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Making Bulk User Friendly
by Adam Fischler

Bulk sells itself. The simplicity and environmentally sound practices inherent in bulk shopping are largely responsible for the success of this part of your store. As a bulk manager, I am daily...

07 Jan 2004 #102 September - October - 2002
Think Virtual, Act Real
by Dave Gutknecht

Redwood forests and food cooperatives: Near the westernmost point of California, these two seemingly unrelated systems impressed me in parallel ways while attending the Consumer Cooperative...

07 Jan 2004 #101 July - August - 2002
Intensive Training Builds Staff Skills
by Corinne Shindelar

In May of 2000, general managers of the Twin Cities Natural Food Co-ops (TCNFC) approved a proposal for new program, Leadership Development Training. TCNFC will begin its third session of this...

07 Jan 2004 #102 September - October - 2002
Strong Results, Debatable Future: 2001 Retail Operations Survey
by Peg Nolan

 

07 Jan 2004 #101 July - August - 2002
Strong Results, Debatable Future: 2001 Retail Operations Survey
by Patricia Cumbie

 

07 Jan 2004 #101 July - August - 2002
Strong Results, Debatable Future: 2001 Retail Operations Survey
by Walden Swanson

 

07 Jan 2004 #101 July - August - 2002
Strong Results, Debatable Future: 2001 Retail Operations Survey
by Dave Gutknecht

 

07 Jan 2004 #101 July - August - 2002
Sampling Equals Sales and Satisfaction
by Mark Mulcahy

Do you sample in your produce department? Not just occasionally, when a customer asks or when you think of it, but on a regular basis? Why not? Too busy? Too busy to increase your sales?

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07 Jan 2004 #103 November - December - 2002
Motivational Fit: Finding the right person for the job
by Carolee Colter

Why do some people enjoy a job and stay with it for years, while others seem unhappy and eventually leave? Or they stay on but complain, come to work late and call in sick more...

07 Jan 2004 #098 January - February - 2002
Have You Registered Your .Coop Domain Names?
by Dave Gutknecht

 

Co-ops the world around are taking advantage of the new .co-op Internet address. In the U.S., the new domain is sponsored by dotCoop, a subsidiary of the National Cooperative Business...

07 Jan 2004 #100 May - June - 2002
Produce Career: "If You're Gonna Stay, You Gotta Play"
by Mark Mulcahy

Let's see if this sounds familiar: You set a great produce stand, so beautiful people don't want to touch it.

You are loved by your customers; people come from miles around to see...

07 Jan 2004 #101 July - August - 2002
How Will Organic Rules Affect Retailers?
by Cissy Bowman

After years of long and frustrating delays, the USDA Organic Rule will be implemented during 2002. Although this will be a "phase-in" period for coming into compliance, it will bring with it...

07 Jan 2004 #098 January - February - 2002
Stalking the Organic Asparagus
by Cissy Bowman

Springtime is upon us, and with it comes fresh, organic produce from an increasing number of local growers. It is a benefit to these growers as well as to retailers and consumers for this...

07 Jan 2004 #100 May - June - 2002
Ocean Beach People's Co-op Goes Green
by Mike Ferrill

Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Co-op in San Diego has a new home. A new environmentally green building has been constructed next to the building that housed the co-op beginning in 1975. The...

07 Jan 2004 #102 September - October - 2002
Your New Store: Meeting First Year Challenges
by Bill Gessner

You have successfully navigated the stormy waters of a relocation/expansion project. Your co-op has proudly opened the new store amidst celebration, praise, relief, adrenaline and exhaustion.

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07 Jan 2004 #099 March - April - 2002
14 Carrots: New London Co-op
by Sage Scott

New London, New Hampshire: After 18 years as a privately owned natural foods store, 14 Carrots became a member-owned cooperative on August 1. Says general manager Rick Libbey, "Our mission...

07 Jan 2004 #103 November - December - 2002
Pointing Resources Toward A Strong National Network
by Robynn Shrader

Having recently attended the CCMA Conference in Eureka, California, I am newly impressed and heartened by the enthusiasm and commitment by many in our co-op sector to do the difficult and...

07 Jan 2004 #101 July - August - 2002
CGIN News: More Resources Added to www.cgin.org
by Karen Zimbelman

Thanks to generous contributions submitted by members of the Cooperative Grocers' Information Network (CGIN), we've been able to add the following new items to our site in the past couple of...

07 Jan 2004 #100 May - June - 2002
Mondragon Retail Strategy: Eroski Partnership Path
by David Thompson

During the past two years Grupo Eroski has grown to become the second largest food retailer in Spain, following the French retailing giant Carrefour. Eroski is the distribution division of the...

07 Jan 2004 #103 November - December - 2002
The Long Road Back
by Gail Graham

For background on the shaky start to Mississippi Market's second store, see "A Near Miss at Mississippi Market," in CG #92, Jan.-Feb. 2001.

07 Jan 2004 #098 January - February - 2002
Kootenay Thrives on Local and Organic
by Lyn Cayo

Kootenay Country Store Cooperative is the heart of Nelson, British Columbia. What began more than thirty years ago as a buying club with a few member families has turned into the community's...

07 Jan 2004 #103 November - December - 2002
Cooperative Grocer and the National Cooperative Grocers Association Join Forces
by Dave Gutknecht

We're pleased and excited to announce that at its October 20 meeting the board of directors of the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) approved the acquisition of Cooperative Grocer....

07 Jan 2004 #103 November - December - 2002
Cooperative Grocer and the National Cooperative Grocers Association Join Forces
by Robynn Shrader

We're pleased and excited to announce that at its October 20 meeting the board of directors of the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) approved the acquisition of Cooperative Grocer....

07 Jan 2004 #103 November - December - 2002
Japan Co-ops Endure Recession, Innovate
by Japanese Consumers' Co-operative Union

Editor's note: Information below is taken from the English-language newsletter of the Japanese Consumers' Co-operative Union (JCCU); their website is located at http://www.coop (click "English...

07 Jan 2004 #103 November - December - 2002
Not Too Late To Integrate
by Dave Gutknecht

One co-op begins and another closes. One door opens and another shuts. The recent fates of retail as well as wholesale food cooperatives reflect common lessons.

07 Jan 2004 #103 November - December - 2002