Progressive Grocer Independent

DEC 2016

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4 | Progressive Grocer Independent | December 2016 It's Not Goodbye Every ending has a new beginning. I introduced myself to you in the pages of this magazine 2 ½ years ago, and I fell in love with the independent grocery marketplace. Your names and faces quickly became familiar as you graciously accepted my invitations to share your knowledge with your fellow indies or answered my questions at various industry events. Your entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well, as is your commitment to the communities you serve. You are often more than simply a place to buy food; you offer trusted advice and often become the linchpin of the community in times of both joy and tragedy. Many of you aren't afraid to innovate to keep up with the changing demands of your customers, often mak- ing the rest of the industry follow your lead. e independent grocer remains economically vital, generating $131 billion in sales and employ- ing more than 944,000 people, and is integral to the success of the industry at large. However, the tides of change roll on. EnsembleIQ , the magazine's parent company, has decided to cease publishing Progressive Grocer Independent, effective with this issue. Much like the economy at large, the company is looking to streamline and create efficiencies, so PGI is to be folded back into its sister publication, Progressive Grocer, from which it was created five years ago. Maybe it's not change so much as a return to the way things used to be. Progressive Grocer remains committed to serving the entire supermarket industry and will incorpo- rate the independents' voice in the topics it cov- ers, recognizing that many of the struggles in the industry are universal. However, when needed, special focus will be given to the unique challenges that independents face. Your voices will continue to be heard and your challenges addressed. Some of the features of PGI that you have come to know and love will remain. For example, the Outstanding Independent Awards will continue to be presented, with the winners' stores featured in the pages of Progressive Grocer's February issue. And I'm still going to be around. You can't get rid of me that easily. My email and phone number remain the same, so continue reach- ing out to me so I can share your stories with the industry at large. I'm still your gal. PGI Editor's Note Katie Martin [email protected]

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