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June 25, 2014
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  • A look back at FMI Connect
    Earlier this month, executives, managers, wholesalers and other members of the food retail industry met in Chicago to attend FMI Connect, FMI's new annual show. Below you'll find coverage of FMI Connect sessions, events and exhibits that explored emerging consumer insights, examined the current landscape of food retail and offered a peek into the future of our industry.

    The countdown has already begun for next year's show, which will be held June 9 through 11 at Chicago's McCormick Place. To stay on top of food retail news all year long, subscribe to FMI dailyLead and check out original coverage of food industry news on SmartBlog on Food & Beverage. Email this Story
  • FMI Connect brought value, education to attendees:   FMI Connect attendees voiced support for the now-annual event, and executives, store managers, suppliers and other industry professionals praised the variety of educational sessions, as well as the equipment and technology on display. "I think it's important, it's viable and it provides value," said Brian Haaraoja, vice president of fresh merchandising for SpartanNash, which sent 15 employees to FMI Connect. Supermarket News (free registration) (6/13) Email this Story
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Consumer Insights 
  • Exhibit delves into the supermarket of the future
    By 2025, shoppers can expect to see trends including a new front end, micropersonalization, advisers, hypershowrooming and supermarkets that operate as stores by day and fill other roles, such as restaurants, at night, according to the Retail Experience of the Future exhibit at FMI Connect. "We believe in the future stores will physically transform," said Tre Musco, CEO of design firm Tesser, which oversaw the exhibit. Advertising Age (free access for SmartBrief readers) (6/12) Email this Story
  • Demand for local, organic food is on the rise
    Some 56% of consumers reported buying organic produce in the past three months, the grocery segment that tends to be the entry point into organic for most consumers, and 47% said they're interested in buying locally grown produce. Demand for local food is likely to outpace organic in the years to come, said Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics, in a presentation at FMI Connect. Supermarket News (free registration) (6/12) Email this Story
  • Survey: Grocery apps should offer solutions
    Consumers who are heavily involved in social media are "just not interested" in grocery applications, but shoppers who do use such apps are primarily concerned about basic functionality, says food marketing professor Nancy Childs, who presented her research at FMI Connect. Childs found that grocery apps work best on a customized level and that consumers seek apps providing loyalty points tracking, calculation of in-store spending as they shop, access to past shopping lists and reminders of important, personalized dates. Supermarket News (free registration) (6/12) Email this Story
  • Midmarket grocers must focus on customer needs
    Midmarket grocers are losing market share to upscale markets and value stores as shoppers are "choosing to go either up or down" depending on their budgets, FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin said at FMI Connect. Value shoppers "may like midmarket stores better, and they may even rate them substantially higher than the store they feel they must shop, but in the end, they feel they simply cannot afford to shop midmarket," Sarasin said. Supermarket News (free registration) (6/11) Email this Story
  • Faster checkout lines have curbed impulse buys
    Supermarkets of the future could feature more personalized shopping, mobile checkouts and a front-end experience that changes based on the time of day, industry experts suggested at an FMI Connect panel. High-speed and hand-held scanners are already improving checkout times at chains such as Wal-Mart Stores and Kroger, but retailers must adapt front-end offerings, because checkout innovations have cut into the profit margins of checkout lane products, said Frank Jimenez, a retail executive at Hershey. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (6/11) Email this Story
The Food Retail Landscape 
  • Food safety pros display new technology at FMI Connect
    Numerous food safety technologies were on display at FMI Connect, linking food manufacturers, suppliers and retailers with members of the food safety industry. Some of the technologies on the floor included Birko's self-foaming, chlorinated alkaline cleaners, the Bizerba BVS vision system for label inspection and T Transparency cloud-based software from Trace One that optimizes supply chain tracking. (France) (6/10) Email this Story
  • Harmons to expand health-focused checkout lanes
    Harmons will expand healthy food options available in checkout lanes, adding items chosen by the chain's dietitian team that aim to appeal to shoppers' grab-and-go needs, Director of Pharmacy Greg Jones said at FMI Connect. The special lanes, which offer snacks such as single bananas, are the first to open in the morning and the last to close at night, he said. Supermarket News (free registration) (6/13) Email this Story
  • Panel: CPG companies work to add women in top jobs
    Female leaders associated with Wal-Mart, Walgreen, Kraft and PepsiCo shared insights into how their companies are working to foster more women in their leadership ranks during a panel at FMI Connect. Aspiring leaders need to know the difference between being a friend and being a colleague, and learn the art of delegating to avoid burning out, panelists said. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Food & Beverage (6/16) Email this Story
  • Retailers need to seize front-end opportunities
    About 44% of shoppers purchase front-end items as impulse buys, and updating front-end offerings and displays could add $560 million across the industry, speakers said at FMI Connect. Retailers should place power category products in front-end displays, such as beverages, confection and magazines, as these items drive more than 90% of front-end sales, according to Ron Hughes, Coca-Cola's director of shopper experience innovation. Supermarket News (free registration) (6/11) Email this Story
FMI Resources 
  • Post-conference webinar series offers continued learning opportunities
    Take advantage of these free educational webinars to further explore topics from FMI Connect. Six webinars will explore topics such as improving your health and wellness programs, social media success, women's leadership and fostering relationships with elected officials. View the webinar schedule and register. Email this Story
  • Stay informed with the Voice of Food Retail
    Follow the new Voice of Food Retail blog from FMI to get in-depth analysis on food retail priority issues, new research, trends and inside-the-industry knowledge from experts. View FMI's Voice of Food Retail blog. Email this Story

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