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Cooperation and the Transformation of Society
by Rose Marie Klee

Wheatsville Co-op, established in 1976, has become a mainstay of the local business scene in Austin, Texas. Through our first decades, we were initially focused on survival and on cultivating our...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Public History at the Co-op
by Craig Harris

In the summer of 2011, I was contemplating the daunting task of how to gather and recognize what would soon be 30 years of history for Tidal Creek Cooperative Food Market in Wilmington, N.C. My...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
The ABCs of POS
by Michael Copley

What point-of-sale (POS) system does your co-op use, and how well does it work for you?” “Should we be recording cost of product in our POS system?” “How do you create a...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Who’s Driving the Bus?
by Carolee Colter

As we go about our work of assessing organizational structures and conducting employee surveys in food co-ops, we frequently encounter an ongoing struggle between the marketing department (or lone...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Who’s Driving the Bus?
by Jeanie Wells

As we go about our work of assessing organizational structures and conducting employee surveys in food co-ops, we frequently encounter an ongoing struggle between the marketing department (or lone...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Engaging Members with Members
by Jake Schlachter

Would house parties work for established co-ops to engage their members?” The question surprised me. I was teaching a workshop on Internet organizing for membership recruitment at the...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Ringing Out the International Year of Cooperatives
by National Cooperative Grocers Association

The International Year of Cooperatives is in its final months, and National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) and its member and associate co-ops continue to celebrate all of the ways that...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Weaving Again for IYC
by Staff

In honor of the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives, cooperative organizations in Great Britain, the United States, and Canada have sponsored publication of a new edition of Weavers...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Domestic Fair Trade Association to Meet Nov. 12–14
by Staff

The Domestic Fair Trade Association (www.dfta.org) annual meeting brings together stakeholders from across the food and agriculture systems. DFTA is leading the movement for a collaborative...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
New Study Highlights Impact of Food Co-ops
by Staff

A fascinating and detailed look at the impact of food co-ops has just been released by the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA). Available as a pdf, this 21-page report compares co-op...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Deeper Cooperative Visions
by Dave Gutknecht

With a boost from the International Year of Cooperatives, the potential of cooperatives in addressing critical social and economic needs is gaining recognition—although perhaps not as...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Deeper Cooperative Visions
by Dave Gutknecht

With a boost from the International Year of Cooperatives, the potential of cooperatives in addressing critical social and economic needs is gaining recognition—although perhaps not as...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Organic Food is About Public Health
by Dave Gutknecht

Reducing the significance of organic food to its “healthiness” is a bit like reducing politics to a matter of “truthiness.” The recent Stanford University study (September...

07 Sep 2012 • Endcap Articles
Fair Trade Fight Featured in the Nation
by Dave Gutknecht

The U.S. fair trade world has been in a state of division for quite some time. The Nation magazine in its September 10, 2012 issue has published a full-length story.  

30 Aug 2012 • Endcap Articles
Food Co-ops and Natural Foods Retailers Raise the Bar on Hershey
by Dave Gutknecht

Forty-one consumer food co-ops and natural foods retailers operating 62 stores released an open letter on August 23 to the Hershey Company, demanding that Hershey take action to end child slave...

30 Aug 2012 • Endcap Articles
Healthy Board Dissent
by Todd Wallace

Our co-op boards are groups elected and charged with a common purpose: fulfilling the legal and moral obligations of their co-op, on behalf of a diverse set of member-owners. Their fiduciary...

07 Aug 2012 #161 July - August - 2012
Accounting Best Practices: Cash Management
by Bruce Mayer

Our vision for this accounting best practices series is to examine fundamental financial tools and best practices for co-ops that promote overall financial health and the ability to improve. In...

07 Aug 2012 #161 July - August - 2012
Accounting Best Practices: Cash Management
by Peg Nolan

Our vision for this accounting best practices series is to examine fundamental financial tools and best practices for co-ops that promote overall financial health and the ability to improve. In...

07 Aug 2012 #161 July - August - 2012
Accounting Best Practices: Cash Management
by Steve Wolfe

Our vision for this accounting best practices series is to examine fundamental financial tools and best practices for co-ops that promote overall financial health and the ability to improve. In...

07 Aug 2012 #161 July - August - 2012
Why a Human Resources Audit?
by Carolee Colter

An audit can be described as an unbiased examination and evaluation of systems and processes of an organization in order to demonstrate whether they are in compliance with a standard. The human...

07 Aug 2012 #161 July - August - 2012
Why a Human Resources Audit?
by Helena O'Connor

An audit can be described as an unbiased examination and evaluation of systems and processes of an organization in order to demonstrate whether they are in compliance with a standard. The human...

07 Aug 2012 #161 July - August - 2012
Marketing Matters 2012
by Ellen Michel

Marketing Matters, the annual conference organized by the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) marketing team, focuses on brand management and development among food co-ops across the...

07 Aug 2012 #161 July - August - 2012
Building a Co-op Future
by Jane Livingston

The International Year of Cooperatives is an ideal time to think about the intellectual underpinnings of the cooperative movement. Canadian cooperators offer two key resources for this endeavor....

07 Aug 2012 #161 July - August - 2012
Co-ops Meet in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection
by Dave Gutknecht

The 2012 Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) conference on June 14–16 brought over 400 hundred cooperators to Philadelphia for speakers and training, friendship and...

07 Aug 2012 #161 July - August - 2012
Next Act: Network Merger
by Dave Gutknecht

The year 2012 marks a new stage in the history of this magazine, one that will lead to improvements in web-based services for food co-ops. Following is one view (skewed, naturally) of how we got...

07 Aug 2012 #161 July - August - 2012