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Supporting Small Farms, Teaching Organic Agriculture
by Heather Weightman

Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Co-op began its partnerships with small organic farms in 1998 when it sponsored a farmer to attend The Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at the...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
Support our Success:
by Ben Nauman

National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) and the regional associations that formed in the 1990s have always been, at a fundamental level, about store improvement and the improvem­ent of our...

19 Jan 2009 #131 July - August - 2007
Suggestion Box: As Good As a Ballot Box
by Harrison Drinkwater

It's not a computer, it's not a new touch-tone phone system. It's not even fancy. But it can do a lot for communications within your co-op-and it's cheap to operate.

It's a...

09 Jan 2004 #008 December - January - 1987
Study Reaffirmed: Roundup-Ready GMO corn causes serious health damage

A 2012 study that identified serious health effects from feeding GMO (genetically modified organisms) corn and the Monsanto corporation’s glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup has been strongly...

26 Jun 2014 • Endcap Articles
Stronger Together Works in HR, Too
by kari mitchel

When working with Outpost Co-op managers on a particularly sticky employee issue, I often hear, "I’m glad I don’t have your job!" Although I may think the same thing of...

04 Jun 2012 #160 May - June - 2012
Stronger Together
by Jeanne Lakso

As co-op insiders, when we talk about what we do best and how we want to be perceived by our shoppers, owners and neighbors, we use words like local, community, sustainable, responsive...

05 Oct 2010 #150 September - October 2010
Strong Training in Operations: Important for Strong Co-ops!
by Patty Stockdale

Here is a solution for when you have poor or no retail training materials! The Basic Operations Training Resources are available for natural food retail cooperatives to use in...

08 Jan 2004 #080 January - February - 1999
Strong Results, Debatable Future: 2001 Retail Operations Survey
by Peg Nolan


07 Jan 2004 #101 July - August - 2002
Strong Results, Debatable Future: 2001 Retail Operations Survey
by Patricia Cumbie


07 Jan 2004 #101 July - August - 2002
Strong Results, Debatable Future: 2001 Retail Operations Survey
by Walden Swanson


07 Jan 2004 #101 July - August - 2002
Strong Results, Debatable Future: 2001 Retail Operations Survey
by Dave Gutknecht


07 Jan 2004 #101 July - August - 2002
Strong Performance But Can We Sustain It? (Retail Operations Survey)
by Data Analysis Team

A PDF of this article can be found below.

(includes charts, data and methodology not found on this web page version)


05 Apr 2010 #125 July - August - 2006
Streamlined System Multiplies Members, Member Investment and Community Contributions
by Karen Jeffries

Two years ago, North Coast Co-op, operating two stores in Arcata and Eureka (California), streamlined its membership program. At the time, no one dreamed that this change would...

08 Jan 2004 #082 May - June - 1999
Strategic Leadership Is a Cooperative Effort
by Art Sherwood

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.

—Joel Barker, The Futurist

If I went into your co-...

29 May 2014 #172 May-June 2014
Stormy Weather in California
by Dave Gutknecht

The past year has been a difficult one for Associated Cooperatives Inc. (ACI), the wholesale in Richmond, California, and for some of its member retail co-ops.

09 Jan 2004 #004 April - May - 1986
Store Security: Shoplifting Prevention and Internal Theft
by Karen Brown Shoplifting at the co-op! That just doesn't make sense. Why would anyone want to steal from this place? It's like stealing from yourself!

That's the kind of reaction I often encounter when...

09 Jan 2004 #025 November - December - 1989
Store Security
by Phil Ricord

A previous article dealt with the threat to store security once the threat was in the door (Cooperative Grocer #12-13, Aug-Nov. 1987). Unfortunately, shoplifting and employee or vendor theft are...

09 Jan 2004 #015 February - March - 1988
Store Audits Reveal Benefits of Peer Review
by Anya Firszt

In some circles the word “audit” is considered a four-letter word—tax, financial, and operational audits are things to be feared and avoided. But since the early 1990s, co-ops in the Midwest—now a...

20 Jan 2009 #123 March - April - 2006
Still Drinking Policy Governance Lite
by Heather Schmidt AlbingerDownload a complete pdf version of this article.

Several years ago, the Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative board of directors implemented changes to its use of the Policy Governance model. The...

19 Jan 2009 #137 July - August - 2008
Sticker Shock and Accurate Rings
by Mark Mulcahy

I was standing in a produce department the other day stickering what seemed like thousands of tomatoes with little green stickers. A customer walked up and said, “Why do you do that? I hate...

19 Jan 2009 #133 November - December - 2007
Steps to Sustainability: It Takes Vision
by Annie Hoy

The founders of Ashland Food Co-op (AFC) in 1972 were guided by the ethics of a budding environmental movement. The impulse to operate a not-for-profit business in ways that honor and nurture...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
Steps to Effective Store Design
by P.J. Hoffman

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Is your co-op planning to expand, relocate or open a new store? The ideas outlined here are meant to make the process easier and more rewarding. I write from...

02 Jul 2009 #143 July - August - 2009
Steps to a Solidarity Economy
by Elizabeth Henderson

Cooperation among cooperatives is a basic principle of the co-op movement. In Kansas, New York, and Massachusetts, food co-ops are applying this concept in a creative way: providing deep and solid...

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
Step by Step, Creating a Cooperative Economy
by Adam Schwartz

From my vantage point, too many dollars flow out of cooperatively owned businesses into investor-held businesses, either in the form of purchases or investments.

Is your cooperative...

17 Mar 2011 #153 March - April - 2011
Staying Open
by Doug Walter

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Shutting your doors on customers and members doesn’t sound like a great idea. But staying open while swapping out all your shelves and most of your cases...

20 May 2009 #142 May - June - 2009