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Northeast: Cooperatives Seek Integration
by David Fowle

Cooperative Grocers of the Northeast (CGANE or "see-gain") is now in the midst of its second major transformation since the group formed a bit over two years ago. We were initially...

09 Jan 2004 #058 May - June - 1995
Cooperation Among Cooperatives
by Dave Gutknecht

"All cooperative organizations, in order to best serve the interests of their members and their communities, should actively cooperate in every practical way with other...

09 Jan 2004 #058 May - June - 1995
You're Gonna Have to Serve Somebody
by John Mabbott

In coffee shops, break rooms, and breakfast nooks across this country playground scuffles are taking place between inner children. "My upbringing was worse than yours" has replaced...

09 Jan 2004 #058 May - June - 1995
From Nonprofit to Cooperative
by Scott Anderson

Nonprofit (dues-based) corporate structures, used by many social, political, and charitable organizations, are relatively easy to understand and implement. But an equity (share-...

12 Jan 2004 #058 May - June - 1995
From Nonprofit to Cooperative
by Alan Mathewson

Nonprofit (dues-based) corporate structures, used by many social, political, and charitable organizations, are relatively easy to understand and implement. But an equity (share-...

12 Jan 2004 #058 May - June - 1995
Grocery: The Core of the Store
by Pam Musante

Details, details, details. I do not know who gets credit for the phrase "retail is detail" -- I heard it for the first time last week in a training session -- but it succinctly...

09 Jan 2004 #058 May - June - 1995
Learning From A Failure
by Gillian Butler

In the aftermath of an attempt to expand which was successfully opposed by disaffected members and employees, the board of directors of the co-op in Davis, California has returned...

09 Jan 2004 #057 March - April - 1995
Hang Together - Or Be Hanged Separately
by Dave Gutknecht

The World of Food Co-ops: Powerful results can be achieved, as the previous edition's report on Co-op Atlantic shows, by a cooperative food system that is embedded in the local...

09 Jan 2004 #057 March - April - 1995
Member Services, Education and Outreach
by Theresa Carbrey

Most of us who work in cooperatives are excited by the vision of an alternative form of business ownership. With open membership, democratic control and shared participation in the...

09 Jan 2004 #057 March - April - 1995
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
Organic Bedding Plants Bonanza
by Paul Skirvin 

With grocery chain competitors and a nearby mass merchandiser carrying bedding plants, I felt that our co-op, Bloomingfoods, should do so too -- only do it a different way...

09 Jan 2004 #056 January - February - 1995
Green Fields Anchors Main Street
by Apple Ahearn

Greenfield is a town of 18,000 at the base of the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts. The food cooperative, Green Fields Market, is one of two anchor businesses on Main...

09 Jan 2004 #055 November - December - 1994
Grievances: Doing the Right Thing
by Carolee Colter

"Many a man would rather have you hear his tale than grant his request. --G.K Chesterton

The ideal grievance system would be impartial, respectful of all...

09 Jan 2004 #055 November - December - 1994
To Condemn or To Condone?
by Karen Zimbelman

"A grievance has been filed against the co-op." These words almost invariably cause an immediate emotional reaction in everyone connected to the co-op. Hardly anyone is untouched...

09 Jan 2004 #055 November - December - 1994
Local and Organic: Going Beyond the Expected
by Paul Skirvin

Bloomingfoods Co-op in Bloomington, Indiana just celebrated its 18th birthday. We have two stores. Our original store has 1,600 square feet in retail, about 2,000 total. It's...

09 Jan 2004 #054 September - October - 1994
When a Natural Foods Supermarket Arrives in Town, the Co-op Changes.
by Staff"Prospects look pretty good for the co-op"Weaver Street Market

Carrboro, North Carolina 10,000 sq. ft. totaI/7500retail; $3.8M 1993 sales. Target markets: urban population 40,000,...

09 Jan 2004 #053 July - August - 1994
Co-op Principles Then and Now (Part 2)
by David Thompson

The co-op on Toad Lane was legally registered as the Rochdale Equitable Pioneers on October 24,1844, hence our reason for celebrating Co-op Month in October. The store opened for...

09 Jan 2004 #053 July - August - 1994
Should Your Store Be Planning On Scanning?
by P.J. Hoffman

P0S scanning is only one component of a possible fully "computerized co-op." Paul Cultrera does a fine job describing a more complete system as envisioned at the Cape Ann Food Co-...

09 Jan 2004 #052 May - June - 1994
Myths and Maxims for Co-op Boards
by Karen Zimbelman

Without a doubt, an effective board of directors requires smooth and well-planned internal systems. Yet, given the press of responsibilities and the on-going demands of the job,...

09 Jan 2004 #052 May - June - 1994
First Alternative Upgrades Member Labor Accounting
by Jim Cassidy

In Corvallis, Oregon, First Alternative now has a data base for its member volunteer base. The system, implemented in 1993, has greatly improved planning and productivity and saved...

09 Jan 2004 #052 May - June - 1994
The Perils of Co-Management
by Carolee Colter

Is it inevitable that all "new wave" co-ops founded in the 1970s will end up with general managers? While only a few have had a general manager from the beginning, many co-ops have...

09 Jan 2004 #051 March - April - 1994
What a Manager Needs from the Board
by Karen Zimbelman

A constructive, effective working relationship between a co-op's management and board of directors is a critical factor in the long-term success and survival of a co-op. Yet, this...

05 Dec 2005 #051 March - April - 1994
Making Two Co-ops Into One (Parts 1 and 2)
by David Barry

In June 1992 one of the larger co-ops on the East Coast failed. The Cambridge Food Co-op, dba Central Square Market, had an eighteen-year history and a big attractive new...

09 Jan 2004 #050 January - February - 1994
Cooperative Views - from Appalachia to Atlantic Canada
by Dave Gutknecht

An R. Crumb cartoon from the late 1960s (that is, before 1975...) showed a befuddled citizen wondering, "Is dis a movement?' I was left with the same feeling after last October's...

09 Jan 2004 #050 January - February - 1994
The Potential of a Cooperative System:
by Karen Zimbelman

"You clearly have a lot of very dedicated people working in co-ops in the States -- because there's only a limited co-op system here to support them."

--Eric...

09 Jan 2004 #050 January - February - 1994