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Using Survey Data to Improve Co-ops
by John Eicholz

Green Fields Market follows the annual Cooperative Grocer (CG) survey closely. For me, the survey and the accompanying analysis have been textbook lessons in cooperative finance. I...

07 Jan 2004 #095 July - August - 2001
Using Policy Governance to Improve Board Leadership
by Marilyn Scholl

Food cooperatives around the country are talking about Policy Governance -- a system of board leadership developed by John Carver. While people are drawn to the simple logic behind Policy...

09 Jan 2004 #078 September - October - 1998
Using Brokers Successfully
by James Watts

Buyers that I meet at trade shows and conferences most often describe brokers to me in less than glowing terms. Some buyers complain that brokers "steal their time" or "don't have...

09 Jan 2004 #076 May - June - 1998
USDA Power Grab on Organics
by Mark Kastel

The USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) stands accused of a power grab after changing a fundamental decision-making process impacting organic food and agriculture. Miles McEvoy, the NOP...

25 Mar 2014 171 March-April 2014
Updating Trends in General Manager Compensation
by Carolee Colter

Note: There are additional charts in the pdf version of the story.

Several years ago in this magazine, Mark Goehring and I proposed a new process for management compensation (CG #134, Jan.–...

05 Oct 2011 #156 September - October - 2011
Understanding the ULCAA
by Lynn Pitman

Since 2001, new cooperative laws have been adopted in five states—Wyoming, Tennessee, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin—and introduced in the Nebraska state legislature. These laws do not replace...

08 Dec 2010 #151 November - December 2010
Understanding Organics
by Cissy Bowman

Organics have a new look now, offering retailers a chance to educate customers and staff. Beyond GORP (Good Organic Retailing Practices) and retailer certification, there is further need for...

07 Jan 2004 #104 January - February - 2003
Understanding Marketing Research
by Debbie Suassuna

In order to improve overall sales performance and compete effectively against other food stores, food co-ops can choose from several types of market research tools. Generally speaking, the results...

15 Oct 2010 #149 July - August - 2010*
Understanding Financial Ratios
by Scott Beers

This month we study a case example of how the ratios presented in Cooperative Grocer can be used to analyze a co-op's financial position and direction. We are grateful that Ocean...

10 May 2011 #074 January - February - 1998
Understanding Financial Ratios
by Margaret Lund

This month we study a case example of how the ratios presented in Cooperative Grocer can be used to analyze a co-op's financial position and direction. We are grateful that Ocean...

10 May 2011 #074 January - February - 1998
Understanding Distributor Dynamics
by George Southworth

We see several positive trends of cooperation between stores and their distributors. These are lowering the cost of goods in several categories and increasing the competitiveness...

09 Jan 2004 #075 March - April - 1998
Understanding Distributor Dynamics
by John Hatton

We see several positive trends of cooperation between stores and their distributors. These are lowering the cost of goods in several categories and increasing the competitiveness...

09 Jan 2004 #075 March - April - 1998
Understanding Audits
by Randy Lee

Years ago, a few board members of our co-op felt the management had let things go to such a state that neither the board nor perhaps management had an adequate grip on what was going on. They...

09 Jan 2004 #022 April - June - 1989
Uncovering History of Cooperatives, Labor and Communities
by Stuart Reid

John Curl has documented a part of America’s cooperative history that few of us are aware of. This book was clearly a labor of love and the result of extensive research into the history of the...

31 Dec 2009 #146 January - February - 2010
UK: Aging Co-ops at a Crossroad
by Cynthia Boudreau

Not too long ago, the Oxford, Swindon & Gloucester Co-operative Society Limited (O, S & G), in the United Kingdom, faced a difficult situation. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, it twice...

07 Jan 2004 #097 November - December - 2001
U.S. Worker Co-ops Unite!
by Jane Livingston

At their founding convention in late May, the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives and Democratic Workplaces set some ambitious goals. Co-op grocery stores and co-op businesses that...

26 Aug 2004 #113 July - August - 2004
U.K. Cooperatives on the Move
by David Thompson

The face of Britain’s consumer cooperatives has changed dramatically over the past decade. A once shrinking sector is on the move. A generation of co-op leaders born around World War II (1939–45)...

20 Jan 2009 #127 November - December - 2006
Two Stores and Growing: Bloomingfoods Market and Deli
by George Huntington

Nestled in the rolling hills of southern Indiana, Bloomington is an oasis of natural beauty and culture and is home to Indiana University, the state's largest school. Bloomingfoods...

08 Jan 2004 #081 March - April - 1999
Two Faces of Customer Service
by Mari Roseman

Mike dropped by the co-op to grab a sandwich for a quick lunch. He brought his purchase to the checkout counter, relieved to see the cashier had nearly finished with the customer ahead of him....

03 Feb 2011 #152 January - February - 2011
Two Co-ops, One General Manager
by Dave Berner

Can two cooperatives, both successful natural food retails, share a general manager? For a year ending this past April, Davis Food Co-op and Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, two stores 15 miles...

09 Jan 2004 #034 May - June - 1991
Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation Celebrates 50 Years
by David Thompson

Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation (TPCF), founded in late 1964, is in its 50th year. TPCF sponsors the locally directed Cooperative Community Fund (CCF) program. There are now 29 food co-ops...

25 Aug 2014 173 July - August 2014
Twenty Years Before the Masthead
by Dave Gutknecht

This edition completes 20 years of Cooperative Grocer, an event that is of small significance but which prompts my gratitude: for work, service, and relations of solidarity with so many fine...

21 Jan 2009 #120 September - October - 2005
Turnover or Tenure:
by Karen Zimbelman

For some, the subject of limited terms for directors inspires passionate debate; for others the idea of limiting directors' service seems so improbable as to be laughable. Indeed, many food co-ops...

09 Jan 2004 #030 September - October - 1990
Tucson Co-ops Recover
by Dave Gutknecht

After fifteen months of debt-heavy operations, Tucson's Food Conspiracy Cooperative closed its 24,000 square foot natural foods supermarket in mid-December. Hoping to save its original store, now...

09 Jan 2004 #039 March - April - 1992
Truckload Sales Drive Value
by Jennifer Hileman

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Bloomingfoods Cooperative has been holding Truckload Sales since 1999. Twice each year (spring and fall) groceries, coolers and freezers, carts, cash registers and...

27 Dec 2008 #138 September - October - 2008