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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Independent Grocery

  The National Grocers Association is actively monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) both internationally and domestically, and the impacts it has on the independent grocery industry. As additional information becomes available, NGA will continue to keep our members updated on public health guidance, best practices, and other precautionary actions that you can take protect your workforce…
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NGA Members Address Food Insecurity, Supply Chain Challenges, and Leveling the Playing Field

By Eric Payne, NGA Manager of Communications RF Buche Testifies About Food Insecurity to House Committe  The holiday season is always a busy time for independent grocers, as customers rely on them to supply their Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings. And while these demands draw much of our attention, NGA and our members have been advocating over the last two months for several important topics…
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Where There’s a Will There’s a Way for SNAP Produce Incentives

By Ted Mason, Retail Technology Consultant Too often, retailers would like to implement a SNAP produce incentive program for the benefit of their SNAP shoppers, but their POS system is incapable of conducting electronic incentive transactions. Thankfully for SNAP shoppers in Greensburg, Pa., Tom Charley, co-owner of the Charley Family Shop ‘n Save Supermarket, persisted…
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Attracting Young Talent to the Grocery Industry: Webinar Key Takeaways

By Jim Dudlicek, Director, Communications and External Affairs It’s no secret that independent community grocers have a lot to offer young workers who are seeking a meaningful, challenging and rewarding career. But when it comes to selling this younger talent pool on a career in grocery, independent retailers are battling both the competitive offerings from…
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Legal Challenges & Private Sector Vaccine Mandates: Hurry Up and Wait

By Robert Yeakel, Director of Government Relations The legal challenges to the Biden administration’s private sector employer vaccine-or-test mandate have been consolidated as BST Holdings, LLC, et al v. OSHA, et al and are now before the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Following the 5th Circuit’s ruling in November affirming a stay of the Emergency…
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Make the Most of an NGA Membership: Webinar Key Takeaways

By Jim Dudlicek, Director, Communications and External Affairs How is NGA working for you? NGA hosted a recent webinar that served as a membership primer for new members or existing ones looking to reacquaint themselves will all the features and services the association has to offer. Member Services Manager Sarah Long and other department staff…
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NGA Foundation Webinar Series Focuses on Workforce Diversity and Inclusion

By Eric Payne, NGA Manager of Communications NGA offers many webinars throughout the year that keep the independent grocery industry informed about the latest news on Capitol Hill, current industry trends, and updates on the COVID-19 pandemic. This is valuable content NGA members can use each day to improve customer service, safety protocols, and a variety of other areas…
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2021 GusNIP Awardees Announced

By Patrick Jones, Project Assistant For retailers interested in offering nutrition incentive programs to their customers, right now is the perfect time to get involved. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) yesterday announced the 2021 Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) Award recipients. More than $34 million was…
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NGA/FMS Study Finds Independents Reach Record Sales and Profits

By Eric Payne, NGA Manager of Communications NGA and FMS Solutions release a joint study annually to benchmark financial and operational performance in the independent supermarket industry. This is a great chance to get an idea of how the industry is doing and what areas grocers can capitalize on. Here is a little background on…
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What You Should Know About the OSHA Vaccine and Testing Mandate: Webinar Key Takeaways

By Jim Dudlicek Director, Communications and External Affairs OSHA recently announced its new emergency temporary standard for COVID-19 vaccination and testing. Though the Biden administration has suspended enforcement of the ETS amid legal challenges, the new standard potentially looms large for employers including independent grocers. NGA hosted a recent members-only webinar to answer many of…
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What Did 2021 Teach You About Marketing and Merchandising? – Webinar Key Takeaways

By Jim Dudlicek, Director, Communications and External Affairs The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way grocers think about marketing and merchandising, perhaps forever. Restrictions on in-person events and store capacity, and concerns for safety forced retailers to rethink how they showcased the best they had to offer. As NGA’s Creative Choice Awards demonstrated this year, independent…
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Videos Offer Deeper Dive into Nutrition Incentive Solutions

By Patrick Jones, Project Assistant Ever since the National Grocers Association Foundation Technical Assistance Center (NGAF TA Center) team began working together in 2019, perhaps the most difficult issue we have confronted is how to efficiently conduct nutrition incentive transactions. We’ve scoured the tech landscape, to varying degrees of success, and over time found several…
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How Refugee Talent Can Be An Asset To Independent Grocers: Webinar Key Takeaways

By Jim Dudlicek, Director, Communications and External Affairs As a humanitarian crisis unfolds in Afghanistan, the U.S. is preparing to welcome tens of thousands of fleeing Afghan refugees, including interpreters who worked alongside the military. In addition, the Biden administration has pledged to resettle more than 300,000 refugees over the next four years. These developments…
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The NGA Foundation Technical Assistance Center Hits the Road

By Patrick Jones, Project Assistant, and Ted Mason, Project Director When our team first came together and began establishing a technical assistance center for brick-and-mortar grocery stores involved in the GusNIP program, a big aspect of our game plan was travel. We planned to meet grocers in the flesh, explain the benefits of nutrition incentive…
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Meeting Between Independent Grocer and Congressman Highlights the Importance of Competition in the Grocery Industry

By Eric Payne, NGA Manager of Communications For much of the year, NGA has been laser focused on ending anti-competitive food tactics by dominant food retailers, urging Congress to investigate and regulators to enforce existing laws on the books. This has always been an issue that has negatively impacted community-based independent grocers; however, the problem…
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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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