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Hallmark helps retailers increase profitability of the virtual basket

Hallmark helps retailers increase profitability of the virtual basket

KANSAS CITY – Hallmark is partnering with retailers to drive profitability by bringing the greeting card aisle to the online marketplace. This focus on delivering new and innovative solutions comes at a time when the grocery industry is experiencing growth in online sales. A Food Marketing Institute-Nielsen report states that U.S. online grocery spending could

Study: Consumers migrating to online grocery shopping

Study: Consumers migrating to online grocery shopping

MIAMI — Within five to seven years, 70% of U.S. consumers will be doing at least some of their grocery shopping online, according to research findings released by the Food Marketing Institute and Nielsen at the FMI’s Midwinter Conference here. The second-year findings of the “Digitally Engaged Food Shopper” study estimates that American consumers will be

Food retailers sharpen focus on wellness

Food retailers sharpen focus on wellness

Each year, the Food Marketing Institute surveys food retailers to identify what trends will have a positive or a negative impact their company’s sales and profits. This provides insights on what keeps chief executive officers up at night and what consumers are telling them they need to do to remain relevant in today’s marketplace. The

There’s still a lot of life left in trade shows

There’s still a lot of life left in trade shows

The Food Marketing Institute’s recent cancellation of FMI Connect, the trade show that had been scheduled for McCormick Place in Chicago next June, raises some interesting questions about the value and long-term viability of such events. FMI Connect and its predecessors were for many years a staple on the supermarket industry calendar, so, as Leslie

FMI eliminates its annual trade show

ARLINGTON, Va. — Citing the changing needs of its members, the Food Marketing Institute is cancelling its annual FMI Connect trade show. “FMI aims at all times to be as agile and as bold as required to serve the needs of our members as well as the broader food industry,” said organization president and chief

FMI alters its event strategy

FMI alters its event strategy

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Wednesday announced it has decided to shift its events strategy and shut down its annual trade show — FMI Connect. The large-scale trade show format is falling out of step with the rapidly changing food industry, Leslie Sarasin, FMI’s president and chief executive officer, wrote in a

Retail groups comment on EPA waste management rules

Retail groups comment on EPA waste management rules

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), Food Marketing Institute, National Association of Chain Drug Stores, National Grocers Association and National Retail Federation have submitted comments on proposals by the Environmental Protection Agency to update waste management regulations that may impact retailers’ handling of unsold consumer products and pharmaceuticals.​ RILA said Tuesday that

FMI vice president Cathy Polley dies

ARLINGTON, Va. — Cathy Polley, a retail veteran who most recently served as vice president of health and wellness at the Food Marketing Institute and as executive director of the FMI Foundation, died November 2. She was 56. A registered pharmacist, Polley was hailed by many as a leading advocate for the ­profession. In spearheading

Industry mourns passing of FMI’s Cathy Polley

Industry mourns passing of FMI’s Cathy Polley

ARLINGTON, Va. — Cathy Polley, vice president of health and wellness at the Food Marketing Institute and executive director of the FMI Foundation, died earlier this week after a long battle with cancer. A registered pharmacist, Polley during the course of her career emerged as a leading advocate for the profession. In overseeing FMI’s health

Scenes from FMI Connect 2015

Scenes from FMI Connect 2015

CHICAGO — The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) held its FMI Connect annual conference and trade expo this week, drawing stakeholders from across the food retailing industry. The event, held June 8 to 11 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, drew more than 13,000 attendees and 420 exhibitors, including supermarket and other grocery retailers and distributors, consumer packaged

Inclusive approach creates competitive edge

Many of the boldface names in the retail and consumer products sectors belong to women. Helena Foulkes is president of CVS/pharmacy, the drug chain where Judy Sansone is chief merchant. Kathee Tesija holds the latter position at Target, and Michelle Gloeckler runs Walmart’s consumables business and heads up the company’s U.S. Manufacturing initiative. Delhaize America

Supreme Court lets swipe fee ruling stand

WASHINGTON — Trade groups representing many of the nation’s largest retailers expressed frustration after the Supreme Court on January 20 declined to take up their challenge to the Federal Reserve’s hotly debated rules for “swipe fees” assessed on credit card and debit card transactions. Retailers and other businesses pay the fees to banks and other financial