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Understanding Distributor Dynamics
by John Hatton

We see several positive trends of cooperation between stores and their distributors. These are lowering the cost of goods in several categories and increasing the competitiveness...

09 Jan 2004 #075 March - April - 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
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
Raising the Stakes?
by Scott Beers

The ability to raise capital -- to collect a little bit from a lot of people and build something greater than anybody's bit could have built alone -- is one of the great strengths...

09 Jan 2004 #076 May - June - 1998
Raising the Stakes?
by Margaret Lund

The ability to raise capital -- to collect a little bit from a lot of people and build something greater than anybody's bit could have built alone -- is one of the great strengths...

09 Jan 2004 #076 May - June - 1998
Finance Committee Finesse
by Scott BeersBy Scott Beers and Margaret Lund

One of the absolutely vital committees of any co-op board is the finance committee. Typically, the finance committee is charged with overseeing and...

09 Jan 2004 #075 March - April - 1998
Finance Committee Finesse
by Margaret LundBy Scott Beers and Margaret Lund

One of the absolutely vital committees of any co-op board is the finance committee. Typically, the finance committee is charged with overseeing and...

09 Jan 2004 #075 March - April - 1998
Knowing Your Mass Market Competition
by George Southworth

The nearby mass market grocer will be the most prevalent competitor for most natural food stores. Natural foods chains with large stores (20,000+ sq. ft.), such as Whole Foods,...

09 Jan 2004 #074 January - February - 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
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
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
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
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
Promoting Pre-order Sales:
by Aspen OlmsteadThree years ago, members of the Syracuse (N.Y.) Real Food Cooperative were forced to vote on whether their retail co-op should declare bankruptcy. Today, three years later, Syracuse Real Food...
09 Jan 2004 #076 May - June - 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
Encountering Cooperative Extremists
by David Fowle

Do the following statements or situations sound familiar in our cooperatives?

08 Jan 2004 #083 July - August - 1999
Encountering Cooperative Extremists
by Marilyn Scholl

Do the following statements or situations sound familiar in our cooperatives?

08 Jan 2004 #083 July - August - 1999
Promoting Organizational Healing
by Ann Waterhouse

Ever heard the phrase, "Work smarter, not harder?" Ever wonder, as I have, exactly what that phrase means? T've thought about it for a while and have some thoughts I'd like to...

08 Jan 2004 #083 July - August - 1999
Management Evaluation Under Policy Governance
by Marilyn Scholl

The relationship between the board and the general manager is probably the most important relationship in a co-op. To be successful, a cooperative needs a strong manager AND a...

08 Jan 2004 #084 September - October - 1999
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
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