While the overall retail workforce is split between women and men, women are vastly under-represented in leadership positions, according to research shared at the FMI Connect session “Leveraging Women's Leadership to Unlock the Potential of Your Workforce.”
Although some retailers and wholesalers said they thought attendance was a little lighter than they expected at FMI Connect and United Fresh 2014, they were broadly and enthusiastically supportive of the return to an every-year educational conference and trade show, and also appreciated having the event in Chicago again.
Harmons is looking at adding more healthy checkout lanes, said Director of Pharmacy Greg Jones, at the Thursday FMI Connect session “Healthy in-store marketing: Innovative approaches to drive healthy purchases.”
In the Wednesday session at FMI Connect, “Power of Fresh: Leveraging shopper trends in meat and produce,” Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics pointed to organic as one of the lasting trends in fresh departments.
Fifty percent of all eating occasions are snacks, with the traditional three squares a day composing the rest of eating occasions, said Laurie Demeritt, CEO of the Hartman Group, at an FMI Connect session on Wednesday.
On the same day her new book "Hard Choices" debuted, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton gave the keynote address at the FMI Connect and United Fresh general session Tuesday, stressing the difficult choices the country has to make going forward.