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May 8, 2013
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A look back at FMI Future Connect 2013

Last week, the food retail industry converged in Orlando, Fla., to network, learn and be inspired at FMI Future Connect 2013. The report below highlights the speakers, education sessions and news that captivated attendees.

If you missed something at this year's show, resources and slides from many presentations are available to everyone through links in the Future Connect program.

Be sure to join FMI at the upcoming Health and Wellness @ Retail show, May 29-June 1, 2013, in San Antonio, Texas, and at FMI Connect, FMI's Show, June 10-13, 2014, in Chicago for more great content, thought leadership and networking opportunities.

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A Look Back 
  • Store Manager Award grand prize winners announced
    Congratulations to the four grand prize winners announced at the 13th annual Store Manager Award presentation at FMI's professional development conference, Future Connect. The winners were selected among 10 category finalists. They are recognized for their work in store operations, leadership and community involvement. See the winners and read full biographies. Email this Story
  • FMI report examines industry trends
    FMI has released "Food Retailing 2013: Tomorrow's Trends Delivered Today," a look at industry trends based on data analytics and interviews. "The leaders in our industry kept coming back to three key words to describe the future food-retail experience: personal, digital and virtual," FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin said. Progressive Grocer (4/30) , The Shelby Report online (4/30) Email this Story
  • Panel: Will online outlets change grocery stores' fortunes?
    Grocers who spoke on a panel at Future Connect debated research predicting that online retail channels will command about 11% of grocers' sales in the next decade. E-commerce sites may build sales of nonfood grocery items such as diapers and razors, but food is another story, said Crossmark CEO Joe Crafton. "I see retailers experimenting with things like ship-to-store, and same-day pick-up, and I just think retailers are going to make those kinds of adjustments. I believe that bricks and mortar will be here for food." Supermarket News (free registration) (5/1) Email this Story
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Corporate Leadership 
  • Pianist urges bold, decisive action
    Keynote speaker and classical pianist Jade Simmons learned that audiences loved it when she added anecdotes to her performance. This was a lesson in the benefits of capitalizing on your "super skills," she told Future Connect attendees. Simmons also urged executives and companies to be bold, take decisive action and behave more like Superman than Clark Kent. Supermarket News (free registration) (5/1) Email this Story
  • Invite lawmakers to see for themselves, panel advises
    Convincing legislators of the need to see the supermarket industry's side of specific issues may need a personal touch. One strategy could include an invitation to the store to see things like what effects new country of origin labeling rules have at the local store level, according to a panel of supermarket government relations professionals. "Those kinds of visits, where members of Congress can get a hands-on view of what's going on, have been a favorite for us," said Teross Young of Delhaize America. Supermarket News (free registration) (4/30) Email this Story
  • What does your next generation of leaders look like?
    The grocery business has been changing along with society and today there's a greater need than ever for a focus on developing people's skills and teaching them how to lead, says Trudy Bourgeois, CEO and founder of The Center for Workforce Excellence. The industry has significant opportunities to improve, she says in this video, especially when it comes to promoting women and people of color into leadership roles. "It's critical for organizations to be able to reflect the consumer that they serve from top to bottom." Supermarket News (free registration) (4/30) Email this Story
FMI Resources 
  • Post-conference webinars discuss "Tomorrow's Trends"

    In FMI's research on "Tomorrow's Trends," several cornerstone changes have been uncovered that will shape the grocery retailing industry over the coming years. During the first of six in our post-conference webinar series, we will discuss how these emerging trends will shape consumer attitudes and the new shopping environment and will, in turn, impact retailer and manufacturer competitive strategies.

    Presentation highlights include:

    • the changing retailer landscape, both brick and mortar and online;
    • the role of merchandising and marketing in changing the shopping experience;
    • how technology will change the way shoppers shop; and
    • the capabilities retailers and CPG manufacturers will need to compete in the future.

    Register for the webinar and see a complete list of post-conference webinars.

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