Food Marketing Institute announces presenters at its Executive Leadership Forum on June 13

Food Marketing Institute announces presenters at its Executive Leadership Forum on June 13


ARLINGTON, VA, 2017-Jun-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) announced today (Jun 8, 2017) headliners addressing technology foresight, management and elevation at its Executive Leadership Forum on June 13.

Executive leaders from key retail, insight and technology companies — including The Kroger Co., Nielsen, Cisco, SAP America, Brookshire Grocery Company and RangeMe – will delve into prioritizing digital strategies and why and how these companies have put their chief information officers (CIO) and chief technology officers (CTO) at the center of enterprise-wide digital initiatives.

FMI Chief Collaboration Officer, Senior Vice President, Industry Relations, Mark Baum offered, “Our forum presenters will make the case that the position of the CIO/CTO has transformed into a strategic enabler in today’s retail landscape, a departure from their traditional role as the interpreter of techno-talk or the head of a capital-hungry cost center. The developments will further challenge CEOs and other C-suite executives to co-lead technology discussion and decision in the board room, and subsequently better meet the changing needs of today’s digitally engaged consumer.”

Contributors to the forum include:

  • John D’Anna, Executive Vice President Chief Strategic Officer, Brookshire Grocery Company
  • Annette Franke, Vice President, Kroger Technology (Moderator)
  • Glo Gordon, Vice President, IOT Cloud, Cisco
  • Nicky Jackson, President & Co-Founder, RangeMe
  • Lori Mitchell-Keller, Global General Manager Consumer Industries, SAP
  • Laurie Rains, Group Vice President, U.S. Retail Consumer & Shopper Analytics, Nielsen

A supporting corporate partner for the event, SAP’s Mitchell-Keller noted, “The CIO is the new strategic innovation and information officer – aligned to the CEO, and the enabler of new business processes – because the digital transformation of grocery is the future and is something the entire organization must embark on together.”

SAP will also host roundtable discussions that focus on critical omnichannel infrastructure areas: digital store operations and commerce; digital supply chain; digital marketing and merchandising; and digital fresh. C-level industry participants from major grocery, regional, independent operators and wholesalers will participate and represent companies such as Brookshire Grocery Company, Meijer, Inc., Price Chopper Supermarkets, Publix Super Markets, Inc. and The Kroger Co.

“The industry has changed, retail has changed, and we’ve turned to technology leaders to take us into a new era of intelligence and scalability,” RangeMe’s Jackson said. “I cannot think of a more forward-thinking and appropriate group of leaders to address our new digital reality for the food retail industry.”

Nielsen’s Rains suggested, “Our joint initiative with FMI continues to help us gain a stronger understanding of the diverse, and rapidly evolving needs of the digital consumer. Today’s retailers need to establish tighter digital connections with shoppers – and that starts with trust, value, experience and broadens to assortment, convenience and personalization. Retailer and manufacturers need to focus more deeply on the needs of consumers, their digital engagement requirements and the changing economics of food retail.”

Now in its second year, the FMI Executive Leadership Forum is an exclusive event open to a limited number of food retail and wholesale executives and sponsors. Executives will garner actionable insights on the digitally connected consumer in an intimate format.

For Media: While the FMI Executive Leadership Forum is closed to press, we welcome the opportunity to share insights from panelists via scheduled interviews pre- or post-event.

About RangeMe
RangeMe is the leading online platform that streamlines new product discovery between suppliers and retailers. The award-winning platform empowers retail buyers with an efficient way to source innovative new products and manage the inbound product submission process. For product suppliers and manufacturers, RangeMe gives increased control over the marketing of their products and greater access to retail buyers.

About SAP

As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 350,000 business and public sector customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit

About Nielsen
Nielsen is a global performance management company that provides a comprehensive understanding of what consumers watch and buy. Nielsen’s Watch segment provides media and advertising clients with Total Audience measurement services for all devices on which content — video, audio and text — is consumed. The Buy segment offers consumer packaged goods manufacturers and retailers the industry’s only global view of retail performance measurement. By integrating information from its Watch and Buy segments and other data sources, Nielsen also provides its clients with analytics that help improve performance. Nielsen, an S&P 500 company, has operations in over 100 countries, covering more than 90% of the world’s population. For more information, visit

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit


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NGA & Nielsen national grocery shoppers survey: high consumer satisfaction among independent supermarkets

Las Vegas, NV, 2017-Feb-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, today (Feb 13, 2017) released topline results from its national grocery shoppers survey that was conducted by Nielsen on behalf of NGA. The survey segments data by independent shoppers from regional and national chain shoppers and provides analysis into consumer attitudes and behaviors. Insights from the survey, along with recommendations on how independents can identify trends and implement strategies to grow their bottom lines were presented during an educational session at The NGA Show.

The results revealed high consumer satisfaction among independent supermarkets. 82% of respondents who primarily shop at an independent supermarket reported being very/extremely satisfied compared to 65% of respondents who reported being very/extremely satisfied with a national chain. Findings from the survey also showed that independent grocers perform highly in featuring fresh food, the selection of locally grown produce and other packaged goods, and high quality fresh fruits and vegetables.

“In an extremely competitive industry, independents are finding innovative ways to differentiate themselves in the marketplace and are doing so with much success,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO, National Grocers Association. “With their strong community roots and the agility to respond quickly to consumer demand, independent grocers are on the forefront of meeting customer demand, particularly in areas such as local and fresh.”

“Survey results show once again that grocery shoppers are extremely satisfied with the experience they are having with independent grocery stores. While independents can grow their market share by leveraging their strengths, there are areas of opportunity for growth, such as in the health and wellness categories and offering dietitian services,” said Laurie Rains, vice president, U.S. Retail Consumer & Shopper Analytics at Nielsen.

“The results from this survey provide good recommendations that independent grocers can implement to win in the marketplace. NGA is providing resources to our members to help them implement new business strategies to grow their bottom line,” Larkin noted.

Key findings of the research included:

Local Offerings – According to the survey results, independents shoppers value locally grown fresh foods and source traceability more than national and regional chain shoppers.

The Health and Wellness Wave – Six in ten shoppers believe that healthy foods should be displayed alongside other food items.

Digital Touch – Results show that 20% of shoppers shop online, up from 16% last year, with 74% who shop online use a delivery service and 44% use click and collect.

Community – A quarter of shoppers are strongly influenced by a store that engages in the community, up 4% higher than last year’s results.

These survey results will be released in full and further examined in a “The Independent Consumer” webinar series throughout 2017. This research report was sponsored by The Shelby Report.

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Methodology: The National Survey of Grocery Shoppers was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of The National Grocers Association (NGA) among 1902 adults, 18 and over between November 1 – November 25, 2016 using a sample from the Harris Poll Panel.  The sample was split into a geographic grouping of urban, suburban, and rural shoppers, and was segmented by consumers who shop at independent supermarkets.

Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Poll surveys. Because the sample is based on those who were invited to participate in the Harris Poll online research panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. A complete survey method, including weighting variables, is available upon request.


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