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Assessing Management Performance
by Geoffrey F. Smith

The good news is: you're not alone. Many co-op boards of directors and managers find the prospect of a formal management performance appraisal very uncomfortable to face.

The reasons cited...

09 Jan 2004 #009 February - March - 1987
Why Co-ops Die: An Exchange
by Robert GrottWhy Co-ops Die: An Historical Analysis

By Robert Grott

09 Jan 2004 #009 February - March - 1987
Why Co-ops Die: An Exchange
by Jesse SingermanWhy Co-ops Die: An Historical Analysis

By Robert Grott

09 Jan 2004 #009 February - March - 1987
Why Co-ops Die: An Exchange
by Dave GutknechtWhy Co-ops Die: An Historical Analysis

By Robert Grott

09 Jan 2004 #009 February - March - 1987
Establishing Produce Quality: Jack Alexander Interview
by Staff

Cooperative Grocer: Jack, you've worked with a number of co-ops, of various types. What are some of the common problems in produce?

09 Jan 2004 #009 February - March - 1987
Pricing for Results: Part 1
by Rex Stewart

Pricing is a crucial but often misunderstood aspect of retailing. Questions about pricing include the relation between margin and markup, the effect of lowering prices, how to price sale items,...

09 Jan 2004 #009 February - March - 1987
How to Critique a Business Plan
by Walden Swanson

"Business plans may be great for bankers and investors, but if companies really followed them, you might never have heard of Compaq, Lotus, or Ben & Jerry's." This quote is from "The Best-Laid...

09 Jan 2004 #010 April - May - 1987
Warehouses Test Cooperation Among Co-ops
by Earl Goddin

While I will throw in my two cents on the debate as to why the food cooperative movement is achieving far less than its potential, let me be clear that my primary purpose in writing this is to...

09 Jan 2004 #010 April - May - 1987
The Past as Prelude
by Art Danforth

During the 1960s and the 1970s, when "new wave" co-ops were thriving, one other consumer goods co-op all by itself probably exceeded all of them put together in number of members, lives touched,...

09 Jan 2004 #010 April - May - 1987
When the Price Is Right
by Rex Stewart

Customers are complaining, "Prices are too high"; "Safeway only charges 98 cents for milk"; "Your produce prices are too high." Yet, at the same tirne, your gross margin is only 24 percent, and...

09 Jan 2004 #010 April - May - 1987
Remodeling for Fun and Profit, Part 1
by Rex Stewart

Your store is bursting at the seams, customers are elbow to elbow, merchandise is falling off the old wooden shelves. You cannot even think about the new products that your customers are asking...

09 Jan 2004 #011 June - July - 1987
Remodeling for Fun and Profit, Part 1
by Chris Quinn

Your store is bursting at the seams, customers are elbow to elbow, merchandise is falling off the old wooden shelves. You cannot even think about the new products that your customers are asking...

09 Jan 2004 #011 June - July - 1987
Interview Guidelines: Getting to Know All About You
by Carolee Colter

I'll never forget my interview for the personnel coordinator job in a collective. I was questioned by 25 people at a meeting. I had to perch on a stool high above the collective members sitting on...

09 Jan 2004 #011 June - July - 1987
Management Reporting to the Board of Directors
by Rick Stewart

This article deals with management reporting to the board of directors. Before I jump into specifics, however, let me establish a set of assumptions to work from. Of course, these are my...

09 Jan 2004 #011 June - July - 1987
Interview: Produce Backroom Handllng
by Jack Alexander

Cooperative Grocer: Jack, last time we talked about establishing quality in the produce department. Let's go into some of the specific operational areas.

09 Jan 2004 #011 June - July - 1987
Art Danforth
by Dave Gutknecht

Art Danforth died May 10, 1987, at the age of 74, after five decades of consumer cooperative activism and public service. He will be remembered, and missed, by many cooperators throughout North...

09 Jan 2004 #011 June - July - 1987
Remodeling for Fun and Profit, Part 2
by Rex Stewart

In our last article, we proposed ground rules for remodeling your store. We made two key points: research customers' expectations and the potential market for expanded services, and evaluate the...

09 Jan 2004 #012 August - November - 1987
Remodeling for Fun and Profit, Part 2
by Chris Quinn

In our last article, we proposed ground rules for remodeling your store. We made two key points: research customers' expectations and the potential market for expanded services, and evaluate the...

09 Jan 2004 #012 August - November - 1987
Improving Store Security
by Phil Ricord

Security -- the word can bring to mind two diametrically opposing images: blissful safety, or a world of suspicion and fear. For co-op retailers, security should conjure images of careful and...

09 Jan 2004 #012 August - November - 1987
Taking Stock of Your Customer Service Level
by Dale Bramhall

In these times of tough competition, your store depends on repeat customers for survival. Giving great service not only keeps present customers but will create new customers as well. Many...

09 Jan 2004 #014 December - January - 1988
Confidentiality: An Issue for Co-op Boards
by John Corbett

The question of confidentiality for consumer cooperative boards of directors is one of the toughest issues facing them. On one hand, the American Bar Association recommends that directors deal in...

09 Jan 2004 #014 December - January - 1988
Confidentiality: An Issue for Co-op Boards
by Karen Zimbelman

The question of confidentiality for consumer cooperative boards of directors is one of the toughest issues facing them. On one hand, the American Bar Association recommends that directors deal in...

09 Jan 2004 #014 December - January - 1988
Putting Your Best Foot Forward
by Rex Stewart

The job of promoting your co-op encompasses everyone involved in the business. Employees, board members and even member/shoppers participate in marketing the co-op. This group is your informal...

09 Jan 2004 #014 December - January - 1988
Putting Your Best Foot Forward
by Chris Quinn

The job of promoting your co-op encompasses everyone involved in the business. Employees, board members and even member/shoppers participate in marketing the co-op. This group is your informal...

09 Jan 2004 #014 December - January - 1988
Personnel Files:
by Carolee Colter

Personnel files are not a sign of encroaching bureaucracy. Even very small organizations should have them. Beyond providing a centralized, convenient place to store all the records relevant to...

07 Jun 2004 #015 February - March - 1988