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UK: Aging Co-ops at a Crossroad
by Cynthia Boudreau

Not too long ago, the Oxford, Swindon & Gloucester Co-operative Society Limited (O, S & G), in the United Kingdom, faced a difficult situation. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, it twice...

07 Jan 2004 #097 November - December - 2001
Uncovering History of Cooperatives, Labor and Communities
by Stuart Reid

John Curl has documented a part of America’s cooperative history that few of us are aware of. This book was clearly a labor of love and the result of extensive research into the history of the...

31 Dec 2009 #146 January - February - 2010
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
Understanding Distributor Dynamics
by George Southworth

We see several positive trends of cooperation between stores and their distributors. These are lowering the cost of goods in several categories and increasing the competitiveness...

09 Jan 2004 #075 March - April - 1998
Understanding Distributor Dynamics
by John Hatton

We see several positive trends of cooperation between stores and their distributors. These are lowering the cost of goods in several categories and increasing the competitiveness...

09 Jan 2004 #075 March - April - 1998
Understanding Financial Ratios
by Scott Beers

This month we study a case example of how the ratios presented in Cooperative Grocer can be used to analyze a co-op's financial position and direction. We are grateful that Ocean...

10 May 2011 #074 January - February - 1998
Understanding Financial Ratios
by Margaret Lund

This month we study a case example of how the ratios presented in Cooperative Grocer can be used to analyze a co-op's financial position and direction. We are grateful that Ocean...

10 May 2011 #074 January - February - 1998
Understanding Marketing Research
by Debbie Suassuna

In order to improve overall sales performance and compete effectively against other food stores, food co-ops can choose from several types of market research tools. Generally speaking, the results...

15 Oct 2010 #149 July - August - 2010*
Understanding Organics
by Cissy Bowman

Organics have a new look now, offering retailers a chance to educate customers and staff. Beyond GORP (Good Organic Retailing Practices) and retailer certification, there is further need for...

07 Jan 2004 #104 January - February - 2003
Understanding the ULCAA
by Lynn Pitman

Since 2001, new cooperative laws have been adopted in five states—Wyoming, Tennessee, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin—and introduced in the Nebraska state legislature. These laws do not replace...

08 Dec 2010 #151 November - December 2010
Updating Trends in General Manager Compensation
by Carolee Colter

Note: There are additional charts in the pdf version of the story.

Several years ago in this magazine, Mark Goehring and I proposed a new process for management compensation (CG #134, Jan.–...

05 Oct 2011 #156 September - October - 2011
USDA Power Grab on Organics
by Mark Kastel

The USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) stands accused of a power grab after changing a fundamental decision-making process impacting organic food and agriculture. Miles McEvoy, the NOP...

25 Mar 2014 171 March-April 2014
Using Brokers Successfully
by James Watts

Buyers that I meet at trade shows and conferences most often describe brokers to me in less than glowing terms. Some buyers complain that brokers "steal their time" or "don't have...

09 Jan 2004 #076 May - June - 1998
Using Policy Governance to Improve Board Leadership
by Marilyn Scholl

Food cooperatives around the country are talking about Policy Governance -- a system of board leadership developed by John Carver. While people are drawn to the simple logic behind Policy...

09 Jan 2004 #078 September - October - 1998
Using Survey Data to Improve Co-ops
by John Eicholz

Green Fields Market follows the annual Cooperative Grocer (CG) survey closely. For me, the survey and the accompanying analysis have been textbook lessons in cooperative finance. I...

07 Jan 2004 #095 July - August - 2001
Using the Spreadsheet Template
by Scott BeersCreating a good template for financial planning is an investment on the co-op's part -- a darned good one.

Computer spreadsheets make the task of financial planning infinitely...

09 Jan 2004 #067 November - December - 1996
Using the Spreadsheet Template
by Margaret LundCreating a good template for financial planning is an investment on the co-op's part -- a darned good one.

Computer spreadsheets make the task of financial planning infinitely...

09 Jan 2004 #067 November - December - 1996
Valley Natural Foods Relocates
by Charli Mills

Five years ago, general manager Susan McGaughey and member-owners of Valley Natural Foods initiated the relocation project that led to the development of property on the Burnsville...

07 Jan 2004 #096 September - October - 2001
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
Visioning a Better Future of Business

Advocates of cooperatives need allies with compatible visions of social change – including, most challengingly, visions that assume limits to growth and capital.  The search for more...

02 May 2013 • Endcap Articles
Waking the Sleeping Giant
by Marilyn Scholl

Creating solutions begins with building the foundation for the future you want. One of the remarkable things about cooperation is that mutualism encourages solution-oriented growth, built on a...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
Waking the Sleeping Giant
by Joel Dahlgren

Creating solutions begins with building the foundation for the future you want. One of the remarkable things about cooperation is that mutualism encourages solution-oriented growth, built on a...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
Waking the Sleeping Giant
by Bruce Mayer

Creating solutions begins with building the foundation for the future you want. One of the remarkable things about cooperation is that mutualism encourages solution-oriented growth, built on a...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
Wanted: 25 million Grassroots Advocates
by Kathy LawrenceWanted: 25 million grassroots advocates for just and sustainable food systems.

Yes, 25 million.

Not 25,000 or even 250,000. We want millions of Americans from all walks of...

07 Jan 2004 #102 September - October - 2002
Warehouses Test Cooperation Among Co-ops
by Earl Goddin

While I will throw in my two cents on the debate as to why the food cooperative movement is achieving far less than its potential, let me be clear that my primary purpose in writing this is to...

09 Jan 2004 #010 April - May - 1987