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Who’s Watching Member Labor in Retail Food Cooperatives?
by Thane Joyal

When many retail food cooperatives were formed in the 1970s, the distinctions among worker cooperatives, consumer cooperatives and not-for-profit corporations were not considered to be barriers to...

18 Jan 2012 #158 January - February - 2012
An Italian View of "Co-op: Made in USA"
by Dave Gutknecht

A new publication presents a dossier on U.S. worker-owned and consumer co-ops in the U.S. Written by Enrico Massetti, an Italian who has lived in the United States for the last 30 years, "Co-op:...

08 Mar 2012 • Endcap Articles
Fresh Foods, Fresh Questions
by Dave Gutknecht

Growth in fresh food sales – and “fresh packaged” – is at the heart of recent comments from the Hartman Group, a leading analyst of the natural/organic grocery industry whose research has...

25 Mar 2012 • Endcap Articles
Diverse Means, Common Ends
by Dave Gutknecht

Alongside many new cooperatives that are springing up, established food co-ops continue to evolve and deepen their community roots. This edition has several substantial reports that illustrate...

09 Apr 2012 #159 March - April - 2012
Promoting the International Year of Cooperatives
by StaffVideo Series on Food Co-ops

A video series, "Lights, Cameras, Co-ops: Exploring the Country's Thriving Food Co-ops" has been launched by the National Cooperative Grocers Association...

09 Apr 2012 #159 March - April - 2012
Startup Technology Choices
by Jake Schlachter

Been called by a new food co-op for advice recently? The number of startup food cooperatives is swelling, and with it, the ranks of cooperative advisors.

09 Apr 2012 #159 March - April - 2012
Balancing Employers and Employees
by Jeanie Wells

Food co-ops are known for being compassionate employers. Unlike some of our big competitors in the grocery industry who only work to maintain their organization's interests, food co-ops seem...

09 Apr 2012 #159 March - April - 2012
Accounting Best Practices: Internal Control
by Bruce Mayer

Summary: Our previous articles were on the balance sheet and the income statement. This article covers internal control. There will be a final article on cash management. Our vision for this...

09 Apr 2012 #159 March - April - 2012
Accounting Best Practices: Internal Control
by Peg Nolan

Summary: Our previous articles were on the balance sheet and the income statement. This article covers internal control. There will be a final article on cash management. Our vision for this...

09 Apr 2012 #159 March - April - 2012
Accounting Best Practices: Internal Control
by Steve Wolfe

Summary: Our previous articles were on the balance sheet and the income statement. This article covers internal control. There will be a final article on cash management. Our vision for this...

09 Apr 2012 #159 March - April - 2012
Don't Wait—Act Today!
by Jeanne Lakso

Competition in the grocery industry is fierce. With more retailers entering the natural and organic market and more shoppers purchasing natural and organic foods

09 Apr 2012 #159 March - April - 2012
Owner Bond Drives Support Growth at Willy Street
by David Waisman

Back in April 2010, Willy Street Co-op (Madison, Wis.) launched an owner bond drive to raise money to support the opening of a second retail store, Willy West.

09 Apr 2012 #159 March - April - 2012
Owner Bond Drives Support Growth at Willy Street
by Lynn Olson

Back in April 2010, Willy Street Co-op (Madison, Wis.) launched an owner bond drive to raise money to support the opening of a second retail store, Willy West.

09 Apr 2012 #159 March - April - 2012
Coordinating a Collaborative Commissary Kitchen
by Ellen Michel

It's 5:00 p.m. on the first Friday night in January as I swing behind the old Coca-Cola building near downtown Bloomington, Ind. At the buzz of the intercom, a staff person from the...

09 Apr 2012 #159 March - April - 2012
Measuring Ends, Telling Our Story
by Michael Healy

Why does the work of measuring the co-op's accomplishments and telling the co-op's story matter?

09 Apr 2012 #159 March - April - 2012
Bill Gessner Joins Cooperative Hall of Fame
by Dave Gutknecht

Many readers of this site will recognize Bill Gessner’s name from his many past contributions to food co-ops, both through Cooperative Grocer and directly at scores of co-ops where he has...

08 May 2012 • Endcap Articles
Canada's Impressive Co-operative Sector
by Dave Gutknecht

Canada’s co-ops certainly are leaders in North American cooperative circles. One-third of all its citizens are members of one of Canada’s credit unions. Canada’s 9,000 co-ops dot the landscape...

31 May 2012 • Endcap Articles
Cooperative Ownership Gaining Attention

The flowering of new worker-owned cooperatives and other innovative forms of economic democracy is slowly gaining more attention in various cities and through diverse media channels. One such...

31 May 2012 • Endcap Articles
Go Co-op! Can We?
by Dave Gutknecht

The International Year of Cooperatives continues to remind us that cooperatives are a global movement of great impact and even greater potential. Some of the examples being highlighted encourage...

04 Jun 2012 #160 May - June - 2012
The Howard Bowers Fund and CCMA
by Ellen Quinn

The Howard Bowers Fund was established to honor Howard Bowers, who dedicated his life to the consumer co-op movement. In his five-decade career, he worked for food co-ops throughout the Midwest...

04 Jun 2012 #160 May - June - 2012
Buying Clubs
by Stuart Reid

Try to define "buying club." Is it a food co-op without a storefront? A stepping stone to a future retail store? A group effort to buy food as cheaply as possible? The only viable option...

04 Jun 2012 #160 May - June - 2012
Time Management
by Mel Braverman

"Time management is the act or process of planning and exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase efficiency or...

04 Jun 2012 #160 May - June - 2012
Stronger Together Works in HR, Too
by kari mitchel

When working with Outpost Co-op managers on a particularly sticky employee issue, I often hear, "I’m glad I don’t have your job!" Although I may think the same thing of...

04 Jun 2012 #160 May - June - 2012
A SLICE of Cooperation
by webster walker

SLICE: Strengthening Local Independent Co-ops Everywhere, is an annual conference and organizing project in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. The SLICE vision of an expanding cooperative...

04 Jun 2012 #160 May - June - 2012
Educating and Energizing Startups
by Ellen Michel

The third annual "Up and Coming, Up and Running" food co-op startup conference took place in Bloomington, Ind., on March 8–10, 2012. This year’s gathering attracted 81...

04 Jun 2012 #160 May - June - 2012