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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
Using Brokers Successfully
by James Watts

Buyers that I meet at trade shows and conferences most often describe brokers to me in less than glowing terms. Some buyers complain that brokers "steal their time" or "don't have...

09 Jan 2004 #076 May - June - 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
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
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
Understanding Distributor Dynamics
by George Southworth

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
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
Pumping Deli Sales With Less Labor
by Allen SeidnerDoes every deli need a fully staffed work station? Despite the trend toward more complex, service-intensive deli programs, the results are only occasionally more profitable, and they always demand...
09 Jan 2004 #075 March - April - 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
Transforming Workplace Culture
by Carolee Colter

"Culture" maybe hard to define, but the signs of a dysfunctional workplace culture are hard to ignore. Do any of these sound like your co-op?

08 Jan 2004 #074 January - February - 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
Understanding Financial Ratios
by Scott Beers

This month we study a case example of how the ratios presented in Cooperative Grocer can be used to analyze a co-op's financial position and direction. We are grateful that Ocean...

10 May 2011 #074 January - February - 1998
Understanding Financial Ratios
by Margaret Lund

This month we study a case example of how the ratios presented in Cooperative Grocer can be used to analyze a co-op's financial position and direction. We are grateful that Ocean...

10 May 2011 #074 January - February - 1998
Building a Customer Service System
by Marilyn Scholl The key to exceptional services lies in building relationships, and in the quality of relationships, with customers and with employees.

09 Jan 2004 #073 November - December - 1997
LETTERS: Co-op Democracy, Co-op Discounts
by Dave Gutknecht

[Several readers responded to the previous editorial on co-op purpose, which quoted from a column by Russ Notar.  Following those letters and a response are a separate...

20 Mar 2005 #073 November - December - 1997
"Operating at Cost" -- or Democratic Control?
by Dave Gutknecht

Take note of the recently announced campaign by the National Cooperative Business Association, promoting co-ops as "not for profit" and "operating at cost." In the Cooperative...

20 Mar 2005 #072 September - October - 1997
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
CCMA Highlights Needs and Spirit
by Dave Gutknecht

At the Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) conference held in May, the theme was "two-stepping between evolution and extinction" -- highlighting food co-ops' need to...

09 Jan 2004 #071 July - August - 1997