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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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AppCard to Participate in Nutrition Incentives Solutions Booth During NGA Show

AppCard, a leader in personalized marketing, loyalty, digital coupons and shopper analytics, will be present in the National Grocers Association Foundation Technical Assistance Center (NGAF TA Center) Nutrition Incentives Solutions Booth (NISB) during the 2021 NGA Show, Sept. 19-21, in Las Vegas. AppCard recently implemented a new SNAP produce  incentive solution with a Shop ‘n…
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S4 Retail Solutions & Retail Data Systems (RDS) to Participate in Nutrition Incentives Solutions Booth During NGA Show

The National Grocers Association Foundation Technical Assistance Center (NGAF TA Center) is pleased to announce that S4 Retail Solutions and Retail Data Systems (RDS) will be a solutions partner in the Nutrition Incentives Solutions Booth (NISB) during the 2021 NGA Show, Sept. 19-21, in Las Vegas. Nutrition incentives are helping grocers all over the country…
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Converting Circulars to Dynamic Digital: Webinar Key Takeaways

Jim Dudlicek, NGA Director of Communications and External Affairs Circulars are historically passive marketing platforms, engaging only your most loyal current customers. NGA hosted a recent webinar to explore how to harness artificial intelligence (AI) to distribute digital circulars to all grocery shoppers and then follow customers back to store, producing powerful visitation analytics. The…
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What Grocers Need to Know About Ransomware: Webinar Key Takeaways

Jim Dudlicek, NGA Director of Communications and External Affairs It’s been all over the news lately: Hackers are targeting retailers with ransomware, paralyzing businesses until their payment demands are met. What exactly is ransomware? How does it work? What should your response be if you’re targeted, and how can you prevent ransomware attacks and secure…
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The Taxman Cometh

By Robert Yeakel, Director of Government Relations Labor Day is on the horizon but so too are some hefty changes to the tax code. Democrats have been chomping at the bit since the passage of the American Rescue Plan last March to follow up with a “Build Back Better” smorgasbord of spending priorities from healthcare to…
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SNAP Increase is Critical Investment in Local Communities

By Molly Pfaffenroth, NGA senior director of government relations The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) last week announced that monthly Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) benefits will increase by 27% beginning on Oct. 1, 2021. The increase is an important investment in the health of American families, community grocery stores and local economies. USDA’s announcement is…
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Independent Grocers’ Fall Legislative Preview: Webinar Key Takeaways

By Jim Dudlicek, NGA Director of Communications and External Affairs Congress will have a lot on their plate once they return from the August recess. From the debt limit and government funding to Democrats’ tax-and-spend agenda, Washington, D.C., will be busy after Labor Day. NGA’s Government Relations recently hosted a webinar to discuss the lay…
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IT Retail to Participate in Nutrition Incentives Solutions Booth at NGA Show

Nutrition incentives are helping grocers all over the country increase their produce sales, retain more customers and achieve greater engagement with their store community. But creating automated POS transactions to properly process and track nutrition incentives can be challenging. With these challenges in mind, the National Grocers Association Foundation Technical Assistance Center (NGAF TA Center)…
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The Economic Power of Independent Grocery Partners: Webinar Key Takeaways

Jim Dudlicek, Director, Communications and External Affairs Independent community grocers generate more than $250 billion in sales, but their strength is felt far beyond the checkout lane. Creating more than a million jobs and generating billions in wages and tax revenues, this economic engine benefits contributing and parallel sectors, from manufacturing to technology to transportation…
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What Your Refrigeration Engineer Wishes You Knew About Tech: Webinar Key Takeaways

By Jim Dudlicek, NGA Director, Communications and External Affairs Refrigeration is the heart of the supermarket, and retailers need simple, cost-effective solutions for refrigeration monitoring and maintenance. How do you identify key refrigeration performance issues? What kind of data and analysis is valuable in preventing losses? When should you repair, update or augment refrigeration equipment?…
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How to Turn Recall Crisis into a Normal Business Process: Webinar Key Takeaways

By Jim Dudlicek, NGA Director, Communications and External Affairs The inconvenience and even pain of recalls flows down the supply chain, landing squarely in retailers’ laps. What if it didn’t have to be that way? How can the interruption be simplified, damage minimized and costs recovered? When recalls become a normal business process, crisis turns…
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