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Pioneer Market Meets Downtown Troy
by Stuart Reid

Pioneer Market opened on Oct. 5 after five years of organizing. Located in the central downtown of Troy, N.Y., the co-op attracted major civic investment as the only full-sized grocery store in...

03 Feb 2011 #152 January - February - 2011
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
Planning for Productivity
by Mark MulcahyPlanning for Productivity - Part 1: Numbers, accountability, and quality control in the produce section
07 Jan 2004 #107 July - August - 2003
Planning for Productivity
by Mark Mulcahy

Last time, I talked about how we are judged by margin in our departments and how you could improve your margin by paying attention to specific areas (training, quality control, and accountability...

07 Jan 2004 #108 September - October - 2003
Planning for the International Year of Cooperatives
by Dave Gutknecht

Cooperators in the U.S. and around the world continue to prepare broad, multi-faceted campaigns for 2012, declared by the United Nations General Assembly to be the International Year of...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
Planning in Collaboration
by Eric Deluca

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Keynote speaker David Korten conjured two worlds at the 2008 CCMA conference. One is characterized by empire, in which suicidal competition reinforces assumptions...

18 Jan 2009 #140 January - February - 2009
Planning in Collaboration
by Clem Nilan

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Keynote speaker David Korten conjured two worlds at the 2008 CCMA conference. One is characterized by empire, in which suicidal competition reinforces assumptions...

18 Jan 2009 #140 January - February - 2009
Planning in Collaboration
by Peg Nolan

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Keynote speaker David Korten conjured two worlds at the 2008 CCMA conference. One is characterized by empire, in which suicidal competition reinforces assumptions...

18 Jan 2009 #140 January - February - 2009
Planning in Collaboration
by Erbin Crowell

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Keynote speaker David Korten conjured two worlds at the 2008 CCMA conference. One is characterized by empire, in which suicidal competition reinforces assumptions...

18 Jan 2009 #140 January - February - 2009
Planning in Collaboration
by Kristin Howard

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Keynote speaker David Korten conjured two worlds at the 2008 CCMA conference. One is characterized by empire, in which suicidal competition reinforces assumptions...

18 Jan 2009 #140 January - February - 2009
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
Pointing Resources Toward A Strong National Network
by Robynn Shrader

Having recently attended the CCMA Conference in Eureka, California, I am newly impressed and heartened by the enthusiasm and commitment by many in our co-op sector to do the difficult and...

07 Jan 2004 #101 July - August - 2002
Poison Pesticides Undermine Organic Health
by Dave Gutknecht

New studies and a documentary reinforce a key organic message: pesticides are damaging to children and adults.

Education and marketing are never-ending challenges. Organic food production...

25 Apr 2011 • Endcap Articles
Policy Governance: A New Look
by Heather Schmidt Albinger

This article contains charts that are not pictured here. You can download a pdf of the article here

20 Jan 2009 #126 September - October - 2006
Polishing Up the Box
by Kelly Wiseman

Every co-op in every community has its unique challenges, and we all choose different paths to both serve our member-owners and go toe-to-toe with the competition. Here in Bozeman, Mont., we have...

09 Dec 2013 169 Nov-Dec 2013
Pow-wows Not Pinballs
by Allen Seidner

As a prepared foods manager almost a decade ago, it struck me that not only did I have a lot of information that I wanted to share with staff, but they also had many suggestions...

08 Jan 2004 #095 July - August - 2001
Power Triggers, Seesaw Battles and Handcar Cooperation
by Art Sherwood

Most would agree that a healthy board-general manager relationship not only makes the co-op run more smoothly, it is a critical connection between member-owners and operations in our...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
Practicing Policy Governance
by Ann WaterhousePracticing Policy Governance
07 Jan 2004 #106 May - June - 2003
Practicing the Art of Uncommon Courtesy
by Dale Bramhall

Every business activity affects the customer either directly or indirectly. The first step toward improving customer service is to develop a service attitude and to turn our attention to making...

09 Jan 2004 #016 April - May - 1988
Precautions and Protections
by Thane Joyal

As cooperative directors, it's important that we know our jobs. Some parts of that job are personal to us: we bring interests, skills, and perspectives that make our contributions unique. It's our...

17 Mar 2011 #153 March - April - 2011
Precautions and Protections
by Dave Swanson

As cooperative directors, it's important that we know our jobs. Some parts of that job are personal to us: we bring interests, skills, and perspectives that make our contributions unique. It's our...

17 Mar 2011 #153 March - April - 2011
Prepared Foods: Get Positioned for Success
by Chris Ryding

What comes to mind when you think about prepared foods? The answer may depend on the status of your own retail department. What comes to mind for National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA)...

20 Jan 2009 #128 January - February - 2007
Prepared Production Possibilities
by Josh Perkins

A relative rarity not long ago, commissaries—dedicated production kitchens that supply retail sites with either shelf-ready or ready-to-heat prepared foods—have become an...

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014
Preparing for Disaster
by Carolee Colter

Hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, wildfires, floods, pandemics. There was a time when the possibility of experiencing such disasters might have seemed remote. Hurricane Katrina woke us up to our...

20 Jan 2009 #128 January - February - 2007
Preparing For Expansion
by Bill GessnerLosing Market Share?

Many of today's retail food cooperatives now have a history of ten to twenty years. Meanwhile, the natural foods industry and the natural foods market that co-ops helped...

09 Jan 2004 #033 March - April - 1991