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To Condemn or To Condone?
by Karen Zimbelman

"A grievance has been filed against the co-op." These words almost invariably cause an immediate emotional reaction in everyone connected to the co-op. Hardly anyone is untouched...

09 Jan 2004 #055 November - December - 1994
TPP: Poison for Community Resilience

Congress is being asked to “fast-track” the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would prevent many of its outrageous provisions, designed by and for multinational corporations, from...

16 Jan 2014 • Endcap Articles
Tracking the Co-op’s Local Impact
by Tim BartlettIt’s a common story. My family started one of the oldest farms in our region, and up until 1988 my uncle ran a dairy business that sold its milk through a local marketing cooperative. Now there is a...
02 Jun 2004 #112 May - June - 2004
Transforming Meade Street into Green Street
by Rob Baran

Late last summer, as part of its commitment to local agriculture, Pittsburgh’s East End Food Co-op began investigating the possibility of developing an urban farm. This project brought us into...

19 Jan 2009 #133 November - December - 2007
Transforming Meade Street into Green Street
by Jennifer English

Late last summer, as part of its commitment to local agriculture, Pittsburgh’s East End Food Co-op began investigating the possibility of developing an urban farm. This project brought us into...

19 Jan 2009 #133 November - December - 2007
Transforming Workplace Culture
by Carolee Colter

"Culture" maybe hard to define, but the signs of a dysfunctional workplace culture are hard to ignore. Do any of these sound like your co-op?

08 Jan 2004 #074 January - February - 1998
Transitioning to a Restructured Organization
by Robynn Shrader

On May 4, at a special meeting of the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) membership, the membership directed management to proceed with the reorganization as detailed in the...

26 Aug 2004 #113 July - August - 2004
Translating Operations into Financial Statements
by Scott Beers

Good systems show themselves by not showing themselves at all. In a well run store, product, people, and purchases flow in and out in a seemingly effortless ebb and flow. Only from...

09 Jan 2004 #069 March - April - 1997
Translating Operations into Financial Statements
by Margaret Lund

Good systems show themselves by not showing themselves at all. In a well run store, product, people, and purchases flow in and out in a seemingly effortless ebb and flow. Only from...

09 Jan 2004 #069 March - April - 1997
Truckload Sales Drive Value
by Jennifer Hileman

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Bloomingfoods Cooperative has been holding Truckload Sales since 1999. Twice each year (spring and fall) groceries, coolers and freezers, carts, cash registers and...

27 Dec 2008 #138 September - October - 2008
Tucson Co-ops Recover
by Dave Gutknecht

After fifteen months of debt-heavy operations, Tucson's Food Conspiracy Cooperative closed its 24,000 square foot natural foods supermarket in mid-December. Hoping to save its original store, now...

09 Jan 2004 #039 March - April - 1992
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
Twenty Years Before the Masthead
by Dave Gutknecht

This edition completes 20 years of Cooperative Grocer, an event that is of small significance but which prompts my gratitude: for work, service, and relations of solidarity with so many fine...

21 Jan 2009 #120 September - October - 2005
Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation Celebrates 50 Years
by David Thompson

Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation (TPCF), founded in late 1964, is in its 50th year. TPCF sponsors the locally directed Cooperative Community Fund (CCF) program. There are now 29 food co-ops...

25 Aug 2014 173 July - August 2014
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
Two Faces of Customer Service
by Mari Roseman

Mike dropped by the co-op to grab a sandwich for a quick lunch. He brought his purchase to the checkout counter, relieved to see the cashier had nearly finished with the customer ahead of him....

03 Feb 2011 #152 January - February - 2011
Two Stores and Growing: Bloomingfoods Market and Deli
by George Huntington

Nestled in the rolling hills of southern Indiana, Bloomington is an oasis of natural beauty and culture and is home to Indiana University, the state's largest school. Bloomingfoods...

08 Jan 2004 #081 March - April - 1999
U.K. Cooperatives on the Move
by David Thompson

The face of Britain’s consumer cooperatives has changed dramatically over the past decade. A once shrinking sector is on the move. A generation of co-op leaders born around World War II (1939–45)...

20 Jan 2009 #127 November - December - 2006
U.S. Worker Co-ops Unite!
by Jane Livingston

At their founding convention in late May, the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives and Democratic Workplaces set some ambitious goals. Co-op grocery stores and co-op businesses that...

26 Aug 2004 #113 July - August - 2004
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