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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
Organic Bedding Plants Bonanza
by Paul Skirvin 

With grocery chain competitors and a nearby mass merchandiser carrying bedding plants, I felt that our co-op, Bloomingfoods, should do so too -- only do it a different way...

09 Jan 2004 #056 January - February - 1995
Green Fields Anchors Main Street
by Apple Ahearn

Greenfield is a town of 18,000 at the base of the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts. The food cooperative, Green Fields Market, is one of two anchor businesses on Main...

09 Jan 2004 #055 November - December - 1994
Grievances: Doing the Right Thing
by Carolee Colter

"Many a man would rather have you hear his tale than grant his request. --G.K Chesterton

The ideal grievance system would be impartial, respectful of all...

09 Jan 2004 #055 November - December - 1994
To Condemn or To Condone?
by Karen Zimbelman

"A grievance has been filed against the co-op." These words almost invariably cause an immediate emotional reaction in everyone connected to the co-op. Hardly anyone is untouched...

09 Jan 2004 #055 November - December - 1994
Local and Organic: Going Beyond the Expected
by Paul Skirvin

Bloomingfoods Co-op in Bloomington, Indiana just celebrated its 18th birthday. We have two stores. Our original store has 1,600 square feet in retail, about 2,000 total. It's...

09 Jan 2004 #054 September - October - 1994
When a Natural Foods Supermarket Arrives in Town, the Co-op Changes.
by Staff"Prospects look pretty good for the co-op"Weaver Street Market

Carrboro, North Carolina 10,000 sq. ft. totaI/7500retail; $3.8M 1993 sales. Target markets: urban population 40,000,...

09 Jan 2004 #053 July - August - 1994
Co-op Principles Then and Now (Part 2)
by David Thompson

The co-op on Toad Lane was legally registered as the Rochdale Equitable Pioneers on October 24,1844, hence our reason for celebrating Co-op Month in October. The store opened for...

09 Jan 2004 #053 July - August - 1994
Should Your Store Be Planning On Scanning?
by P.J. Hoffman

P0S scanning is only one component of a possible fully "computerized co-op." Paul Cultrera does a fine job describing a more complete system as envisioned at the Cape Ann Food Co-...

09 Jan 2004 #052 May - June - 1994
Myths and Maxims for Co-op Boards
by Karen Zimbelman

Without a doubt, an effective board of directors requires smooth and well-planned internal systems. Yet, given the press of responsibilities and the on-going demands of the job,...

09 Jan 2004 #052 May - June - 1994
First Alternative Upgrades Member Labor Accounting
by Jim Cassidy

In Corvallis, Oregon, First Alternative now has a data base for its member volunteer base. The system, implemented in 1993, has greatly improved planning and productivity and saved...

09 Jan 2004 #052 May - June - 1994
The Perils of Co-Management
by Carolee Colter

Is it inevitable that all "new wave" co-ops founded in the 1970s will end up with general managers? While only a few have had a general manager from the beginning, many co-ops have...

09 Jan 2004 #051 March - April - 1994
What a Manager Needs from the Board
by Karen Zimbelman

A constructive, effective working relationship between a co-op's management and board of directors is a critical factor in the long-term success and survival of a co-op. Yet, this...

05 Dec 2005 #051 March - April - 1994
Making Two Co-ops Into One (Parts 1 and 2)
by David Barry

In June 1992 one of the larger co-ops on the East Coast failed. The Cambridge Food Co-op, dba Central Square Market, had an eighteen-year history and a big attractive new...

09 Jan 2004 #050 January - February - 1994
Cooperative Views - from Appalachia to Atlantic Canada
by Dave Gutknecht

An R. Crumb cartoon from the late 1960s (that is, before 1975...) showed a befuddled citizen wondering, "Is dis a movement?' I was left with the same feeling after last October's...

09 Jan 2004 #050 January - February - 1994
The Potential of a Cooperative System:
by Karen Zimbelman

"You clearly have a lot of very dedicated people working in co-ops in the States -- because there's only a limited co-op system here to support them."

--Eric...

09 Jan 2004 #050 January - February - 1994
Local Buyers: Meet Local Growers
by Jack Laurent

The local growing season brings many opportunities to your co-op's produce section. Unlike the bigger chain supermarkets who buy primarily from large wholesalers, we have the flexibility to...

09 Jan 2004 #049 November - December - 1993
Staff Education Prevents A Generation Gap
by John Corbett

A key Rochdale cooperative principle is continuing education about cooperatives. It is ironic that co-ops often forget to apply this principle to their own employees.

There are many...

09 Jan 2004 #049 November - December - 1993
Member Discounts: Boon or Bane?
by Karen Zimbelman

Let's start with some numbers. A typical member invests $100 in the cooperative to join the co-op. In exchange for that investment, the member receives a 5 percent discount on all purchases. Let's...

09 Jan 2004 #049 November - December - 1993
A Greater Share in Your Future?
by David Thompson

The Davis Food Co-op capital plan is one that has developed step by step over the past eight years. It is not perfect, and were we starting from scratch might not be today's choice. On the other...

09 Jan 2004 #048 September - October - 1993
General Manager Evaluation:
by Karen Zimbelman

One morning Tim found a note in his mail box at the co-op when he arrived for work. It read, "We'll be here to do your evaluation at 4:30 today. See you then." It had been nineteen months since...

09 Jan 2004 #048 September - October - 1993
General Manager Evaluation:
by Carolee Colter

One morning Tim found a note in his mail box at the co-op when he arrived for work. It read, "We'll be here to do your evaluation at 4:30 today. See you then." It had been nineteen months since...

09 Jan 2004 #048 September - October - 1993
Cesar Chavez: His Lifelong Links With Cooperatives
by David Thompson

When Cesar Chavez died on April 23, 1993 the cooperative movement lost one of its great believers. From the moment Cesar became an organizer in his early twenties until the end of his life he was...

09 Jan 2004 #047 July - August - 1993
An Exchange on Regulation of Supplements
by Bruce SilvergladeBy Bruce Silverglade, Center for Science in the Public Interest

I would like to clear up some confusion regarding CSPI's position on dietary supplements. CSPI supports the right of consumers to...

09 Jan 2004 #047 July - August - 1993
Half Full -- and Half Empty
by Dave Gutknecht

Results from this year's Retail Cooperative Operations Survey show that 1992 was another year of strong growth and overall profitability for these stores. Sales for all retail cooperatives grew on...

09 Jan 2004 #047 July - August - 1993