Industry News

Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, a sponsor of Make-A-Wish, hosted a wish reveal party for 10-year-old wish kid Payton of Lake Dallas, who suffers from cerebral infarction. After announcing an initial donation of $150,000 to Make-A-Wish, Service Experts, one of North America’s largest heating and air conditioning companies, surprised Payton with some exciting news. [...]
Wed, Feb 21, 2018
ACHR News
Full-year sales exceed $500 billion, but U.S. eCommerce growth was lower than expected [...]
Wed, Feb 21, 2018
Supermarket News
Prime members get 5% back with credit card program [...]
Wed, Feb 21, 2018
Supermarket News
Deal will create $83 billion publicly traded “food, health and wellness leader” [...]
Wed, Feb 21, 2018
Supermarket News
Union rep: Meetings taking place this week [...]
Tue, Feb 20, 2018
Supermarket News
By: Elizabeth Mackin, Assistant, Education, Food Marketing Institute I was sitting in a waiting room recently and I noticed that everyone around me was transfixed by their smartphone—a pretty common sight these days. In a world where social media, digital ads and the latest apps are all accessible, it becomes a point of differentiation to have quality, meaningful connections with people. That's where store managers come in. They are the heart of the grocery store—motivating their employees to create memorable in-store experiences that keep shoppers engaged and coming back for more. Here's how Sheila Laing, executive vice president and chief administrative office for Hy-Vee, Inc. puts it:   Know a store manager who is all heart? Nominate them for FMI's Store Manager Awards. Deadline is now extended to February 26. [...]
Tue, Feb 20, 2018
FMI News
Developed to help builders meet the energy efficiency demands of the modern homebuyer, the program provides guidance for those who need high-performance cooling and heating systems for new construction, renovation, hot spot/cold spot situations, multi-family units, or custom homes. [...]
Tue, Feb 20, 2018
ACHR News
By: Leslie G. Sarasin, President and CEO, Food Marketing Institute I periodically get reminded of the profound truth of Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard's observation that “Life must be lived forward, but is only understood backward.”  FMI's Midwinter Executive Conference always offers a whirlwind of ideas, experiences, exchanges, and activities, and the 2018 version was no exception.  At Midwinter, so much happens so fast, I find it challenging to take in the significance of what I just heard or saw before I am – of necessity -- scurrying off to the next adventure. It often takes a bit of time for the dust to settle from the flurry of Midwinter activity and for the deeper meaning of my experience there to surface. As I look back on the time in Miami, here are just a few of my Midwinter meaningful moments: Seeing the industry rise to the challenge of the future. Our theme of “developing an appetite for change” was imaginatively explored from numerous angles throughout our days together. Tim Steiner's challenging, inspiring and provocative opening presentation provided us a vivid glimpse of the future-that-is-now through Ocado's tremendous accomplishments in the areas of warehouse robotics, logistical innovation and efficient home delivery of groceries. This prompted a lot of conversation about the opportunities and possibilities this approach offers. Given the amount of time our industry spends talking and thinking about digital, it was intriguing to flip the tables and hear from a panel of digital experts what the tech world is saying about food. Seeing the Industry at playful work.  Whether it was: flashbacking to the tunes of the Midtown Men  -- courtesy of PepsiCo at the Midwinter Opening event,   engaging in good humored trash talk as competitors for the family meals gold mitt awards at the FMI Foundation's Stir It Up fundraiser, or teaming up in foursomes to challenge the blue monster at our PAC Golf Tournament,  …it was a pleasure to see the industry networking, conversing, laughing, exchanging ideas, and mixing it up in the unique networking atmosphere that Midwinter provides. Seeing the industry celebrate and expand its noble legacy. It's such a pleasure to have the opportunity to present FMI executive awards because they provide us a means of honoring the inspiring foundation established by past industry leaders AND enable us to celebrate the ways their innovative spirit continues to blossom in the lives and leadership of people like Rob Bartels, Jerry Garland, Irene Rosenfeld, Oscar Gonzalez and Bob Ling. It was a joy to be able to acknowledge the contributions these individuals have made and are making to the greater industry reputation and identity. And finally, the closing video that celebrated the industry's amazing response to the bevvy of natural disasters this past year. The footage – shared from so many of our member companies --  offered a stark reminder that when disaster reduces our community to its fundamental needs of food, water and shelter, the food retailer core conviction of [...]
Tue, Feb 20, 2018
FMI News
DDI System has been named a “Top ERP Vendor to Watch in 2018” according to Solutions Review. DDI System’s Inform ERP software provides a highly- configurable, industry-specific solution for wholesale distributors seeking operational benefits in accounting, inventory, sales, purchasing and pricing.  [...]
Tue, Feb 20, 2018
ACHR News
RAC has partnered with electronics giant Samsung to produce a digital report that aims to unpack all the different elements an AC system can offer a retail end user. [...]
Tue, Feb 20, 2018
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) presented the association’s Distinguished Service Award to Tom Jackson, CEO of Jackson Systems in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Distinguished Service Award is presented to an ACCA volunteer displaying extraordinary support to ACCA and ACCA’s mission to promote contractor professionalism and excellence. [...]
Mon, Feb 19, 2018
ACHR News
Cambridge-Lee Industries LLC announced the appointment of Dan Erck as its new CEO. Dan assumed responsibilities as CEO effective February 14, 2018 and is succeeding Andi Funk, who announced she will be pursuing opportunities outside Cambridge-Lee Industries. [...]
