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The 2020 COVID Recession: Key Takeaways from the NGA Webinar

By Jim Dudlicek, Director of Communications and External Affairs How badly will the economy of your community be affected by COVID-19? Financial experts explained how a post-pandemic economy might look, depending on a number of factors that have yet to transpire. “The world is going to look very different from how it did in the…
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An open letter to our members and the retail industry

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to profoundly disrupt our ways of life, and the retail industry is evolving at a rapid pace to adapt to the far-reaching impacts of the pandemic. The retail industry has heroically responded to the COVID-19 outbreak. Independent and national chain grocers, wholesalers, service companies and their employees are on…
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Communities Across the Country Thank Grocers During COVID-19 Pandemic

By Eric Payne, NGA Manager of Communications Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, grocers across the country are experiencing unprecedented demand, encountering shortages and challenges keeping themselves – and their customers – healthy. Grocery associates met this challenge with dedication and resilience, serving their customers on the frontlines. Over the past several months, NGA has highlighted…
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Making the Most of the Wine Boom

Help independent wineries take advantage of the COVID sales surge By Jim Dudlicek, NGA Director of Communications and External Affairs With most bars still closed due to the pandemic, grocers’ spirits are soaring – sales of spirits, that is. Beer and liquor, and especially wine, have been selling well as folks continue to shelter in…
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Recap: NGA Hosts Virtual Town Hall with Rep. GT Thompson (R-PA-15)

by Terence Huie, Manager, Grassroots and PAC Last Friday, NGA hosted a virtual town hall with Representative Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA-15) sponsored by the association’s Grocers PAC. NGA was pleased to welcome the Congressman for an opportunity to discuss a variety of issues with our members, including the AG CHAIN Act, the nation’s food supply chain,…
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News Roundup: May 29, 2020

By Eric Payne, NGA Manager of Communications NGA Announces Virtual Executive Conference in September Earlier this week, NGA announced it will host its annual leadership meeting virtually from 9/22-9/25. The decision was made in the interest of health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The new NGA Executive Conference will serve as NGA’s signature event going…
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Doing Business in the “New Normal” Post COVID-19: Key takeaways from the NGA webinar

By Jim Dudlicek, Director, Communications and External Affairs As the coronavirus pandemic wears on, some states are starting to ease restrictions, allowing businesses to reopen. As an essential business, supermarkets have remained open throughout the crisis, adapting operations on the fly to the dictates of social distancing and enhanced safety and sanitation procedures. Consumers are…
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NGA Blog: Opening Hearts and Minds- Mentoring program helps cultivate industry’s new leaders

Shellie Wood                                                                                                                                                                VP of Sales, KeHE Distributors I have had the pleasure of being a mentor for the student program for the past two years. I never imagined that this experience would be something I look so forward to each year. As a mentor, my role is one of support and guidance, as well as…
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Reinventing Deli and Fresh Prepared for Post-COVID

Ideas for boosting sales as shoppers warm back up to hot bars and shared spoons By Jim Dudlicek, Director of Communications and External Affairs The bright light that was grocery store prepared foods and in-store dining was suddenly extinguished by the COVID-19 pandemic, and only time will tell if and when it will be relit.…
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News Roundup: May 15, 2020

By Eric Payne, NGA Manager of Communications FMS Solutions to Acquire UNFI’s Retail Accounting Services Division This morning, FMS Solutions, Inc. (FMS) announced it has entered an agreement with United Natural Foods, Inc. to acquire (UNFI)’s Retail Accounting Services Division. The transaction is expected to be completed by June 6. The move will help independent…
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Independent Grocers Share COVID-19 Ecommerce Best Practices

Leadership, communication essential to serving shoppers in a crisis By Jim Dudlicek, Director, Communications and External Affairs The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the adoption of ecommerce, making strides in five weeks that the industry thought would take five years. During these challenging times, as grocers of all sizes are working around the clock to meet…
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NGA Guest Blog: Frozen Food Sales Amid COVID-19

By: Alison Bodor, AFFI President and CEO The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) and 210 Analytics have partnered to provide weekly frozen food sales data at retail. While we know based on our weekly reports that frozen food sales at retail have seen a surge amid COVID-19, we wanted to dive deeper into consumer purchasing…
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Increase in Pet Adoption an Opportunity for Grocers

By: Eric Payne, NGA Manager of Communications COVID-19 is changing the grocery industry with social distancing in stores, employees and customers wearing protective masks and gloves, and products such as toilet paper and hand sanitizer flying off the shelves. Through these changes, grocers are stepping up to the plate, creating innovative ways to keep customers…
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Recruiting a Wellness Champion for Your Stores

By NGA Nutrition Consultant, Shari Steinbach, MS, RDN According to recent consumer data from NPD, Americans continue to eat in at home during the COVID-19 outbreak, which has led to a sharp increase in meals made at home of about 7%, over 500 million meals per week nationally, or 4-5 meals per household per week.…
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Rethinking Strategies for the Floral Department – Mother’s Day still a sales opportunity despite pandemic

By Jim Dudlicek, Director, Communications and External Affairs As an essential business, grocers have experienced a surge in sales during the coronavirus crisis despite restrictions imposed on other retailers. But while sales of food, cleaning products and paper goods are soaring, floral products are taking a lower priority, even with the looming Mother’s Day holiday.…
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COVID-19 Impacts & Insights from a Third Party Logistics Company

*Sponsored Content* By: Tallen Birmingham, Sales Executive, Triple T Transport, Inc. During the last week of February, I was sitting amongst my peers from the logistics industry listening to Bob Costello, Chief Economist for the American Trucking Association, give his annual economic update. As Costello reeled off his prognostications for 2020, I, like many in…
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Independent Grocers Answer the Call in Crisis

COVID-19 pandemic brings out the best in store operators and suppliers Independent grocers are showing strength, resilience and creativity during this unprecedented time in history, ensuring access to food and other essential goods in a period of soaring demand that’s testing the limits of the nation’s supply chain. Examples of independent grocers stepping up for…
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Continued Surge in Produce Sales in Fresh, Frozen and Canned

By: Anne-Marie Roerink, President, 210 Analytics Produce sales rose along with consumer anxiety levels. IRI found that 58% of consumers were extremely concerned about COVID-19 the week of March 22, up from 38% the prior week. 210 Analytics, IRI and PMA partnered up to understand the effect for produce. Produce continuing to move at unprecedented…
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