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Co-op Union Conflict Yields Problem-Solving Lessons
by Pam MehnertA manager looks at employee relationships, common interests, and a method of problem solving that builds trust and improves employee morale.

This isn't an article about unions,...

08 Jan 2004 #094 May - June - 2001
Co-operative Farms Acts to Protect Bees
by Dave Gutknecht

The Co-operative Group, the U.K. consumer cooperative featured elsewhere on this page and in the current issue of Cooperative Grocer, has launched an ambitious new drive to protect bees and other...

25 May 2011 • Endcap Articles
Co-operative Solutions in Hard Times
by Russ Christianson

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Seven point eight trillion dollars. That’s over half of the annual Gross Domestic Product of the United States...

18 Jan 2009 #140 January - February - 2009
Co-opportunity Thrives Again
by Melody Washington

The story of Santa Monica's Co-opportunity is an arduous saga -- from early success, to the brink of failure, to its present very sound financial condition. When the cooperative opened its doors...

09 Jan 2004 #026 January - February - 1990
Co-ops and Environmental Action
by Dave Gutknecht

We have much that we can be proud of. Co-ops in numerous towns and cities are active players in their community's environmental affairs. Historically, some of the first basic consumer protection...

09 Jan 2004 #040 May - June - 1992
Co-ops and Public Figures Look to 2012
by Dave Gutknecht

Spreading inspiring co-op stories. Developing more co-ops to serve more people. Building more collaboration among different co-op sectors: credit unions, food co-ops, worker co-ops, housing co-ops...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
Co-ops and the Three R's
by Dave Gutknecht

If each day is indeed Earth Day, we all must learn and relearn the new "Three Rs": reduce, reuse, recycle.

Just these three words by themselves are worth repeating, if only to make...

09 Jan 2004 #028 May - June - 1990
Co-ops Are Doing It for Themselves
by Phyllis Robinson

On Saturday, Oct. 2, Seward Cooperative Grocery & Deli in Minneapolis was the first consumer co-op to launch the Principle Six Cooperative Trade Movement (P6) to its customers and the larger...

03 Feb 2011 #152 January - February - 2011
Co-ops Bowers Fund Grows
by Howard Bowers Fund Trustees "The ... Board of Directors would like to thank you and the Howard Bowers Fund for providing two full scholarships for individuals from the ...Cooperative to attend the CCMA conference this...
08 Jan 2004 #093 March - April - 2001
Co-ops in the Present and Future Communities
by Dave Gutknecht

“Listen up! We’ve got a problem here.”

A warning from ten years ago about food co-op governance and boards of directors remains pertinent.* While some co-op boards provide excellent...

21 Jan 2009 #117 March - April - 2005
Co-ops Meet in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection
by Dave Gutknecht

The 2012 Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) conference on June 14–16 brought over 400 hundred cooperators to Philadelphia for speakers and training, friendship and...

07 Aug 2012 #161 July - August - 2012
Co-ops Rock!
by Kelly Smith

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Have you looked at the demographic profile of your co-op membership lately? Even co-ops in college communities may find that their membership is aging. In fact, it...

19 Jan 2009 #139 November - December - 2008
Co-ops Support Weaver Street Market
by Mari Roseman

Weaver Street Market is the Southeast’s largest cooperatively owned grocery, with over 14,000 consumer and worker owners. It opened its first location in Carrboro, N.C. in June 1988. The...

22 Mar 2010 #147 March - April - 2010
Co-ops Take Action on GMOs
by Lisa FordCo-ops Take Action on GMOs
07 Jan 2004 #105 March - April - 2003
Co-ops to Classrooms
by Lisa Ford

Ask yourself this: How many of your local schools are using your co-op as a source of food and food education? If you would like to see that number increase, read on.

As our nation...

20 Jan 2009 #122 January - February - 2006
Co-Shop: Willy Street Co-op's online shopping and delivery service
by Brendon Smith

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In early 2006 Willy Street Co-op managers began creating a system for members to order our products online and have them delivered. Our Co-...

19 Jan 2009 #137 July - August - 2008
CoCoFiSt Data Sharing Strengthens Co-ops
by Joseph Jagiello

Retail food cooperatives have long valued their unique characteristics and independence. Current events in our industry have left many co-ops with declining market share, weak...

08 Jan 2004 #085 November - December - 1999
CoCoFiSt Tools Boost Southeast Co-ops
by Mel Braverman

Editor's note: A new wave of acronyms has been spawned in the past three years by a data sharing program for co-op managers, CoCoFiSt: Common Cooperative Financial Statements, an innovative...

07 Jan 2004 #094 May - June - 2001
Collaborating on Perishables
by Allen Seidner 

You don't have to be an industry insider to spot the difference between a grocery store with perishables teams that are sharp with creative cross-merchandising and one with...

08 Jan 2004 #088 May - June - 2000
Collaboration and Resilience
by Eric Deluca

What does it take to cultivate a resilient food system? Regional efforts underway in the Northeast and around the country suggest some inputs and practices that seem to be doing just that. These...

25 Oct 2010 #149 July - August - 2010*
Collaborative Strategies for Brand Management
by Ellen Michel

"There are no marketing emergencies,” Jeanne Lakso announced decisively at Marketing Matters 2013, the National Cooperative Grocers’ Association (NCGA) conference she helps design...

22 Aug 2013 #167 July-August 2013
Collective Management
by Bob Davis

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The mere mention of worker collectives managing food co-ops sends most modern cooperators into a...

27 Dec 2008 #139 November - December - 2008
Collective Management
by Lori Burge

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The mere mention of worker collectives managing food co-ops sends most modern cooperators into a...

27 Dec 2008 #139 November - December - 2008
Common Ground Food Co-op
by Jacqueline Hannah

In the fall of 2007, an envelope landed on my desk at Common Ground Food Co-op (Champaign-Urbana, Ill.). Inside was a letter saying that our landlord of 33 years would be selling the building the...

19 Nov 2009 #145 November - December - 2009
Communicating "Co-op"
by Peg Nolan

Membership is at the heart of cooperation. Cooperative membership is the driving force for an alternative economic system predicated upon user ownership and benefit. It's part and parcel of the...

07 Jan 2004 #103 November - December - 2002