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Dealing With Risk
by Margaret LundLike the 2,000 pound gorilla at a small party, whether you choose to acknowledge it or not, risk is always present, just standing there at the pretzel bowl waiting for you to turn around....
09 Jan 2004 #068 January - February - 1997
Salaried or Hourly?
by Carolee Colter

Rather than "salaried or hourly," the question actually should be, "Exempt or non-exempt? The Fair Labor Standards Act requires that employees subject to it (i.e., non-exempt...

09 Jan 2004 #070 May - June - 1997
Translating Operations into Financial Statements
by Scott Beers

Good systems show themselves by not showing themselves at all. In a well run store, product, people, and purchases flow in and out in a seemingly effortless ebb and flow. Only from...

09 Jan 2004 #069 March - April - 1997
Translating Operations into Financial Statements
by Margaret Lund

Good systems show themselves by not showing themselves at all. In a well run store, product, people, and purchases flow in and out in a seemingly effortless ebb and flow. Only from...

09 Jan 2004 #069 March - April - 1997
Winning Customer Service
by Steve Rosen

Webster's Dictionary defines the word extinct as follows:

Having died down; extinguished.No longer in existence.

We all know about things that are extinct:...

09 Jan 2004 #069 March - April - 1997
Using Brokers Successfully
by James Watts

Buyers that I meet at trade shows and conferences most often describe brokers to me in less than glowing terms. Some buyers complain that brokers "steal their time" or "don't have...

09 Jan 2004 #076 May - June - 1998
The BIG Scoop
by Jennifer Callen

They don't call me "Binhead" for nothing -- I believe in Bulk! Unfortunately, word on the aisles is that Bulk has reached its plateau -- sales have flattened -- interest is dying...

09 Jan 2004 #079 November - December - 1998
Annual Conference Gives Inspiration, Advances Cooperative Associations
by Dave Gutknecht 

Over three hundred co-op directors, managers, staff and consultants gathered in Cleveland June 10-13 at the Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) conference....

09 Jan 2004 #077 July - August - 1998
Pumping Deli Sales With Less Labor
by Allen SeidnerDoes every deli need a fully staffed work station? Despite the trend toward more complex, service-intensive deli programs, the results are only occasionally more profitable, and they always demand...
09 Jan 2004 #075 March - April - 1998
An Agreement for Disagreements
by Karen Zimbelman

I wish I could say it is a rare occurrence, but unfortunately I get these disturbing calls all too often.

"Hi KZ," the caller starts. "We've got this problem...

09 Jan 2004 #075 March - April - 1998
Disaster Preparedness
by Carolee Colter

Disaster: a "bad star." That's the derivation of this ancient Greek word. If a comet is hurling toward the earth, or our sun goes super-nova, there is nothing to be done. But there are disasters a...

09 Jan 2004 #079 November - December - 1998
Understanding Distributor Dynamics
by George Southworth

We see several positive trends of cooperation between stores and their distributors. These are lowering the cost of goods in several categories and increasing the competitiveness...

09 Jan 2004 #075 March - April - 1998
Understanding Distributor Dynamics
by John Hatton

We see several positive trends of cooperation between stores and their distributors. These are lowering the cost of goods in several categories and increasing the competitiveness...

09 Jan 2004 #075 March - April - 1998
Economics 101: Sunk Costs and Opportunity Costs
by Scott Beers

We think every day about what it costs to do different things -- 89 cents to buy a pound of organic bananas, seven dollars to see "Lethal Weapon 4," etc. -- but we seldom think...

09 Jan 2004 #079 November - December - 1998
Economics 101: Sunk Costs and Opportunity Costs
by Margaret Lund

We think every day about what it costs to do different things -- 89 cents to buy a pound of organic bananas, seven dollars to see "Lethal Weapon 4," etc. -- but we seldom think...

09 Jan 2004 #079 November - December - 1998
All Your Board Can Be
by Paige Lettington

Whether you are a manager, staff, or a director, you will be happier and less frustrated when your co-op's board is operating smoothly. Board meetings that go on for hours,...

09 Jan 2004 #074 January - February - 1998
Raising the Stakes?
by Scott Beers

The ability to raise capital -- to collect a little bit from a lot of people and build something greater than anybody's bit could have built alone -- is one of the great strengths...

09 Jan 2004 #076 May - June - 1998
Raising the Stakes?
by Margaret Lund

The ability to raise capital -- to collect a little bit from a lot of people and build something greater than anybody's bit could have built alone -- is one of the great strengths...

09 Jan 2004 #076 May - June - 1998
Finance Committee Finesse
by Scott BeersBy Scott Beers and Margaret Lund

One of the absolutely vital committees of any co-op board is the finance committee. Typically, the finance committee is charged with overseeing and...

09 Jan 2004 #075 March - April - 1998
Finance Committee Finesse
by Margaret LundBy Scott Beers and Margaret Lund

One of the absolutely vital committees of any co-op board is the finance committee. Typically, the finance committee is charged with overseeing and...

09 Jan 2004 #075 March - April - 1998
Knowing Your Mass Market Competition
by George Southworth

The nearby mass market grocer will be the most prevalent competitor for most natural food stores. Natural foods chains with large stores (20,000+ sq. ft.), such as Whole Foods,...

09 Jan 2004 #074 January - February - 1998
Mission Statement – or (Still) Missin' Statement?
by Dave Gutknecht

Results of the Retail Operations Survey once again show strong growth and profitability by most food co-ops during the past year. Eighty percent of the co-op stores surveyed are...

09 Jan 2004 #077 July - August - 1998
Educating Staff About Nutrition
by Ruth Blackburn 

Natural foods cooperatives have historically been leaders in providing education to staff, members and shoppers. The fifth cooperative principle states in part, "We strive to...

09 Jan 2004 #079 November - December - 1998
Building Financial Partnerships
by Sophia Raday

To be successful in today's competitive, global economy, you can't just be good at what you do. You have to be excellent. Natural food cooperatives are keenly aware of this. You...

09 Jan 2004 #078 September - October - 1998
Building Financial Partnerships
by Kerinne McNicholas

To be successful in today's competitive, global economy, you can't just be good at what you do. You have to be excellent. Natural food cooperatives are keenly aware of this. You...

09 Jan 2004 #078 September - October - 1998