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All Your Board Can Be
by Paige Lettington

Whether you are a manager, staff, or a director, you will be happier and less frustrated when your co-op's board is operating smoothly. Board meetings that go on for hours,...

09 Jan 2004 #074 January - February - 1998
America Beyond Capitalism

In a recent article in "Dollars and Sense," Gar Alperovitz presents cooperative enterprise, especially worker-owned co-ops, along with other methods of democratizing capital -- an essential...

09 Jan 2012 • Endcap Articles
Americans with Disabilities Act: Reviewing Your Hiring Practices
by Carolee Colter

On July 26, 1992, businesses with at least 25 employees became subject to the Americans with Disabilities Act. On July 26, 1994, employers of at least 15 will be required to follow suit. The...

09 Jan 2004 #044 January - February - 1993
An Agreement for Disagreements
by Karen Zimbelman

I wish I could say it is a rare occurrence, but unfortunately I get these disturbing calls all too often.

"Hi KZ," the caller starts. "We've got this problem...

09 Jan 2004 #075 March - April - 1998
An Eaters’ Bill of Rights
by Mark Mulcahy

We all know about our nation’s Bill of Rights and its guarantees of individual rights as well as limitations on federal and state governments. And recently an “Air Traveler’s Bill of Rights” has...

19 Jan 2009 #131 July - August - 2007
An Evolution in the Coffee Aisle
by Catherine Dilley and Thaleon Tremain

About 20 years ago, the fair trade movement took root in consumer food cooperatives around the country, primarily through the introduction of fair trade coffee. Led by Equal Exchange, the first “...

24 Sep 2009 #144 September - October - 2009
An Exchange on Organic Fiber Standards
by Cissy Bowman

Dear Editor:

There are several statements in the article "Organics: Report from the Lone Star State" published in the July-August 2003 issue of Cooperative Grocer that are erroneous or need...

07 Jan 2004 #108 September - October - 2003
An Exchange on Organic Fiber Standards
by Katherine Dimatteo

Dear Editor:

There are several statements in the article "Organics: Report from the Lone Star State" published in the July-August 2003 issue of Cooperative Grocer that are erroneous or need...

07 Jan 2004 #108 September - October - 2003
An Exchange on Price and the Mainstreaming of Natural/Organic
by Wally Seccombe

To the Editor and George Southworth,

We are the leading natural food distributor in Ontario. Our main problem has been how to restrain and shape our growth, which is proceeding at a torrid...

07 Jan 2004 #098 January - February - 2002
An Exchange on Price and the Mainstreaming of Natural/Organic
by George Southworth

To the Editor and George Southworth,

We are the leading natural food distributor in Ontario. Our main problem has been how to restrain and shape our growth, which is proceeding at a torrid...

07 Jan 2004 #098 January - February - 2002
An Exchange on Regulation of Supplements
by Bruce SilvergladeBy Bruce Silverglade, Center for Science in the Public Interest

I would like to clear up some confusion regarding CSPI's position on dietary supplements. CSPI supports the right of consumers to...

09 Jan 2004 #047 July - August - 1993
An Italian View of "Co-op: Made in USA"
by Dave Gutknecht

A new publication presents a dossier on U.S. worker-owned and consumer co-ops in the U.S. Written by Enrico Massetti, an Italian who has lived in the United States for the last 30 years, "Co-op:...

08 Mar 2012 • Endcap Articles
An Open Letter
by Members Of The OTA

The following “open letter” was jointly written and issued in mid-November. As of December 10, over 200 organizations and individuals, including many members of the Organic Trade Association, had...

09 Mar 2006 #122 January - February - 2006
An Open Letter to the Farmer in Chief
by Staff

Highly recommended: “Dear Mr. Next Presi­dent,” an excellent review of the need to transition to local and organic ­agriculture, written by Michael Pollan, which ­appeared in the Oct. 12, 2008...

08 Dec 2008 #139 November - December - 2008
An Update from the Frontier Co-op CEO
by Andy Pauley

Following up the previous edition's report on Frontier Natural Products Co-op, interim CEO Andy Pauley wrote:

Since July 16 when I took the job of interim CEO at Frontier,...

07 Jan 2004 #103 November - December - 2002
Analyzing Your Store's Systems
by Mary MyersThis is the third in a series of articles based on Business Planning For Cooperatives, a manual published by Cooperative Development Services that provides step by step Instructions for writing...
09 Jan 2004 #042 September - October - 1992
Analyzing Your Store's Systems
by Walden SwansonThis is the third in a series of articles based on Business Planning For Cooperatives, a manual published by Cooperative Development Services that provides step by step Instructions for writing...
09 Jan 2004 #042 September - October - 1992
Anatomy of a Recovery
by Tony Bedard

Financial problems are not uncommon among co-ops. Many have fought through severe crises that threatened their survival. Frontier Natural Products Co-op survived such a crisis recently, regaining...

16 Mar 2004 #111 March - April - 2004
Anatomy of a Recovery
by Bill Kooistra

Financial problems are not uncommon among co-ops. Many have fought through severe crises that threatened their survival. Frontier Natural Products Co-op survived such a crisis recently, regaining...

16 Mar 2004 #111 March - April - 2004
Annual Conference Gives Inspiration, Advances Cooperative Associations
by Dave Gutknecht 

Over three hundred co-op directors, managers, staff and consultants gathered in Cleveland June 10-13 at the Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) conference....

09 Jan 2004 #077 July - August - 1998
Annual Meetings
by Ellen Michel

Annual meetings: you gotta love ’em. Frequently written into the bylaws and often a legal requirement for co-ops, this event is typically recognized as the primary opportunity for member-owners to...

09 Jun 2004 #112 May - June - 2004
Another Look at Member Labor
by Dave Gutknecht

"Boon or Bane?" was the title question in a section on member labor in the first issue of Cooperative Grocer (October-November 1985). And in discussing the issue, it's difficult not to try to be...

09 Jan 2004 #008 December - January - 1987
Anti-Depression Friday Helps Customers, Builds the Co-op
by Paul Cultrera

In the autumn of 2008, as the national economy began its nosedive, sales trends at the Sacramento Natural Foods Cooperative began to mirror that dive. While in previous months annual sales had...

14 Oct 2013 168 September-October 2013
Apples to Apples:
by Kelly Smith

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Successful businesses understand their customers’ needs and wants. This statement is so important as to warrant repetition: Successful businesses understand their...

27 Dec 2008 #138 September - October - 2008
Apples to Apples:
by David Trechter

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Successful businesses understand their customers’ needs and wants. This statement is so important as to warrant repetition: Successful businesses understand their...

27 Dec 2008 #138 September - October - 2008