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Where We Are, Where We’re Going
by Dave Gutknecht

This edition’s annual survey of food co-op performance highlights largely healthy operations and continuing strong sales growth among these community-based businesses. And the review of the task...

21 Jan 2009 #119 July - August - 2005
Where There’s Fire There’s Water
by Annie Gaillard

The day after Thanksgiving is usually a crazy time for retail. In a food store you will unlock the store to begin a major restocking project after the first of the two big eating holidays. But in...

26 Jan 2007 #128 January - February - 2007
Where Are You Growing?
by Mark Mulcahy

Let’s say you have your labor in line, your margin has been consistent, and your sales have been steady. Now is a good time to review the horizon and set sails for the growth ahead. A couple of...

21 Jan 2009 #121 November - December - 2005
When the Weather Gets Rough, Co-ops Are Tough
by Tom Webb

The late 2000 merger of 28 community-based co-operatives in Atlantic Canada was a gutsy move to maintain a co-operative alternative in as many communities. The result was Consumers Community Co-...

29 Dec 2003 #110 January - February - 2004
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
When the Egg Thing Broke
by Dave Gutknecht

The risk of salmonella poisoning at poultry operations with atrocious practices led to a massive egg recall totaling over 500 million eggs and reaching more than 22 states.  It is driving...

05 Sep 2010 • Endcap Articles
When a Natural Foods Supermarket Arrives in Town, the Co-op Changes.
by Staff"Prospects look pretty good for the co-op"Weaver Street Market

Carrboro, North Carolina 10,000 sq. ft. totaI/7500retail; $3.8M 1993 sales. Target markets: urban population 40,000,...

09 Jan 2004 #053 July - August - 1994
Wheatsville's BIG Direction
by Dan Gillotte

 

In Austin, Texas, Wheatsville Co-op is taking a BIG Direction: "Business Is Good." Wheatsville's BIG Direction is the general manager's interpretation of our Ends -...

03 Jun 2013 #166 May-June 2013
Wheatsville's BIG Direction
by Rose Marie Klee

 

In Austin, Texas, Wheatsville Co-op is taking a BIG Direction: "Business Is Good." Wheatsville's BIG Direction is the general manager's interpretation of our Ends -...

03 Jun 2013 #166 May-June 2013
What’s New @ CGIN?
by Karen Zimbelman

The website owned by and operated for the benefit of food co-ops at www.cgin.coop continues to grow in scope and volume with each passing month. Thanks to the generosity of many food co-op...

27 Dec 2008 #111 March - April - 2004
What’s New @ CGIN.coop?
by Karen Zimbelman

Your online resource, CGIN—the Cooperative Grocers’ Information Network—continues to make improvements and enhancements, in response to member input and suggestions. We hope that these changes...

20 Jan 2009 #123 March - April - 2006
What’s New @ CGIN
by Karen Zimbelman

At our seventh annual meeting this year in Minneapolis, Cooperative Grocers’ Information Network (CGIN) members enthusiastically offered up contributions of all types. Contributions to our...

27 Dec 2008 #114 September - October - 2004
What's Next?
by Dave Gutknecht

One hundred issues of Cooperative Grocer: it's a nice round figure, 100, but I haven't been able to attach much significance to the number of this edition. However, I have two...

07 Jan 2004 #100 May - June - 2002
What's New at CGIN
by Karen ZimbelmanWhat's New @ CGIN
07 Jan 2004 #104 January - February - 2003
What's in Community Contributions?
by Dave Gutknecht

The theme of cooperatives’ contributions to their communities is a well chosen one for activities promoting cooperatives—for more, see p. 12. But these contributions may be deeper than the usual...

28 Mar 2006 #114 September - October - 2004
What Your Lender Looks For
by Marsha Krassner

Putting together a loan package and securing financing from a lending institution can be a formidable task, particularly for the first-time borrower. An understanding of how lenders review (and...

09 Jan 2004 #016 April - May - 1988
What We Pay
by Carolee Colter

Note: This article contains charts that are not pictured here. You can download a pdf of the article at the end of this page.

This article is the second half of a report on compensation...

20 Jan 2009 #126 September - October - 2006
What We Pay
by Peg Nolan

Note: This article contains charts that are not pictured here. You can download a pdf of the article at the end of this page.

This article is the second half of a report on compensation...

20 Jan 2009 #126 September - October - 2006
What We All Can Do Better
by Gregory O'Brien

Recent issues of this magazine have carried articles detailing the failure of expansions in several cooperative food stores. Not suprisingly, given the National Cooperative Bank's commitment to...

09 Jan 2004 #041 July - August - 1992
What to Expect from a New Point of Sale System
by Liz McMann

In the scale of stressful life events, installing a new point of sale (POS) system ranks right up there with marriage and having a baby. And as with these life-changing events, there is happiness...

22 Apr 2008 #135 March - April - 2008
What is the President's Job?
by Wendy Stafford

What does the president ofa cooperative's board of directors do? Over the years, Puget Consumers Co-op (PCC) has developed its job description for the board president to support an effectively run...

09 Jan 2004 #043 November - December - 1992
What Good Is A Business Plan?
by Mary Myers

Editor's note: This article is the first in a series of three articles on Business Plans for co-ops.

09 Jan 2004 #038 January - February - 1992
What Good Is A Business Plan?
by Walden Swanson

Editor's note: This article is the first in a series of three articles on Business Plans for co-ops.

09 Jan 2004 #038 January - February - 1992
What Cost Ignorance?
by Mark Mulcahy

I once saw a bumper sticker that said, "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance". I believe we are at a point in our industry where we are about to find out just how...

08 Jan 2004 #087 March - April - 2000
What Co-op Employees Think
by Carolee Colter

How do co-op employees feel about the co-op as an employer? How satisfied are they with their compensation, their working conditions, their supervision, and their co-workers? How...

09 Jan 2004 #063 March - April - 1996