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Minimizing the Risk of Fraud
by Thane Joyal

Loss prevention is a key piece of the retail grocery business. Co-op managers are aware of this at their level and manage against it every day, but everyone in the cooperative needs to pay...

11 Sep 2014 173 July - August 2014
Minimizing the Risk of Fraud
by Mark Goehring

Loss prevention is a key piece of the retail grocery business. Co-op managers are aware of this at their level and manage against it every day, but everyone in the cooperative needs to pay...

11 Sep 2014 173 July - August 2014
Pick Two and Call Me Back
by Dave Gutknecht

Businesses providing goods and services often face competing expectations and must balance them. Customers often want it all. 

From years past, I remember a captioned photo hanging in...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
Equal Exchange talks big change in bananas at conference
by Mike D. Hayes

An Ecuadorian banana farmer, produce managers, industry experts, students, and business allies gathered in Boston in late March for a conference titled, “The Future of Authentic Fairtrade...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
NCGA Expands Fresh and Regional Support
by C.E. Pugh

At its 2013 fall meeting in Seattle, the National Cooperative Grocers Association’s (NCGA) designated representatives prioritized several areas in which NCGA could help fuel a strong and...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
Co-ops Collaborate to Open More Stores
by Ellen Michel

As food co-ops have visible impact in their communities, more and more people are involved in the effort of bringing a co-op to the place where they live. How can new cooperators move from...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
Fun with the Bowers Fund
by Ellen Quinn

Thanks to your support of the Bowers Fund, approximately 20 people receive scholarships to attend the CCMA conference (Consumer Cooperative Management Association) every year! 

The...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
Choosing Healthy, Sustainable Seafood
by Eli Penberthy

Choosing seafood that is both sustainable and healthy can be challenging. Is it farmed or wild? Troll-caught or trawled? Alaskan or Chilean? Healthy or toxic? There are so many questions, enough...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
Co-op Leaders Comment on “Visibility”
by Carolee Colter

According to 2013 CoopMetrics data, 30 percent of member co-ops in the National Cooperative Grocers Association have expanded or opened a new store in the last five years; and many more co-ops are...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
Co-op Leaders Comment on “Visibility”
by Helena O'Connor

According to 2013 CoopMetrics data, 30 percent of member co-ops in the National Cooperative Grocers Association have expanded or opened a new store in the last five years; and many more co-ops are...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
Bouncing Back in Boise
by Ben Kuzma

Shortly after my arrival in Idaho at Boise Co-op in June 2011, Whole Foods announced that they would open a new store at a busy intersection just 1.2 miles away from our tucked-away neighborhood...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
Strategic Leadership Is a Cooperative Effort
by Art Sherwood

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.

—Joel Barker, The Futurist

If I went into your co-...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
Preparing Our Future
by Dave Gutknecht

Articles on shaping our future and an annual conference with the theme “Forward!” suggest that food co-ops continue to look ahead and to plan major improvements. Expansion to more...

25 Mar 2014 171 March-April 2014
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
Network News
by StaffCCMA Conference Promises Learning, Leadership, Laughs

“Forward!” is the theme for the 2014 CCMA (Consumer Cooperative Management Association) conference, to be held June 12–14 in...

25 Mar 2014 171 March-April 2014
People’s Food Co-op Manages the Farmers Market in Kalamazoo
by Chris Moore

Last year, People’s Food Cooperative (PFC) in Kalamazoo, Mich., became the operator of our city’s 100-year-old Kalamazoo Farmers’ Market. The city-owned market facilities had...

25 Mar 2014 171 March-April 2014
Local Cultivator Builds Relationships and Supply

As the Port Townsend Food Co-op’s “Local Cultivator,” Brendon O’Shea is on a constant treasure hunt around Washington State’s Jefferson County for the best local...

25 Mar 2014 171 March-April 2014
Approaching the Summit
by Stuart Reid

Last June, cooperators from across the country gathered in Austin, Texas, to build a vision for future food co-op development in the U.S. The Development Summit convened on the opening day of the...

25 Mar 2014 171 March-April 2014
NCGA Development Advisors Help Co-ops Prepare for Growth
by Mandy Makinen

In late 2012, National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) launched a new service designed to assist its member and associate co-ops in preparing for growth. Two development advisor positions...

25 Mar 2014 171 March-April 2014
Expanding to a Multiple-Store Co-op
by Jeanie Wells

Your market study promises great sales. Developers are wooing you into their properties. Staff and shoppers are clamoring for more space. Adding a second store seems like a piece of cake, right?...

25 Mar 2014 171 March-April 2014
Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance
by Marilyn Scholl

In the January/February 2014 issue of Cooperative Grocer magazine, we introduced the Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance as a model for the co-op sector to steer our cooperatively owned...

25 Mar 2014 171 March-April 2014
Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance
by Joel Kopischke

In the January/February 2014 issue of Cooperative Grocer magazine, we introduced the Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance as a model for the co-op sector to steer our cooperatively owned...

25 Mar 2014 171 March-April 2014
Participation and Democracy Deterred
by Dave Gutknecht

The cover section of this issue offers much on building democratic participation, a struggle with many manifestations—including the civil rights movement, forming new co-ops, and...

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014
Building the Cooperative Movement
by Aaron Reser

The Principle Six (P6) Cooperative Trade Movement just celebrated its third anniversary on cooperative grocery shelves. Still a new and growing program, P6 has experienced both successes and...

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014
Talent Planning for Successful Performance
by Lauren Olsen

The saying “the only constant is change” is as true in co-ops as it is elsewhere. One of the best ways to deal with change is to plan for it. Most co-ops have a business plan, a...

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014