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Mondragon's Eroski as a Mass Retailer
by David Thompson

"If we are not economically efficient we cannot be socially effective."

08 Jan 2004 #097 November - December - 2001
Monitoring the Manager
by Mark Goehring

There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is commonly known to directors and managers. It is a dimension open to interpretation—potentially as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is...

21 Jan 2009 #123 March - April - 2006
More Co-ops Up and Running!

A nationwide wave of new food co-ops continues, supported by Food Co-op Initiative, National Co-op Grocers, CDS Consulting Co-op, and other allies and given focus by the annual Up & Coming, Up...

05 Apr 2015 • Endcap Articles
More on Conflicts of Interest
by Donald Kreis

It would be difficult, indeed probably impossible, for us co-op board members to spend too much time pondering our ethical obligations. So, thank you for Carolee Colter’s excellent article on “...

26 Sep 2007 #132 September - October - 2007
More on Mission and Capital
by Dave Gutknecht

Readers have responded positively to recent editorials on social capital. In this column I will review our co-op mission, the treatment of capital, and other co-op practices.

09 Jan 2004 #070 May - June - 1997
More on New "Co-op" Laws
by Dave Gutknecht

Defending the brand and principles of cooperatives in light of new laws:

Adding to recent contributions in Cooperative Grocer on new laws which allow a greater role for private investors in...

24 Mar 2011 • Endcap Articles
More on Payment Card Security Compliance
by Tak Tang

All merchants, including consumer cooperatives, must and should meet the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) if they wish to accept credit cards as a form of payment.


19 Nov 2009 #145 November - December - 2009
Motivational Fit: Finding the right person for the job
by Carolee Colter

Why do some people enjoy a job and stay with it for years, while others seem unhappy and eventually leave? Or they stay on but complain, come to work late and call in sick more...

07 Jan 2004 #098 January - February - 2002
Moving from the Fringe to Downtown
by Clem Nilan

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In 1999, the Onion River Co-op was feeling the pinch. Its facility was too small. In order to support...

27 Dec 2008 #139 November - December - 2008
Murky Water
by Goldie Caughlan

From the time that Congress passed the Organic Food Production Act (OFPA) in 1990 to the present, hot-button issues have persisted. There was a brief honeymoon phase following the national...

21 Jan 2009 #117 March - April - 2005
My Co-op Rocks! Video Contest
by Mari Roseman

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Lights, camera…arugula! National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) is inviting co-op shoppers to submit videos in a nationwide “My Co-op Rocks!” contest, in...

03 Mar 2009 #141 March - April - 2009
My Co-op Rocks! Winners Available

Now available for online viewing are winners of an annual contest sponsored by several leading cooperatives that generates imaginative tributes to cooperatives.

The My Co-op Rocks Video +...

27 Dec 2012 • Endcap Articles
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
National and Local Co-ops Provide Startup Funds
by Suzi Carter

In the past year, we in the startup food co-op community experienced a moment that worried us. While we saw interest in starting food co-ops continue to grow, our major grant funding was coming to...

19 Nov 2014 #174 September-October 2014
National Co-op Advantage Program Set To Launch
by Robynn Shrader

In March 2002, hundreds of thousands of co-op consumers will receive a full-color flyer filled with dozens of product specials negotiated through the national expansion of CAP, the Co-op...

07 Jan 2004 #098 January - February - 2002
National Co-op Development Act Proposed

The National Cooperative Development Act of 2011 needs the support of the public and members of Congress – see  The bill promotes job creation and economic...

06 Feb 2013 • Endcap Articles
National Organic Coalition Responds to Harvey Rulings
by Robynn Shrader

The Harvey v. Veneman lawsuit and its implications for the organic community have been the focus of many meetings and discussions in recent weeks among the National Cooperative Grocers Association...

21 Jan 2009 #118 May - June - 2005
Natural Food Training
by Nancy O'Connor

Twelve Community Mercantile employees gather around a big table in the co-op’s community room. We’re sharing a meal of baked tofu, steaming hot kale, three different kinds of baked winter squash,...

16 Mar 2004 #111 March - April - 2004
Natural/Organic Industry Outlook
by George Southworth

Many of the market trends that have been discussed by cooperatives in this magazine and other forums are coming true, but with a stunning ferocity and speed. This article examines...

08 Jan 2004 #096 September - October - 2001
Naturally Northwest
by Brian Schaeperkoetter

PCC Natural Markets Sprouts Urban Flagship Store

07 Jan 2004 #108 September - October - 2003
NCBA Trip to Singapore and Indonesia
by Bob Noble

This past October I participated in the biennial General Assembly of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) in Singapore, followed by a tour of coffee and micro-finance cooperatives in North...

19 Jan 2009 #134 Jan - Feb - 2008
NCGA and Wedge Co-op Honored with dotCoop Awards
by Dave Gutknecht

On November 18, dotCoop, the sponsor of the .coop domain name, announced its first Global Awards for Cooperative Excellence. The winners Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Ltd. , a ­fertilizer...

31 Dec 2009 #146 January - February - 2010
NCGA Board Envisions Big Picture
by Robynn Shrader

The National Cooperative Grocers Association board of directors met recently to build a framework and long-term vision for the organization, as we move into our second full year...

08 Jan 2004 #092 January - February - 2001
NCGA Debuts Co+op Kitchen Videos
by National Co+op Grocers

When it comes to cooking at home, choosing the right ingredients and understanding basic kitchen skills can make the difference between a good meal and an amazing one. In the National Cooperative...

03 Jun 2013 #166 May-June 2013
NCGA Development Advisors Help Co-ops Prepare for Growth
by Mandy Makinen

In late 2012, National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) launched a new service designed to assist its member and associate co-ops in preparing for growth. Two development advisor positions...

25 Mar 2014 #171 March-April 2014