The entire food chain must be equipped with detailed records for each ingredient shipped to a store in order to effectively trace products and reduce the burden of foodborne illness. FMI co-hosted the Traceability in a Global Food System webinar to help retailers better understand the social, economic and geographic impact of food traceability programs. A key takeaway was learning about the various tools available to help the entire food industry determine their return on investment when implementing these comprehensive programs.
National Family Meals Month is about to enter its fourth year, and the party continues to grow. There are currently 179 companies that have celebrated in some form over the last three years, and that participant list is expected to grow in breadth and depth this year. The FMI Foundation has once again curated the best-in-class examples of how companies have celebrated National Family Meals Month, and this information is available in the Best Practices and Excellence in National Family Meals Month™ Programming guide.
Researchers are working on an augmented reality system that allows users to watch sporting events in 3D. There are a few kinks in the system to do with visibility and watchability, though researchers hope to iron them out before presenting the system at the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference in Salt Lake City.
Google is launching a partnership with France's Carrefour Group that is intended to propel a digital transformation for the grocer, including the creation of an innovation lab and sales through Google Assistant. "It allows us to accelerate our digital evolution and get a head start in deploying the omnichannel approach we want to offer our customers," said Alexandre Bompard, CEO of Carrefour.
About two-thirds of American shoppers don't have a dinner plan at 4 p.m., and that's an opportunity grocers can tap into, according to the latest installment of FMI's "The Power of Foodservice" report. Shoppers want both grab-and-go and made-to-order options and are thinking about healthy choices as they plan, the report reveals.
Trade groups including FMI and the National Grocers Association are calling on Congress to pass legislation intended to promote skill development and safety training for truck drivers. The legislation is aimed at reversing a looming shortfall in the number of truckers to move goods.
China-based online resale platform Cashify announced an investment and partnership deal with recommerce platform AiHuiShou. Cashify is hoping to increase its transaction volume by 100% and grow its international presence.
Merchants should be up-to-date on the terms of chargeback rights provided by credit card companies so that they can withstand returns fraud, writes Matthew Katz. "The representment process is the tried and true way for merchants to highlight fraudulent chargebacks - proving that they won't be bullied by theft and fraud," he argues.
An Australian court fined Apple $6.7 million for violating consumer law by refusing to update software on devices that were repaired by nonapproved companies.