• One day after a football-themed kickoff party at FMI Midwinter, football was a topic during Monday's session as well. Jerry Garland, the chairman of this year's Midwinter event, who is president and CEO of Associated Wholesale Grocers, urged retailers to take full advantage of selling opportunities around the upcoming Super Bowl.
"The Super Bowl is a major selling point, so plan great sales and promotions," he said. "In Kansas City we'll have great tailgate parties!"
• FMI Midwinter broadcast part of the presidential inauguration live on a big screen Monday, and partisan politics took a temporary back seat, if only for a few moments.
• The Woodard public policy award presented to FMI's Anne Curry had a bit of extra drama attached to it. FMI worked to keep Curry in the dark about the award to make it more impactful. By the time Curry was announced as the winner and took the stage, she was visibly moved.
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