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Counting on Co-op Employees
by Mary Courteau

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Co-op managers want to know how their employees feel about the co-op as an employer. Increasingly, they are turning to employee surveys...

05 Mar 2009 #141 March - April - 2009
Grow Co-op!
by Dave Gutknecht

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Under remarkably sunny skies in Portland, Ore., some 450 cooperators from the United States and Canada attended the 52nd annual Consumer...

18 Mar 2009 #137 July - August - 2008
The Company Store and the Co-op Store
by Dave Gutknecht

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Economic news has everyone’s attention, and retailers must adapt to recession. Success in this new environment will require nimble management.

20 Mar 2009 #141 March - April - 2009
Taking Policy Governance to Heart
by Mark Goehring

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26 Apr 2009 #141 March - April - 2009
A Neighborhood Co-op Market
by Elizabeth Ferry

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Anyone could build a new store,” says Tony White, director of operations at the Hanover Co-op in Hanover, N.H. “We wanted to build a new co-op store.” He’s talking...

20 May 2009 #142 May - June - 2009
Bread Program Makes the Co-op a Neighborhood Destination
by Tim Bartlett

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Is there anything better than warm, crusty bread? The smell, the texture, the burst of flavor when you break it open and dip it into a little bit of olive oil and a...

20 May 2009 #142 May - June - 2009
Introducing Desire for Change and Willingness to Take Risks
by Bruce Palma

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In January 2006, after 21 years of work at the co-op—including seven positions, many customer complaints, and too much hair loss—I was hired as general manager of Co-...

20 May 2009 #142 May - June - 2009
Letters: Co-op Capital and New Co-op Laws
by Donald Kreis

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To the Editor:

As a lawyer and cooperator, I fell right out of my chair upon reading attorney Joel Dahlgren’s article in the March–April Cooperative Grocer...

20 May 2009 #142 May - June - 2009
Letters: Co-op Capital and New Co-op Laws
by Joel Dahlgren

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To the Editor:

As a lawyer and cooperator, I fell right out of my chair upon reading attorney Joel Dahlgren’s article in the March–April Cooperative Grocer...

20 May 2009 #142 May - June - 2009
Mind Your Meat, Part 3
by Robert Duncan

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Co-op meat managers will do well to develop a discipline of monitoring daily invoices and daily sales for their departments. By matching daily sales revenue...

20 May 2009 #142 May - June - 2009
Reaching Youth at coopsrock.coop
by Ken Davis

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We live in electronic ether, with the World Wide Web like an infinite canvas. It’s an excellent era for the visual arts. Opportunities and audiences abound....

20 May 2009 #142 May - June - 2009
Staying Healthy in an Unhealthy Economy
by Mel Braverman

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20 May 2009 #142 May - June - 2009
Staying Open
by Doug Walter

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Shutting your doors on customers and members doesn’t sound like a great idea. But staying open while swapping out all your shelves and most of your cases...

20 May 2009 #142 May - June - 2009
Weathering the Storm, Greening the Store
by Dave Gutknecht

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The steep decline of the economy is impacting every community, and most food co-ops are encountering flat or declining sales. At the same time, cooperatives...

20 May 2009 #142 May - June - 2009
Is ‘Green' a Cooperative Principle?
by Paula Gilbertson

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Green is all the buzz, and it’s been growing louder for some time. But just where does “green” fit into the cooperative principles? Perhaps it is the seventh...

23 Jun 2009 #142 May - June - 2009
All Atwitter in Seattle
by Ellen Michel

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Marketing Matters 2009 took place at the Edgewater Hotel in Seattle, Wash., May 12–14, walking distance from the historic Pike Place Market. This annual...

02 Jul 2009 #143 July - August - 2009
Buying the Farm
by Tim White

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02 Jul 2009 #143 July - August - 2009
CCMA Crowd Enjoys Pittsburgh, Honors Achievements
by Dave Gutknecht

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Under a theme of “By Art and Design: Thriving in Trying Times,” some 350 food cooperative managers, directors, and trainers from across the country gathered...

02 Jul 2009 #143 July - August - 2009
Evaluating the General Manager
by Mark Goehring

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A board evaluating the general manager (GM) of a food co-op…now there’s a process that directors should be able to describe, defend, celebrate and appreciate...

02 Jul 2009 #143 July - August - 2009
Evaluating the General Manager
by Carolee Colter

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A board evaluating the general manager (GM) of a food co-op…now there’s a process that directors should be able to describe, defend, celebrate and appreciate...

02 Jul 2009 #143 July - August - 2009
Guerilla Marketing in Isla Vista
by Melissa Cohen

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02 Jul 2009 #143 July - August - 2009
Partnering with Customers
by Chris Ryding

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Have we seen the worst of the recession? The answer is debatable and one that will truly be known only in hindsight. What seems safe to say is that the...

02 Jul 2009 #143 July - August - 2009
Robynn Shrader Elected to Board of National Banking Co-op
by Staff

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02 Jul 2009 #143 July - August - 2009
Steps to Effective Store Design
by P.J. Hoffman

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Is your co-op planning to expand, relocate or open a new store? The ideas outlined here are meant to make the process easier and more rewarding. I write from...

02 Jul 2009 #143 July - August - 2009
Symbolic Gardens, New Faces
by Mark Kastel

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The state of the (organic) nation is not good—especially for dairy farmers. That shouldn’t be too much of a surprise since the entire economy is hurting...

02 Jul 2009 #143 July - August - 2009