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Planning for 2021— It will be different!

By Tom Jackson, Tom Jackson Resources, Speaker/Facilitator/Coach 2020 is a year that no one planed for. The ink was barely dry on annual goals and objectives when many organizations were impacted and upended by COVID-19. While 2020 was anything but normal much uncertainty in 2021 remains. Conducting performance and development reviews in a normal year…
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Grantee-Retailer Relationships: The Stars Must Align

By Pat Jones, Project Assistant In the world of nutrition incentives, the most essential piece for success is a good grantee-retailer relationship. Since starting this project, the NGAF Technical Assistance Center team has found there are generally five areas in which the stars must align in order for a partnership to be forged between a…
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Democrats Win Georgia Runoffs: What to Expect in an Evenly Divided Senate

By Terence Huie, NGA Manager of Grassroots and PAC Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff have been declared the winners over their incumbent Republican opponents in Georgia’s two Senate races. These victories will give Democrats their first Senate majority since 2015 and trifecta control of Congress and the White House. Democrats will have the barest…
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Local Produce and Nutrition Incentive Programs

By Ted Mason & Jimmy Wright, NGAF TA Center As buying agents for the grocery shoppers they serve, grocers never lose track of their obligation to provide shoppers with the products they want and need. Just as home gardeners know fruits and vegetables grown in their backyard are the freshest one can get, grocers also…
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The Independent’s Playbook: Riding Out Another Wave of Stockpiling

By Jim Dudlicek, Director of Communications and External Affairs As the pandemic drags on into 2021, we look for all the good news we can. And reports of a COVID vaccine being available, delivered and administered is certainly great news. Meanwhile, as the vaccine is gradually rolled out across the globe, life goes on, and…
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Independent Grocers Give Back During the Holiday Season

By Eric Payne, NGA Manager of Communications During the COVID-19 pandemic, independent grocers are heroically serving their communities on the frontlines, dealing with unprecedented demand while working in a new, socially distanced, environment. Local, family-owned, independent grocers have always been known for their generosity, whether it’s through food drives, round up at the register campaigns,…
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Intelligent Cleaning for Grocery: Webinar Key Takeaways

BY Jim Dudlicek, Director of Communications and External Affairs Cleaning represents a significant portion of the cost and time associated with running a grocery store, and now the pandemic has presented additional hurdles for grocers to contend with. One of those hurdles is customers being more concerned than ever about the safety, cleanliness and hygiene…
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Awareness of Unconscious Bias Helps Build Stronger Businesses

By Maggie White, Director of the NGA Foundation Unconscious bias can impact everything from hiring and promotions, to who receives special assignments, employee evaluations, customer service and sales practices. That was the focus of “Leading Consciously,” a seminar hosted Dec. 3 by the NGA Foundation, in partnership with the Washington Food Industry Association. The session…
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More Opportunities for Retailers with New GusNIP Recipients

Chelsea Matzen, Project Manager If you are a retailer interested in nutrition incentive programs, the next few months may be the best time to find a grantee with whom to partner. On Nov. 4, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced the 2020 Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP)…
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Grocers Can Give Thanks for a Season of Plenty

Jim Dudlicek, NGA Director of Communications and External Affairs Consumers may have had to drastically alter how they celebrate Thanksgiving in deference to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but by all accounts, grocery retailers are deftly meeting the needs of folks cooking the holiday meal at home, regardless of the size of the guest list. In…
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Biden’s Cabinet Contenders: Who’s Who and the Roles They’ll Play

By Robert Yeakel, NGA Director of Government Relations Congress headed home over the weekend for the Thanksgiving recess, but inside the beltway the biggest game in town is speculation surrounding Joe Biden’s presumptive cabinet picks. From ex-Obama officials to public policy professionals and even some Democratic primary foes, everyone is anxious to see who Biden…
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SNAP Incentives vs Produce Prescriptions: Two Separate Nutrition Incentive Models

By Patrick Jones, Project Assistant, National Grocers Association Technical Assistance Center At this point you have likely heard a good deal about nutrition incentive (NI) programs. You know that, at heart, they seek to incentivize people to make better nutrition and health decisions.  But what are the different types of nutrition incentive programs? We’re going…
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Driving Sales with Deli Catering Solutions: Webinar Key Takeaways

Jim Dudlicek, Director of Communications and External Affairs Special occasions are going to be very different this year, presenting an opportunity for independent grocers to deliver in-demand meal solutions while leveraging consumers’ increasing acceptance of e-commerce. With service deli sales taking a hit due to the pandemic, grocers can offer catering services out of their…
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Georgia On Our Minds: Peach State to Decide Senate Majority on Jan. 5

By Terence Huie, NGA Manager of Grassroots and PAC The tumultuous 2020 election cycle is not over yet. Following an extended period of vote counting, neither party won the Senate majority. Although polling pointed to a Democratic victory, Republicans performed better than expected. Several incumbent GOP senators defied gravity to win back their seats. Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Steve…
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Appreciation for All Our Superheroes on Veterans Day

By Greg Ferrara, NGA President and CEO NGA talks a lot about the front-line associates who have devoted long hours and supreme effort to help independent supermarkets serve the needs of their communities, and we are justifiably proud of our Supermarket Superheroes. Also earning our pride, thanks and deep appreciation are the superheroes of America’s…
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Creating a Recall-Ready Community: Webinar Key Takeaways

Jim Dudlicek, NGA Director of Communications and External Affairs Our industry must be ready and responsive on the rare occasions a product recall or withdrawal is needed to protect consumers, and brand and retailer reputations. Creating a recall-ready community helps protect consumers, brands and retailers by ensuring that grocers and their suppliers are ready and…
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Nutrition Incentives: Past, Present and Future

Tim O’Connor, E-Payment and Regulatory Expert Many Americans struggle to eat as healthy as they can. This is no different for low-income individuals receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, though they may be deterred by their limited buying power. To help overcome this challenge, Congress sought a solution that would increase the purchase of…
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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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