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How SNAP Decisions Are Elevating Grocers and Communities

By Ted Mason, NGA Foundation Technical Assistance Center If anyone is still unsure about the value of SNAP incentives to food-insecure consumers and grocery retailers, look no further than Kentucky’s Manchester IGA, where they’re doubling down on their commitment to the program. “Participation in the program is a point of differentiation from other area food…
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The Independent’s Playbook: Keeping Pace With E-Commerce Demands

By Jim Dudlicek, NGA Director, Communications and External Affairs The brick-and-mortar grocery shopping experience will eventually emerge from the depths of the pandemic and once again offer customers the sights, smells and tastes that have been curtailed by social distancing, sheltering in place and other safety precautions. But if the COVID-19 crisis has taught food…
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News Roundup: July 26, 2020

By Eric Payne, NGA Manager of Communications NGA Backs Legislation to Provide Tax Relief to Frontline Workers Earlier this week, NGA released a statement applauding the introduction of the FRNT LINE Act, authored by Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), which would provide payroll and income tax relief for essential workers, such as grocery industry associates that have continued serving their communities…
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Commonsense COVID-19 Liability Protections for Independent Grocery

By Robert Yeakel, NGA Director of Government Relations Independent grocery has had to face a whole new world when it comes to retail in the age of the coronavirus. Like many industries deemed essential businesses, grocery had to overcome the challenges of staying open while simultaneously protecting customers, employees, and the stores themselves from the threat of an invisible virus. But as the global health…
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Coping With COVID: An Outlook on the Future Impact

Jim Dudlicek, NGA Director of Communications and External Affairs After months of restrictions on business and sheltering in place, the country is gradually starting to open back up for business. Yet, in just a few weeks after restrictions started being lifted, nearly half the states are reporting increases in the number of coronavirus infections. Deemed…
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News Roundup: July 17, 2020

By Eric Payne, NGA Manager of Communications NGA Outlines COVID Priorities to Congress This week, NGA sent a letter to congressional leaders outlining top priorities for independent grocers in the upcoming coronavirus relief economic stimulus package, including rewarding essential frontline workers, limiting liability exposure, and expanding nutritional access. Click here to read a summary of…
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NGA’s Grocery List of Lobbying Priorities Before Congress Adjourns

Next week, Congress returns to for a final session before it adjourns for the August recess break. Historically, after the August recess in a presidential election year, Congress returns only briefly to fundraise and finish off any outstanding legislative business. This year is different. The logistics convening congressional business safely has become a major challenge…
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Working to Expand SNAP Online Purchasing Options to Independents

By Molly Pfaffenroth, NGA Director of Government Relations In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, customers nationwide have been shifting their shopping habits to avoid physically going into retail locations, and many grocers have responded to this consumer shift by providing the opportunity for customers to purchase items via e-commerce or curbside pickup. At the…
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Families Choose New Routines with a New School Year

By Annette Maggi, MS, RDN, LD, FAND, NGA Live.Balanced. Consultant During summer – especially the current one – families throw out all normal routines, planning trips, managing summer activities, and enjoying outdoor family time later into the evening. Come late August and into September, families are establishing new routines and being more planful about their…
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Beyond COVID: The Impact on Grocery

By Jim Dudlicek, NGA Director of Communications and External Affairs The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on more change in the food retailing industry in the last three months than it has in the past decade – and more change is anticipated. Deemed as essential industries to the nation’s infrastructure, stakeholders throughout the supply chain are…
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Why GBAC STAR Sanitation Certification is a Plus for Independents: Key Webinar Takeaways

By Jim Dudlicek, Director of Communications and External Affairs The National Grocers Association (NGA) is partnering with ISSA, the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association and the Global Risk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA, to bring a new, comprehensive cleaning, disinfection and infection prevention program to grocery retailers. The program, called the GBAC STAR, is…
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News Roundup: June 27, 2020

By Eric Payne, NGA Manager of Communications NGA Joins Several Organizations Announcing Best Practices for Signature -Free Access to Prescription Drugs This week, NGA joined FMI, NACDS, NCPA, and PCMA issued a joint statement outlining best practices for pharmacies and pharmacy benefit managers to follow for documenting signature-free delivery or pick-up of prescription drugs during…
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Meat Trending Toward New Highs for Summer Sales

By Jim Dudlicek, NGA Director, Communications and External Affairs Less traveling this summer due to the pandemic could mean higher overall meat sales for grocery retailers, but higher prices due to supply issues may stifle spending for traditional meat holidays like Father’s Day and the Fourth of July. Meat department sales have experienced fierce growth…
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The Independent’s Playbook: How to Serve a New Way of Eating

By Jim Dudlicek, Director of Communications and External Affairs It’s no secret that the pandemic has compelled consumers to change how they live their lives, and their relationship with food is near the top of the list. The closing of restaurants for dine-in service forced folks to eat at home more often, and even as…
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News Roundup: June 20, 2020

By Eric Payne, NGA Manager of Communications Progressive Grocer Top Women in Grocery Program Recognizes 2020 Honorees, Including 52 from NGA Member Companies Progressive Grocer’s Top Women in Grocery program has celebrates workplace diversity, highlighting grocers going above and beyond, devoting their time and talents to improving their communities and serving the industry. This year,…
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Throw Your Hands Up for Independents’ Women

By Maggie White, Director of the NGA Foundation Since 2007, Progressive Grocer’s Top Women in Grocery program has celebrated and advocated for workplace diversity at all levels of the grocery industry. TWIG honorees not only go over and above in their jobs, they devote their time and talents to improving their communities and serve as…
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Establishing “Healthy” Partnerships

By NGA Nutrition Consultant, Shari Steinbach, MS, RDN If you’re looking for a way to expand your wellness outreach and connect with credentialed health professionals you may have to look no farther than your community hospital, medical clinics and local health organizations. The mission of these groups will be focused on public wellness and your…
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News Roundup: June 13, 2020

By Eric Payne, NGA Manager of Communications National Grocers Association Foundation Chosen as Technical Assistance Partner  for USDA Produce Incentive Gap On Thursday, the NGA Foundation announced it has been selected to be a sub-awardee for a federal contract to provide Training and Technical Assistance to retailers implementing produce incentive and prescription projects. The NGA…
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STUDENT SUCCESS STORIES: ‘Share Your Passion and Purpose’

By Jenna DeLoria, Saint Joseph’s University, Class of 2020 I am a graduating senior studying food marketing at Saint Joseph’s University. I am writing to share my experience at the 2020 NGA Show, with feedback on what my generation is looking for, not only as grocery consumers but also in future employers. Walking the Floor:…
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Continue Upward Sales Trends During National Dairy Month

By Jim Dudlicek, NGA Director of Communications and External Affairs June 1 was World Milk Day, kicking off a 30-day celebration known since 1939 as National Dairy Month. It’s an opportunity for independent supermarkets to continue the momentum of increased dairy product sales that have grown since pandemic-related restrictions began nearly three months ago. From…
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