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Self-Financing Tool: Direct Public Offerings

What do the following have in common?  Real Pickles, a new worker cooperative in Massachusetts; Arroyo Food Co-op, a startup in Pasadena, Cal.; and People’s Community Market in Oakland...

02 Aug 2013 • Endcap Articles
Self-Help Wanted
by Dave Gutknecht

Spend most earnings now, or invest more in the future—what is the proper balance? We can see, in the current financial mess, some consequences of imbalance. For the sake of immediate benefits, the...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
Selling Clothing and Predicting the Future
by Jeanne Lakso

The store was packed with babies, toddlers, mommies, and daddies. Organic juice boxes and cookies helped keep the mini-mob under control, and conversations about potty training outnumbered other...

19 Jan 2009 #133 November - December - 2007
Senate Considers Deep Cuts to Organic and Sustainable Ag
by Dave Gutknecht

The National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture is urging immediate pressure on U.S. Senators to prevent deep cuts to funding of programs for organic and sustainable farming and food production...

04 Mar 2011 • Endcap Articles
Servant Leadership and Cooperation
by Joel Kopischke

“SERVANT AND LEADER. Can these two roles be fused in one real person, in all levels of status or calling? If so, can that person live and be productive in the real world of the present? My...

22 Aug 2013 #167 July-August 2013
Setting a Process for General Manager Compensation
by Carolee Colter

This article has charts and tables that are available here in pdf form

What are some words that come to mind when you think of general manager compensation? Uncomfortable. Problematic. Crazy...

19 Jan 2009 #134 Jan - Feb - 2008
Setting a Process for General Manager Compensation
by Mark Goehring

This article has charts and tables that are available here in pdf form

What are some words that come to mind when you think of general manager compensation? Uncomfortable. Problematic. Crazy...

19 Jan 2009 #134 Jan - Feb - 2008
Setting High Standards in Training
by Mark Mulcahy

A few months back, I picked up a copy of Business Week, and the whole magazine was about how to find and keep the next group of stars for your business. All the articles talked about something...

20 Jan 2009 #123 March - April - 2006
Setting Up The New Meat Department
by Mark Braskie

Since the reason for establishing a retail meat department is to expand the line of product and provide additional service to the customer while enjoying increased sales and gross profit, careful...

09 Jan 2004 #037 November - December - 1991
Seven Steps to a Successful Membership Drive
by Patricia Cumbie

The success or failure of your next membership drive hinges on more than signage, brochures and the free thing you give away to every new member who joins.


09 Jan 2004 #064 May - June - 1996
Seven Steps to Re-energize Your Cooperative Culture
by Adam Schwartz

"Culture is to an organization what water is to a fish—it is the environment that exists all around us."

If I asked you to describe the culture of your food co-op in one...

03 Jun 2013 #166 May-June 2013
Seward Co-op Opens New Store in Minneapolis
by Staff

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In Minneapolis, Minn., Seward Co-op opened its new 25,600-square-foot facility Jan. 8, 2009. The $10.5 ­million project ­relocated the store seven blocks east of its...

03 Mar 2009 #141 March - April - 2009
Share the Pain, Share the Gain: Co-ops network to improve Point of Sale
by Ellen Michel

Changes to POS systems are inevitably stressful, as Liz McMann notes in her article. Anticipating such challenges, Andrea Becker, who provides technical support at Bloomingfoods in Bloomington,...

24 Apr 2008 #135 March - April - 2008
Shared Co-op Values, Multiple Stakeholders
by Dave Gutknecht

Are cooperatives ready for new challenges? They are receiving greater attention as a democratic means for addressing social and economic needs—and those needs are growing. Along with record levels...

05 Jan 2010 #146 January - February - 2010
Sharing Passions and Expertise with Startups
by Jake Schlachter

On a Monday in May, I addressed a room crowded with attentive listeners who had come to hear how to add an income-generating activity to their food co-op organizing efforts. They were 127 people...

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
Sharing the Wealth of Knowledge
by Stuart Reid
22 Sep 2009 #144 September - October - 2009
Sharpening Our Focus
by Dan Gillotte

Historically, Wheatsville was a co-op that hung on and survived in the Austin, Texas, market, with some years of losses mixed with some years of gains. Several years ago, we decided that we wanted...

19 Jan 2009 #131 July - August - 2007
Shopper Credit Cards and Member-Owner Benefits
by Alan Mathewson

I just read an article in Supermarket News indicating that within a year or so it will be common for shoppers at Publix or Kroger or Winn Dixie to present "cobranded" credit cards...

09 Jan 2004 #060 September - October - 1995
Should Co-op Staff Serve As Directors?
by Karen Zimbelman

The question of whether co~op employees should be allowed to serve as voting members of a board of directors is one that many food co-ops give serious consideration to and wrestle with. For co-ops...

09 Jan 2004 #017 June - July - 1988
Should Co-op Staff Serve As Directors?
by Karen Zimbelman

Mary manages the co-op's produce department by day. Then, on a regular basis she joins other co-op board members to meet and review management's reports and recommendations. Mary...

09 Jan 2004 #044 January - February - 1993
Should Food Retailers Promote Community Supported Agriculture?
by Joan Tobin

Spring has arrived, and with it the promise of a new growing season replete with fresh, local, and organic fruits and vegetables. In Michigan, we’ve had a long winter diet of root vegetables and...

20 Jan 2009 #130 May - June - 2007
Should Your Store Be Planning On Scanning?
by P.J. Hoffman

P0S scanning is only one component of a possible fully "computerized co-op." Paul Cultrera does a fine job describing a more complete system as envisioned at the Cape Ann Food Co-...

09 Jan 2004 #052 May - June - 1994
Sign-Making Solutions: A Review
by Lisa Smith

Have you ever tried to sell a product without a sign? If you have, you know how important signage is to grocery sales. With upwards of 70 percent of all purchases being unplanned, good signage on...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
Signs Sell:
by Phil Ricord

Once again an old adage holds true: "signs sell." Studies show that well-signed displays can increase sales by up to 400 percent! Signs can do a whole lot more: they can inform, direct, and...

09 Jan 2004 #016 April - May - 1988
Small Co-op Realizes Larger Vision
by Tim Bartlett

Eight years ago, the Lexington Co-op (Buffalo, N.Y.) was a hole in the wall doing $800,000 out of 1,200 square feet of well-worn retail space. Our equipment was ready to be replaced, our floor was...

20 Jan 2009 #122 January - February - 2006