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Restorative Practices
by Jennifer Crain

Before the Olympia Food Co-op became a two-store operation with over 80 staff members, resolving internal conflicts was a direct but mostly informal process. If a conflict arose, such as an...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
Retail Organic Certification
by Susan Stewart

Based on the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, the National Organic Program (NOP) was put into effect in October 2002. As rules go, the organic rule, fondly known as Title 7 Part 205, is...

17 Mar 2011 #153 March - April - 2011
Retail Rock and Roll
by Dave Gutknecht

This edition’s contents illustrate different angles on a fundamental aspect of today’s economic environment: grocery retailers cannot plan to stay in place if they plan to stay in...

19 Jan 2009 #137 July - August - 2008
Retailer Organic Certification: Coming Soon to a Store Near You?
by Cissy BowmanBy Cissy Bowman

As we await the implementation of the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA), the question in the minds of most of this magazine's readers may be: "How will this affect...

08 Jan 2004 #091 November - December - 2000
Retained Earnings or Returned Earnings?
by Scott Beers

Ask co-op members anywhere, "What's the purpose of this co-op, anyway?" and you'll likely get some variation of the answer, "To serve the members." Ask them how best to do that,...

08 Jan 2004 #080 January - February - 1999
Retained Earnings or Returned Earnings?
by Margaret Lund

Ask co-op members anywhere, "What's the purpose of this co-op, anyway?" and you'll likely get some variation of the answer, "To serve the members." Ask them how best to do that,...

08 Jan 2004 #080 January - February - 1999
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
Review: Making Membership Meaningful
by Karen Zimbelman

In 1995, an international consortium of co-op academics and practitioners collaborated on a book called Making Membership Meaningful: Participatory Democracy in Co-operatives....

09 Jan 2004 #072 September - October - 1997
Reviving Democracy, Spreading Cooperatives
by Dave Gutknecht

The Occupy movement in the U.S. (there also are international manifestations) is one of the more encouraging recent developments in the present political environment. Most of the Occupy sites have...

18 Jan 2012 #158 January - February - 2012
Ringing Out the International Year of Cooperatives
by National Cooperative Grocers Association

The International Year of Cooperatives is in its final months, and National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) and its member and associate co-ops continue to celebrate all of the ways that...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
River Valley Market Celebrates Groundbreaking
by Staff

One hundred fifty enthusiastic community members arrived with shovels in hand on May 17 to join in the celebratory groundbreaking for the Northampton, Mass., new locally grown food co-op. David...

17 Jul 2007 #131 July - August - 2007
Robynn Shrader Elected to Board of National Banking Co-op
by Staff

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02 Jul 2009 #143 July - August - 2009
Robynn Shrader: New Head of Consumer Cooperatives Worldwide

The National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) has announced that its chief executive officer, Robynn Shrader, has been elected president of Consumer Cooperatives Worldwide (CCW), a sectoral...

22 Nov 2013 • Endcap Articles
Rooting the Local Food System in Cooperation
by Robin Seydel

Cooperatives—given our community ownership structure, our commitment to the principle of concern for community, and our dedication to the values of equality, equity, self-help, and social...

14 Oct 2013 168 September-October 2013
Ruling Prompts Controversy
by Cissy Bowman

Democracy and the high price of organic food

21 Jan 2009 #121 November - December - 2005
Running a Successful HBA Department
by Jane Kennedy

 

09 Jan 2004 #065 July - August - 1996
Safety, Security, and Loss Prevention
by Michael Feiner

Food co-ops may be some of the best-intentioned enterprises across the retail spectrum. They are guided by core values of shared responsibility, environmental stewardship, support for more...

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014
Safety, Security, and Loss Prevention
by Paul Feiner

Food co-ops may be some of the best-intentioned enterprises across the retail spectrum. They are guided by core values of shared responsibility, environmental stewardship, support for more...

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014
Salaried or Hourly?
by Carolee Colter

Rather than "salaried or hourly," the question actually should be, "Exempt or non-exempt? The Fair Labor Standards Act requires that employees subject to it (i.e., non-exempt...

09 Jan 2004 #070 May - June - 1997
Sales and Labor in 20 Retail Food Co-ops
by Dave GutknechtIntroduction

Having members of a retail food cooperative contribute labor toward the operation of their store is one of those practices that is wholly unnecessary or even undesirable in the eyes of...

09 Jan 2004 #001 October - November - 1985
Sales Tax: Not Simple
by Sage Turner

I joined the French Broad Food Co-op team in 2009. Sales had been plummeting for five consecutive years. We were broke, losing millions in sales to new competitors, having a hard time keeping...

03 Jun 2013 #166 May-June 2013
Sampling Equals Sales and Satisfaction
by Mark Mulcahy

Do you sample in your produce department? Not just occasionally, when a customer asks or when you think of it, but on a regular basis? Why not? Too busy? Too busy to increase your sales?

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07 Jan 2004 #103 November - December - 2002
Saving One Farm at a Time
by Paul Cultrera

Like most food cooperatives, the Sacramento and Davis co-ops have longstanding and strong commitments to purchasing from and supporting local farms. And they realize that local farmland is under...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
Scared Chipless
by Cissy Bowman

Back in 2004, USDA began to implement the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). According to NAIS, this program is:

20 Jan 2009 #128 January - February - 2007
Securities Laws And Co-op Member Loan Programs
by Laddie Lushin

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision that will have dramatic implications for co-op member loan programs. No longer may loan solicitations be casually and informally conducted...

09 Jan 2004 #033 March - April - 1991