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Sampling Equals Sales and Satisfaction
by Mark Mulcahy

Do you sample in your produce department? Not just occasionally, when a customer asks or when you think of it, but on a regular basis? Why not? Too busy? Too busy to increase your sales?

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07 Jan 2004 #103 November - December - 2002
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
Communicating "Co-op"
by Patricia Cumbie

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
Ocean Beach People's Co-op Goes Green
by Mike Ferrill

Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Co-op in San Diego has a new home. A new environmentally green building has been constructed next to the building that housed the co-op beginning in 1975. The...

07 Jan 2004 #102 September - October - 2002
Gone Fishin'?
by Cissy Bowman

My recent trip to Austin for the Organic Trade Association's "All Things Organic" event brought the issue of organic aquaculture back into focus. Finally we have an answer from USDA on whether or...

07 Jan 2004 #102 September - October - 2002
Wanted: 25 million Grassroots Advocates
by Kathy LawrenceWanted: 25 million grassroots advocates for just and sustainable food systems.

Yes, 25 million.

Not 25,000 or even 250,000. We want millions of Americans from all walks of...

07 Jan 2004 #102 September - October - 2002
Blooming Prairie Proposal Offers Opportunity to Strengthen Our Retailer Network
by Robynn Shrader

News of the proposed acquisition of Blooming Prairie Cooperative Warehouse by United Natural Foods, Inc. has evoked many different reactions throughout the food co-op community. It is natural to...

07 Jan 2004 #102 September - October - 2002
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