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“It’s Not Really a Co-op”
by Carolee Colter

Co-op employees have high expectations of their employers. And they should. We claim to run our businesses with multiple bottom lines. Co-ops’ vision and values statements frequently include “...

27 Dec 2008 #113 July - August - 2004
Your New Store: Meeting First Year Challenges
by Bill Gessner

You have successfully navigated the stormy waters of a relocation/expansion project. Your co-op has proudly opened the new store amidst celebration, praise, relief, adrenaline and exhaustion.

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07 Jan 2004 #099 March - April - 2002
You're Gonna Have to Serve Somebody
by John Mabbott

In coffee shops, break rooms, and breakfast nooks across this country playground scuffles are taking place between inner children. "My upbringing was worse than yours" has replaced...

09 Jan 2004 #058 May - June - 1995
You Are Not Alone
by Melanie Reid

Is your co-op too small to have a human resources manager on staff? Is the HR function in your co-op divided up among different people? Have your HR systems been cobbled together from different...

20 Feb 2013 #164 Jan-Feb 2013
Year One of the National Organic Program, and Thoughts on Conservation
by Yancey Stanforth-Migliore

October 2003 marks the first anniversary of full implementation of the National Organic Program (NOP). At the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture, the Organic Committee has been hard at...

02 Dec 2003 #109 November - December - 2003
Year Four: CGIN Progress and Plans
by Karen Zimbelman

The end of the year always inspires reflection. While the numbers change almost every day, here's where things stand at CGIN as we close in on the end of 2001, a few months short of our fourth...

07 Jan 2004 #098 January - February - 2002
Working with Community Supported Agriculture for the Benefit of All
by Bryan CarstensHealthy food. Sharing expenses, risks, and profits. Active participation. Community involvement. All of these social ideals are shared by co-ops and CSAs.

Our food production system...

09 Jan 2004 #064 May - June - 1996
Working Together Toward Sustainable Business
by Ginger Oppenheimer

Like many co-ops of the 1970s, the Community Food Co-op in Bellingham, Washington, began as a small natural-foods store, idealism fueling its birth and early growth. The store outgrew its 900...

21 Jan 2009 #118 May - June - 2005
Working Together Toward Sustainable Business
by Derek Long

Like many co-ops of the 1970s, the Community Food Co-op in Bellingham, Washington, began as a small natural-foods store, idealism fueling its birth and early growth. The store outgrew its 900...

21 Jan 2009 #118 May - June - 2005
Working Together for Our Mutual Benefit
by Michelle Schry

Food co-ops are experts at doing things the hard way. We are grassroots organizations—it comes with the territory. People’s Food Co-op (PFC) in La Crosse, Wis., and the Rochester Good...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Winning Customer Service
by Steve Rosen

Webster's Dictionary defines the word extinct as follows:

Having died down; extinguished.No longer in existence.

We all know about things that are extinct:...

09 Jan 2004 #069 March - April - 1997
Willy Street Co-op Triples Production Space at New Off-Site Kitchen
by Anya Firszt

There is nothing like change to make a financially sound, managerially strong, three-decade-old business feel like a tyro. Just ask at Williamson Street Grocery Co-op in Madison, Wisconsin.

21 Jan 2009 #118 May - June - 2005
Will You Burn Bright or Burn Out?
by Mark MulcahySuggestions for avoiding "fatigue brought about by devotion to a cause, a way of life, or a relationship that failed to produce the expected reward."

Neil Young's anthem on his "...

08 Jan 2004 #086 January - February - 2000
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
Why Accounting Standards Matter
by Mary Griffin

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27 Dec 2008 #139 November - December - 2008
Why a Human Resources Audit?
by Carolee Colter

An audit can be described as an unbiased examination and evaluation of systems and processes of an organization in order to demonstrate whether they are in compliance with a standard. The human...

07 Aug 2012 #161 July - August - 2012
Why a Human Resources Audit?
by Helena O'Connor

An audit can be described as an unbiased examination and evaluation of systems and processes of an organization in order to demonstrate whether they are in compliance with a standard. The human...

07 Aug 2012 #161 July - August - 2012
Why (Some) New Co-ops Fail
by Stuart Reid

The mayor spoke at the co-op’s ribbon cutting, and it seemed like the whole town turned out to celebrate. The local paper wrote excitedly about the new grocery store. The future seemed...

04 Dec 2012 #163 November-December 2012
Who’s Watching Member Labor in Retail Food Cooperatives?
by Thane Joyal

When many retail food cooperatives were formed in the 1970s, the distinctions among worker cooperatives, consumer cooperatives and not-for-profit corporations were not considered to be barriers to...

18 Jan 2012 #158 January - February - 2012
Who’s Driving the Bus?
by Carolee Colter

As we go about our work of assessing organizational structures and conducting employee surveys in food co-ops, we frequently encounter an ongoing struggle between the marketing department (or lone...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Who’s Driving the Bus?
by Jeanie Wells

As we go about our work of assessing organizational structures and conducting employee surveys in food co-ops, we frequently encounter an ongoing struggle between the marketing department (or lone...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Who Does What in Personnel
by Carolee Colter

In a previous article ("Enjoying Employing," Cooperative Grocer #18, August-September 1988), I discussed the players and their respective roles in development of personnel policy. This article...

09 Jan 2004 #020 December - January - 1988
Who Benefits From Co-op Member Labor?
by Dave Gutknecht

Recent applications of Department of Labor minimum wage and related requirements to co-op member labor -- where members receive a discount on purchases in exchange for co-op work -- have...

09 Jan 2004 #034 May - June - 1991