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Preparing Our Future
by Dave Gutknecht

Articles on shaping our future and an annual conference with the theme “Forward!” suggest that food co-ops continue to look ahead and to plan major improvements. Expansion to more...

25 Mar 2014 #171 March-April 2014
Pricing for Results: Part 1
by Rex Stewart

Pricing is a crucial but often misunderstood aspect of retailing. Questions about pricing include the relation between margin and markup, the effect of lowering prices, how to price sale items,...

09 Jan 2004 #009 February - March - 1987
Principles and Values of Co-operative Sustainability
by Russ Christianson

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18 Jan 2009 #140 January - February - 2009
Principles of Domestic Fair Trade
by Domestic Fair Trade Working Group

In recent years, the international Fair Trade movement has gained momentum, reaching more producers, traders and consumers with its message of fairness and equity in global trade. Representing a...

29 Nov 2006 #127 November - December - 2006
Pro-consumer? An Exchange on Co-ops and the FDA
by Dave GutknechtPickford is "Disappointed" and Center for Science in the Public Interest says "Dangerous"

November 2, 1992

Editor, Cooperative Grocer:

I was...

09 Jan 2004 #044 January - February - 1993
Processing Plant Extends the Life of Local Produce
by Dean Williamson

Bozeman is home to the Community Food Co-op. It’s also home to mountains, cows, and hay fields, and for a large part of the year, winter. A long winter means a short season for growing...

09 Dec 2013 #169 Nov-Dec 2013
Produce Career: "If You're Gonna Stay, You Gotta Play"
by Mark Mulcahy

Let's see if this sounds familiar: You set a great produce stand, so beautiful people don't want to touch it.

You are loved by your customers; people come from miles around to see...

07 Jan 2004 #101 July - August - 2002
Produce Department Review
by Shade Gomez

The produce department, like any other department in a co-op, is there for the co-op's members. Serving them should be our major focus.

Starting with this...

09 Jan 2004 #064 May - June - 1996
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
Produce: Train, Train, Train
by Mark Mulcahy

What aspect of most produce departments is not given enough time or resources, yet can have the greatest impact on your crew's efficiency and positive attitude? If you guessed...

08 Jan 2004 #090 September - October - 2000
Project Management for Cooperatives
by Bill Gessner

Cooperatives undertaking special projects such as a move or major expansion should distinguish between "operations" and "project." I will make such a distinction, present a view of project...

09 Jan 2004 #046 May - June - 1993
Promoting Organizational Healing
by Ann Waterhouse

Ever heard the phrase, "Work smarter, not harder?" Ever wonder, as I have, exactly what that phrase means? T've thought about it for a while and have some thoughts I'd like to...

08 Jan 2004 #083 July - August - 1999
Promoting Pre-order Sales:
by Aspen OlmsteadThree years ago, members of the Syracuse (N.Y.) Real Food Cooperative were forced to vote on whether their retail co-op should declare bankruptcy. Today, three years later, Syracuse Real Food...
09 Jan 2004 #076 May - June - 1998
Promoting the Co-op Store
by Rex Stewart

"Do everything in your power to ensure the quality of your products and services before marketing your business," recommends the author of Guerrilla Marketing, Jay Conrad...

08 Jun 2004 #015 February - March - 1988
Promoting the Co-op Store
by Chris Quinn

"Do everything in your power to ensure the quality of your products and services before marketing your business," recommends the author of Guerrilla Marketing, Jay Conrad...

08 Jun 2004 #015 February - March - 1988
Promoting the International Year of Cooperatives
by StaffVideo Series on Food Co-ops

A video series, "Lights, Cameras, Co-ops: Exploring the Country's Thriving Food Co-ops" has been launched by the National Cooperative Grocers Association...

09 Apr 2012 #159 March - April - 2012
Prospects in Hard Times: Part 3
by Dave Gutknecht

[“Rootstock” Part 3: 2009, unpublished]

Think organic food. Think childcare and other essential services. Think community economic development and local lending. These are the kinds of...

20 Nov 2010 • Endcap Articles
Prospects: Year 1, 25, 40…
by Dave Gutknecht

Annual milestones and awards of recognition are noted here, with some food co-ops in year one and others now at age 40. For Cooperative Grocer, it is 25 years— and an excuse to offer some...

15 Jul 2010 #149 July - August - 2010*
Protecting Member Loan Programs
by Karen Zimbelman

As readers may recall, the U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a ruling specifically about co-op loan programs. In the case, Reves v. Ernst and Young, the court determined that some loans by...

09 Jan 2004 #035 July - August - 1991
Public History at the Co-op
by Craig Harris

In the summer of 2011, I was contemplating the daunting task of how to gather and recognize what would soon be 30 years of history for Tidal Creek Cooperative Food Market in Wilmington, N.C. My...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Public Ownership: "Socialism, American Style"

If cooperatives are an essential component of a fair economy, public ownership has an even bigger role.  Think essential infrastructure and services:  roads, water and other utilities,...

23 May 2013 • Endcap Articles
Public Programs for Organic Operations
by Cissy Bowman

Recent Farm Bills have established programs that provide financial assistance for organic folks, and there also are helpful services that are partly funded by United States Department of...

22 Mar 2010 #147 March - April - 2010
Pumping Deli Sales With Less Labor
by Allen SeidnerDoes every deli need a fully staffed work station? Despite the trend toward more complex, service-intensive deli programs, the results are only occasionally more profitable, and they always demand...
09 Jan 2004 #075 March - April - 1998
Pure Governance Versus Relative Governance
by Larry Sadler

To the editor:

As a student of cooperative governance I followed with interest the positions outlined by authors Donald Kreis and James Morgan [Cooperative Grocer #127 and #128]. My reaction...

15 May 2007 #130 May - June - 2007
Pursuing a Co-op Controlled Label
by Jeff Voltz

I am passionate about natural foods. I am passionate about co-ops. And I am passionate about success.

08 Jan 2004 #084 September - October - 1999