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Magic Mill Gains Co-op Market Share
by Mel Braverman 

 

Editor's Note: In recent years, there has been much growth in existing food co-ops, but only a few new retails. In some of these startup ventures, leadership by...

09 Jan 2004 #038 January - February - 1992
What Good Is A Business Plan?
by Mary Myers

Editor's note: This article is the first in a series of three articles on Business Plans for co-ops.

09 Jan 2004 #038 January - February - 1992
What Good Is A Business Plan?
by Walden Swanson

Editor's note: This article is the first in a series of three articles on Business Plans for co-ops.

09 Jan 2004 #038 January - February - 1992
Berkeley: Lessons for Co-op Leaders
by Karen Zimbelman

Editor's note: I published several thousand words of my own on the decline of the Berkeley Co-op and related lessons, three years ago in Cooperative Grocer #18 & 19 (1988)....

09 Jan 2004 #038 January - February - 1992
Co-op Principle 5: Continuous Education
by Fred Guy (adapted from Co-op Times)

One reason cooperatives need to educate about cooperatives is that assumptions about how businesses operate are not always appropriate to cooperatives. If co-op members, officers, and employees...

09 Jan 2004 #038 January - February - 1992
Babyseat Rental Program at Hanover Co-op
by Andrea Williams

As you climb the stairs to the offices above the food store at the Hanover Co-op, you can't help but notice all the babyseats stacked to the ceiling on the adjacent ledge. People comment on them...

09 Jan 2004 #038 January - February - 1992
Mississippi Market Manages Changes
by Mary Courteau

Mississippi Market operated for twelve years out of a rented building with 1,200 square feet of retail and 1,500 square feet of basement and backroom storage. We ultimately did $1,890,000 in...

09 Jan 2004 #039 March - April - 1992
Mississippi Market Manages Changes
by Paul Eaves

Mississippi Market operated for twelve years out of a rented building with 1,200 square feet of retail and 1,500 square feet of basement and backroom storage. We ultimately did $1,890,000 in...

09 Jan 2004 #039 March - April - 1992
Tucson Co-ops Recover
by Dave Gutknecht

After fifteen months of debt-heavy operations, Tucson's Food Conspiracy Cooperative closed its 24,000 square foot natural foods supermarket in mid-December. Hoping to save its original store, now...

09 Jan 2004 #039 March - April - 1992
Does Practice Reflect Purpose?
by Karen Zimbelman

Why is your co-op structured as a co-op? How important is your co-op structure to your daily operations? How much of a role does your co-op structure play in your marketing? your employee training...

09 Jan 2004 #039 March - April - 1992
Bellingham Co-op: Moving Down The Relocation Road
by Jim Ashby

This is the story of a relocation project with more lives than a cat. It has been near death many times and has come within a whisker of being a disaster more times than I care to remember. As I...

09 Jan 2004 #040 May - June - 1992
Co-ops and Environmental Action
by Dave Gutknecht

We have much that we can be proud of. Co-ops in numerous towns and cities are active players in their community's environmental affairs. Historically, some of the first basic consumer protection...

09 Jan 2004 #040 May - June - 1992
Michigan Federation Folds, Business Sold to North Farm
by Dave Gutknecht

Members of the Michigan Federation of Food Co-ops voted on February 29 to consolidate with North Farm Co-op, based in Madison, Wisconsin. The Ann Arbor warehouse has been closed and the federation...

09 Jan 2004 #040 May - June - 1992
Business Plans: Doing the Groundwork
by Mary MyersThis article Is the second in a series on business planning, based on the how-to manual Business Planning for Cooperatives, by Cooperative Development Services. The first article, "What Good is a...
09 Jan 2004 #040 May - June - 1992
Business Plans: Doing the Groundwork
by Walden SwansonThis article Is the second in a series on business planning, based on the how-to manual Business Planning for Cooperatives, by Cooperative Development Services. The first article, "What Good is a...
09 Jan 2004 #040 May - June - 1992
Employee Attitude Surveys
by Carolee Colter

It's a situation that many boards have wrestled with: how to measure and monitor an organization's performance beyond just the numbers from financial statements. There are many techniques for...

17 Dec 2008 #040 May - June - 1992
Employee Attitude Surveys
by Karen Zimbelman

It's a situation that many boards have wrestled with: how to measure and monitor an organization's performance beyond just the numbers from financial statements. There are many techniques for...

17 Dec 2008 #040 May - June - 1992
What We All Can Do Better
by Gregory O'Brien

Recent issues of this magazine have carried articles detailing the failure of expansions in several cooperative food stores. Not suprisingly, given the National Cooperative Bank's commitment to...

09 Jan 2004 #041 July - August - 1992
Less is More
by Chris Quinn

Price, profitability and productivity probably weigh heaviest on the decisions made by a grocery store manager. The effectiveness and relationship of the "three Ps" can mean the difference between...

09 Jan 2004 #041 July - August - 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
Buying Clubs: Competition or Opportunity?
by NE Cooperatives Management Team

Recently, the issue of buying clubs or preorder cooperatives buying their food wholesale has been raised in trade publications and elsewhere in the natural foods industry. We at Northeast...

09 Jan 2004 #042 September - October - 1992
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