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Formulating a Market Strategy
by Rex Stewart

In the previous article, we talked primarily about tools to determine your market niche and ways to utilize these tools in gathering information to determine your store's market position. With...

09 Jan 2004 #006 August - September - 1986
Director Compensation: They Deserve It -- Or Should
by Karen Zimbelman

[Written with the assistance of Margaret Goldstein and Josh Cohen.]

Director compensation: the idea is commanding more and more attention among smaller cooperatives. Leadership and...

09 Jan 2004 #005 June - July - 1986
Determining Your Market Niche
by Rex Stewart

We are cooperatives out there -- that much we know. But what does that mean as far as your store's niche in a marketplace of food stores? "Co-op" can and has at any given time served many...

09 Jan 2004 #005 June - July - 1986
Stormy Weather in California
by Dave Gutknecht

The past year has been a difficult one for Associated Cooperatives Inc. (ACI), the wholesale in Richmond, California, and for some of its member retail co-ops.

09 Jan 2004 #004 April - May - 1986
Duties and Responsibilities of Cooperative Board Members
by Kathryn Sedo

Members of the board of directors of a cooperative have the same duties and responsibilities as do board members of any other business. In addition, they have a few other responsibilities that...

09 Jan 2004 #004 April - May - 1986
Keeping Staff Committed to the Cooperative
by Carolee Colter

Staff turnover may not be measurable in costs, but it can seriously cripple a co-op. All employees of more than a few months represent a significant investment in training. A long term worker who...

09 Jan 2004 #003 February - March - 1986
Mail Balloting or Member Meetings?
by Harrison DrinkwaterPick One: Quantity or Quality

By Harrison Drinkwater

"The day we lost the Co-op was the day we switched to mail ballots," said Michael O'Reilly,* a former president of the Vermont Electricity...

09 Jan 2004 #003 February - March - 1986
Editorial
by Dave Gutknecht

The retails where Cooperative Grocer is read exist in a very wide variety of markets, from small town to large metropolis, across the U.S. and Canada. While almost all of these stores are...

09 Jan 2004 #135, March-April 2008
Director Recruitment: The Nominations Process
by Karen Zimbelman

It's true. The responsibilities of being a director usually become so consuming that not much time ends up being devoted to thinking about upcoming elections. For many co-ops, the "recruitment and...

04 Jan 2011 #002 December - January - 1985
New Pioneer: Successful by Working on the Basics
by John Higgins

In 1981, New Pioneer Co-op was a small, floundering storefront with stagnant sales growth, unpredictable margin, infighting, and poor capitalization. This scenario has given way to a relatively...

09 Jan 2004 #001 October - November - 1985
Hold the Cesium, Please! (It Won't be on the Label)
by Dave Gutknecht

The disasters wrought by petrochemical farming are in the news, so much so that one forgets what happened only two years ago. And this forgetting, too, is part of the problem.

Remember the...

09 Jan 2004 #001 October - November - 1985
Keeping Our Mission, Changing Our System
by John Sechrest

The First Alternative in Corvallis, Oregon, is a cooperative grocery largely run by working members. We started in 1970 with a group of 100 people and have grown from the first full year's sales...

09 Jan 2004 #001 October - November - 1985
Keeping Our Mission, Changing Our System
by John Tappon

The First Alternative in Corvallis, Oregon, is a cooperative grocery largely run by working members. We started in 1970 with a group of 100 people and have grown from the first full year's sales...

09 Jan 2004 #001 October - November - 1985
Sales and Labor in 20 Retail Food Co-ops
by Dave GutknechtIntroduction

Having members of a retail food cooperative contribute labor toward the operation of their store is one of those practices that is wholly unnecessary or even undesirable in the eyes of...

09 Jan 2004 #001 October - November - 1985
Can Co-op Boards Do the Job?
by Karen Zimbelman

It will be no surprise to most Cooperative Grocer readers that there are those who think that consumer co-op boards of directors typically represent a weak link in the overall organizational...

09 Jan 2004 #001 October - November - 1985