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Mission or Missin' Statement
by Dave Gutknecht

My previous column discussed our need to recognize a cooperative as something larger and more enduring than our individual stake in it, greater also than the sum of present members...

09 Jan 2004 #069 March - April - 1997
Review: Making Membership Meaningful
by Karen Zimbelman

In 1995, an international consortium of co-op academics and practitioners collaborated on a book called Making Membership Meaningful: Participatory Democracy in Co-operatives....

09 Jan 2004 #072 September - October - 1997
Meeting Preparation:
by Karen Zimbelman

Do your board meetings have any of these features?

09 Jan 2004 #068 January - February - 1997
Linking Buying Clubs and Retails for Co-op Development
by Deb Maynard

 

09 Jan 2004 #068 January - February - 1997
Linking Buying Clubs and Retails for Co-op Development
by John Hatton

 

09 Jan 2004 #068 January - February - 1997
Linking Buying Clubs and Retails for Co-op Development
by George Southworth

 

09 Jan 2004 #068 January - February - 1997
Can We Help Build Inner City Co-ops?
by Ellen Sturgis

As a staff and a member of consumer co-ops for nearly twenty years, and as a community development lender for the past three, I have observed a need and desire in the consumer co-...

09 Jan 2004 #071 July - August - 1997
Knowing Your Customers:
by Paul Cultrera "About 41% of retailers have, or are in the process of developing, databases that will enable them to track consumer purchases, as well as behavioral and demographic data." Progressive Grocer,...
09 Jan 2004 #071 July - August - 1997
Building a Customer Service System
by Marilyn Scholl The key to exceptional services lies in building relationships, and in the quality of relationships, with customers and with employees.

09 Jan 2004 #073 November - December - 1997
25 Years: Continuing Contributors
by Dave Gutknecht

This year's co-op conference gave an unusual "milestone" award by recognizing a generation of food co-ops: ones that have recently reached age twenty-five. In those years, what has...

09 Jan 2004 #071 July - August - 1997
CCMA Highlights Needs and Spirit
by Dave Gutknecht

At the Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) conference held in May, the theme was "two-stepping between evolution and extinction" -- highlighting food co-ops' need to...

09 Jan 2004 #071 July - August - 1997
Surveying Members on Membership
by John Corbett

Increasing numbers of co-ops conduct an annual survey of members or of shoppers in the store. Often these surveys are directed at evaluating the core business operation: How far do...

09 Jan 2004 #067 November - December - 1996
Seven Steps to a Successful Membership Drive
by Patricia Cumbie

The success or failure of your next membership drive hinges on more than signage, brochures and the free thing you give away to every new member who joins.

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09 Jan 2004 #064 May - June - 1996
Using the Spreadsheet Template
by Scott BeersCreating a good template for financial planning is an investment on the co-op's part -- a darned good one.

Computer spreadsheets make the task of financial planning infinitely...

09 Jan 2004 #067 November - December - 1996
Using the Spreadsheet Template
by Margaret LundCreating a good template for financial planning is an investment on the co-op's part -- a darned good one.

Computer spreadsheets make the task of financial planning infinitely...

09 Jan 2004 #067 November - December - 1996
Produce Department Review
by Shade Gomez

The produce department, like any other department in a co-op, is there for the co-op's members. Serving them should be our major focus.

Starting with this...

09 Jan 2004 #064 May - June - 1996
Cooperative Principles Updated
by Ann Hoyt

"We have to do it this way. After all, that's what makes us a co-op."

"We only sell natural and organic foods. That's a fundamental principle of...

09 Jan 2004 #062 January - February - 1996
Old and New
by Dave Gutknecht Times like the present help me appreciate anew the place of cooperaives. But then, this nation has always been dominated by private capital. Solidarity in public and private life and concern...
09 Jan 2004 #066 September - October - 1996
Niche Glitch
by Dave Gutknecht

Themes linking this edition's feature co-op and the results from our annual survey:

Continuity with previous generations of cooperatives is precious...

09 Jan 2004 #065 July - August - 1996
Member Discounts
by Scott Beers

Did you know that giving member discounts is not one of the cooperative principles? Given how pervasive discounts are in food co-ops, one would almost expect to find support for...

09 Jan 2004 #063 March - April - 1996
Member Discounts
by Margaret Lund

Did you know that giving member discounts is not one of the cooperative principles? Given how pervasive discounts are in food co-ops, one would almost expect to find support for...

09 Jan 2004 #063 March - April - 1996
Financial Planning: A Context in Which to Measure Performance
by Scott BeersPlanning is about thinking of what you would like to have happen and then making an educated guess about what is likely to happen in the marketplace and what you would reasonably need to do to...
09 Jan 2004 #066 September - October - 1996
Financial Planning: A Context in Which to Measure Performance
by Margaret LundPlanning is about thinking of what you would like to have happen and then making an educated guess about what is likely to happen in the marketplace and what you would reasonably need to do to...
09 Jan 2004 #066 September - October - 1996
Assessing the Big Picture
by George Southworth

This article will explore the issues and historical precedents that are driving the massive changes in the manufacture, distribution and sales of food in the United States and...

09 Jan 2004 #066 September - October - 1996
Running a Successful HBA Department
by Jane Kennedy

 

09 Jan 2004 #065 July - August - 1996