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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 that…
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Helping Associates Deal with Workplace Stress

By Paul Adams Adams & Associates The outbreak of Coronavirus disease [COVID-19] may be stressful for many, especially for those who must work frequently in the public arena.  Fear and anxiety about a major disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. Everyone reacts differently to this kind of situation.  How a person responds can…
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Blog: Just How Much Did Meat Sales Jump for the Week Ending 3/15?

By: Anne-Marie Roerink, President, 210 Analytics LLC Week ending March 8 saw a fast acceleration of meat sales in dollars, units and volume. As the number of school closures, social distancing guidelines and other COVID-19 related measures significantly sharpened the subsequent week, sales surged along with it. Thanks to the heroic efforts of everyone in…
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COVID-19: Lessons Learned from Italy

COVID-19: Lessons Learned from Italy By: Jonathan M. Downey, CAE, NGA Senior Vice President, Industry Relations As many in U.S have entered the “containment” phase which includes self-quarantines, social distancing, an increase in working from home and large group events cancellations, many industry thought leaders are looking to Italy for insights into what could be…
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Independent Grocers Helping to Ensure the Resilience of our Nation’s Food Supply Chain

  Independent Grocers Helping to Ensure the Resilience of our Nation’s Food Supply Chain By: Greg Ferrara, NGA President & CEO Local, independent supermarkets are stepping up their efforts to support their communities during this time of need.  During this COVID-19 public health emergency, supermarkets across the country are experiencing unprecedented demands throughout stores and…
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FTC Inquiry into Debit Routing Issues is a Positive for Independent Grocery

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently launched an inquiry into Visa and Mastercard’s debit transaction routing processes, likely stemming from the effect that contactless and mobile payments have had on Durbin amendment compliance. This is the first time the FTC has raised questions about PIN debit routing since 2016 when Visa addressed how EMV debit network routing…
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Keep It Simple…Make It Super

By Tom Jackson, Tom Jackson Resources, Speaker/Facilitator/Coach 2020, it’s a new year and a new decade which lends itself to create big ambitions big goals and lots of priorities. But perhaps a more effective thing to do is to take a step back and ensure that we have mastered the basics. The grocery business does…
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Are you Trending on Social Media? Submit your Campaign for a Creative Choice Award

With the 2020 NGA Show in sunny San Dieo quickly approaching, it’s time to start gearing up for the great events scheduled, including the Creative Choice Awards. The annual contest, presented by Kellogg’s and Unilever, recognizes the best marketing and merchandising programs in the grocery industry. One area in which supermarkets are strong marketers is…
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NGA Guest Blog: The Power of Frozen in Retail By AFFI President and CEO Alison Bodor

A recent report entitled The Power of Frozen by the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) and the Food Marketing Institute examines drivers for growth in frozen foods. The report features opportunities to help manufacturers and retailers further align innovative product offerings, merchandising, marketing and branding with how consumers, live, shop and cook. This comprehensive report…
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NGA Blog: A New Door Opens- Greg Ferrara, NGA President and CEO

Summer vacations have come to an end, children are off to school, and daily routines have become more rigid. Fall often serves as a reminder that change is around us, and here at the NGA change has been notable as Peter Larkin – only the second president and CEO of the organization – and mentor…
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Gear Up for Football Season with a Focus on Health and Wellness

With the NFL season only a few days away and college football already underway, shoppers will be stocking up on groceries for tailgating or watching a game at home. Fans are looking for quick, tasty, and healthy meals that will make their game day celebration a success. Here are some healthy recipes that can get…
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Meet the Scholastic Stars Receiving NGA Foundation Scholarships

The NGA Foundation has once again announced this year’s round of scholarships that will be awarded to various students throughout the country that either work or have an interest in the supermarket industry. Preparing today’s students for the challenges of tomorrow is essential to ensuring the supermarket industry continues to prosper. These students represent the…
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Supermarket Execs Discuss What Makes a Great Produce Manager

Following the United Fresh Retail Produce Manager Awards announcement this spring, industry magazine Produce Retailer reached out to five industry veterans on the question of what makes a great produce manager. Produce Retailer spoke with Rob Ybarra, director of produce and floral for St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s; Jeff Cady, director of produce and floral for…
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CDC EPIC Spotlight on Hurricane Communication Resources

Supermarkets are on the front lines of emergency response both in preparation for an impending disaster such as a hurricane, and as one of the primary operations that must be up and running for a community to be able to recover after a disaster strikes. Federal, state, and local governmental entities have partnered with local…
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Guest Blog: Hosting my Senator for a Store Tour- Jeff Strack

As the President and CEO of Strack & Van Til, a family owned supermarket chain serving Northwest Indiana, I had the honor of hosting my newest U.S. Senator, Mike Braun, for a Congressional store tour in April. Having recently bought back the chain of grocery stores that my family helped found in 1959, I know…
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6 Member Benefits to Take Advantage of This Spring

With the ever-changing landscape of grocery, independents must be nimble to not only survive, but to thrive. To aid store operators and their associates to better navigate the challenges facing our industry, NGA and the NGA Foundation have worked to create numerous opportunities to help independents stay one step ahead of the competition. As you…
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Support your Main Street Grocer: Tell Congress to Fix the Glitch!

An issue dubbed as the “retail glitch” has been put back in the spotlight this month. The glitch resulted from a drafting error in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that caused the tax burden on a category of business investment called Qualified Improvement Property (QIP) to be increased. Because of this error, interior improvements…
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