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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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“Making a Dollar and Making a Difference”

By Ted Mason, NGA Foundation Technical Assistance Center My friend and colleague Jimmy Wright, owner of Wright’s Market in Opelika, AL, keeps reminding me and other retailers there is a way for retailers to “Make a dollar and make a difference” by offering SNAP beneficiaries a produce incentive program. Jimmy has been offering a Double…
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News Roundup: August 23, 2020

By Eric Payne, NGA Manager of Communications Grass Valley Grocery Outlet Helps Homeless Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hospitality House – an organization dedicated to assisting homeless people in their county – has seen the amount of food required to complete their mission triple. To help, Grocery Outlet pledged to provide 3,000 meals in August.…
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Harris Officially Nominated as Democratic Vice-Presidential Candidate

By Terence Huie, NGA Manager of Grassroots and PAC California Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) was officially chosen as the Democratic Party’s vice-presidential nominee last night in Wilmington, Delaware. The nomination occurred on the third day of the Democratic National Convention. The DNC was originally scheduled to take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin but was moved to…
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Independent Grocers Give Back During COVID-19 Pandemic

By Eric Payne, NGA Manager of Communications Independent grocers have always given back to their communities, taking the time to participate in food drives, fundraisers, and other charitable causes helping members of their community needing a helping hand. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, while independents are on the front lines, tirelessly serving communities across the…
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News Roundup: August 16, 2020

By Eric Payne, NGA Manager of Communications NGA and FMS Release 2020 Independent Grocers Financial Survey This week, NGA and FMS released the 2020 Independent Grocers Financial Survey, a joint study which determined 2019 was a strong year for independents. “Alongside the important role in feeding America’s communities, the current pandemic has illustrated the agility…
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NGA Blog: Your Member of Congress is Back Home – Request a Store Tour Today!

By Terence Huie, NGA Manager of Grassroots and PAC As Congress takes a break from negotiations on the next federal coronavirus relief package, Members are back home and want to hear from their constituents. This is a great opportunity for your representatives in Washington to tour (virtually or in-person) stores, operations, and facilities in their district and hear from you about the four priorities of…
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Boosting Your E-Commerce Presence: Webinar Key Takeaways

By Jim Dudlicek, Director, Communications and External Affairs The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the adoption of e-commerce. Suddenly desiring a touchless retail experience, consumers have rapidly warmed up to e-comm shopping solutions. Almost overnight, many independent supermarkets without e-commerce solutions had to launch online platforms and establish pickup and delivery infrastructures to meet consumer demand.…
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News Roundup: August 9, 2020

By Eric Payne, NGA Manager of Communications NGA Reveals Education Lineup for Executive Conference The lineup includes speakers from the arenas of grocery retailing and wholesaling, CPG, technology and consulting. Sessions focus on issues key to doing business in the current marketplace, from ecommerce fulfillment and supply chain to category marketing and health and wellness,…
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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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