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by Julie Cross

The Davis (Calif.) Food Co-op has long held a strategy of winning by becoming the “authority on everything.” We’ve spent literally years cultivating that strategy, answering countless peculiar...

19 Nov 2009 #145 November - December - 2009
Organic Advocates Optimistic About New Appointments
by Mari Roseman

Along with new members of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), the National Cooperative Grocers Association and its partners in the National Organic Coalition (NOC) recently celebrated the...

19 Nov 2009 #145 November - December - 2009
More on Payment Card Security Compliance
by Tak Tang

All merchants, including consumer cooperatives, must and should meet the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) if they wish to accept credit cards as a form of payment.

At...

19 Nov 2009 #145 November - December - 2009
A Faster Path to the Bottom Line
by Mari Roseman

Wheatsfield Co-op didn’t want to reinvent the wheel. The Ames, Iowa, co-op was expanding and working through the plethora of challenges and decisions such projects present. The staff leveraged...

31 Dec 2009 #146 January - February - 2010
A Recipe for Good Board Meetings
by Michael Healy

Here it comes again: the monthly board meeting. You’ve figured out child care for the fourth Monday of every month, that version of parental Olympics where Mom runs out the door as Dad runs in. A...

31 Dec 2009 #146 January - February - 2010
Chinese Delegates Visit San Diego Co-op
by Staff

In an impromptu visit, 18 delegates from China came to Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Co-op in San Diego to learn about issues involving agricultural food quality, with a focus on the co-op’s “...

31 Dec 2009 #146 January - February - 2010
Learning While Leaping
by Dan Gillotte

Wheatsville Food Co-op in Austin, Texas, recently completed a major renovation, successfully doubling selling space, improving stocking areas and moving the offices to an adjacent building. After...

31 Dec 2009 #146 January - February - 2010
Learning While Leaping
by Michael Owens

Wheatsville Food Co-op in Austin, Texas, recently completed a major renovation, successfully doubling selling space, improving stocking areas and moving the offices to an adjacent building. After...

31 Dec 2009 #146 January - February - 2010
Mondragón and the United Steelworkers
by Erbin Crowell

The previous issue of Cooperative Grocer (Nov.–Dec. 2009) quoted from an interview with Michael Moore on his latest film, "Capitalism: A Love Story," in which worker co-ops feature prominently as...

31 Dec 2009 #146 January - February - 2010
Open Book Management
by Terry Appleby

The systems and culture of the Hanover Co-op have been developing for nearly 75 years. We have been fortunate to have had strong leadership committed to cooperative values and have been seen as an...

31 Dec 2009 #146 January - February - 2010
NCGA and Wedge Co-op Honored with dotCoop Awards
by Dave Gutknecht

On November 18, dotCoop, the sponsor of the .coop domain name, announced its first Global Awards for Cooperative Excellence. The winners Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Ltd. , a ­fertilizer...

31 Dec 2009 #146 January - February - 2010
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
A Cooperative Grievance Procedure
by Carolee Colter

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What recourse do co-op employees have if adversely affected by a management decision? How do they contest the wording of a performance review, the amount of a...

31 Dec 2009 #146 January - February - 2010
Shared Co-op Values, Multiple Stakeholders
by Dave Gutknecht

Are cooperatives ready for new challenges? They are receiving greater attention as a democratic means for addressing social and economic needs—and those needs are growing. Along with record levels...

05 Jan 2010 #146 January - February - 2010
Building a Cooperative Base and Future
by Dave Gutknecht

These may actually be good circumstances for cooperatives. The country has entered a new era, marked by financial decline and much uncertainty, continuing wars, and accelerating environmental...

05 Jan 2010 #145 November - December - 2009
Expanding Co-ops and Fair Trade Networks
by Dave Gutknecht

Although cooperatives have pioneered in building organics and local food production, we have a long way to go before we’ll know what a sustainable food system looks like. We build the road as we...

05 Jan 2010 #144 September - October - 2009
Member Labor, Member Loans Threatened
by Dave Gutknecht

During 1990, long-standing but little noticed regulatory threats to member labor and member loan programs were carried out against cooperatives.

26 Jan 2010 #032 January - February - 1991
Co-op Construction: Working on the Dream
by Stuart Reid

Once a year or so, I have been writing about the work of Food Co-op 500 and the newly forming co-ops that we support. Since our program began five years ago, we have worked with hundreds of co-op...

22 Mar 2010 #147 March - April - 2010
Co-op Principles Meet Slow Money Principles
by Robin Seydel

The importance of rebuilding local and regional food systems has, thankfully, become mainstream; and co-ops are right where they should be—smack dab in the middle of it. Not surprising, really,...

22 Mar 2010 #147 March - April - 2010
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
Don’t Shrink Your Profits!
by Mark Mulcahy

If you are a produce manager, you wear many hats: stocker, scheduler, buyer, counselor, margin manager. But I think there is one more that is just as important as the others, and that is your...

22 Mar 2010 #147 March - April - 2010
Haiti Relief Through Cooperative Development Foundation
by Staff

Many local cooperatives, as well as the International Cooperative Alliance, have organized donation drives for Haiti relief. For the U.S., the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) is offering...

22 Mar 2010 #147 March - April - 2010
Keeping Score: Social audit defines values, environmental impact
by Allison A. Meyer

A major project over the last four years at Seward Co-op, in Minneapolis, Minn., has been its Scorecard. Creating this unique social auditing tool occurred during the same time that board and...

22 Mar 2010 #147 March - April - 2010
Public Programs for Organic Operations
by Cissy Bowman

Recent Farm Bills have established programs that provide financial assistance for organic folks, and there also are helpful services that are partly funded by United States Department of...

22 Mar 2010 #147 March - April - 2010
Redefining Prosperity, Building Resilience
by Dave Gutknecht

As shown again in this issue, food co-ops operate in the crosscurrents of dynamic local revival and deep national problems: Slow Food and junk food. Slow Money and accelerating debt. Community...

22 Mar 2010 #147 March - April - 2010