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Confidentiality: An Issue for Co-op Boards
by Karen Zimbelman

The question of confidentiality for consumer cooperative boards of directors is one of the toughest issues facing them. On one hand, the American Bar Association recommends that directors deal in...

09 Jan 2004 #014 December - January - 1988
Conference Highlights Outstanding Contributions, Larger Challenges
by Dave Gutknecht

Directors, managers, staff, and allies of food co-ops met in Albuquerque during June 9–11 for the annual CCMA (Consumer Cooperative Management Association) conference. Outstanding individuals were...

22 Aug 2005 #119 July - August - 2005
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
Conducting Member Loan Campaigns
by Bill GessnerCooperatives need to pursue debt capital from members through the creation of member loan programs and member loan drives.

The purpose of this article is to suggest some of the basic principles and...

08 Jan 2004 #086 January - February - 2000
Competition Drives Co-op Improvements
by Patricia Cumbie

This article refers to graphs not available in this online version.  A pdf of complete article can be found below.

According to most indicators from the past year, food co-op...

19 Jan 2009 #132 September - October - 2007
Competition Drives Co-op Improvements
by Data Analysis Team

This article refers to graphs not available in this online version.  A pdf of complete article can be found below.

According to most indicators from the past year, food co-op...

19 Jan 2009 #132 September - October - 2007
Community Mercantile Meets Compressed Timeline
by Jeanie Wells

When you last read about Community Mercantile Co-op in Lawrence, Kansas, we had just barely survived Wild Oats coming to town. The article in the May-June 1997 edition of...

08 Jan 2004 #096 September - October - 2001
Community Mercantile Meets Compressed Timeline
by Nancy O'Connor

When you last read about Community Mercantile Co-op in Lawrence, Kansas, we had just barely survived Wild Oats coming to town. The article in the May-June 1997 edition of...

08 Jan 2004 #096 September - October - 2001
Community Food Co-op in Bellingham, Washington
by Staff

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03 Mar 2009 #141 March - April - 2009
Community Food Co-op
by Jim Ashby

Every day at a busy corner in downtown Bellingham, Washington, thousands of drivers gaze into a bright, bustling cafe. The building itself is an attention grabber, with striking...

09 Jan 2004 #061 November - December - 1995
Communicating "Co-op"
by Peg Nolan

Membership is at the heart of cooperation. Cooperative membership is the driving force for an alternative economic system predicated upon user ownership and benefit. It's part and parcel of the...

07 Jan 2004 #103 November - December - 2002
Communicating "Co-op"
by Patricia Cumbie

Membership is at the heart of cooperation. Cooperative membership is the driving force for an alternative economic system predicated upon user ownership and benefit. It's part and parcel of the...

07 Jan 2004 #103 November - December - 2002
Common Ground Food Co-op
by Jacqueline Hannah

In the fall of 2007, an envelope landed on my desk at Common Ground Food Co-op (Champaign-Urbana, Ill.). Inside was a letter saying that our landlord of 33 years would be selling the building the...

19 Nov 2009 #145 November - December - 2009
Collective Management
by Bob Davis

There are some charts that are not included online, to view them download the pdf of article

The mere mention of worker collectives managing food co-ops sends most modern cooperators into a...

27 Dec 2008 #139 November - December - 2008
Collective Management
by Lori Burge

There are some charts that are not included online, to view them download the pdf of article

The mere mention of worker collectives managing food co-ops sends most modern cooperators into a...

27 Dec 2008 #139 November - December - 2008
Collaborative Strategies for Brand Management
by Ellen Michel

"There are no marketing emergencies,” Jeanne Lakso announced decisively at Marketing Matters 2013, the National Cooperative Grocers’ Association (NCGA) conference she helps design...

22 Aug 2013 #167 July-August 2013
Collaboration and Resilience
by Eric Deluca

What does it take to cultivate a resilient food system? Regional efforts underway in the Northeast and around the country suggest some inputs and practices that seem to be doing just that. These...

25 Oct 2010 #149 July - August - 2010*
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
CoCoFiSt Tools Boost Southeast Co-ops
by Mel Braverman

Editor's note: A new wave of acronyms has been spawned in the past three years by a data sharing program for co-op managers, CoCoFiSt: Common Cooperative Financial Statements, an innovative...

07 Jan 2004 #094 May - June - 2001
CoCoFiSt Data Sharing Strengthens Co-ops
by Joseph Jagiello

Retail food cooperatives have long valued their unique characteristics and independence. Current events in our industry have left many co-ops with declining market share, weak...

08 Jan 2004 #085 November - December - 1999
Co-Shop: Willy Street Co-op's online shopping and delivery service
by Brendon Smith

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In early 2006 Willy Street Co-op managers began creating a system for members to order our products online and have them delivered. Our Co-...

19 Jan 2009 #137 July - August - 2008
Co-ops' Global Identity

The international cooperative domain name, .coop, has now been joined to a cooperative marque or brand with the same letters.  Our national cross-sector cooperative trade organization, NCBA...

23 Jul 2014 • Endcap Articles
Co-ops to Classrooms
by Lisa Ford

Ask yourself this: How many of your local schools are using your co-op as a source of food and food education? If you would like to see that number increase, read on.

As our nation...

20 Jan 2009 #122 January - February - 2006
Co-ops Take Action on GMOs
by Lisa FordCo-ops Take Action on GMOs
07 Jan 2004 #105 March - April - 2003
Co-ops Support Weaver Street Market
by Mari Roseman

Weaver Street Market is the Southeast’s largest cooperatively owned grocery, with over 14,000 consumer and worker owners. It opened its first location in Carrboro, N.C. in June 1988. The...

22 Mar 2010 #147 March - April - 2010