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Attorney William Marler Addresses NGA Executives – Main Takeaways

By Jill Hollingsworth, VP Food Safety and Retail Industry Relations, Ecolab On October 25, 2022, attorney William (Bill) Marler addressed the NGA Executive Conference attendees. A prominent and well-known foodborne illness attorney, Bill has represented thousands of individuals impacted by foodborne illness. Bill and his law firm, Marler Clark, have won more than $800 million…
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The Shopper’s Journey Toward Convenience: Webinar Key Takeaways

By Jim Dudlicek / NGA Director, Communications and External Affairs Busy consumers rely upon their local grocer to offer solutions for their mealtime needs. Whether that’s a wholesome family meal on a hectic weeknight, a handy lunch for brown bag or briefcase, or a last-minute special occasion, the supermarket needs to be a solution provider.…
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The Independent’s Playbook: Defend Your Claim to Mealtime

By Jim Dudlicek / Director, Communications and External Affairs There’s admittedly not a lot to cheer about economy-wise at the moment. Fuel prices are still high, with talk of a diesel shortage. The Fed hiked interest rates again. And just in time for Thanksgiving, we’re hearing that turkeys are in short supply due to avian…
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Election Hot Take and Implications for Independent Grocers

By NGA Government Relations Team If you woke up this morning shocked that a Republican red wave didn’t materialize, you are not alone. A bad night for Democrats seemed inevitable due to record inflation, a looming recession, a deeply unpopular President, strong polling for Republicans, and a historic record of midterm election defeats for the…
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Upcoming and Current Grant Opportunities for Grocers

By Chris Jones, SVP Government Relations and Counsel For independent grocers across the United States, it is vital to take notice of the options available through various grants and loans offered by all levels of government, non-profit foundations and universities. One such example are the investments being made through the USDA to facilitate in supporting…
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Grocers and Family Caregiving: Webinar Key Takeaways

By Jim Dudlicek / NGA Director of Communications and External Affairs Caring for the family is an all-encompassing task, often extending to multiple generations in the ever-evolving American household. Consumers facing this responsibility look to their neighborhood grocer for guidance on meals, medicine and other life comforts. How can independent grocers better prepare themselves to…
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2022 Midterm Election Outlook: Webinar Key Takeaways

By Jim Dudlicek / NGA Director, Communications and External Affairs What can grocers expect to see in Washington and how will the election results affect how independents do business? In a recent webinar, Chris Jones, NGA senior vice president of government relations and counsel, and Executive Assistant Max Wengroff reviewed the primary season and explained…
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The Independent’s Playbook: Taxing Situations

By Jim Dudlicek / NGA Director, Communications and External Affairs Our hearts go out to everyone, from homeowners to business owners, who have sustained losses in the wake of Hurricane Ian. Work on recovery is under way, and there’s still much to do before everyone can be made whole again. As survivors count their blessings,…
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What Independents Must Know About FSMA 204: Webinar Key Takeaways

By Jim Dudlicek / NGA Director, Communications and External Affairs Food safety and transparency are paramount in the grocery industry. To that end, Section 204 of the FDA’s Food Safety and Modernization Act, requiring retailers and wholesalers to comply with traceability procedures, will soon take effect. To raise awareness about FSMA 204, NGA hosted a…
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Provide an Easy Way for Associates to Contribute Their Ideas

By Megan Moyer, Cooperate Marketing Manager at Hamacher Resource Group Being an owner-operator of an independent grocery store requires you wear several hats, including human resources, accounting, buying and merchandising. Managing or overseeing all of these things can leave you with little creativity left to problem solve or come up with new ideas to reinvigorate…
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Independent Grocers Play a Vital Role in the Health of the Nation

By Jim Dudlicek, NGA Director of Communications Independent retailers are a key partner on the path to ending hunger and supporting heathy diets. Retailers are community economic hubs that support community revitalization and growth.   Our members care deeply about their communities and as such have worked hard to increase access to healthy food options for…
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Food Safety Time with the FDA: Webinar Key Takeaways

By Jim Dudlicek / NGA Director, Communications and External Affairs September was National Food Safety Education Month, and what better way to celebrate than with an FDA checkup. NGA hosted a recent webinar in which John Marcello, senior advisor in FDA’s Office of State Cooperative Programs (OSCP), offered a joint regulatory-industry perspective on retail modernization…
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NGA Members Host Record Number of Store Tours Throughout August

Antitrust Enforcement and Credit Card Swipe Fees Discussed During Meetings From rising costs and continued supply chain disruptions to the anticompetitive tactics of power buyers, independent grocers are currently facing a variety of challenges that impact their day-to-day operations and how they serve their communities. With this in mind, NGA worked with Congressional offices and…
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Pennsylvania Store Visits: A Study in GusNIP Incentive Transactions

By Pat Jones, Project Coordinator, and Ted Mason, Project Consultant One of the most valuable lessons the National Grocers Association Foundation Technical Assistance Center (NGAF TA Center) team has learned since beginning our work in GusNIP nutrition incentives is the importance of conducting in-person visits to learn how projects function successfully in a variety of…
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The Shopper’s Journey to Health and Wellness: Webinar Key Takeaways

By Jim Dudlicek / NGA Director, Communications and External Affairs Consumers are increasingly concerned with being healthy, and at the grocery store, health and wellness means more than food and nutrition. Often built around an in-store pharmacy, health and wellness at the supermarket can include over-the-counter remedies, vitamins, nutritional supplements and other products designed to…
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Are You Catering to the Wellness Shopper?

By Dave Wendland, Vice President, Strategic Relations, Hamacher Resource Group What does wellness mean to you? I like this definition from the McKinley Health Center of the University of Illinois: “Wellness is a state of optimal well-being that is oriented toward maximizing an individual’s potential.” If we then consider the definition of self-care, according to…
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NGA Summer Session Recap: Congress Has Been Busy …

By Stephanie Johnson, NGA VP of Government Relations This summer was one of the busiest legislative sessions in Congress in recent memory. It culminated in major legislative achievements for the Biden Administration, a lifeline to the sinking popularity of his presidency and much needed momentum for Democrats up for re-election in November. Congress has introduced…
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Flexible and Remote Work Best Practices for Independent Grocery: Webinar Key Takeaways

By Jim Dudlicek / NGA Director, Communications and External Affairs While some companies offered flexible working arrangements before the pandemic, many were forced into a remote workforce almost overnight. While managing remote employees may be intimidating at first, many retailers and wholesalers are now reaping the benefits of workplace flexibility, including greater employee satisfaction, retention…
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