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Diamonds in the Rough
by Mark MulcahySeek ye the diamond in the rough.

The economy slows down, and produce departments start looking for answers to boost business and gain new customers. Many times we have resources available to us...

08 Jan 2004 #097 November - December - 2001
Ends: Defining Your Cooperative Advantage
by Linda Stier

This article is intended for everyone who is inspired or in any way impacted by cooperative principles. It focuses on defining the difference a cooperative makes in the world and the dramatic...

08 Jan 2004 #097 November - December - 2001
Canadian Co-op Systems Thrive
by George H. Condon

If any of us are to believe many of the grocery industry's best analysts these days, we should be abandoning all hope for small, regional grocery companies and counting instead on the success of...

08 Jan 2004 #097 November - December - 2001
Mondragon's Eroski as a Mass Retailer
by David Thompson

"If we are not economically efficient we cannot be socially effective."

08 Jan 2004 #097 November - December - 2001
At 50, Japanese Co-ops Emphasize Education and Food Safety
by Japanese Consumers' Co-operative Union

Japan continues to experience a prolonged recession, so much so that some sectors of the economy, including grocery, are actually experiencing deflation. According to a NYT report (9/25),...

08 Jan 2004 #097 November - December - 2001
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
Arcata: Double Trouble
by Taunya Stapp

Looking through the brochure for the CCMA conference this last June, I noticed a workshop entitled "Meeting First-Year Challenges After Expansion." My first thought was, "I could...

08 Jan 2004 #096 September - October - 2001
Chequamegon: Now Twice the Co-op
by Julie Buckles

At first glance, Ashland, Wisconsin does not appear a likely location for a food cooperative. It is a blue collar, post-industrial town with a modern day strip of fast food...

08 Jan 2004 #096 September - October - 2001
Community Mercantile Meets Compressed Timeline
by Jeanie Wells

When you last read about Community Mercantile Co-op in Lawrence, Kansas, we had just barely survived Wild Oats coming to town. The article in the May-June 1997 edition of...

08 Jan 2004 #096 September - October - 2001
Community Mercantile Meets Compressed Timeline
by Nancy O'Connor

When you last read about Community Mercantile Co-op in Lawrence, Kansas, we had just barely survived Wild Oats coming to town. The article in the May-June 1997 edition of...

08 Jan 2004 #096 September - October - 2001
Food Co-op Triples Its Size
by Rebecca Mizhir

Store location: Port Townsend, northwest Washington. Challenged by rising local demands for natural food and organic produce as well as an ever-expanding membership, the Food Coop...

08 Jan 2004 #096 September - October - 2001
Valley Natural Foods Relocates
by Charli Mills

Five years ago, general manager Susan McGaughey and member-owners of Valley Natural Foods initiated the relocation project that led to the development of property on the Burnsville...

07 Jan 2004 #096 September - October - 2001
It's Time To Act
by Kai Siedenburg

It's Farm Bill time again. Congress will soon decide policies that will shape the nation's food and agriculture system over the next five to ten years--for better or for worse....

08 Jan 2004 #096 September - October - 2001
Countdown To USDA Organic
by Cissy Bowman

In October of 2002 consumers will begin to see the USDA Organic logo on products in stores and farm stands. This label, over ten years in the making, has been created to offer...

07 Jan 2004 #096 September - October - 2001
Construction Delays: Curses and Blessings
by Denise Chevalier

New Pioneer opened the doors of its second grocery store in February, 2001 in Coralville. It's a beautiful store, tightly packed with fixtures, equipment and product. It is quite...

08 Jan 2004 #096 September - October - 2001
Getting Ready
by Dave Gutknecht

Expansion stories from co-ops make great reading for friends and members of these businesses. The completion of such projects means more services, more member owners and more co-...

08 Jan 2004 #096 September - October - 2001
Graphic News From CGIN
by Karen Zimbelman

CGIN was pleased to unveil a new service to members in June: a photo gallery. As of this date, we have two exhibits available in our photo gallery, one on bulk food departments and...

08 Jan 2004 #096 September - October - 2001
Expanding Cooperative Community Funds
by David Thompson

The Cooperative Community Fund Program, sponsored by the Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation is accepting applications for its 2001 grant cycle. TPCF will make $5,000 matching grants...

08 Jan 2004 #096 September - October - 2001
Natural/Organic Industry Outlook
by George Southworth

Many of the market trends that have been discussed by cooperatives in this magazine and other forums are coming true, but with a stunning ferocity and speed. This article examines...

08 Jan 2004 #096 September - October - 2001
Information Technology Team Sees Co-op Benefits
by Robynn Shrader

Imagine sitting down at your desk after your co-op's busiest sales day of the week, then pointing and clicking your way to reports that illustrate the products and departments that...

08 Jan 2004 #096 September - October - 2001
Panzanella: Fresh Ideas at Weaver Street Market
by Ruffin Slater

08 Jan 2004 #095 July - August - 2001
Introducing the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture
by Kai Siedenburg

Imagine that the federal government provided significant incentives and support for sustainable, family farm agriculture, rather than "agribusiness as usual." Hard to imagine?...

08 Jan 2004 #095 July - August - 2001
A Greater Velocity of Cooperation
by Dave Gutknecht

Well over three hundred directors, managers, trainers, and other cooperators met at the 2001 Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) conference under the theme, "...

08 Jan 2004 #095 July - August - 2001
Hiring in a (Still) Tight Labor Market
by Carolee Colter

With the slowing of the economy, many co-ops and other natural food stores are noticing a slight easing in the difficulty of recruiting and retaining workers. Despite economic...

08 Jan 2004 #095 July - August - 2001
2000 Retail Operations Survey
by Walden Swanson 

 

08 Jan 2004 #095 July - August - 2001