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Northeast Cooperatives: "Together we will create a stronger cooperative system."
by George Southworth

Northeast Cooperatives' strategic goals are based on meeting our members' and customers' needs, now and in the future. We start with a series of forecasts of how the marketplace is...

08 Jan 2004 #090 September - October - 2000
The Big Picture
by Dave Gutknecht

Here is another "big picture" edition, after the previous one's annual survey report.

The new Food Co-op Directory is the most complete such listing available...

08 Jan 2004 #090 September - October - 2000
Produce: Train, Train, Train
by Mark Mulcahy

What aspect of most produce departments is not given enough time or resources, yet can have the greatest impact on your crew's efficiency and positive attitude? If you guessed...

08 Jan 2004 #090 September - October - 2000
Conference and Survey Show Stronger Co-ops, Yet Many Challenges Remain
by Dave Gutknecht

The results from this edition's Retail Operations Survey plus reports from the recent Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) conference provide many strong indicators of food co-op...

08 Jan 2004 #089 July - August - 2000
Growing Co-op Community Foundations
by David ThompsonBy David Thompson

What if an article in Cooperative Grocer a decade from now began with the following?

During the past ten years, Cooperative Community Funds...

08 Jan 2004 #089 July - August - 2000
Cooperative Grocer 1999 Retail Operations Survey
by Dave Gutknecht

We are pleased to present the new Retail Operations Survey, which reports double digit growth in co-op sales during the past year, along with higher than ever gross margins. Those operating...

31 May 2006 #089 July - August - 2000
Cooperative Grocer 1999 Retail Operations Survey
by Walden Swanson

We are pleased to present the new Retail Operations Survey, which reports double digit growth in co-op sales during the past year, along with higher than ever gross margins. Those operating...

31 May 2006 #089 July - August - 2000
SPECIAL REPORT: Cooperative Grocers Associations
by Robynn ShraderBy Robynn Shrader

08 Jan 2004 #088 May - June - 2000
Advertising: Taking the Alternate Route
by Ric Tedford

The very nature of the cooperative grocery business is far from the mainstream, as can be noted in the cooperative principles that guide the operation of our stores. But the...

08 Jan 2004 #088 May - June - 2000
Making Co-ops A Great Place to Work
by Marilyn Scholl

What we love most about co-ops is the emphasis on people. Food co-ops are businesses that operate on a human scale, valuing individual voices--whether it be the democratic aspect...

08 Jan 2004 #088 May - June - 2000
Making Co-ops A Great Place to Work
by Carolee Colter

What we love most about co-ops is the emphasis on people. Food co-ops are businesses that operate on a human scale, valuing individual voices--whether it be the democratic aspect...

08 Jan 2004 #088 May - June - 2000
Collaborating on Perishables
by Allen Seidner 

You don't have to be an industry insider to spot the difference between a grocery store with perishables teams that are sharp with creative cross-merchandising and one with...

08 Jan 2004 #088 May - June - 2000
Diversity Training Challenges the Co-op
by Kari KaminskyIf one of the core values of the cooperative is that all individuals should be treated with respect,
08 Jan 2004 #087 March - April - 2000
Time To Reshape Cooperative Identity?
by Annie Donovan

It's a new century -- is it time to reshape cooperative identity? The new millennium has dawned, and with it comes heightened clarity in our collective awareness of the importance...

08 Jan 2004 #087 March - April - 2000
Time To Reshape Cooperative Identity?
by Sophia Raday

It's a new century -- is it time to reshape cooperative identity? The new millennium has dawned, and with it comes heightened clarity in our collective awareness of the importance...

08 Jan 2004 #087 March - April - 2000
Ins and Outs of Grocery Specials
by Janda Grove

A good promotional program can give your store improved price image, improved margins, and increased customer satisfaction. But how do you create a good program, and how do you...

08 Jan 2004 #087 March - April - 2000
What Cost Ignorance?
by Mark Mulcahy

I once saw a bumper sticker that said, "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance". I believe we are at a point in our industry where we are about to find out just how...

08 Jan 2004 #087 March - April - 2000
Co-op Advantage Program: Midwest Stores Cooperate
by Corinne Shindelar

Not a day goes by when the savvy retailer hasn't asked: How will my store continue to compete in an industry as dynamic as natural foods? Smart co-op retailers are looking to...

08 Jan 2004 #086 January - February - 2000
How Much Can I Borrow?
by Scott Beers

Every lender probably has experienced some version of the following exchange:

Lender: So, how much are you interested in borrowing? Borrower: Whatever you...

08 Jan 2004 #086 January - February - 2000
How Much Can I Borrow?
by Margaret Lund

Every lender probably has experienced some version of the following exchange:

Lender: So, how much are you interested in borrowing? Borrower: Whatever you...

08 Jan 2004 #086 January - February - 2000
Will You Burn Bright or Burn Out?
by Mark MulcahySuggestions for avoiding "fatigue brought about by devotion to a cause, a way of life, or a relationship that failed to produce the expected reward."

Neil Young's anthem on his "...

08 Jan 2004 #086 January - February - 2000
Conducting Member Loan Campaigns
by Bill GessnerCooperatives need to pursue debt capital from members through the creation of member loan programs and member loan drives.

The purpose of this article is to suggest some of the basic principles and...

08 Jan 2004 #086 January - February - 2000
Lessons from the Planning Front Lines
by Karen Zimbelman

Does the idea of planning sessions with your co-op board of directors fill you with dread? Do you spend more time talking about planning than actually doing any planning? Are your...

08 Jan 2004 #086 January - February - 2000
Building Accountability
by Mel Braverman

Who would choose to work for an organization that does not hold the general manager accountable? Would you want to work for an organization that does not hold your co-workers...

08 Jan 2004 #085 November - December - 1999
Crafting Cash Flow Budgets
by Scott Beers

Profit alone does not guarantee success or even survival. Unless you project the co-op's cash requirements and manage accordingly, there are likely to be some harsh surprises ahead...

08 Jan 2004 #085 November - December - 1999