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April 24, 2013
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A look ahead to FMI Future Connect 2013
Food retailers will gather next week at The Peabody Orlando, Orlando, Fla., for FMI Future Connect 2013, April 29 through May 2. With a focus on leadership development, the show will address all levels of management and provide attendees with the tools and information they need to succeed in today's changing food retail landscape.

Expect sessions to cover everything from social media, food culture and trends to leadership skills, finance, business partnerships and industry collaboration. This year's show highlights include opening remarks from Dave Dillon, chairman and CEO of Kroger, Leslie Sarasin, president and CEO of FMI, Delhaize America's Teross Young, Rick Brindle of Mondelez International, Tim Hassett of Campbell North America, Rich Tarrant, CEO of MyWebGrocer, and many more. Be sure to check out the full schedule of events and download the digital brochure.

This Special Report offers a sneak peek into the topics to be addressed at the show, and will help prepare you for the plethora of education and information awaiting you at FMI's Future Connect 2013.
A Look Ahead 
  • Retailers, consumers and the social conversation
    Consumers want their interactions with retailers to be fresh, engaging and important whether they're talking face to face or via social media channels, says Michael Sansolo, vice chairman of the board for The Food Institute and research director of the Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council. "And let's not forget that even in the age of hyper-connectivity, customer service and face-to-face communication still matters. The technology is a tool that we need to use properly, but we still need to create great experiences." SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (4/23) Email this Story
  • FMI to name Store Manager Award winners on April 30
    FMI has named 10 finalists for its annual Store Manager Awards, and will name one grand prize winner in each of four categories at the Future Connect leadership conference in Orlando, Fla., next week. The categories are based on company size, and nominees are judged on a long list of criteria including leadership and motivational skills. Supermarket News (free registration) (4/1) Email this Story
 New digital solutions are changing the game for retailers
Retailers are taking advantage of Coca-Cola's deep experience using digital media to connect with shoppers — from generating demand to driving purchases to post-purchase conversations. Learn more at the FMI Future Connect Coca-Cola Happiness Lounge or click here.

Corporate Leadership 
  • Retailers create classes to help workers gain skills and credits
    Wal-Mart, Starbucks and Jiffy Lube are among the growing number of businesses that are creating classes geared toward the skills their workers need to do their current jobs and advance in their careers, and they're increasingly crafting curricula that qualifies for college credits. "What companies like is just-in-time learning that gives somebody a skill they need at the time they need it," says Pepperdine University business professor Mark Allen. CNNMoney (4/16) Email this Story
  • Mich. association's Gobler is honored by FMI
    Linda Gobler of the Michigan Grocers Association has received the Donald H. MacManus Association Executive Award from FMI for her legislative leadership. "Linda has a remarkable reputation of protecting grocers from government overreach and helping reduce the cost of doing business," FMI President and CEO Leslie Sarasin said. Supermarket News (free registration) (4/17) Email this Story
  • Food-industry CEOs share how they made it to the top
    The CEOs of Daymon Worldwide, Jamba Juice and Darden Restaurants gave career advice to CEOs and industry leaders at the Women's Foodservice Forum's annual Leadership Development Conference this month. The executives emphasized the importance of knowing yourself and the direction you want for your career, and focusing more on the content of a job than on its title. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (4/16) Email this Story
  • The myth of the "global CEO"
    Despite the success of émigré executives such as Coca-Cola's Muhtar Kent and Sony's Howard Stringer, "global CEOs" remain a relative rarity, according to a Booz & Co. analysis. Even at the largest multinationals, only a quarter of incoming CEOs weren't born in the country in which their company was headquartered. In the U.S., meanwhile, just 14% of firms hired foreign-born bosses. CNNMoney/Fortune (4/16) Email this Story
 Supercharge your marketing and merchandising
Coca-Cola® customers are enjoying powerful support aimed at making their businesses flourish. Take advantage of strategies, tools and online resources to supercharge your marketing and merchandising efforts. Learn more at the FMI Future Connect Coca-Cola Happiness Lounge or click here.

FMI Resources 
  • With Future Connect just days away, it's time to do your last-minute homework!
    • Complete the pre-conference planning tools. Future Connect attendees are encouraged to have a pre-conference meeting with their supervisor to outline specific goals and objectives for the event. After Future Connect, attendees and supervisors are encouraged to review program learnings and create a path to address performance improvement opportunities. Download the tools here.
    • Catch up on the pre-conference webinars, including Making the Most of Future Connect."
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  • Download the app and make use of the great features, including My Schedule. It allows you to pick sessions and add them to your own, personal itinerary.
    • iPhone and iPad users: search "Future Connect 2013" on the Apple App Store
    • Android users: search "Future Connect 2013" on the Google Play Store.
    • BlackBerry and Windows users: go to this address on your smartphones:
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  • Need a refresher? Browse the archives and download bonus research and presentations from Future Connect 2011.
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