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Grocery: The Core of the Store
by Pam Musante

Details, details, details. I do not know who gets credit for the phrase "retail is detail" -- I heard it for the first time last week in a training session -- but it succinctly...

09 Jan 2004 #058 May - June - 1995
Hang Together - Or Be Hanged Separately
by Dave Gutknecht

The World of Food Co-ops: Powerful results can be achieved, as the previous edition's report on Co-op Atlantic shows, by a cooperative food system that is embedded in the local...

09 Jan 2004 #057 March - April - 1995
Herbs / Supplements / Health and Beauty
by Marcia Owings

Over the past five years, our co-op has gone through tremendous growth and has had to work hard to keep up. Like many other natural foods stores, Sevananda has had to restructure,...

09 Jan 2004 #059 July - August - 1995
Hiring A General Manager
by Carolee Colter

I don't want to disappoint my readers. This article is not going to tell you where to find a general manager. If I knew a source of well-qualified people eager to be managers of...

09 Jan 2004 #061 November - December - 1995
Learning From A Failure
by Gillian Butler

In the aftermath of an attempt to expand which was successfully opposed by disaffected members and employees, the board of directors of the co-op in Davis, California has returned...

09 Jan 2004 #057 March - April - 1995
Member Services, Education and Outreach
by Theresa Carbrey

Most of us who work in cooperatives are excited by the vision of an alternative form of business ownership. With open membership, democratic control and shared participation in the...

09 Jan 2004 #057 March - April - 1995
Merchandising Management
by Marie Greenfield

"Pardon me, mam. You look confused. Is there something I can help you find or a question I can answer?"

09 Jan 2004 #061 November - December - 1995
You're Gonna Have to Serve Somebody
by John Mabbott

In coffee shops, break rooms, and breakfast nooks across this country playground scuffles are taking place between inner children. "My upbringing was worse than yours" has replaced...

09 Jan 2004 #058 May - June - 1995
Shopper Credit Cards and Member-Owner Benefits
by Alan Mathewson

I just read an article in Supermarket News indicating that within a year or so it will be common for shoppers at Publix or Kroger or Winn Dixie to present "cobranded" credit cards...

09 Jan 2004 #060 September - October - 1995
Abuse -- and Answers
by Dave Gutknecht

Themes from this edition on co-op managers, their boards of directors, and co-op members:

Retail management is a complex, demanding job: juggling product,...

09 Jan 2004 #067 November - December - 1996
Merchandising Body Care and Supplements
by Janda Grove

Supplements and body care items offer unique challenges and opportunities to your store. Many co-op stores have small departments for these categories because they began as food...

09 Jan 2004 #066 September - October - 1996
Co-op Conference: Getting Out of Hand?
by Dave Gutknecht

Milwaukee in May: over three hundred managers, directors, and others often seen in co-ops were seen here for over three thousand minutes. They enjoyed bowling, schmoozing, dancing...

09 Jan 2004 #065 July - August - 1996
Working with Community Supported Agriculture for the Benefit of All
by Bryan CarstensHealthy food. Sharing expenses, risks, and profits. Active participation. Community involvement. All of these social ideals are shared by co-ops and CSAs.

Our food production system...

09 Jan 2004 #064 May - June - 1996
Planning Deli Success
by Steve Rosen

Overheard at the Natural Products Expo in Baltimore:

Q. How do you make a small fortune?

A. Take a large fortune and open a deli...

09 Jan 2004 #062 January - February - 1996
Discounts and Death
by Dave Gutknecht

Myths die hard, and so do member discounts. In questioning this entrenched practice, reflexively equated with co-op membership in the minds of many, one never knows for certain...

09 Jan 2004 #063 March - April - 1996
What Co-op Employees Think
by Carolee Colter

How do co-op employees feel about the co-op as an employer? How satisfied are they with their compensation, their working conditions, their supervision, and their co-workers? How...

09 Jan 2004 #063 March - April - 1996
What Co-op Employees Think
by Karen Zimbelman

How do co-op employees feel about the co-op as an employer? How satisfied are they with their compensation, their working conditions, their supervision, and their co-workers? How...

09 Jan 2004 #063 March - April - 1996
The Co-op Empowerment Stream
by Bill Gessner

Our cooperatives are truly empowering organizations, in origin and in practice, in vision and in mission, in theory and in action. Empowerment can be a simple and clarifying...

09 Jan 2004 #063 March - April - 1996
Handling a Sexual Harassment Claim
by Carolee ColterWhat you are trying to find out through an investigation is: did the alleged behavior occur and was it unwelcome.

Yes, dear readers, it happens even in co-ops.

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

 

09 Jan 2004 #065 July - August - 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
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
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