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Remodeling for Fun and Profit, Part 1
by Chris Quinn

Your store is bursting at the seams, customers are elbow to elbow, merchandise is falling off the old wooden shelves. You cannot even think about the new products that your customers are asking...

09 Jan 2004 #011 June - July - 1987
Remodeling for Fun and Profit, Part 2
by Rex Stewart

In our last article, we proposed ground rules for remodeling your store. We made two key points: research customers' expectations and the potential market for expanded services, and evaluate the...

09 Jan 2004 #012 August - November - 1987
Remodeling for Fun and Profit, Part 2
by Chris Quinn

In our last article, we proposed ground rules for remodeling your store. We made two key points: research customers' expectations and the potential market for expanded services, and evaluate the...

09 Jan 2004 #012 August - November - 1987
Remodeling Plans
by Dave Gutknecht

A proposal to redefine their regional and national associations has generated intense discussion among food cooperative managers and organizational leaders. In late November, the National...

29 Dec 2003 #110 January - February - 2004
Removing the President of the Board
by Deirdrie Lang

Kootenay Country Co-op is a 29-year-old cooperative operating in Nelson, British Columbia. We have been enjoying several years of financial stability and membership growth. We are fortunate to...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
Replanting the Gardens of Eagan
by Ellen Michel

As the first certified-organic retailer in Minnesota, Wedge Co-op has long been known for its commitment to organic crop production and retail handling systems. Driven by a mission that includes...

14 Oct 2013 168 September-October 2013
Report from Cancun
by Mark Ritchie

Every two years the Ministers of Trade from all member governments in the World Trade Organization (WTO) meet for a week to negotiate changes in the rules of trade. The fifth Ministerial was held...

02 Dec 2003 #109 November - December - 2003
Repurposing Food Scraps
by Diana Chapman

In April 2010, the cofounders of WISErg Corporation called PCC Natural Markets (PCC), a Seattle-based natural foods co-op, to introduce their idea for converting food scraps into a new product....

09 Dec 2013 169 Nov-Dec 2013
Resources from International Co-op Summits

Cooperators everywhere can view online presentations and research delivered at major international cooperative meetings held in late 2012. The International Summit of Cooperatives in Quebec City,...

25 Dec 2012 • Endcap Articles
Restorative Practices
by Jennifer Crain

Before the Olympia Food Co-op became a two-store operation with over 80 staff members, resolving internal conflicts was a direct but mostly informal process. If a conflict arose, such as an...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
Retail Organic Certification
by Susan Stewart

Based on the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, the National Organic Program (NOP) was put into effect in October 2002. As rules go, the organic rule, fondly known as Title 7 Part 205, is...

17 Mar 2011 #153 March - April - 2011
Retail Rock and Roll
by Dave Gutknecht

This edition’s contents illustrate different angles on a fundamental aspect of today’s economic environment: grocery retailers cannot plan to stay in place if they plan to stay in...

19 Jan 2009 #137 July - August - 2008
Retailer Organic Certification: Coming Soon to a Store Near You?
by Cissy BowmanBy Cissy Bowman

As we await the implementation of the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA), the question in the minds of most of this magazine's readers may be: "How will this affect...

08 Jan 2004 #091 November - December - 2000
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
Return to Co-op Atlantic
by Jane LivingstonBy Jane Livingston

Atlantic Canada -- the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, and Labrador has been hard hit by cuts in government spending...

09 Jan 2004 #056 January - February - 1995
Review: Making Membership Meaningful
by Karen Zimbelman

In 1995, an international consortium of co-op academics and practitioners collaborated on a book called Making Membership Meaningful: Participatory Democracy in Co-operatives....

09 Jan 2004 #072 September - October - 1997
Reviving Democracy, Spreading Cooperatives
by Dave Gutknecht

The Occupy movement in the U.S. (there also are international manifestations) is one of the more encouraging recent developments in the present political environment. Most of the Occupy sites have...

18 Jan 2012 #158 January - February - 2012
Ringing Out the International Year of Cooperatives
by National Cooperative Grocers Association

The International Year of Cooperatives is in its final months, and National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) and its member and associate co-ops continue to celebrate all of the ways that...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
River Valley Market Celebrates Groundbreaking
by Staff

One hundred fifty enthusiastic community members arrived with shovels in hand on May 17 to join in the celebratory groundbreaking for the Northampton, Mass., new locally grown food co-op. David...

17 Jul 2007 #131 July - August - 2007
Robynn Shrader Elected to Board of National Banking Co-op
by Staff

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02 Jul 2009 #143 July - August - 2009
Robynn Shrader: New Head of Consumer Cooperatives Worldwide

The National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) has announced that its chief executive officer, Robynn Shrader, has been elected president of Consumer Cooperatives Worldwide (CCW), a sectoral...

22 Nov 2013 • Endcap Articles
Rooting the Local Food System in Cooperation
by Robin Seydel

Cooperatives—given our community ownership structure, our commitment to the principle of concern for community, and our dedication to the values of equality, equity, self-help, and social...

14 Oct 2013 168 September-October 2013
Ruling Prompts Controversy
by Cissy Bowman

Democracy and the high price of organic food

21 Jan 2009 #121 November - December - 2005
Running a Successful HBA Department
by Jane Kennedy

 

09 Jan 2004 #065 July - August - 1996