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CGIN Highlights New Services
by Karen Zimbelman

The Cooperative Grocers Information Network -- CGIN -- held its fifth annual meeting at the June CCMA conference this year. For those of you who were unable to join us, highlights included:

07 Jan 2004 #102 September - October - 2002
Co-op Devolution: Blooming Prairie, Frontier, North Farm
by Dave Gutknecht

Food co-op trends reached a remarkable turning point this summer in scenarios that accelerated the decline of cooperatively owned distributors and underscored the crucial role that boards of...

07 Jan 2004 #102 September - October - 2002
Intensive Training Builds Staff Skills
by Corinne Shindelar

In May of 2000, general managers of the Twin Cities Natural Food Co-ops (TCNFC) approved a proposal for new program, Leadership Development Training. TCNFC will begin its third session of this...

07 Jan 2004 #102 September - October - 2002
Helping Build a Thriving Future for Food Cooperatives
by Marilyn Scholl

Long before "just do it" became part of the American lexicon, the teenaged Homer Hickam, inspired by the launch of Sputnik in 1957 and fueled by a desire to beat the Russians at the space race,...

08 Jan 2004 #102 September - October - 2002
Making Grab and Go, Go!
by Allen Seidner

More and more stores are adding deli grab and go programs, hoping to grow sales and reduce service labor expenses. Stories abound of prepared foods departments doubling their sales.

On the...

07 Jan 2004 #102 September - October - 2002
Making Bulk User Friendly
by Adam Fischler

Bulk sells itself. The simplicity and environmentally sound practices inherent in bulk shopping are largely responsible for the success of this part of your store. As a bulk manager, I am daily...

07 Jan 2004 #102 September - October - 2002
Farm Bill Signed - But Not Yet Sealed or Delivered!
by Chris Campany

This spring Congress passed the 2002 Farm Bill, signed by the President on May 13th. The National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture does not support the bill because we feel the huge subsidies...

07 Jan 2004 #101 July - August - 2002
Pointing Resources Toward A Strong National Network
by Robynn Shrader

Having recently attended the CCMA Conference in Eureka, California, I am newly impressed and heartened by the enthusiasm and commitment by many in our co-op sector to do the difficult and...

07 Jan 2004 #101 July - August - 2002
Think Virtual, Act Real
by Dave Gutknecht

Redwood forests and food cooperatives: Near the westernmost point of California, these two seemingly unrelated systems impressed me in parallel ways while attending the Consumer Cooperative...

07 Jan 2004 #101 July - August - 2002
Are Co-op Employees More Satisfied? Surveys Say So
by Carolee Colter

Ten years ago Karen Zimbelman and I conducted our first employee survey. In 1996 we shared the trends we observed in surveys we'd done (Cooperative Grocer, No. 63, March-April 1996, "What Co-op...

27 Dec 2008 #101 July - August - 2002
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
Atlantic Canada Merger After Eighteen Months
by Tom Webb

The fall 2000 merger of twenty-eight of Atlantic Canada's independent co-operative societies, with thirty-three stores and mounting losses, was a shotgun wedding. The choice facing each co-...

07 Jan 2004 #101 July - August - 2002
Produce Career: "If You're Gonna Stay, You Gotta Play"
by Mark Mulcahy

Let's see if this sounds familiar: You set a great produce stand, so beautiful people don't want to touch it.

You are loved by your customers; people come from miles around to see...

07 Jan 2004 #101 July - August - 2002
Cooperative Grocer 2001 Retail Operations Survey: Data Summary
by Data Analysis Team

 

31 May 2006 #101 July - August - 2002
Farm Bill: Fight to the Finish
by Kathy Lawrence

As we go to press, members of the House and Senate Farm Bill Conference Committee are about to meet to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. Exactly what...

07 Jan 2004 #100 May - June - 2002
Farm Bill: Fight to the Finish
by Chris Campany

As we go to press, members of the House and Senate Farm Bill Conference Committee are about to meet to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. Exactly what...

07 Jan 2004 #100 May - June - 2002
Stalking the Organic Asparagus
by Cissy Bowman

Springtime is upon us, and with it comes fresh, organic produce from an increasing number of local growers. It is a benefit to these growers as well as to retailers and consumers for this...

07 Jan 2004 #100 May - June - 2002
A Common Vision?
by Robynn Shrader

Last time I briefly mentioned the cultural shift required for us to work together with effectiveness and accountability. As more and more projects reach a pivotal point, I become increasingly...

07 Jan 2004 #100 May - June - 2002
CGIN News: More Resources Added to www.cgin.org
by Karen Zimbelman

Thanks to generous contributions submitted by members of the Cooperative Grocers' Information Network (CGIN), we've been able to add the following new items to our site in the past couple of...

07 Jan 2004 #100 May - June - 2002
Have You Registered Your .Coop Domain Names?
by Dave Gutknecht

 

Co-ops the world around are taking advantage of the new .co-op Internet address. In the U.S., the new domain is sponsored by dotCoop, a subsidiary of the National Cooperative Business...

07 Jan 2004 #100 May - June - 2002
"Reasonable Accommodations" Under the ADA
by Ricky Berger

The Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") prohibits discrimination in the workplace based on disabilities (physical or mental). The employer has a duty, in fact, to provide its employees and...

07 Jan 2004 #100 May - June - 2002
Human Resources Survey
by Dave Gutknecht

This is the second annual Cooperative Grocer Human Resources (HR) Survey report. It has been expanded to include information about boards of directors and members of co-ops,...

07 Jan 2004 #100 May - June - 2002