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NGA Calls for Participants in Indie Survey

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The National Grocers Association here is calling for companies to take part in the 2008 Independent Operators Survey. Questions will be sent to hundreds of participating independent operators in the grocery industry across the country, to be compiled and analyzed by Baltimore-based FMS Solutions, Inc., with the results to be released in June.

"It will be important to watch how the retail grocery and food industry will use its successes of last year to launch itself forward in today's environment,” said NGA s.v.p. Frank DiPasquale. “With the recent shakeup in the industry, new business opportunities may become available and competitors may grow stronger and fiercer as a result. In addition, even with the increased number of supercenters and specialty stores, the 2007 survey showed the independent community focused retailer is alive and healthy."

The annual survey, which began in 2002, aims to help independent retail grocers and independent supermarkets better understand how their store operations stack up against the national averages and other retailers of similar size. As well as financial and accounting benchmarking, the survey zeroes in on economic factors and key political issues affecting the independent retail grocery and supermarket industry.

"We have designed the survey to be as relevant and useful to our target market as possible by addressing the top issues rated by independent grocers, which in the past have included health care, minimum wage, taxes and tax policy, supercenters, labor/employment, and interchange fees," said FMS Solutions v.p. Bob Graybill.

Those interested in taking part in the survey should visit All participants will receive a free copy of the results' analysis.

FMS Solutions provides about 1,800 independent retail grocer and independent supermarket operations with such financial, accounting, and consulting services as industry benchmarking, best practices, and mission-critical decision support.
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