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Incorporating Mobile Shopping into the Customer Experience: Webinar Key Takeaways

By Jim Dudlicek, Director, Communications and External Affairs Millions across the country fully rely on a single device: mobile. It’s our main method of communication, and consumers love nothing more than to research new products and quickly checkout from the palm of their hand. In 2021, 50 percent of Rosie customers ordered groceries directly from…
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Hiring Employees with Disabilities: Webinar Key Takeaways

By Jim Dudlicek, Director of Communications and External Affairs What resources are available for grocery retailers looking to hire employees with disabilities? The NGA Foundation recently hosted a webinar to offer guidance on recruitment and training, provide insights on the employment landscape, and make the business case for disability inclusion. The speakers – James Emmett,…
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AppCard to Participate in Nutrition Incentives Solutions Booth During NGA Show

AppCard, a leader in personalized marketing, loyalty, digital coupons and shopper analytics, will be present in the National Grocers Association Foundation Technical Assistance Center (NGAF TA Center) Nutrition Incentives Solutions Booth (NISB) during the 2021 NGA Show, Sept. 19-21, in Las Vegas. AppCard recently implemented a new SNAP produce  incentive solution with a Shop ‘n…
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S4 Retail Solutions & Retail Data Systems (RDS) to Participate in Nutrition Incentives Solutions Booth During NGA Show

The National Grocers Association Foundation Technical Assistance Center (NGAF TA Center) is pleased to announce that S4 Retail Solutions and Retail Data Systems (RDS) will be a solutions partner in the Nutrition Incentives Solutions Booth (NISB) during the 2021 NGA Show, Sept. 19-21, in Las Vegas. Nutrition incentives are helping grocers all over the country…
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Converting Circulars to Dynamic Digital: Webinar Key Takeaways

Jim Dudlicek, NGA Director of Communications and External Affairs Circulars are historically passive marketing platforms, engaging only your most loyal current customers. NGA hosted a recent webinar to explore how to harness artificial intelligence (AI) to distribute digital circulars to all grocery shoppers and then follow customers back to store, producing powerful visitation analytics. The…
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What Grocers Need to Know About Ransomware: Webinar Key Takeaways

Jim Dudlicek, NGA Director of Communications and External Affairs It’s been all over the news lately: Hackers are targeting retailers with ransomware, paralyzing businesses until their payment demands are met. What exactly is ransomware? How does it work? What should your response be if you’re targeted, and how can you prevent ransomware attacks and secure…
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The Taxman Cometh

By Robert Yeakel, Director of Government Relations Labor Day is on the horizon but so too are some hefty changes to the tax code. Democrats have been chomping at the bit since the passage of the American Rescue Plan last March to follow up with a “Build Back Better” smorgasbord of spending priorities from healthcare to…
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SNAP Increase is Critical Investment in Local Communities

By Molly Pfaffenroth, NGA senior director of government relations The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) last week announced that monthly Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) benefits will increase by 27% beginning on Oct. 1, 2021. The increase is an important investment in the health of American families, community grocery stores and local economies. USDA’s announcement is…
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Independent Grocers’ Fall Legislative Preview: Webinar Key Takeaways

By Jim Dudlicek, NGA Director of Communications and External Affairs Congress will have a lot on their plate once they return from the August recess. From the debt limit and government funding to Democrats’ tax-and-spend agenda, Washington, D.C., will be busy after Labor Day. NGA’s Government Relations recently hosted a webinar to discuss the lay…
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IT Retail to Participate in Nutrition Incentives Solutions Booth at NGA Show

Nutrition incentives are helping grocers all over the country increase their produce sales, retain more customers and achieve greater engagement with their store community. But creating automated POS transactions to properly process and track nutrition incentives can be challenging. With these challenges in mind, the National Grocers Association Foundation Technical Assistance Center (NGAF TA Center)…
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The Economic Power of Independent Grocery Partners: Webinar Key Takeaways

Jim Dudlicek, Director, Communications and External Affairs Independent community grocers generate more than $250 billion in sales, but their strength is felt far beyond the checkout lane. Creating more than a million jobs and generating billions in wages and tax revenues, this economic engine benefits contributing and parallel sectors, from manufacturing to technology to transportation…
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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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What Your Refrigeration Engineer Wishes You Knew About Tech: Webinar Key Takeaways

By Jim Dudlicek, NGA Director, Communications and External Affairs Refrigeration is the heart of the supermarket, and retailers need simple, cost-effective solutions for refrigeration monitoring and maintenance. How do you identify key refrigeration performance issues? What kind of data and analysis is valuable in preventing losses? When should you repair, update or augment refrigeration equipment?…
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How to Turn Recall Crisis into a Normal Business Process: Webinar Key Takeaways

By Jim Dudlicek, NGA Director, Communications and External Affairs The inconvenience and even pain of recalls flows down the supply chain, landing squarely in retailers’ laps. What if it didn’t have to be that way? How can the interruption be simplified, damage minimized and costs recovered? When recalls become a normal business process, crisis turns…
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NGA’s Monthly Checkout

Antitrust Reform and Enforcement Efforts Gain Momentum in July; NGA Honors Independent Grocers with Prestigious Awards; The NGA Show Sells Out Exhibit Hall 1) NGA Member David Smith Testifies About Antitrust Reform and Enforcement; NGA Meets with FTC and White House to Advocate on Behalf of Independent Grocers Last week, Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG) President…
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NGA’s Antitrust Efforts Gaining Momentum

For the last year, independent grocers have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping their business operating for communities across the country. Independents ensured a safe environment for customers and employees by adopting measures such as plexiglass, barriers at checkout, social distancing indicators, and dedicated shopping hours for at risk customers. It’s been a tough time for our country, but independent retailers and wholesalers have been there since…
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Federal Reserve to Clarify Debit Routing Rules, Seeks Comment from Industry

By Robert Yeakel, Director of Government Relations The Federal Reserve has been in the spotlight lately. While most attention has been focused on whether the agency will notch interest rates higher as Americans feel the sudden uptick in inflation, or whether Jerome Powell will keep his role as Chairman, the Fed has also proposed a clarification to its…
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WIC Cash Value Benefit Increase Is a Homerun for Customers

By Michael Gay, Manager of Food Fresh in Claxton, Georgia In Claxton, Georgia, I manage the only grocery store in the county, often serving customers working overtime or two jobs to make ends meet. For these customers, every minute they spend with their children is precious, whether it’s helping them with homework or discussing their day. Residents like this in our county are trying to balance two…
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My Trip to Hurtsboro: A Reflection on Food Access

By Jimmy Wright, Technical Assistance Consultant – Retail, NGAF TA Center A few weeks ago, the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service reached out to me about food access in Hurtsboro, Alabama, a tiny rural town about 30 miles from Opelika, where I operate my store, Wright’s Market. The median income for a Hurtsboro household is less than…
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Mid-Year Meat Review: Webinar Key Takeaways

By Jim Dudlicek, Director, Communications and External Affairs From higher prices to hacking, 2021 has been a challenging year for meat. Increased demand and other factors led to shortages that put pressure on grocers’ traditional promotions as Memorial Day heralded another summer grilling season. NGA recently hosted a webinar to analyze the current state of…
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