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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
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
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
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
Encountering Cooperative Extremists
by David Fowle

Do the following statements or situations sound familiar in our cooperatives?

08 Jan 2004 #083 July - August - 1999
Encountering Cooperative Extremists
by Marilyn Scholl

Do the following statements or situations sound familiar in our cooperatives?

08 Jan 2004 #083 July - August - 1999
Promoting Organizational Healing
by Ann Waterhouse

Ever heard the phrase, "Work smarter, not harder?" Ever wonder, as I have, exactly what that phrase means? T've thought about it for a while and have some thoughts I'd like to...

08 Jan 2004 #083 July - August - 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
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
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
Management Evaluation Under Policy Governance
by Marilyn Scholl

The relationship between the board and the general manager is probably the most important relationship in a co-op. To be successful, a cooperative needs a strong manager AND a...

08 Jan 2004 #084 September - October - 1999
From Home to Peru and Back
by Dave Gutknecht

Readers may recall my report and editorial following a trip to Peru last year (CG #78, Sept-Oct. 1998). This past summer I was again able to accompany Rick Stewart of Frontier...

08 Jan 2004 #084 September - October - 1999
Building Accountability
by Mel Braverman

Who would choose to work for an organization that does not hold the general manager accountable? Would you want to work for an organization that does not hold your co-workers...

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
Crafting Cash Flow Budgets
by Margaret Lund

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
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
Planning Management Succession
by Carolee Colter

Say the board of directors at your co-op has adopted a set of policies to ensure a successor for the general manager. Now management's work begins.

08 Jan 2004 #085 November - December - 1999
Produce Section Time Management
by Mark MulcahyReviewing how you spend your day can reveal some simple ways to regain lost minutes or hours.

I'd like to touch on a few areas of difficulty I run into most often in produce...

08 Jan 2004 #085 November - December - 1999
Co-op Advantage Program: Midwest Stores Cooperate
by Corinne Shindelar

Not a day goes by when the savvy retailer hasn't asked: How will my store continue to compete in an industry as dynamic as natural foods? Smart co-op retailers are looking to...

08 Jan 2004 #086 January - February - 2000
How Much Can I Borrow?
by Scott Beers

Every lender probably has experienced some version of the following exchange:

Lender: So, how much are you interested in borrowing? Borrower: Whatever you...

08 Jan 2004 #086 January - February - 2000
How Much Can I Borrow?
by Margaret Lund

Every lender probably has experienced some version of the following exchange:

Lender: So, how much are you interested in borrowing? Borrower: Whatever you...

08 Jan 2004 #086 January - February - 2000
Will You Burn Bright or Burn Out?
by Mark MulcahySuggestions for avoiding "fatigue brought about by devotion to a cause, a way of life, or a relationship that failed to produce the expected reward."

Neil Young's anthem on his "...

08 Jan 2004 #086 January - February - 2000
Conducting Member Loan Campaigns
by Bill GessnerCooperatives need to pursue debt capital from members through the creation of member loan programs and member loan drives.

The purpose of this article is to suggest some of the basic principles and...

08 Jan 2004 #086 January - February - 2000
Lessons from the Planning Front Lines
by Karen Zimbelman

Does the idea of planning sessions with your co-op board of directors fill you with dread? Do you spend more time talking about planning than actually doing any planning? Are your...

08 Jan 2004 #086 January - February - 2000