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R E T A I L
T R E N D S

Fast, Furious
and Uncertain:

Food Retailing 2018
by Michael Sansolo

P

ossibly the best way to
encapsulate the current
state of the food industry is
with a parallel to a

Midwest, my phone blared a warning possibly common to
your area but rarely heard in the east where I live. It was a
tornado warning.
Luckily, the twister never materialized.
But after I calmed down, it got me
thinking about the current business
climate. Like the weather, it's
unpredictable, can be both scary and
dangerous, and at times seems to
unleash powerful challenges at us. And
I got to wondering whether strange
alarms went throughout the industry
this past summer as what seems to
be an entirely new series of storms
approached the industry.
In other words, we are living in
eventful, even stormy times.
It could be argued that this is
hyperbole, and that in many ways

the state of the industry today is
much as it always is and has been.
There are pitched competitive battles
and the emergence of new formats
and competitors, all in the name of
serving changing consumer needs
and wants. In addition, all sectors of
the industry are coping with economic
factors including price declines in
key commodities, making sales gains
harder that usual to find.
Let's not forget the sometimes
confusing and confounding news
coming from the government creating
uncertainty on future policies
regarding health care, the minimum
wage, taxes, food stamps and even

swipe fees on electronic payments.
Plus, the economy continues to grow
and, based on economic history, seems
overdue for a recession.
In many industries, that would sound
exhausting. In the retail food industry,
that's normal times, if ever we actually
have normal times. Instead, we always
seem to have a new normal appearing.
The difference today is the speed with
which the new normal keeps changing.
Even long-time industry veterans say
they have never seen anything like
the dizzying pace of change taking
place today.
This was never demonstrated to greater
effect than through the incredible
sequence of events that transpired
during a period of just a few days

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018

President’s Letter
Charged Up! Electric Trucks Poised to Gain Foothold In Trucking Industry
The Trucking Industry’s Top 10
Sana Raheem: Taking Risks for Growth
Developing an Unbeatable Inbound Freight Management Strategy
FSA Annual Conference
Evolution of Logistics: Developing Our Leaders of Tomorrow
Scholarship Winner
Food Shippers of America 2019 John J. Murphy Scholarship
Retail Trends
Rail Update
Industry Forecast
Millennials and GenZ: The Key to Future-Proofing Your Supply Chain Workforce
Blockchain: The Technology Soon to Take Over the Supply Chain
Improve Your Leadership IQ
Five Secrets to Find and Keep Top-Notch Talent Without Breaking the Bank
The Risky Six: Six Keys to Shed Fear and Take Smart Professional Risks
Customer Service and Safety are Priorities at Rapidly Growing Lazer Spot
FSA Members
Index of Advertisers
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - Intro
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Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - President’s Letter
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 11
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 12
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 13
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - Charged Up! Electric Trucks Poised to Gain Foothold In Trucking Industry
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 15
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Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 19
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - The Trucking Industry’s Top 10
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 21
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 22
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 23
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - Sana Raheem: Taking Risks for Growth
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 25
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 26
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 27
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - Developing an Unbeatable Inbound Freight Management Strategy
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 29
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 30
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 31
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 32
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 33
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 34
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 35
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - Evolution of Logistics: Developing Our Leaders of Tomorrow
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 37
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 38
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - Scholarship Winner
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 40
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 41
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 42
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - Food Shippers of America 2019 John J. Murphy Scholarship
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 44
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - Retail Trends
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 46
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 47
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 48
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 49
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - Rail Update
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 51
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 52
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 53
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 54
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 55
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 56
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - Industry Forecast
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - Millennials and GenZ: The Key to Future-Proofing Your Supply Chain Workforce
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 59
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 60
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 61
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Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - Blockchain: The Technology Soon to Take Over the Supply Chain
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Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 70
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - Improve Your Leadership IQ
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 72
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 73
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 74
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 75
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 76
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - Five Secrets to Find and Keep Top-Notch Talent Without Breaking the Bank
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 78
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - The Risky Six: Six Keys to Shed Fear and Take Smart Professional Risks
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 80
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 81
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - Customer Service and Safety are Priorities at Rapidly Growing Lazer Spot
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 83
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Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 86
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - FSA Members
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 88
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - Index of Advertisers
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 90
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