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Lending to Natural Foods Cooperatives
by Kerinne McNicholas

Last year, NCB conducted a focus group with representatives of the natural foods industry to help us understand better the perception that you, our customers and partners in the...

08 Jan 2004 #081 March - April - 1999
Lending to Natural Foods Cooperatives
by Sophia Raday

Last year, NCB conducted a focus group with representatives of the natural foods industry to help us understand better the perception that you, our customers and partners in the...

08 Jan 2004 #081 March - April - 1999
Lending to Natural Foods Cooperatives
by James Walker

Last year, NCB conducted a focus group with representatives of the natural foods industry to help us understand better the perception that you, our customers and partners in the...

08 Jan 2004 #081 March - April - 1999
Manager on Contract Program Strengthens the Co-op System
by Rochelle Prunty

Northeast Cooperatives' Manager on Contract program was developed to strengthen our system of co-op management. Management of retail food co-ops is not getting any easier as the...

08 Jan 2004 #084 September - October - 1999
Building and Improving Membership Programs
by Karen Zimbelman

Members are the lifeblood of a co-op: a truism of cooperatives. Without members, a co-ops wouldn't be a co-op; it would be just another local grocery store. A co-op exists to serve...

08 Jan 2004 #080 January - February - 1999
Building and Improving Membership Programs
by Marilyn Scholl

Members are the lifeblood of a co-op: a truism of cooperatives. Without members, a co-ops wouldn't be a co-op; it would be just another local grocery store. A co-op exists to serve...

08 Jan 2004 #080 January - February - 1999
Is It Locally Grown?
by Mark Mulcahy

Recently I had a couple conversations that I found disturbing. The first was with a new young produce manager I have been working with on shrink, margins and ordering. While we...

08 Jan 2004 #082 May - June - 1999
Co-op Legacy
by Scott Beers

Legacy is the challenge of having the thrust of your life or your organization's be perpetuated beyond an individual lifetime. Children offer this to many individuals, and we...

08 Jan 2004 #081 March - April - 1999
Co-op Legacy
by Margaret Lund

Legacy is the challenge of having the thrust of your life or your organization's be perpetuated beyond an individual lifetime. Children offer this to many individuals, and we...

08 Jan 2004 #081 March - April - 1999
Building a Controlled Label Program
by George Southworth

Creating a private or controlled label program is one of the largest endeavors an organization or alliance of organizations can undertake. Such a program must be constructed within...

08 Jan 2004 #082 May - June - 1999
Building a Controlled Label Program
by Mark Novak

Creating a private or controlled label program is one of the largest endeavors an organization or alliance of organizations can undertake. Such a program must be constructed within...

08 Jan 2004 #082 May - June - 1999
Relief for Human Disasters
by Dave Gutknecht

If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, that common observation remains a difficult cautionary lesson for many people. A case in point would be international aid,...

08 Jan 2004 #080 January - February - 1999
Staff Teams Build Effective Solutions
by Terry Appleby

Introducing forms of participation to a traditional management hierarchy was the goal; a quality improvement process was the method. The history of Hanover Consumer Co-op and my...

08 Jan 2004 #080 January - February - 1999
Good News and Old News
by Dave Gutknecht

There is so much good news to report, in addition to what appears in this edition, that many of the stories will have to wait. For example: new co-op stores!

08 Jan 2004 #083 July - August - 1999
Global Organics: Christmas Every Day?
by Mark Mulcahy

To everything turn, turn, turn, there is a season, turn, turn, turn....

08 Jan 2004 #083 July - August - 1999
Building Relationships With Financial Partners
by Scott Beers

A relative recently gave one of us a book of pithy personal advice with the humble title of "How to do Everything Right" (we won't dwell on the reason for this particular gift)....

08 Jan 2004 #084 September - October - 1999
Building Relationships With Financial Partners
by Margaret Lund

A relative recently gave one of us a book of pithy personal advice with the humble title of "How to do Everything Right" (we won't dwell on the reason for this particular gift)....

08 Jan 2004 #084 September - October - 1999
Are You Experienced?
by Walden Swanson

Want some good news? Co-op store productivity increased in the third quarter of 1998, when compared to the third quarter of 1997. (See Graph 1.)

Want some bad...

08 Jan 2004 #081 March - April - 1999
Clarifying Board and Management Roles in Expansion/Relocation Projects
by Bill Gessner

Many co-ops talk about the need to move or expand for years. Often it is all talk, with a few false starts and little formal planning or action. For other co-ops, an opportunity to...

08 Jan 2004 #083 July - August - 1999
Retained Earnings or Returned Earnings?
by Scott Beers

Ask co-op members anywhere, "What's the purpose of this co-op, anyway?" and you'll likely get some variation of the answer, "To serve the members." Ask them how best to do that,...

08 Jan 2004 #080 January - February - 1999
Retained Earnings or Returned Earnings?
by Margaret Lund

Ask co-op members anywhere, "What's the purpose of this co-op, anyway?" and you'll likely get some variation of the answer, "To serve the members." Ask them how best to do that,...

08 Jan 2004 #080 January - February - 1999
Democratic Management in the Real World
by Carolee Colter

I don't have any statistics on this, but I'd bet that the vast majority of natural foods co-ops started out as collectively run organizations. For many members and employees of...

08 Jan 2004 #082 May - June - 1999
Pursuing a Co-op Controlled Label
by Jeff Voltz

I am passionate about natural foods. I am passionate about co-ops. And I am passionate about success.

08 Jan 2004 #084 September - October - 1999
CoCoFiSt Data Sharing Strengthens Co-ops
by Joseph Jagiello

Retail food cooperatives have long valued their unique characteristics and independence. Current events in our industry have left many co-ops with declining market share, weak...

08 Jan 2004 #085 November - December - 1999
Crafting Cash Flow Budgets
by Scott Beers

Profit alone does not guarantee success or even survival. Unless you project the co-op's cash requirements and manage accordingly, there are likely to be some harsh surprises ahead...

08 Jan 2004 #085 November - December - 1999