NGA Blog

  • CART Reflections from The NGA Show

    The success of The NGA Show shows the resilience of independent retailers as they continue to push ahead. After having a few days to digest all the conversations held over the few days of the show, I have a couple thoughts to share.

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  • Best of the Best Baggers

    NGA is proud to recognize the importance of great customer service and superior bagging skills through our National Best Bagger Competition, sponsored by PepsiCo, and held annually as a part of The NGA Show in Las Vegas.

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  • The Only Show Created Exclusively for the Independent Grocer

    For over 30 years, The NGA Show has been the place where independents gather, connecting grocery retailers and wholesalers, food manufacturers and service providers from around the world to share innovative solutions and best practices that support and strengthen the independent supermarket channel.

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  • New Year, New Congress, New Administration

    This month saw the swearing in of a new President and a new Republican controlled 115th Congress. Given the control of all three branches of government, Congress has set an aggressive tone for 2017.

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  • A Growing Community: NGA's Year in Review

    If there were one word to describe this past year for NGA it would be growth. Our success throughout the past year tells a great story of a vibrant industry. In light of a challenging economic time and an extremely competitive marketplace, it’s a huge positive to see the independent supermarket community so driven to serve their customers and building their businesses.

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  • Top 10 Technology Predictions for 2017

    As we quickly approach the end of the year its time again to look forward to what 2017 will bring. Using its unique perspective into retail industry interest and new innovation rushing into the industry, CART brings us their thoughts on what to look for in the year ahead.

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  • Decoding DC: Part Two

    This time next week will be Election Day! With the elections just 5 days away, today's "Decoding DC" post brings you terms that are often thrown around during election season.

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  • Decoding DC: Part One

    Washington, DC has long been criticized of speaking its own language - this "Decoding DC" blog series, brought to you by the NGA Government Relations team, is here to help you cut through all the political jargon and get to the core of the issues that matter to you! We'll be providing definitions and insight into some of the most commonly used terms in DC. With Election Day just 10 days away, this week’s edition brings you terms that are often thrown around during election season.

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  • Innovative Independents

    The supermarket business is not for the faint of heart. Low profit margins and constantly changing consumer preferences make it challenging even for the best operators. Uncertain economic conditions and an explosion of new store formats have caused many to speculate about the demise of the supermarket as we know it. Yet despite challenges and headwinds, the grocery store is not just alive and well – it’s kicking!

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  • EMV 1-year Anniversary

    As we transition from summer into fall, independent grocers continue to face challenges as they attempt to complete the transition to EMV (Europay, MasterCard, and Visa) chip readers at the point of sale (POS). October 1 marks the one-year anniversary of the liability shift that was forced upon retailers who were unable to meet the aggressive implementation timeline set in place by EMVCo.

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  • Independent Grocers Step Up When Their Community Needed Them Most

    The Great Flood of 2016 devastated more than 20 parishes in Louisiana, inundating thousands of houses, local businesses, churches, and more with putrid flood waters. While the flood waters washed away homes and memories, it also brought out the best in communities, including tremendous support from the independent grocer community. #GrocersCare

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  • Ready for some football? Tasty Tailgate and Other Crowd Pleasers

    Last night kicked off the NFL football season and college football is well underway! Whether you’re a huge fan, or just love getting the gang together, football season is a time to whip up tasty tailgate treats for friends and family. Here are just a few of the yummy recipes from independent supermarkets coast to coast.

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  • Back to School Meal Makeovers

    Summer flew by and it's time to get back to the books! Whether prepping for preschool, grade school, high school, or college, a little planning goes a long way. With the right ingredients and equipment, you can make fast and easy take-away meals that are better for you and your family when you're on the go—whether it's for school, work or play! Here are three simple ways to make mealtime simpler during the school year.

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  • In the wake of the Louisiana flooding disaster

    As many of you are aware by now, our friends in Louisiana have experienced what the Red Cross is calling the “worst natural disaster to strike the U.S. since Superstorm Sandy.” In an effort to assist those who have been affected by the severe storms and flooding in the state, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) granted today a request made by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services to allow for the purchase of hot foods and hot foods ready for immediate consumption with SNAP benefits.

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  • Summer Essential Food Safety Guide for Your Next BBQ

    Nothing smells of summer quite like the scent of a grilled burger and veggies wafting across a picnic table of watermelon slices, red-mouthed Popsicle smiles, and sunburnt noses. Just like SPF protection for our shoulders, bug spray protection for our skin, and sunglasses for our eyes, it is important to make sure that all foods at your next BBQ are safe from potential hazards that the summer heat can bring.

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  • Fresh is In

    Retailers have seen an uptick in consumer demand for high-quality fresh and local foods. Driven by knowledgeable consumers who are increasingly seeking fresh food choices, independent grocers are among industry leaders in expanding their fresh selections in produce, meat, dairy and bakery items.

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  • A look at the Executive Leadership Development Program

    Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to participate in the Executive Leadership Development Program at Cornell University. Unlike the many NGA events I attend, I was there as a participant rather than to facilitate the program as a member of NGA's staff, and went through the same nomination process as other attendees.

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  • Debit Card Swipe Fee Reform a Step in the Right Direction

    Earlier this week, Congressman Neugebauer (TX-19) introduced H.R. 5465, a bill to repeal swipe fee reforms, also known as the Durbin Amendment provision, which passed as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act back in 2010.

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  • Technology and Trading Partners

    Staying ahead of the curve can mean many things, especially to independent supermarket operators, who have a unique set of challenges and opportunities in the food retail industry. It’s widely accepted that senior retail executives must have broad experience in marketing, finance, and operations – while relying on a strong relationship with wholesalers and manufacturers and service suppliers.

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  • Mr. Wright Goes to Washington

    The House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to examine the issues retailers face while administering Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Jimmy Wright, owner of Wright’s Market in Opelika, Alabama, testified at this hearing on behalf of NGA and the independent supermarket industry.

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