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FMI Neighborhood Partnership Award Again Goes to a Co-op
by Dave Gutknecht1999: Hanover Co-op -- Harvest Partners Garden
08 Jan 2004 #091 November - December - 2000
E-Merging Co-ops
by Dave GutknechtCo-op solutions

Collaboration and communication among leading food co-op organizations are increasing. Still lacking a unified national program for their sector, many food co-ops...

08 Jan 2004 #091 November - December - 2000
What Cost Ignorance?
by Mark Mulcahy

I once saw a bumper sticker that said, "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance". I believe we are at a point in our industry where we are about to find out just how...

08 Jan 2004 #087 March - April - 2000
Diversity Training Challenges the Co-op
by Kari KaminskyIf one of the core values of the cooperative is that all individuals should be treated with respect,
08 Jan 2004 #087 March - April - 2000
Collaborating on Perishables
by Allen Seidner 

You don't have to be an industry insider to spot the difference between a grocery store with perishables teams that are sharp with creative cross-merchandising and one with...

08 Jan 2004 #088 May - June - 2000
Organic Cotton: Growing Need and Supply
by Mark Mulcahy

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08 Jan 2004 #091 November - December - 2000
SPECIAL REPORT: Cooperative Grocers Associations
by Robynn ShraderBy Robynn Shrader

08 Jan 2004 #088 May - June - 2000
Growing Co-op Community Foundations
by David ThompsonBy David Thompson

What if an article in Cooperative Grocer a decade from now began with the following?

During the past ten years, Cooperative Community Funds...

08 Jan 2004 #089 July - August - 2000
Retailer Organic Certification: Coming Soon to a Store Near You?
by Cissy BowmanBy Cissy Bowman

As we await the implementation of the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA), the question in the minds of most of this magazine's readers may be: "How will this affect...

08 Jan 2004 #091 November - December - 2000
Conference and Survey Show Stronger Co-ops, Yet Many Challenges Remain
by Dave Gutknecht

The results from this edition's Retail Operations Survey plus reports from the recent Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) conference provide many strong indicators of food co-op...

08 Jan 2004 #089 July - August - 2000
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
Blooming Prairie: "The most important strategies are those that strengthen our retail members."
by Jesse Singerman

As the market we helped to create undergoes dramatic and fundamental change, cooperative natural product distributors and retailers, the "new wave" of consumer cooperatives formed...

08 Jan 2004 #090 September - October - 2000
How Much Can I Borrow?
by Scott Beers

Every lender probably has experienced some version of the following exchange:

Lender: So, how much are you interested in borrowing? Borrower: Whatever you...

08 Jan 2004 #086 January - February - 2000
How Much Can I Borrow?
by Margaret Lund

Every lender probably has experienced some version of the following exchange:

Lender: So, how much are you interested in borrowing? Borrower: Whatever you...

08 Jan 2004 #086 January - February - 2000
The Big Picture
by Dave Gutknecht

Here is another "big picture" edition, after the previous one's annual survey report.

The new Food Co-op Directory is the most complete such listing available...

08 Jan 2004 #090 September - October - 2000
Atlantic Canadian Co-ops Meet Globalization, Plan Merger
by Tom WebbThirty years ago, Atlantic Canadians got their groceries from family grocery stores supplied by family owned wholesalers and the co-operative store. The co-operatives had emerged to protect people...
08 Jan 2004 #091 November - December - 2000
Co-op Advantage Program: Midwest Stores Cooperate
by Corinne Shindelar

Not a day goes by when the savvy retailer hasn't asked: How will my store continue to compete in an industry as dynamic as natural foods? Smart co-op retailers are looking to...

08 Jan 2004 #086 January - February - 2000
Advertising: Taking the Alternate Route
by Ric Tedford

The very nature of the cooperative grocery business is far from the mainstream, as can be noted in the cooperative principles that guide the operation of our stores. But the...

08 Jan 2004 #088 May - June - 2000
Planning Management Succession
by Carolee Colter

Say the board of directors at your co-op has adopted a set of policies to ensure a successor for the general manager. Now management's work begins.

08 Jan 2004 #085 November - December - 1999
Space Case: Make It Count
by Scott Beers

Look down -- you may be standing on a gold mine. Then again, your facility may be just a black hole you throw money down once a month.

08 Jan 2004 #082 May - June - 1999
Space Case: Make It Count
by Margaret Lund

Look down -- you may be standing on a gold mine. Then again, your facility may be just a black hole you throw money down once a month.

08 Jan 2004 #082 May - June - 1999
Produce Section Time Management
by Mark MulcahyReviewing how you spend your day can reveal some simple ways to regain lost minutes or hours.

I'd like to touch on a few areas of difficulty I run into most often in produce...

08 Jan 2004 #085 November - December - 1999
From Home to Peru and Back
by Dave Gutknecht

Readers may recall my report and editorial following a trip to Peru last year (CG #78, Sept-Oct. 1998). This past summer I was again able to accompany Rick Stewart of Frontier...

08 Jan 2004 #084 September - October - 1999
Strong Training in Operations: Important for Strong Co-ops!
by Patty Stockdale

Here is a solution for when you have poor or no retail training materials! The Basic Operations Training Resources are available for natural food retail cooperatives to use in...

08 Jan 2004 #080 January - February - 1999
Streamlined System Multiplies Members, Member Investment and Community Contributions
by Karen Jeffries

Two years ago, North Coast Co-op, operating two stores in Arcata and Eureka (California), streamlined its membership program. At the time, no one dreamed that this change would...

08 Jan 2004 #082 May - June - 1999