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May 15, 2019
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See you at the Summit.
See you at the Summit.

Our current work with Trading Partner Alliance, which is a joint alliance between FMI and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, is focused on exploring transportation-specific topics such as increasing asset utilization, driver shortage challenges, reducing demand volatility and more.

We invite you to join the conversation June 5-6 at the 2019 TPA Transportation Summit, in Arlington, Va. The event will challenge your thinking and show you what's now and what's next for your business through two days of progressive education.

You'll benefit from hearing regulatory and industry updates, exchanging ideas and gaining deeper knowledge to problem-solve transportation issues in the supply chain. You'll also have the ability to expand your network of resources and develop true working relationships with industry peers facing similar challenges.

We know the small-group format with interactive, collaborative roundtables and discussion panels will provide the perfect environment to thoroughly examine and discuss issues as they relate to transportation. We also know you'll be able to take home actionable solutions to problems that impact the bottom line.

By highlighting priorities for the industry and devising actionable marketplace solutions, we believe we can bring more visibility and transparency to our capacity challenges and identify ways to leverage opportunities so the industry, retailers, trading partners and ultimately, consumers, benefit.

We hope you'll join us next month at the TPA Transportation Summit.

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Backhaul pilot project aims to reduce empty trucks on the road
Backhaul pilot project aims to reduce empty trucks on the road
The issue of backhaul has a unique impact on food retailers. When every dollar counts, food retailers can't afford to waste time, space or fuel. Food retailers would rather focus on customer-facing services, whether it's in the store or online order fulfillment. Having the right products on the shelf at the right time is the priority, so the focus has rightfully been on the forward movement of product. But what to do when backhaul starts affecting your business? Read more.
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Can the driver shortage be solved?
Can the driver shortage be solved?
Retailers, manufacturers and consumers all feel the negative impacts of transportation capacity challenges -- but are there marketplace solutions that can make a difference? According to some of the hottest startups in trucking, the answer is a resounding yes. The Trading Partner Alliance has brought together innovators in trucking at the 2019 TPA Transportation Summit. How do they envision the future of trucking? What economic trends will have the biggest impact on the capacity crunch and long-haul drivers themselves? Find out more.
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FMI and Nielsen expand Digitally Engaged Food Shopper study
FMI and Nielsen expand Digitally Engaged Food Shopper study
The Nielsen and FMI Digitally Engaged Food Shopper effort has worked to uncover insights on current and future digital shopping behaviors within the food retail marketplace, bringing increased visibility into this developing landscape. Through a broadened roster of advisory partners, this year's output brings to life a set of actionable tools and resources to enable FMI members to work toward achieving business profitably in today's challenging omnichannel landscape. The focus is on operational imperatives. Read more and download an Executive Workbook and valuable white papers here.
Yesterday's trailblazers are inspiring tomorrow's food retail leaders
Yesterday's trailblazers are inspiring tomorrow's food retail leaders
Lakeisha Hall is a traffic manager for Associated Wholesale Grocers in Kansas City. Christina Caratura is a human resources specialist for ShopRite in Lawnside, N.J. Scott Kaverman is a category manager for Schnuck Markets in St. Louis, a company he's been with for 18 years. All three work in food retail, an industry that requires unique skills across a wide range of disciplines. But what else do these three individuals have in common? Read further.
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Dive in: How to empower retailers through logistics
Retailers face tough decisions every day trying to meet customer expectations, fulfill order demands and deliver revenue. With a volatile market and changing conditions, how can you grow your business with so many key supply chain constraints? Learn more.
Get it right: FMI Crisis Communications Guide 2019
As the leading providers of safe, affordable and nutritious food across the country, food retailers hold a unique position within communities. When crises occur, how you respond is critical to maintaining relationships with shoppers, employees and business partners. Leverage this manual to prepare, respond and recover from a crisis.
Learn about blockchain: It's not "if" but "when"
With the potential for more foodborne illness outbreaks resulting in recalls, the industry must be able to more readily recall and identify the source of the contamination. Is blockchain the new way to track food through the supply chain to identify the sources of foodborne illnesses? Find out more.
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