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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
Cooperative Principles Updated
by Ann Hoyt

"We have to do it this way. After all, that's what makes us a co-op."

"We only sell natural and organic foods. That's a fundamental principle of...

09 Jan 2004 #062 January - February - 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
Community Food Co-op
by Jim Ashby

Every day at a busy corner in downtown Bellingham, Washington, thousands of drivers gaze into a bright, bustling cafe. The building itself is an attention grabber, with striking...

09 Jan 2004 #061 November - December - 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
Past Year Fast Here
by Dave Gutknecht

Reviewing a year that has gone by as quickly as this one has shouldn't require more than a few paragraphs! I suspect that for most readers, daily demands and future plans keep...

09 Jan 2004 #061 November - December - 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
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
Assessing Board Performance
by Karen Zimbelman

Without a doubt, a co-op's board of directors plays a key role in the co-op's success. Yet too often, an assessment of the board's performance in that role is overlooked or...

09 Jan 2004 #060 September - October - 1995
El Salvador Co-ops
by Terry Appleby

This spring a dozen cooperators and students had the opportunity to travel to El Salvador for a firsthand look at coffee production. The trip was sponsored by Equal Exchange, a...

09 Jan 2004 #060 September - October - 1995
Managing Your Cheese Section
by Ruth Romano

The cheese stands alone, The cheese stands alone, Heigh-ho the derry 0! The cheese stands alone...

09 Jan 2004 #060 September - October - 1995
Creating Boards That Lead
by Ann Hoyt

The board must play a meaningful and critical role in cooperative affairs. I hope this article will help clarify what the board should be doing, how the board can organize its...

09 Jan 2004 #059 July - August - 1995
Generation Gaps
by Dave Gutknecht

Three different generations gaps can be seen in this edition: First, the annual Retail Operations Survey notes strong growth by many co-ops -- but also an inability to generate new...

09 Jan 2004 #059 July - August - 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
Northeast: Cooperatives Seek Integration
by David Fowle

Cooperative Grocers of the Northeast (CGANE or "see-gain") is now in the midst of its second major transformation since the group formed a bit over two years ago. We were initially...

09 Jan 2004 #058 May - June - 1995
Cooperation Among Cooperatives
by Dave Gutknecht

"All cooperative organizations, in order to best serve the interests of their members and their communities, should actively cooperate in every practical way with other...

09 Jan 2004 #058 May - June - 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
From Nonprofit to Cooperative
by Scott Anderson

Nonprofit (dues-based) corporate structures, used by many social, political, and charitable organizations, are relatively easy to understand and implement. But an equity (share-...

12 Jan 2004 #058 May - June - 1995
From Nonprofit to Cooperative
by Alan Mathewson

Nonprofit (dues-based) corporate structures, used by many social, political, and charitable organizations, are relatively easy to understand and implement. But an equity (share-...

12 Jan 2004 #058 May - June - 1995
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
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
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
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
Return to Co-op Atlantic
by Jane LivingstonBy Jane Livingston

Atlantic Canada -- the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, and Labrador has been hard hit by cuts in government spending...

09 Jan 2004 #056 January - February - 1995