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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
Local Buyers: Meet Local Growers
by Jack Laurent

The local growing season brings many opportunities to your co-op's produce section. Unlike the bigger chain supermarkets who buy primarily from large wholesalers, we have the flexibility to...

09 Jan 2004 #049 November - December - 1993
Staff Education Prevents A Generation Gap
by John Corbett

A key Rochdale cooperative principle is continuing education about cooperatives. It is ironic that co-ops often forget to apply this principle to their own employees.

There are many...

09 Jan 2004 #049 November - December - 1993
Member Discounts: Boon or Bane?
by Karen Zimbelman

Let's start with some numbers. A typical member invests $100 in the cooperative to join the co-op. In exchange for that investment, the member receives a 5 percent discount on all purchases. Let's...

09 Jan 2004 #049 November - December - 1993
A Greater Share in Your Future?
by David Thompson

The Davis Food Co-op capital plan is one that has developed step by step over the past eight years. It is not perfect, and were we starting from scratch might not be today's choice. On the other...

09 Jan 2004 #048 September - October - 1993
General Manager Evaluation:
by Karen Zimbelman

One morning Tim found a note in his mail box at the co-op when he arrived for work. It read, "We'll be here to do your evaluation at 4:30 today. See you then." It had been nineteen months since...

09 Jan 2004 #048 September - October - 1993
General Manager Evaluation:
by Carolee Colter

One morning Tim found a note in his mail box at the co-op when he arrived for work. It read, "We'll be here to do your evaluation at 4:30 today. See you then." It had been nineteen months since...

09 Jan 2004 #048 September - October - 1993
Cesar Chavez: His Lifelong Links With Cooperatives
by David Thompson

When Cesar Chavez died on April 23, 1993 the cooperative movement lost one of its great believers. From the moment Cesar became an organizer in his early twenties until the end of his life he was...

09 Jan 2004 #047 July - August - 1993
An Exchange on Regulation of Supplements
by Bruce SilvergladeBy Bruce Silverglade, Center for Science in the Public Interest

I would like to clear up some confusion regarding CSPI's position on dietary supplements. CSPI supports the right of consumers to...

09 Jan 2004 #047 July - August - 1993
Half Full -- and Half Empty
by Dave Gutknecht

Results from this year's Retail Cooperative Operations Survey show that 1992 was another year of strong growth and overall profitability for these stores. Sales for all retail cooperatives grew on...

09 Jan 2004 #047 July - August - 1993
Project Management for Cooperatives
by Bill Gessner

Cooperatives undertaking special projects such as a move or major expansion should distinguish between "operations" and "project." I will make such a distinction, present a view of project...

09 Jan 2004 #046 May - June - 1993
Cooperatives Face Diversity Challenges
by Dave Gutknecht

Some items in my mail recently underscore questions useful for any cooperative: Who are we serving? Where is the rest of our community? Are we truly encouraging participation and empowerment of...

09 Jan 2004 #046 May - June - 1993
A Participative Process of Cooperative Planning
by James Marshall

When Sandy Roberts joined the board of directors of Food Front Cooperative Grocery in 1989, she had experience as a strategic planning consultant, and hoped to have Food Front develop a strategic...

12 Jan 2004 #046 May - June - 1993
A Participative Process of Cooperative Planning
by Sandy Roberts

When Sandy Roberts joined the board of directors of Food Front Cooperative Grocery in 1989, she had experience as a strategic planning consultant, and hoped to have Food Front develop a strategic...

12 Jan 2004 #046 May - June - 1993
Pro-consumer? An Exchange on Co-ops and the FDA
by Dave GutknechtPickford is "Disappointed" and Center for Science in the Public Interest says "Dangerous"

November 2, 1992

Editor, Cooperative Grocer:

I was...

09 Jan 2004 #044 January - February - 1993
Americans with Disabilities Act: Reviewing Your Hiring Practices
by Carolee Colter

On July 26, 1992, businesses with at least 25 employees became subject to the Americans with Disabilities Act. On July 26, 1994, employers of at least 15 will be required to follow suit. The...

09 Jan 2004 #044 January - February - 1993
Should Co-op Staff Serve As Directors?
by Karen Zimbelman

Mary manages the co-op's produce department by day. Then, on a regular basis she joins other co-op board members to meet and review management's reports and recommendations. Mary...

09 Jan 2004 #044 January - February - 1993
What is the President's Job?
by Wendy Stafford

What does the president ofa cooperative's board of directors do? Over the years, Puget Consumers Co-op (PCC) has developed its job description for the board president to support an effectively run...

09 Jan 2004 #043 November - December - 1992
Creating Successful Food Demos
by Theresa Carbrey

Successful food programs can boost sales, educate shoppers, and build community support for your store. Your customers will enjoy the free sample, the friendly smile and the pleasant patter that...

09 Jan 2004 #043 November - December - 1992
Analyzing Your Store's Systems
by Mary MyersThis is the third in a series of articles based on Business Planning For Cooperatives, a manual published by Cooperative Development Services that provides step by step Instructions for writing...
09 Jan 2004 #042 September - October - 1992
Analyzing Your Store's Systems
by Walden SwansonThis is the third in a series of articles based on Business Planning For Cooperatives, a manual published by Cooperative Development Services that provides step by step Instructions for writing...
09 Jan 2004 #042 September - October - 1992
Member Labor Issues for Retail Food Co-ops
by Nancy Moore

In reviewing the problems encountered by food co-ops with member labor programs, I find that the situation hasn't changed much since I last wrote on this subject in 1983. A small number of co-ops...

09 Jan 2004 #042 September - October - 1992