly that year—above 7 on a 10-point scale— and to no surprise that top concern was competition. Each year the impact of individual issues changes but what stays constant a...
FSMA Compliance Solutions at FMI Connect
FMI has been working with the FDA on the FSMA regulations for years and knows the intricacies of the law and the regulations and how they work together. FMI Connect is the place to be to ask questions and meet the experts who can help.
Food Retailers Get Their Turn to Talk SNAP
It is a rare occasion on Capitol Hill when both parties agree on something. This week, we got a rare glimpse of bipartisanship at a House Agriculture Committee hearing on retailers’ perspectives on USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). FMI was excited that Kathy Hanna, Senior Director, Enterprise Payments, from The Kroger Company testified sharing her expertise and experience from accepting the old paper food stamps to the fully integrated national EBT system that we have toda...
Talking Food Waste on Capitol Hill
Last week, I joined members of the Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA) – representing the nation’s grocers, food manufacturers and restaurants – to brief staff from the U.S. House of Representatives on the alliance’s mission and progress to mitigate food waste in the U.S. An estimated 40 staffers were in attendance.
And the Store Manager Award Finalists Are…
Each year, I have the pleasure of collecting the nominations for our Store Manager Awards and managing the judging process. Reading through 85 nominations this year was like taking a sneak peek into the lives of these everyday heroes; I was virtually witness to the impact they’ve made on their stores, with their employees and in their communities. Now that the judges have narrowed the field down to just 10 finalists, I’m on the edge of my seat waiting to celebrate the final four winners!
Does On-Shelf Availability Matter for Bottom Line Results?
Despite many years of good faith efforts by manufacturers and retailers, the average out-of-stock rate remains a stubborn 8 percent, often exceeding 10 percent for promoted items. The potential revenue loss combined with the harm to shopper satisfaction and loyalty is a big challenge shared by all in the industry.
Everyone to the Table!
FMI Connect is that “table,” the platform upon which retailers, manufacturers and suppliers can gather to share information, introduce new ideas, analyze their businesses, track the pulse of the shopper and look for new ways to reach an evolving consumer base and profit from it.
Improve Your Policy Aptitude and Your Fridays: Sign-Up for FMI’s Government Relations Updates
FMI plays an important role on behalf of the industry to educate lawmakers and policymakers about the impact of certain policies on the operations of your business. We also develop compliance tools and alerts for you and your team, but your company must also play an active role in providing first-hand examples and stories regarding the challenges you face as well as helping us prioritize our work on issues.
Your Own Personal Tech Help Desk at FMI Connect
Like 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.
Sliced Cheese and Burger Patties Meet At Last in the Aisle
Last week hundreds of food safety representatives from regulatory, industry, academia, professional organizations and consumer groups gathered at the 2016 Conference for Food Protection biennial meeting in Boise, Idaho. Each Council had close to 14 hours to deliberate issues submitted to CFP to address food safety concerns and develop recommendations to incorporate into the next FDA Food Code edition.
3 Parts of FMI Connect Sure to Increase Your Private Brands Sales
With the growing importance private brands play for food retailers, we’re paying special attention to ensure attendees at FMI Connect walk away with the ideas, tools, contacts and more to make their private brand sales increase. Here are three parts of FMI Connect you won’t want to miss if you’re looking to capitalize on your private brands.

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