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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
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
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
Assessing Management Performance
by Karen Zimbelman

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
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
Another Look at Member Labor
by Dave Gutknecht

"Boon or Bane?" was the title question in a section on member labor in the first issue of Cooperative Grocer (October-November 1985). And in discussing the issue, it's difficult not to try to be...

09 Jan 2004 #008 December - January - 1987
Managing Working Members
by David Barry

Member work is still the subject of a lot of controversy in many new wave food co-ops. Staff members at many stores particularly feel that member work is something that makes their jobs much...

09 Jan 2004 #008 December - January - 1987
Evaluating Co-op Boards
by Sue Futrell

One of the important jobs of a co-op board is to evaluate -- evaluate the management, evaluate the co-op's financial performance, evaluate the membership and structure of the co-op, and...

09 Jan 2004 #008 December - January - 1987
Survival Issues
by Dave Gutknecht

As this issue of Cooperative Grocer was being prepared for the printer, word arrived of the closing of Starflower Natural Foods & Botanicals in Eugene, Oregon. Their services will be missed...

09 Jan 2004 #008 December - January - 1987
The Co-op Difference and Capital
by Dave Gutknecht

What distinguishes the cooperative store from other retails will vary according to the features of the particular market the store is in and how the co-op has defined its niche in that market....

09 Jan 2004 #008 December - January - 1987