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Ten Ways to Democratize the Economy

The Democracy Collaborative continues to issue valuable summaries of current efforts to build economic institutions and policies that will serve communities in a democratic manner.  Gar...

25 Sep 2013 • Endcap Articles
Terrible Fix, Farm Bill in "Uncharted Territory"

The nine-month “fix” in the farm bill is worse than nothing.  With the last-minute approval of this compromise, largely without debate, we lost relatively inexpensive yet...

21 Jan 2013 • Endcap Articles
The ABCs of POS
by Michael Copley

What point-of-sale (POS) system does your co-op use, and how well does it work for you?” “Should we be recording cost of product in our POS system?” “How do you create a...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
The Best Job Ever
by Nikla Lancksweert

The following statements were made by pre-teens and teenagers from Philadelphia public schools. Be warned—you’ll be shocked.

03 Feb 2011 #152 January - February - 2011
The Big Picture
by Dave Gutknecht

Here is another "big picture" edition, after the previous one's annual survey report.

The new Food Co-op Directory is the most complete such listing available...

08 Jan 2004 #090 September - October - 2000
The BIG Scoop
by Jennifer Callen

They don't call me "Binhead" for nothing -- I believe in Bulk! Unfortunately, word on the aisles is that Bulk has reached its plateau -- sales have flattened -- interest is dying...

09 Jan 2004 #079 November - December - 1998
The Board Role in the Accountability Stream
by Marilyn Scholl

Boards of directors are the critical link between owners and management in the accountability chain for a cooperative. If boards don’t have a good understanding of how accountability works or don’...

20 Jan 2009 #130 May - June - 2007
The Board's Role in Expansion Planning
by Sharon Lake

At the beginning of 1986, New Pioneer Co-op in Iowa City was thriving. In our 3300 square foot facility, we were setting new sales records regularly, and the store was bursting with merchandise...

09 Jan 2004 #020 December - January - 1988
The Board's Role in Expansion Planning
by Allison York

At the beginning of 1986, New Pioneer Co-op in Iowa City was thriving. In our 3300 square foot facility, we were setting new sales records regularly, and the store was bursting with merchandise...

09 Jan 2004 #020 December - January - 1988
The Buzz on Fair Trade
by Gael Orr

Once Again Nut Butter is an employee-owned company. Beekeeper sustainability projects and the establishment of fair trade infrastructure have been an important part of our work at Once...

05 Oct 2010 #150 September - October 2010
The Changing Face of Co-op Development
by Stuart Reid

How do you start a new retail food co-op? Can you give me a checklist and a budget? I’ll take it from there!

If only it were that easy. With hundreds of communities interested in opening new...

15 Oct 2010 #149 July - August - 2010*
The Co-op Difference and Capital
by Dave Gutknecht

What distinguishes the cooperative store from other retails will vary according to the features of the particular market the store is in and how the co-op has defined its niche in that market....

09 Jan 2004 #008 December - January - 1987
The Co-op Empowerment Stream
by Bill Gessner

Our cooperatives are truly empowering organizations, in origin and in practice, in vision and in mission, in theory and in action. Empowerment can be a simple and clarifying...

09 Jan 2004 #063 March - April - 1996
The Co-op that Changed the South
by David Thompson

It was a small cooperative store on a little-known island off the coast of South Carolina. During the harshest days of the civil rights struggle, embattled black leaders came through its doors...

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014
The Color of Dedication
by Barth Anderson

Stage three-and-a-half means "yellow," and yellow means "go, go, go" in the banana world.

26 Oct 2010 #150 September - October 2010
The Commons and Co-operative Commonwealth

The 19th century cooperative movement also originated the cooperative land trust.  Both are part of longstanding campaigns to preserve the commons and the commonwealth against private...

04 Dec 2013 • Endcap Articles
The Company Store and the Co-op Store
by Dave Gutknecht

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Economic news has everyone’s attention, and retailers must adapt to recession. Success in this new environment will require nimble management.

20 Mar 2009 #141 March - April - 2009
The Cooperative Economy Is Booming!
by Stuart Reid

Six years ago, Food Co-op 500 started with a ­volunteer task force and no staff. NCB/NCB Capital Impact donated some staff time (Richard Dines) to coordinate a round of seed grants and to assemble...

03 Feb 2011 #152 January - February - 2011
The Editor Notes
by Dave GutknechtThe Editor Notes
07 Jan 2004 #106 May - June - 2003
The Editor Notes
by Dave GutknechtValues and ends

This publication's editorial advisory board recently approved a statement of ends and values for Cooperative Grocer:

07 Jan 2004 #108 September - October - 2003
The Editor Notes
by Dave Gutknecht

Sid Pobihushchy offered thoughtful perspectives on co-op education and values at the June 2003 food co-op conference (see the July-August CG), and his remarks have now been posted at the CGIN (...

01 Dec 2003 #109 November - December - 2003
The Editor Notes
by Dave GutknechtNew tradition: thanks locally

At the farmers market or a co-op, I'm thankful for wonderful food and the hardworking producers who supply it. And when working I am gratified to be associated with...

29 Dec 2003 #110 January - February - 2004
The Editor Notes
by Dave Gutknecht

“Under construction” assumes multiple meanings when one is immersed in a project. Construction, whether of an organization or, as in my home case, a building, leads to reviewing matters such as...

28 Mar 2006 #112 May - June - 2004
The Editor Notes
by Dave Gutknecht

From rural Indiana to Japan, from Indonesia to Puget Sound, cooperatives are providing answers and a way forward in an environment of increasing challenges. Past issues of Cooperative Grocer have...

24 Apr 2008 #135 March - April - 2008
The Editor Notes: Co-op Milestones
by Dave Gutknecht

The annual food co-op conference provides important opportunities for recognizing achievements and inspiring more. Milestones of service by co-ops to their communities are announced along with...

28 Mar 2006 #113 July - August - 2004