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The latest equipment, design and operations products and services will be on display at FMI Connect this month.
By Carol radiCe
EQUIPPED FOR CHANGE
Several Consumer trends are dra- matiCally Changing the landscape of food retailing. More men are shop- ping for groceries and doing the cooking. People have also become more critical of
their food, carefully weighing options and
willing to shop at a variety of formats to get
what they want.
Combined with the influence being asserted
by the Millennial generation—which clearly
has is own unique approach to food choice and
preparation—and retailers continue to rethink
the way they approach store layout, merchandise presentation and design.
Given these developments, industry observers say it is critical that grocers sharpen their
shopper loyalty, category management and
merchandising skills if they have any hope
of creating better customer experiences. FMI
Connect, which will occur June 20-23 at
Chicago’s McCormick Place, will be tackling
these and other prominent industry topics.
This is the first time in four years SPC Retail
will exhibit at FMI Connect. Harry Newton,
director of sales and marketing, for the Holly,
Mich.-based company says the current retail
environment was behind the decision to come
back to FMI after the multi-year absence.
“We decided to attend FMI Connect this year
so that we can meet and engage with two of
our largest core markets—grocery and convenience store retailers,” says Newton.
Grocers may have mastered perimeter merchandising, but as Newton notes, many struggle with finding the best way to improve center
store sales. “Grocers complain that shoppers
do not go down their long boring grocery
aisles,” says Newton. “We hear this all the
time, yet few have the guts to explore strategies
to improve their situation.” The key, he says, is
to focus on ways that quickly and affordably
improve the grocery space while making it
easier and more convenient for shoppers.
For instance, by telling better product
stories at the beginning of the grocery aisle
and pulling ingredients together to show
shoppers how to make a meal, Newton says
retailers can inspire them and make it easy to
There are several reasons Rice Lake
Weighing Systems Retail attends FMI
Connect, says Grant Sutherland, retail prod-
uct manager for the Rice Lake, Wis.-base com-
pany, including that fact that the show attracts
more than 12,000 professionals each year.
“FMI connect is the premier food retail event
of the year,” says Sutherland. “From new prod-
ucts and equipment, to professional develop-
ment and emerging trends, FMI is the total
Sutherland says Rice Lake Weighing
Systems Retail exhibits at FMI to showcase its
partner, Ishida’s, latest retail technology with
hands-on product demonstrations to improve
production processes and flow.
Officials at Corrigan Corp. of America say