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Disappearing Distributors
by Dave Gutknecht

This edition's stories on the demise of two cooperative distributors, Mountain Warehouse and WholeFood Express, prompt some further reflections on the state of food cooperative retails and their...

09 Jan 2004 #037 November - December - 1991
Closing Mountain Warehouse
by Joel Landau

Mountain Warehouse was a cooperatively owned distributor of natural foods, with 1990 sales of $2.2 million. Located in Durham, North Carolina, it serviced accounts throughout North Carolina and...

09 Jan 2004 #037 November - December - 1991
Setting Up The New Meat Department
by Mark Braskie

Since the reason for establishing a retail meat department is to expand the line of product and provide additional service to the customer while enjoying increased sales and gross profit, careful...

09 Jan 2004 #037 November - December - 1991
A "Non-Working, Non-Worrying" Member
by Paul Cultrera

"Non-Working, Non-Worrying" member Paul Cultrera responds to the article about exemptions for co-op member labor programs in the July-August 1991 issue of Cooperative Grocer by Shady DeJong and...

09 Jan 2004 #036 September - October - 1991
Creating a Co-op Niche
by Fred Stapenhorst

Who are we marketing to? Who is our primary competition? What is the demographic profile of the population that is inclined to shop in our stores? What is our buying power in relation to other...

09 Jan 2004 #036 September - October - 1991
Exemption Sought For Co-op Member Labor Programs
by Staff

[Shady DeJong and Kathleen Campbell from La Montanita Food Co-op contributed the following report.]

When La Montanita Food Co-op was told by the Labor Department that our participating...

09 Jan 2004 #035 July - August - 1991
Protecting Member Loan Programs
by Karen Zimbelman

As readers may recall, the U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a ruling specifically about co-op loan programs. In the case, Reves v. Ernst and Young, the court determined that some loans by...

09 Jan 2004 #035 July - August - 1991
Cambridge Central Square Saga
by Richard Short

Don't expect your trip to a new store to exactly follow your best laid plans. You will experience some detours and surprises.

We've just completed the expansion and relocation ofthe...

09 Jan 2004 #034 May - June - 1991
Two Co-ops, One General Manager
by Dave Berner

Can two cooperatives, both successful natural food retails, share a general manager? For a year ending this past April, Davis Food Co-op and Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, two stores 15 miles...

09 Jan 2004 #034 May - June - 1991
Who Benefits From Co-op Member Labor?
by Dave Gutknecht

Recent applications of Department of Labor minimum wage and related requirements to co-op member labor -- where members receive a discount on purchases in exchange for co-op work -- have...

09 Jan 2004 #034 May - June - 1991
Tax Deduction Supports Accessible Remodeling
by Dave Gutknecht

Proposed rules requiring handicapped accessibility for retail businesses and public establishments of all types were announced in January 1991 by the U.S. government -- the latest step in...

09 Jan 2004 #033 March - April - 1991
Preparing For Expansion
by Bill GessnerLosing Market Share?

Many of today's retail food cooperatives now have a history of ten to twenty years. Meanwhile, the natural foods industry and the natural foods market that co-ops helped...

09 Jan 2004 #033 March - April - 1991
Orienting New Co-op Workers
by Carolee Colter

Orientation:a familiarization with and adaptation to a situation or environment."

Recently hired people need training both in skills and tasks required for their newjobs, and in the...

09 Jan 2004 #033 March - April - 1991
Securities Laws And Co-op Member Loan Programs
by Laddie Lushin

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision that will have dramatic implications for co-op member loan programs. No longer may loan solicitations be casually and informally conducted...

09 Jan 2004 #033 March - April - 1991
"We Live In A Political World"
by Dave Gutknecht

For many of us, pursuing careers in cooperatives is a means of applying, through the institutions we build by our daily work, principles that evoke a world of social justice. Perhaps -- in the...

09 Jan 2004 #033 March - April - 1991
Village Cooperation Builds A General Store
by Julie Shively

The Village Cooperative is a rural co-op located in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, not far from the Connecticut River. We grew out of a buying club started in the mid-1970s, evolving...

09 Jan 2004 #032 January - February - 1991
Member Labor, Member Loans Threatened
by Dave Gutknecht

During 1990, long-standing but little noticed regulatory threats to member labor and member loan programs were carried out against cooperatives.

26 Jan 2010 #032 January - February - 1991
Putting Your Best Slate Forward
by Mari Hooten Lee

Some co-op leaders consider their organizations fortunate to find enough people just to fill the vacant seats on the board. But warm bodies are never enough. And imagine the stakes when, as at...

09 Jan 2004 #031 November - December - 1990
A Conversation With Mark Ritchie on Food and Co-ops
by Dave Gutknecht

 

Bruce Bacon is a community activist and market gardener in Ramsey, Minnesota.

Dave Gutknecht has been working with food cooperatives since the early 1970s, and is the publisher...

09 Jan 2004 #030 September - October - 1990
Turnover or Tenure:
by Karen Zimbelman

For some, the subject of limited terms for directors inspires passionate debate; for others the idea of limiting directors' service seems so improbable as to be laughable. Indeed, many food co-ops...

09 Jan 2004 #030 September - October - 1990
Hello Goodbye: Conducting Exit Interviews
by Carolee ColterYou may -- or may not! -- miss someone when they're gone.

In either case, holding exit interviews with departing staff will provide the co-op with valuable information to improve operations. It...

09 Jan 2004 #029 July - August - 1990
From a Monocultural to a Multicultural Organization
by Katja Hahn D'Errico

In my first article, I talked about the culture of U.S. and Canadian co-ops and noted how they were distinctly different from the mainstream white culture. I also raised questions around the lack...

09 Jan 2004 #029 July - August - 1990
Making the Minutes "Ours"
by Karen Zimbelman

Ever read over the minutes of a meeting and ask yoursel, "Did I attend that meeting?" Or, even worse, do you ever skip reading the minutes from your previous board meeting because they're so long...

09 Jan 2004 #029 July - August - 1990
Co-ops and the Three R's
by Dave Gutknecht

If each day is indeed Earth Day, we all must learn and relearn the new "Three Rs": reduce, reuse, recycle.

Just these three words by themselves are worth repeating, if only to make...

09 Jan 2004 #028 May - June - 1990
New Leaf Market Finds New Life
by Gretchen Hardin

Looking at New Leaf Market now, it would be hard to discern any of its history The new and sparkling clean store gives no hint of the struggles that this cooperative has overcome. Aisles are full...

09 Jan 2004 #027 March - April - 1990