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•  FMI-The Food Industry Association said yesterday that it will bring back Supermarket Employee Day - February 22 - back in 2022, and make it an annual event.

The observance started in 2021 as a way of recognizing the efforts of food retail workers during the pandemic.

Entirely worthwhile, but aren't the really good retailers the ones that don't need an official "day" to recognize the fact that front line workers always are essential to the company's success?  Don't the really good retailers make the contribution of their front line employees - people who are treated like assets, not costs - a core factor in their strategic and tactical initiatives?

Supermarket Employee Day is a good idea, but it also represents a bare minimum of how retailers ought to think about their employees.