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NGA Executive Conference Recap

By: Jonathan Downey, NGA SVP of Industry Relations Last week, NGA held its sold-out Executive Conference, NGA’s first-ever virtual education and networking event for c-suite retail grocery leaders. We were excited to connect, collaborate and engage with more than 425 attendees. The education lineup included speakers from the arenas of grocery retailing and wholesaling, CPG,…
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Election 2020: SCOTUS and the Senate

By Robert Yeakel, Director of Government Relations With just forty days until Election Day, the stakes have already been high for both Republicans and Democrats throughout this tumultuous 2020. Both sides have made this election a referendum on the direction of the nation, but many questions remain. Can President Trump secure a second term with…
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Is Your Store Incentive Ready?

By Ted Mason, NGAF TA Center By now, you should be aware of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) incentive programs operating in approximately 1,000 grocery stores across the country through the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (formerly FINI) with funding provided by the USDA. Perhaps you are even contemplating establishing an incentive program for…
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New Driver Hours of Service Rule: Webinar Key Takeaways

By: Jim Dudlicek, NGA Director, Communications and External Affairs New Driver Hours of Service Rule: Webinar Key Takeaways The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in May published a final rule updating hours of service (HOS) rules, which made adjustments to existing regulations for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. Scheduled to…
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Local Sourcing to Ensure Supply and Drive Sales: Key Webinar Takeaways

By Jim Dudlicek, NGA Director, Communications and External Affairs The coronavirus pandemic challenged grocery retailers faced with providing in-demand products to their shoppers. An overwhelming surge in demand put great pressure on traditional supply chains, compelling grocers to seek out alternative, creative avenues for many products. Solutions included tapping the waylaid foodservice channel, as well…
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Independent Grocery

  The National Grocers Association is actively monitoring the growing spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) both internationally and domestically, and the impacts it will have to the independent grocery industry. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided information to help with preparedness planning, and we write to you to make sure…
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Independent Supermarket News Roundup – September 13, 2020

By Eric Payne, NGA Manager of Communications NGA Supports Regulating CBD as a Dietary Supplement This week, NGA announced its support for bipartisan legislation which would allow hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) to be regulated as dietary supplements. NGA SVP of government relations and counsel, Chris Jones, said the following about the legislation: “NGA members are experiencing…
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Leveling the SNAP Online Purchasing Playing Field for Independent Grocers

By Molly Pfaffenroth, Director of Government Relations With Americans sheltering in place during the coronavirus pandemic, online shopping has been consumers’ saving grace. And while grocers, deemed essential providers during the crisis, have not been squeezed as much as other merchants, e-commerce has allowed food sellers to give consumers seeking to limit contact outside their…
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FAQ and Webinar Recording Available for Online SNAP

By Patrick Jones, NGA Foundation Technical Assistance Center As demand to expand Online SNAP purchasing increased due to COVID-19, NGA has received numerous questions about the process from retailers. The NGA Foundation’s Technical Assistance (TA) Center specifically received questions on if and how nutrition incentives could be layered onto Online SNAP purchases. To better answer…
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What to Watch For Between Now and the Election

By Jim Dudlicek, NGA Director of Communications and External Affairs The Democratic and Republican parties recently held their respective nominating conventions, introducing their presidential candidates and party platforms for an election that’s barely two months away. Former Vice President Joe Biden will challenge President Donald Trump among hundreds of local Congressional races in an election…
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News Roundup: August 30, 2020

By Eric Payne, NGA Manager of Communications NGA Announces FDA’s Frank Yiannas to Address Atendees at Virtual Executive Conference in September Yiannas, the current Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response at the FDA, will speak about the future of food safety and government regulation. Additionally, Jonathan Mayes, Senior Vice President of External Affairs and…
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The Independent’s Playbook: Is Your Website Accessible?

By Jim Dudlicek, NGA Director of Communications and External Affairs By now, it’s no secret that the pandemic has accelerated the anticipated growth of grocery e-commerce. But are you really reaching all the people you should be? With so many more consumers embracing online shopping, pickup and delivery, along with spending more time on social…
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“Making a Dollar and Making a Difference”

By Ted Mason, NGA Foundation Technical Assistance Center My friend and colleague Jimmy Wright, owner of Wright’s Market in Opelika, AL, keeps reminding me and other retailers there is a way for retailers to “Make a dollar and make a difference” by offering SNAP beneficiaries a produce incentive program. Jimmy has been offering a Double…
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News Roundup: August 23, 2020

By Eric Payne, NGA Manager of Communications Grass Valley Grocery Outlet Helps Homeless Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hospitality House – an organization dedicated to assisting homeless people in their county – has seen the amount of food required to complete their mission triple. To help, Grocery Outlet pledged to provide 3,000 meals in August.…
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Harris Officially Nominated as Democratic Vice-Presidential Candidate

By Terence Huie, NGA Manager of Grassroots and PAC California Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) was officially chosen as the Democratic Party’s vice-presidential nominee last night in Wilmington, Delaware. The nomination occurred on the third day of the Democratic National Convention. The DNC was originally scheduled to take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin but was moved to…
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Independent Grocers Give Back During COVID-19 Pandemic

By Eric Payne, NGA Manager of Communications Independent grocers have always given back to their communities, taking the time to participate in food drives, fundraisers, and other charitable causes helping members of their community needing a helping hand. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, while independents are on the front lines, tirelessly serving communities across the…
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News Roundup: August 16, 2020

By Eric Payne, NGA Manager of Communications NGA and FMS Release 2020 Independent Grocers Financial Survey This week, NGA and FMS released the 2020 Independent Grocers Financial Survey, a joint study which determined 2019 was a strong year for independents. “Alongside the important role in feeding America’s communities, the current pandemic has illustrated the agility…
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NGA Blog: Your Member of Congress is Back Home – Request a Store Tour Today!

By Terence Huie, NGA Manager of Grassroots and PAC As Congress takes a break from negotiations on the next federal coronavirus relief package, Members are back home and want to hear from their constituents. This is a great opportunity for your representatives in Washington to tour (virtually or in-person) stores, operations, and facilities in their district and hear from you about the four priorities of…
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Boosting Your E-Commerce Presence: Webinar Key Takeaways

By Jim Dudlicek, Director, Communications and External Affairs The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the adoption of e-commerce. Suddenly desiring a touchless retail experience, consumers have rapidly warmed up to e-comm shopping solutions. Almost overnight, many independent supermarkets without e-commerce solutions had to launch online platforms and establish pickup and delivery infrastructures to meet consumer demand.…
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News Roundup: August 9, 2020

By Eric Payne, NGA Manager of Communications NGA Reveals Education Lineup for Executive Conference The lineup includes speakers from the arenas of grocery retailing and wholesaling, CPG, technology and consulting. Sessions focus on issues key to doing business in the current marketplace, from ecommerce fulfillment and supply chain to category marketing and health and wellness,…
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