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Co-op Legacy
by Margaret Lund

Legacy is the challenge of having the thrust of your life or your organization's be perpetuated beyond an individual lifetime. Children offer this to many individuals, and we...

08 Jan 2004 #081 March - April - 1999
Lending to Natural Foods Cooperatives
by Kerinne McNicholas

Last year, NCB conducted a focus group with representatives of the natural foods industry to help us understand better the perception that you, our customers and partners in the...

08 Jan 2004 #081 March - April - 1999
Lending to Natural Foods Cooperatives
by Sophia Raday

Last year, NCB conducted a focus group with representatives of the natural foods industry to help us understand better the perception that you, our customers and partners in the...

08 Jan 2004 #081 March - April - 1999
Lending to Natural Foods Cooperatives
by James Walker

Last year, NCB conducted a focus group with representatives of the natural foods industry to help us understand better the perception that you, our customers and partners in the...

08 Jan 2004 #081 March - April - 1999
Are You Experienced?
by Walden Swanson

Want some good news? Co-op store productivity increased in the third quarter of 1998, when compared to the third quarter of 1997. (See Graph 1.)

Want some bad...

08 Jan 2004 #081 March - April - 1999
Retained Earnings or Returned Earnings?
by Scott Beers

Ask co-op members anywhere, "What's the purpose of this co-op, anyway?" and you'll likely get some variation of the answer, "To serve the members." Ask them how best to do that,...

08 Jan 2004 #080 January - February - 1999
Retained Earnings or Returned Earnings?
by Margaret Lund

Ask co-op members anywhere, "What's the purpose of this co-op, anyway?" and you'll likely get some variation of the answer, "To serve the members." Ask them how best to do that,...

08 Jan 2004 #080 January - February - 1999
Staff Teams Build Effective Solutions
by Terry Appleby

Introducing forms of participation to a traditional management hierarchy was the goal; a quality improvement process was the method. The history of Hanover Consumer Co-op and my...

08 Jan 2004 #080 January - February - 1999
Strong Training in Operations: Important for Strong Co-ops!
by Patty Stockdale

Here is a solution for when you have poor or no retail training materials! The Basic Operations Training Resources are available for natural food retail cooperatives to use in...

08 Jan 2004 #080 January - February - 1999
Relief for Human Disasters
by Dave Gutknecht

If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, that common observation remains a difficult cautionary lesson for many people. A case in point would be international aid,...

08 Jan 2004 #080 January - February - 1999
Building and Improving Membership Programs
by Karen Zimbelman

Members are the lifeblood of a co-op: a truism of cooperatives. Without members, a co-ops wouldn't be a co-op; it would be just another local grocery store. A co-op exists to serve...

08 Jan 2004 #080 January - February - 1999
Building and Improving Membership Programs
by Marilyn Scholl

Members are the lifeblood of a co-op: a truism of cooperatives. Without members, a co-ops wouldn't be a co-op; it would be just another local grocery store. A co-op exists to serve...

08 Jan 2004 #080 January - February - 1999
Disaster Preparedness
by Carolee Colter

Disaster: a "bad star." That's the derivation of this ancient Greek word. If a comet is hurling toward the earth, or our sun goes super-nova, there is nothing to be done. But there are disasters a...

09 Jan 2004 #079 November - December - 1998
Educating Staff About Nutrition
by Ruth Blackburn 

Natural foods cooperatives have historically been leaders in providing education to staff, members and shoppers. The fifth cooperative principle states in part, "We strive to...

09 Jan 2004 #079 November - December - 1998
The BIG Scoop
by Jennifer Callen

They don't call me "Binhead" for nothing -- I believe in Bulk! Unfortunately, word on the aisles is that Bulk has reached its plateau -- sales have flattened -- interest is dying...

09 Jan 2004 #079 November - December - 1998
Economics 101: Sunk Costs and Opportunity Costs
by Scott Beers

We think every day about what it costs to do different things -- 89 cents to buy a pound of organic bananas, seven dollars to see "Lethal Weapon 4," etc. -- but we seldom think...

09 Jan 2004 #079 November - December - 1998
Economics 101: Sunk Costs and Opportunity Costs
by Margaret Lund

We think every day about what it costs to do different things -- 89 cents to buy a pound of organic bananas, seven dollars to see "Lethal Weapon 4," etc. -- but we seldom think...

09 Jan 2004 #079 November - December - 1998
Using Policy Governance to Improve Board Leadership
by Marilyn Scholl

Food cooperatives around the country are talking about Policy Governance -- a system of board leadership developed by John Carver. While people are drawn to the simple logic behind Policy...

09 Jan 2004 #078 September - October - 1998
Peruvian Percolator
by Dave Gutknecht

Thanks to Rick Stewart and Frontier Natural Products Co-op, I just spent a week in Peru, where Frontier and an allied local group, the Institute for Sustainable Agriculture in the...

09 Jan 2004 #078 September - October - 1998
Building Financial Partnerships
by Sophia Raday

To be successful in today's competitive, global economy, you can't just be good at what you do. You have to be excellent. Natural food cooperatives are keenly aware of this. You...

09 Jan 2004 #078 September - October - 1998
Building Financial Partnerships
by Kerinne McNicholas

To be successful in today's competitive, global economy, you can't just be good at what you do. You have to be excellent. Natural food cooperatives are keenly aware of this. You...

09 Jan 2004 #078 September - October - 1998
Building Financial Partnerships
by Annie Donovan

To be successful in today's competitive, global economy, you can't just be good at what you do. You have to be excellent. Natural food cooperatives are keenly aware of this. You...

09 Jan 2004 #078 September - October - 1998
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
Mission Statement – or (Still) Missin' Statement?
by Dave Gutknecht

Results of the Retail Operations Survey once again show strong growth and profitability by most food co-ops during the past year. Eighty percent of the co-op stores surveyed are...

09 Jan 2004 #077 July - August - 1998
Radio Marketing Can Be Cheap and Powerful
by Kelly Wiseman

The last thing the average co-op manager has time for is figuring out the vagaries of radio. We know virtually nothing about reading Wilhite surveys, drive-time placement, writing...

09 Jan 2004 #077 July - August - 1998