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The Food Marketing Institute

The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) is a nonprofit association conducting programs in research, education, industry relations and public affairs on behalf of its 1,500 members including their subsidiaries -- food retailers and wholesalers and their customers in the United States and around the world. FMI's domestic member companies operate approximately 21,000 retail food stores with a combined annual sales volume of $300 billion -- three-quarters of all grocery store sales in the United States. FMI's retail membership is composed of large multi-store chains, small regional firms and independent supermarkets. Its international membership includes 200 members from 60 countries.

Buying clubs are a growing strategy for small companies. FMI helps its food industry members by providing a growing number of buying clubs. One example:

LiftExchange Buying Club for lift-truck fleets and related materials-handling equipment.

FMI offers members a variety of business benefits, including a buying club called LiftExchange. Here they help members save money through aggregated buying programs and web-based management systems. If you need heavey lifting -- you can eliminate supply-chain layers by sourcing directly from the original materials-handling equipment and parts manufacturers # obtain special pricing and rebates on a huge variety of equipment, parts and supplies, including top-name lift trucks, pallet jacks, forks, tires, seats, lights, batteries and chargers, battery handling equipment, propane, shrink wrap and much more.

Food Marketing Institute