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Wheatsville's BIG Direction
by Rose Marie Klee

 

In Austin, Texas, Wheatsville Co-op is taking a BIG Direction: "Business Is Good." Wheatsville's BIG Direction is the general manager's interpretation of our Ends -...

03 Jun 2013 #166 May-June 2013
When a Natural Foods Supermarket Arrives in Town, the Co-op Changes.
by Staff"Prospects look pretty good for the co-op"Weaver Street Market

Carrboro, North Carolina 10,000 sq. ft. totaI/7500retail; $3.8M 1993 sales. Target markets: urban population 40,000,...

09 Jan 2004 #053 July - August - 1994
When the Egg Thing Broke
by Dave Gutknecht

The risk of salmonella poisoning at poultry operations with atrocious practices led to a massive egg recall totaling over 500 million eggs and reaching more than 22 states.  It is driving...

05 Sep 2010 • Endcap Articles
When the Price Is Right
by Rex Stewart

Customers are complaining, "Prices are too high"; "Safeway only charges 98 cents for milk"; "Your produce prices are too high." Yet, at the same tirne, your gross margin is only 24 percent, and...

09 Jan 2004 #010 April - May - 1987
When the Weather Gets Rough, Co-ops Are Tough
by Tom Webb

The late 2000 merger of 28 community-based co-operatives in Atlantic Canada was a gutsy move to maintain a co-operative alternative in as many communities. The result was Consumers Community Co-...

29 Dec 2003 #110 January - February - 2004
Where Are You Growing?
by Mark Mulcahy

Let’s say you have your labor in line, your margin has been consistent, and your sales have been steady. Now is a good time to review the horizon and set sails for the growth ahead. A couple of...

21 Jan 2009 #121 November - December - 2005
Where There’s Fire There’s Water
by Annie Gaillard

The day after Thanksgiving is usually a crazy time for retail. In a food store you will unlock the store to begin a major restocking project after the first of the two big eating holidays. But in...

26 Jan 2007 #128 January - February - 2007
Where We Are, Where We’re Going
by Dave Gutknecht

This edition’s annual survey of food co-op performance highlights largely healthy operations and continuing strong sales growth among these community-based businesses. And the review of the task...

21 Jan 2009 #119 July - August - 2005
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
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
Who’s Driving the Bus?
by Carolee Colter

As we go about our work of assessing organizational structures and conducting employee surveys in food co-ops, we frequently encounter an ongoing struggle between the marketing department (or lone...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Who’s Driving the Bus?
by Jeanie Wells

As we go about our work of assessing organizational structures and conducting employee surveys in food co-ops, we frequently encounter an ongoing struggle between the marketing department (or lone...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Who’s Watching Member Labor in Retail Food Cooperatives?
by Thane Joyal

When many retail food cooperatives were formed in the 1970s, the distinctions among worker cooperatives, consumer cooperatives and not-for-profit corporations were not considered to be barriers to...

18 Jan 2012 #158 January - February - 2012
Why (Some) New Co-ops Fail
by Stuart Reid

The mayor spoke at the co-op’s ribbon cutting, and it seemed like the whole town turned out to celebrate. The local paper wrote excitedly about the new grocery store. The future seemed...

04 Dec 2012 #163 November-December 2012
Why a Human Resources Audit?
by Carolee Colter

An audit can be described as an unbiased examination and evaluation of systems and processes of an organization in order to demonstrate whether they are in compliance with a standard. The human...

07 Aug 2012 #161 July - August - 2012
Why a Human Resources Audit?
by Helena O'Connor

An audit can be described as an unbiased examination and evaluation of systems and processes of an organization in order to demonstrate whether they are in compliance with a standard. The human...

07 Aug 2012 #161 July - August - 2012
Why Accounting Standards Matter
by Mary Griffin

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27 Dec 2008 #139 November - December - 2008
Why Co-ops Die: An Exchange
by Robert GrottWhy Co-ops Die: An Historical Analysis

By Robert Grott

09 Jan 2004 #009 February - March - 1987
Why Co-ops Die: An Exchange
by Jesse SingermanWhy Co-ops Die: An Historical Analysis

By Robert Grott

09 Jan 2004 #009 February - March - 1987
Why Co-ops Die: An Exchange
by Dave GutknechtWhy Co-ops Die: An Historical Analysis

By Robert Grott

09 Jan 2004 #009 February - March - 1987
Will You Burn Bright or Burn Out?
by Mark MulcahySuggestions for avoiding "fatigue brought about by devotion to a cause, a way of life, or a relationship that failed to produce the expected reward."

Neil Young's anthem on his "...

08 Jan 2004 #086 January - February - 2000
Willy Street Co-op Triples Production Space at New Off-Site Kitchen
by Anya Firszt

There is nothing like change to make a financially sound, managerially strong, three-decade-old business feel like a tyro. Just ask at Williamson Street Grocery Co-op in Madison, Wisconsin.

21 Jan 2009 #118 May - June - 2005
Winning Customer Service
by Steve Rosen

Webster's Dictionary defines the word extinct as follows:

Having died down; extinguished.No longer in existence.

We all know about things that are extinct:...

09 Jan 2004 #069 March - April - 1997
Working Together for Our Mutual Benefit
by Michelle Schry

Food co-ops are experts at doing things the hard way. We are grassroots organizations—it comes with the territory. People’s Food Co-op (PFC) in La Crosse, Wis., and the Rochester Good...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Working Together Toward Sustainable Business
by Ginger Oppenheimer

Like many co-ops of the 1970s, the Community Food Co-op in Bellingham, Washington, began as a small natural-foods store, idealism fueling its birth and early growth. The store outgrew its 900...

21 Jan 2009 #118 May - June - 2005