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Co-opportunity Thrives Again
by Melody Washington

The story of Santa Monica's Co-opportunity is an arduous saga -- from early success, to the brink of failure, to its present very sound financial condition. When the cooperative opened its doors...

09 Jan 2004 #026 January - February - 1990
Getting and Giving Employment References
by Carolee Colter

An applicant's past performance in previous jobs is one of the best indicators you will get of how she will perform on the job. However, recent legal developments have changed the whole process of...

09 Jan 2004 #025 November - December - 1989
Store Security: Shoplifting Prevention and Internal Theft
by Karen Brown Shoplifting at the co-op! That just doesn't make sense. Why would anyone want to steal from this place? It's like stealing from yourself!

That's the kind of reaction I often encounter when...

09 Jan 2004 #025 November - December - 1989
Cooperative Capital and Member Equity Systems: The Heart of Cooperatives
by Dave Gutknecht

This section presents material intended to help readers active in the leadership of their cooperative to design and argue for an improved member equity system. Four co-ops are briefly surveyed...

09 Jan 2004 #025 November - December - 1989
Brattleboro Food Co-op: Coming of Age
by Connie Vial Green

In 1988, its thirteenth year, the Brattleboro Food Co-op more than doubled its size, changed its membership structure, remodeled an entire store and changed locations. You could say it was a busy...

09 Jan 2004 #024 September - October - 1989
Brattleboro Food Co-op: Coming of Age
by Alex Gyori

In 1988, its thirteenth year, the Brattleboro Food Co-op more than doubled its size, changed its membership structure, remodeled an entire store and changed locations. You could say it was a busy...

09 Jan 2004 #024 September - October - 1989
Growth Possibilities
by David Barry

Many cooperatives are considering issues relating to substantial growth. This article is based on material originally written for members of the Boston Food Co-op. But the specifics of our...

09 Jan 2004 #024 September - October - 1989
Co-op as Gift
by Dave Gutknecht

I read a lot of co-op newsletters, and by a combination of scanning and close reading learn a lot from them. Obviously, a site visit would be more informative, and a sight by means of one good...

09 Jan 2004 #024 September - October - 1989
Operating a Deli for Fun and Profit
by Rochelle Prunty

Our society's trend toward preparing fewer meals at home, combined with the rising popularity of natural foods and health consciousness, makes this a good time for natural foods retailers to...

09 Jan 2004 #024 September - October - 1989
Co-op Education is About Cooperatives
by Bob Schildgen

Co-op education is one of the most crucial yet least understood elements of the cooperative food business and of co-ops in general. At times it seems as if education is merely tolerated because...

09 Jan 2004 #024 September - October - 1989
Maintaining Store Equipment
by Phil Ricord

You may have heard the old line, "Is your refrigerator running? Well then, you better go catch it!" But improper equipment maintenance is no laughing matter; it can cost you money and customers....

09 Jan 2004 #023 July - August - 1989
Director Compensation: A Review of Practices
by Karen Zimbelman

This article is adapted from a previous Cooperative Grocer article by Karen Zimbelman and Margaret Goldstein. Resources include: "Study of Director Compensation" (Canadian Co-...

09 Jan 2004 #023 July - August - 1989
Opportunity Knocks
by Dave Gutknecht

This is a time of ever increasing awareness of food safety and the environmental damage being wrought by the dominant economic powers and their step child, petro-based agribusiness. To a lesser...

09 Jan 2004 #023 July - August - 1989
Davis Food Co-op: Turnaround Tale
by David Thompson

The Davis Food Co-op is having the best year in its 17 year history. With this year's sales projected at $3.8 million, active membership at 2100, and annual profitability expected to be 3 percent...

09 Jan 2004 #022 April - June - 1989
Equipment Acquistion: New or Used?
by Phil Ricord

Every store ends up looking for equipment, whether for a major remodeling and renovation or simply replacing aging physical assets. Prudent, informed decisions regarding equipment acquisition can...

09 Jan 2004 #022 April - June - 1989
Improving Performance: Conducting a Traffic Flow Analysis
by Chris QuinnLAYOUT PRINCIPLESDepartmentalizeGroup items by commodityConsolidate to increase impactComplement productsDisperse volume and impulse itemsTie in slow moving commoditiesDraw shoppers into areasDisplay...
09 Jan 2004 #022 April - June - 1989
Improving Performance: Conducting a Traffic Flow Analysis
by Rex StewartLAYOUT PRINCIPLESDepartmentalizeGroup items by commodityConsolidate to increase impactComplement productsDisperse volume and impulse itemsTie in slow moving commoditiesDraw shoppers into areasDisplay...
09 Jan 2004 #022 April - June - 1989
Understanding Audits
by Randy Lee

Years ago, a few board members of our co-op felt the management had let things go to such a state that neither the board nor perhaps management had an adequate grip on what was going on. They...

09 Jan 2004 #022 April - June - 1989
Weaver Street Market: A modern day co-op story
by Chris Quinn

The story behind the creation of Weaver Street Market, a new community owned natural foods store in Carrboro, North Carolina, reads like a modern co-op fairy tale. What makes the tale so modern is...

09 Jan 2004 #021 February - March - 1989
Business Discounts for Co-op Members
by Tim Bernthal

What's so special about co-op membership? Why should I pay money to shop at a store, and what benefits do I get that I wouldn't get anywhere else? These questions are becoming more and more...

09 Jan 2004 #021 February - March - 1989
Member Labor:
by Gary Henderson

If your co-op depends to any degree on member labor, you are naturally concerned about the effectiveness of that aspect of the co-op's operation. But the complexity of the roles people play in a...

09 Jan 2004 #021 February - March - 1989
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
Who Does What in Personnel
by Carolee Colter

In a previous article ("Enjoying Employing," Cooperative Grocer #18, August-September 1988), I discussed the players and their respective roles in development of personnel policy. This article...

09 Jan 2004 #020 December - January - 1988
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