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Holiday Meat Marketing Strategies: Webinar Key Takeaways

Jim Dudlicek, NGA Director of Communications and External Affairs The ongoing effects of the pandemic on the marketplace, including an expected winter covid surge, will certainly bring a departure in the way consumers celebrate the fall and winter holidays. With fewer and smaller gatherings changing the protein needs for most consumers, how can current supply…
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Using 3rd Party Platforms to Boost Your Own E-commerce Site: Webinar Key Takeaways

Jim Dudlicek, NGA Director of Communications and External Affairs With the explosive growth in online grocery resulting from COVID-19, grocers have been rethinking their e-commerce strategies to accommodate this surge in business. Third-party platforms are a handy way execute an omnichannel strategy, but should they be a standalone solution? Having an e-commerce solution under your…
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Using Communication to Keep Customers and Employees Safe: Webinar Key Takeaways

By Jim Dudlicek, NGA Director of Communications and External Affairs As consumers leave their homes and shop for groceries, they’re doing so with heightened safety expectations. Shoppers expect and demand that the grocery stores they’re visiting have put their safety first, and that they’re delivering an experience that doesn’t put them at risk. The same…
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Understanding the GusNIP Funding Cycle: Retailer Questions Answered

By Patrick Jones, Project Assistant, National Grocers Association Technical Assistance Center Retailers may have many questions about the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) grant process: When should I reach out to a local grantee about participating in a nutrition incentive program? How often do non-profits receive funding? What is their application process like? Is…
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Don’t Get Caught Short in 2021: Ensure Your Cash Flow Now For Future Needs

By Tatyana Levy, CFO, FMS Solutions COVID-19 has created an interesting environment for the independent grocer and the world. Independents have done an excellent job serving their communities and insuring a safe environment for their employees and customers alike. As we look forward to a vaccine and a return to normal, retailers may think the…
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NGA Meets with OSHA Requesting Solutions to Grocery Challenges

By Robert Yeakel, NGA Director of Government Relations On Monday, NGA leadership met with the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to discuss challenges confronted by the independent supermarket sector in fighting on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. NGA highlighted a variety of current issues that grocery retail has faced and…
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Independents Poised for an Even Better 2020: Webinar Key Takeaways

Jim Dudlicek, Director of Communications and External Affairs While the world of food retailing saw unprecedented levels of change during the first half of 2020, the financial and operational performance in 2019 served as an essential building block for responding to the incredible spikes in traffic, sales and engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to…
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Jimmy Wright Testifies in Front of House Small Business Committee

By Molly Pfaffenroth, NGA Director of Government Relations On Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Congressional hearings are a fantastic opportunity for individuals within various industries to testify on the record to policymakers about their experiences in the field or issue areas being examined. NGA is fortunate to have had several members serve as witnesses in…
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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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