Mon, Feb 19, 2018
ACHR News
This kit provides fast and effective flushing to remove damaging iron oxide and other non-magnetic debris from hydronic heating systems in two hours. Containing two powerful magnetic assemblies and an included drain valve, the device also heats system water and allows cleaner to remain in the system throughout the cleaning process for maximum effectiveness. [...]
Mon, Feb 19, 2018
ACHR News
This digital multimeter is capable of data logging and storage for up to 10 sets of 40,000 scalar measurements, with a recall function for data review. [...]
Mon, Feb 19, 2018
ACHR News
These tapes are unique in that they contain 10 percent copper or nickel flake. Developed to seal and lubricate threads under harsh environments, these new tapes are designed for high-pressure and high-temperature applications and can replace messy, potentially contaminating anti-seize compounds. [...]
Mon, Feb 19, 2018
ACHR News
These heat exchangers provide customers with flexible solutions suitable to a wide range of applications. CurveFlow™ distribution area simultaneously improves the media flow and minimizes fouling. [...]
Mon, Feb 19, 2018
ACHR News
These fans provide up to 77 percent total efficiency with a computer-optimized blade design for maximum performance. [...]
Mon, Feb 19, 2018
ACHR News
This product is a mechanical water totalizing meter that displays the total water usage in gallons with cubic meter options. [...]
Mon, Feb 19, 2018
ACHR News
The use of voice-enabled speakers, such as Amazon Echo and Google Home, is continuing to gain popularity as more people become comfortable with the technology. [...]
Mon, Feb 19, 2018
ACHR News
Refrigeration contractors who are looking to promote their companies’ expertise in the growing natural refrigerants market can get a boost from a network sponsored by the North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council (NASRC). [...]
Mon, Feb 19, 2018
ACHR News
As the old saying goes, there is more than one way to skin a cat. The same can be said of residential hydronic systems, which can be designed around numerous types of terminal units, including baseboards, radiators, air handlers, and radiant panels, to name just a few. [...]
Mon, Feb 19, 2018
ACHR News
We’ve all made New Year’s resolutions — or at least most of us have. In fact, 41 percent of Americans regularly make New Year’s resolutions, according to statisticbrain.com. And, for various reasons, 42 percent fail to achieve their goal. [...]
Mon, Feb 19, 2018
ACHR News
Chain could shutter 200 stores as part of move [...]
Sat, Feb 17, 2018
Supermarket News
Move seen as a result of consolidation of Prime Now and AmazonFresh [...]
Sat, Feb 17, 2018
Supermarket News
New low-cost brands an attempt to counter Amazon.com’s growth in clothing categories [...]
Sat, Feb 17, 2018
Supermarket News
Plant-based “meat” companies receive investments, but retailers lack selling strategy [...]
Fri, Feb 16, 2018
Supermarket News
By Michael Green, Manager, State Government Relations Election years – like 2018 – have a reputation for being slow years legislatively. While this may be true for the U.S. Congress, the 50 states would beg to differ. With 2018 not even two months old, 44 state legislatures are currently meeting actively and nearly 3,000 bills have been introduced or prefiled in the issue areas FMI monitors. We expect this number to grow to roughly 5,000 by the year's end. Fifty-eight bills have already been sent to a state governor for signature or veto, and one state legislature – New Mexico – has already wrapped up its session!  Indeed, “chaotic” seems almost too mild a word to describe the frenetic pace of legislation at the state level. Meanwhile, looming in the background and fueling much of this chaos are the general elections coming in November. In 2018, roughly 82 percent of all state legislative seats in the U.S will be up for election, as well as 36 governors. Voters will additionally weigh in on what we expect to be over 100 state and local ballot measures. To help prepare for this onslaught of state legislative activity, FMI releases the 50 State Legislative Outlook every January. This annual report examines the issues our industry expects to confront during the upcoming legislative session on a state-by-state basis. This year, we additionally created an interactive web component to help make the information you need more accessible. Like the report, the web tool also previews the upcoming November's state legislative and governors elections, as well as potential ballot measures that would significantly impact our industry. To compile the Outlook, FMI staff surveys state association executives, FMI member companies and holds four regional meetings across the country to discuss priority legislation. While each region brings its own set of priority issues, there are certainly commonalities. Priorities across the regions ranged from food and beverage taxes, to labor and employment issues, to environmental issues like bottle bills and plastic bags, as well as alcohol law reform or modernization. Likewise, every region is dealing with the increasing rise of policymaking at the local level, and like last year, this year's report includes local information where available.    To stay up-to-date on these timely matters and to gain insight into other regional, state and local issues, visit FMI.org/stateoutlook to view the interactive tool for more information or read the full 2018 State Legislative Outlook online or visit the new interactive report. [...]
Fri, Feb 16, 2018
FMI News
Use of integral display cases running on hydrocarbons could help large retailers realise savings of £50,000 per store over a ten-year period in place of CO2 remote systems, research from technology group Emerson has concluded. [...]
Fri, Feb 16, 2018
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
Texas-based retailer buys Favor Delivery [...]
Fri, Feb 16, 2018
Supermarket News
Self-service ordering dramatically reducing customer wait times [...]
Fri, Feb 16, 2018
Supermarket News