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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
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
Development Directions, Part 2
by Dave Gutknecht

In Part 1, "Turning Points and Lessons," I discussed the decline of two major cooperatives -- the Consumers Cooperative of Berkeley (C.C.B.) stores and DANCe (Distributing Alliance of the...

31 Jan 2009 #019 October - November - 1988
Defining Your Market -- With a Response
by Robert Sommer

Many co-op leaders resist attempts to define a "co-op market." A survey that describes food co-op shoppers as young, well educated, nutrition conscious, and ecology oriented, would be rejected as...

09 Jan 2004 #019 October - November - 1988
Defining Your Market -- With a Response
by Dave Gutknecht

Many co-op leaders resist attempts to define a "co-op market." A survey that describes food co-op shoppers as young, well educated, nutrition conscious, and ecology oriented, would be rejected as...

09 Jan 2004 #019 October - November - 1988
Enjoying Employing
by Carolee Colter

"The board makes policy and management implements policy." It sounds so simple. But developing and administering personnel policy in your particular co-op may get confusing. Personnel issues carry...

09 Jan 2004 #018 August - September - 1988
Development Directions
by Dave Gutknecht

The imminent forced sale of two major food co-ops -- Consumers Cooperative of Berkeley (C.C. Berkeley) and the Distributing Alliance of the Northcountry Cooperatives (DANCe) -- prompts me to look...

09 Jan 2004 #018 August - September - 1988
Controlling Your Inventory
by Chris Quinn

Why implement an inventory control system? For one thing, it can reduce the cost of running your business. Furthermore, it can improve customer service through lower out of stocks. And the best...

09 Jan 2004 #017 June - July - 1988
Controlling Your Inventory
by Rex Stewart

Why implement an inventory control system? For one thing, it can reduce the cost of running your business. Furthermore, it can improve customer service through lower out of stocks. And the best...

09 Jan 2004 #017 June - July - 1988
Should Co-op Staff Serve As Directors?
by Karen Zimbelman

The question of whether co~op employees should be allowed to serve as voting members of a board of directors is one that many food co-ops give serious consideration to and wrestle with. For co-ops...

09 Jan 2004 #017 June - July - 1988
Dressed to Sell
by Phil Ricord

All too frequently, retail co-ops concentrate on lofty concepts involving things such as global food distribution ethics while overlooking the basics. But let's face it folks: If we're going to...

09 Jan 2004 #017 June - July - 1988
Practicing the Art of Uncommon Courtesy
by Dale Bramhall

Every business activity affects the customer either directly or indirectly. The first step toward improving customer service is to develop a service attitude and to turn our attention to making...

09 Jan 2004 #016 April - May - 1988