NGA Research and Education Foundation

The NGA Foundation provides independent retailers with tools to develop more effective recruiting programs, enhance retention efforts, and bolster professional and leadership development opportunities for employees. 

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NGA-Foundation

Education Center

NGA is committed to providing relevant, robust educational resources to equip NGA member companies with the necessary information and training to compete in the ever-changing marketplace. NGA’s inventory of education programming services every variety of retail grocery professional, at each stage of career development. 

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Student Programs

Student initiatives and scholarship programs highlight NGA’s dedicated effort to make independent grocery retailers and related organizations employers of choice for college graduates. NGA partners with university faculty and students through the work of groups such as WGA (Women Grocers of America), the NGA Research & Education Foundation, the Asparagus Club and the Food Industry University Coalition. 

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Resource Library

General resources for the independent grocer. 

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Surveys & Reports


Financial Survey image2015 Independent Grocers Financial Survey

This report covers the operational and financial performance of independent retailers in fiscal year 2014. New to this year’s report is a breakout for Canadian independent grocers. In addition to industry benchmarks, this report provides an in-depth review of the economy, the political landscape, taxes and healthcare changes that will shed light on some of the critical issues in the years to come.

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2015 Consumer Survey report image2015 Consumer Survey Report 

This report explores the full breadth of consumer response to dozens of key store traits beyond price, as people select and assess their primary supermarkets. Data security to prevent breaches and lost privacy, online orders, with both pick-up and delivery options, and environmental accountability are three new topics addressed in this survey.



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2015 Grocery Retailing Payments Study

This report is back by popular demand to provide the industry with an update on benchmarks and best practices relative to payments, including cash, check, debit and credit management; payments automation; e-commerce; loss prevention; and mobile payments. This report aims to help independent grocery retailers identify consumer trends using numerous shopper insights studies conducted by Balance Innovations and other companies.

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Grocers Impact America

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Grocers Impact America provides comprehensive economic information about the independent grocery industry. Economic impact reports can be created for a variety of levels of business activity: Across America, state by state, by U.S. congressional district, and by state senate and assembly/house districts.




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