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Sampling Equals Sales and Satisfaction
by Mark Mulcahy

Do you sample in your produce department? Not just occasionally, when a customer asks or when you think of it, but on a regular basis? Why not? Too busy? Too busy to increase your sales?


07 Jan 2004 #103 November - December - 2002
Saving One Farm at a Time
by Paul Cultrera

Like most food cooperatives, the Sacramento and Davis co-ops have longstanding and strong commitments to purchasing from and supporting local farms. And they realize that local farmland is under...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
Scared Chipless
by Cissy Bowman

Back in 2004, USDA began to implement the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). According to NAIS, this program is:

20 Jan 2009 #128 January - February - 2007
Securities Laws And Co-op Member Loan Programs
by Laddie Lushin

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision that will have dramatic implications for co-op member loan programs. No longer may loan solicitations be casually and informally conducted...

09 Jan 2004 #033 March - April - 1991
Seeking Cooperative Alignment and Identity
by Dave Gutknecht

This mid-year edition is highlighted by annual reports on food co-op practice and prospects. Directors and managers from many of these co-ops recently met at their leading national training and...

20 Jan 2009 #125 July - August - 2006
Seeking Local Organic Producers
by Cissy Bowman

As worldwide availability of organic products hits new heights, there also is a strong consumer trend toward supporting local food systems. In some areas of the country organic farmers who sell...

08 Jun 2004 #112 May - June - 2004
Seeking Sustainability, Planning for Disaster
by Dave Gutknecht

Part 1: Milestones and Mission

Each year, at the Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) conference, milestone awards celebrate new food cooperatives along as well as those that...

19 Jan 2009 #131 July - August - 2007
Seeking Sustainability, Planning for Disaster
by Dave Gutknecht

Part 1: Building on what we have

19 Jan 2009 #132 September - October - 2007
Seize the Moment
by Allen Seidner

“I’m very impressed with your experience and your attitude, Yung Wannabee, and I think you’ll find yourself an easy fit as a member of our prepared foods team. I’m happy to extend you an offer at...

27 May 2004 #112 May - June - 2004
Self-Financing Tool: Direct Public Offerings

What do the following have in common?  Real Pickles, a new worker cooperative in Massachusetts; Arroyo Food Co-op, a startup in Pasadena, Cal.; and People’s Community Market in Oakland...

02 Aug 2013 • Endcap Articles
Self-Help Wanted
by Dave Gutknecht

Spend most earnings now, or invest more in the future—what is the proper balance? We can see, in the current financial mess, some consequences of imbalance. For the sake of immediate benefits, the...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
Selling Clothing and Predicting the Future
by Jeanne Lakso

The store was packed with babies, toddlers, mommies, and daddies. Organic juice boxes and cookies helped keep the mini-mob under control, and conversations about potty training outnumbered other...

19 Jan 2009 #133 November - December - 2007
Senate Considers Deep Cuts to Organic and Sustainable Ag
by Dave Gutknecht

The National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture is urging immediate pressure on U.S. Senators to prevent deep cuts to funding of programs for organic and sustainable farming and food production...

04 Mar 2011 • Endcap Articles
Servant Leadership and Cooperation
by Joel Kopischke

“SERVANT AND LEADER. Can these two roles be fused in one real person, in all levels of status or calling? If so, can that person live and be productive in the real world of the present? My...

22 Aug 2013 #167 July-August 2013
Setting a Process for General Manager Compensation
by Carolee Colter

This article has charts and tables that are available here in pdf form

What are some words that come to mind when you think of general manager compensation? Uncomfortable. Problematic. Crazy...

19 Jan 2009 #134 Jan - Feb - 2008
Setting a Process for General Manager Compensation
by Mark Goehring

This article has charts and tables that are available here in pdf form

What are some words that come to mind when you think of general manager compensation? Uncomfortable. Problematic. Crazy...

19 Jan 2009 #134 Jan - Feb - 2008
Setting High Standards in Training
by Mark Mulcahy

A few months back, I picked up a copy of Business Week, and the whole magazine was about how to find and keep the next group of stars for your business. All the articles talked about something...

20 Jan 2009 #123 March - April - 2006
Setting Up The New Meat Department
by Mark Braskie

Since the reason for establishing a retail meat department is to expand the line of product and provide additional service to the customer while enjoying increased sales and gross profit, careful...

09 Jan 2004 #037 November - December - 1991
Seven Steps to a Successful Membership Drive
by Patricia Cumbie

The success or failure of your next membership drive hinges on more than signage, brochures and the free thing you give away to every new member who joins.


09 Jan 2004 #064 May - June - 1996
Seven Steps to Re-energize Your Cooperative Culture
by Adam Schwartz

"Culture is to an organization what water is to a fish—it is the environment that exists all around us."

If I asked you to describe the culture of your food co-op in one...

03 Jun 2013 #166 May-June 2013
Seward Co-op Opens New Store in Minneapolis
by Staff

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In Minneapolis, Minn., Seward Co-op opened its new 25,600-square-foot facility Jan. 8, 2009. The $10.5 ­million project ­relocated the store seven blocks east of its...

03 Mar 2009 #141 March - April - 2009
Share the Pain, Share the Gain: Co-ops network to improve Point of Sale
by Ellen Michel

Changes to POS systems are inevitably stressful, as Liz McMann notes in her article. Anticipating such challenges, Andrea Becker, who provides technical support at Bloomingfoods in Bloomington,...

24 Apr 2008 #135 March - April - 2008
Shared Co-op Values, Multiple Stakeholders
by Dave Gutknecht

Are cooperatives ready for new challenges? They are receiving greater attention as a democratic means for addressing social and economic needs—and those needs are growing. Along with record levels...

05 Jan 2010 #146 January - February - 2010
Sharing Passions and Expertise with Startups
by Jake Schlachter

On a Monday in May, I addressed a room crowded with attentive listeners who had come to hear how to add an income-generating activity to their food co-op organizing efforts. They were 127 people...

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
Sharing the Wealth of Knowledge
by Stuart Reid
22 Sep 2009 #144 September - October - 2009