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Appreciating the Diversity of Member Needs and Motivations
by Marilyn Scholl

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In my work with food co-op boards and staff over the past 30 years, one of the questions I have often encountered is this: How can we get more people more involved at...

21 Jan 2009 #140 January - February - 2009
Approaching the Summit
by Stuart Reid

Last June, cooperators from across the country gathered in Austin, Texas, to build a vision for future food co-op development in the U.S. The Development Summit convened on the opening day of the...

25 Mar 2014 171 March-April 2014
Arcata: Double Trouble
by Taunya Stapp

Looking through the brochure for the CCMA conference this last June, I noticed a workshop entitled "Meeting First-Year Challenges After Expansion." My first thought was, "I could...

08 Jan 2004 #096 September - October - 2001
Are Co-op Employees More Satisfied? Surveys Say So
by Carolee Colter

Ten years ago Karen Zimbelman and I conducted our first employee survey. In 1996 we shared the trends we observed in surveys we'd done (Cooperative Grocer, No. 63, March-April 1996, "What Co-op...

27 Dec 2008 #101 July - August - 2002
Are You Certifiable?
by Mark Mulcahy

By Mark Mulcahy

One of the hottest topics in the retail environment is how the new Organic Rule will affect us. One of the main areas in question is the...

08 Jan 2004 #094 May - June - 2001
Are You Certifiable?
by Cissy Bowman

By Mark Mulcahy

One of the hottest topics in the retail environment is how the new Organic Rule will affect us. One of the main areas in question is the...

08 Jan 2004 #094 May - June - 2001
Are You Experienced?
by Walden Swanson

Want some good news? Co-op store productivity increased in the third quarter of 1998, when compared to the third quarter of 1997. (See Graph 1.)

Want some bad...

08 Jan 2004 #081 March - April - 1999
Are You Ready?
by Karen Zimbelman

There's not a lot of glamour in it. The "behind the scenes" work that goes into preparing for and planning board meetings may be tedious, time-consuming and very rarely acknowledged. And, to make...

09 Jan 2004 #021 February - March - 1989
Art Danforth
by Dave Gutknecht

Art Danforth died May 10, 1987, at the age of 74, after five decades of consumer cooperative activism and public service. He will be remembered, and missed, by many cooperators throughout North...

09 Jan 2004 #011 June - July - 1987
As Always, the Future Is Now
by Dave Gutknecht

Food co-ops have been key to reshaping the food economy in North America. They share credit for visible progress toward establishing sustainable production and generating public support for new...

20 Jan 2009 #123 March - April - 2006
Asking Powerful Questions
by Thane Joyal

“A vital question, a creative question, rivets our attention. All the creative power of our minds is focused on the question. Knowledge emerges in response to these compelling questions....

19 Nov 2009 #145 November - December - 2009
Assessing Board Performance
by Karen Zimbelman

Without a doubt, a co-op's board of directors plays a key role in the co-op's success. Yet too often, an assessment of the board's performance in that role is overlooked or...

09 Jan 2004 #060 September - October - 1995
Assessing Management Performance
by Karen Zimbelman

The good news is: you're not alone. Many co-op boards of directors and managers find the prospect of a formal management performance appraisal very uncomfortable to face.

The reasons cited...

09 Jan 2004 #009 February - March - 1987
Assessing Management Performance
by Geoffrey F. Smith

The good news is: you're not alone. Many co-op boards of directors and managers find the prospect of a formal management performance appraisal very uncomfortable to face.

The reasons cited...

09 Jan 2004 #009 February - March - 1987
Assessing the Adequacy of Your Co-op's Bylaws
by Laddie Lushin

Most food co-ops -- from the smallest to the very largest, including wholesale operations -- don't realize how bad their bylaws really are. Many small retails have bylaws that were originally...

09 Jan 2004 #019 October - November - 1988
Assessing the Big Picture
by George Southworth

This article will explore the issues and historical precedents that are driving the massive changes in the manufacture, distribution and sales of food in the United States and...

09 Jan 2004 #066 September - October - 1996
At 50, Japanese Co-ops Emphasize Education and Food Safety
by Japanese Consumers' Co-operative Union

Japan continues to experience a prolonged recession, so much so that some sectors of the economy, including grocery, are actually experiencing deflation. According to a NYT report (9/25),...

08 Jan 2004 #097 November - December - 2001
Atlantic Canada Merger After Eighteen Months
by Tom Webb

The fall 2000 merger of twenty-eight of Atlantic Canada's independent co-operative societies, with thirty-three stores and mounting losses, was a shotgun wedding. The choice facing each co-...

07 Jan 2004 #101 July - August - 2002
Atlantic Canadian Co-ops Meet Globalization, Plan Merger
by Tom WebbThirty years ago, Atlantic Canadians got their groceries from family grocery stores supplied by family owned wholesalers and the co-operative store. The co-operatives had emerged to protect people...
08 Jan 2004 #091 November - December - 2000
Avoiding Post-Expansion Burnout
by Carolee Colter

You’ve been working on this project for more than two years. After overcoming every obstacle, putting up with countless delays, raising hundreds of thousands in financing, moving all your...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
Avoiding Post-Expansion Burnout: The board of directors' role
by Bill Gessner

More than half of our food co-ops have engaged in planning and implementing an expansion project during the past three years. As demanding as these projects can be, the real challenge begins when...

21 Jan 2009 #120 September - October - 2005
Awards at CCMA for Cooperative Service and Retail Excellence
by Staff

The annual award for Cooperative Service went to Amber and Nicole Sallaberry of Reno, Nev., and the Cooperative Excellence Award went to Seward Co-op in Minneapolis, Minn. Co-ops with milestone...

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
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
Back on Our Feet
by Kelli Reese

Just over a year ago, Durango Natural Foods was in trouble. Our small Colorado store was 60 days past due with our primary supplier; shelves were bare, the shopping experience was unappealing, and...

19 Jan 2009 #136 may - june - 2008
Background: Lake Superior
by Sharon Murphy

Duluth, Minnesota: The night before we opened our new Whole Foods Cooperative location, we hosted a Premiere Party/35th Anniversary Party for our members. When the front doors opened, the sound of...

20 Jan 2009 #123 March - April - 2006