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STORE OPERATIONS MANAGER Wednesday, February 10

Job Summary:  To manage and direct all sales floor operations, meet store objectives and goals, ensure efficient daily store operations, and oversee store security and cleanliness.  Creates a positive work environment and develops pro-active work relationships with direct reports to meet store goals for sales, margins, labor, and customer service.

Marketing Manager Wednesday, February 10

Job Summary:  To work with the General Manager to create and implement a comprehensive branding and marketing plan.  Provide leadership for the rest of the Marketing and Membership Team to create a unified vision and goals.  Oversee all in-store and outside marketing and promotions, merchandising, member & community outreach and special events.  Use marketing and branding tools to increase our overall member and sales numbers.

General Manager Monday, February 8

 

Category Management & Promotions Programs Coordinator Monday, February 8

Attention grocery geeks, pricing coordinators, and natural foodies: Would you like to apply your business and retail expertise to supporting socially responsible, independent, and community-owned grocery stores? Are you a detail-oriented multi-tasker with strong customer service skills?

PRODUCE MANAGER Friday, February 5

New Orleans is a fun and exciting place to live and New Orleans Food Co-op is a reflection of the personality of this great city. Our Owners and staff are a direct representation of the financial, racial and social diversity of our community making for a unique, challenging and magical place to work. 

NOFC is always accepting applications and is currently seeking an experienced and talented Produe Manager to advance our growing Produce Department and strengthen our relationships with local growers and producers. 

General Manager Friday, February 5

Indy Food Cooperative is seeking a General Manager who is an enthusiastic and energetic leader to oversee all aspects of its operations, especially Pogue’s Run Grocer (PRG).  Pogue’s Run Grocer is a 4500 sq ft cooperative retail natural foods market and deli with an annual revenue of approximately $1.4M, a current roster of 18 employees, and over 1000 member-owners.  PRG serves the near eastside of Indianapolis and surrounding neighborhoods. 

Updating "Who Owns Organic" Friday, February 5

The newest (2016) version of a very informative chart, “Who Owns Organics,” has been made available by its author, Dr. Phil Howard of Michigan State, and its collaborator the Cornucopia Institute: http://www.cornucopia.org/who-owns-organic/.  At the latter web address you can view the chart through a quick download and can also download a high-resolution pdf for printing.

Updating "Who Owns Organic" Friday, February 5

The newest (2016) version of a very informative chart, “Who Owns Organics,” has been made available by its author, Dr. Phil Howard of Michigan State, and its collaborator the Cornucopia Institute: http://www.cornucopia.org/who-owns-organic/.  At the latter web address you can view the chart through a quick download and can also download a high-resolution pdf for printing.

East 10th St. store Friday, February 5
A Golden Jubilee and a Capital Idea: Friday, February 5

There is much to be thankful for in the world of food cooperatives. Through a series of good deeds and contributions from co-ops, funders, and vendors, the Cooperative Community Fund (CCF) grew in 2015 by leveraging another $3 million of much-needed funds for co-op development. The overall leverage of the Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation (TPCF) is now up to $30 million.
    

Membership Growth Strategies for Startups Friday, February 5

Gaining members quickly and efficiently is a major hurdle for most startup co-ops. A co-op is selling a dream when it has no store, minimal (if any) staff, and, when organizing in areas that don’t have other food co-ops, no credible examples to refer to. This can make membership growth slow and painful. Nevertheless, some startups have had robust membership growth.

New Capital Campaign Workbook Available Friday, February 5

Food Co-op Initiative (FCI) is thrilled to announce its long-awaited Capital Campaign Workbook. This new guide replaces and updates the material in our popular Member Loan Toolbox.

Co+op Forest Grows Friday, February 5

When we talk about growth at NCG, we’re typically talking about how we can improve our positive impacts. One of the ways we are doing that in a literal sense is through Co+op Forest.

Managing the Farmers Market: Friday, February 5

As People’s Food Co-op of Kalamazoo’s first three-year contract to manage our city’s century-old Kalamazoo Farmers Market comes to a close and winter settles in, we find ourselves reflecting on what we’ve learned. In a few short years, our market has grown from 70 vendors to a seasonal peak of 180, making it Michigan’s second-largest farmers market. We’ve added three staff positions, and we’ve started brand new market ventures in our Washington Square Market and quarterly Night Markets.

Organic Valley Principle 6 Fund Friday, February 5

To keep that good Karmic wheel spinning with gratitude, CROPP has established a $1 million loan fund with longtime partner-in-cooperation Shared Capital Cooperative (formerly Northcountry Cooperative Development Fund: NCDF). The Organic Valley Principle 6 Fund is a lending fund that provides money to support the growth of food cooperatives across the country.

Kim Kafka Friday, February 5
Pete Hodgson Friday, February 5
Ten Meat Margin Killers: Friday, February 5

Building your meat department’s reputation for variety, high quality, and freshness is a big part of creating loyal customers. Customers today often prefer cuts prepared in-house, and demand for value-added products and locally sourced meats continues to grow. The short shelf life of meat puts pressure on departments to be competitively priced to minimize losses due to perishability.

Complaints and Operational Concerns: Friday, February 5

As a director, you may notice or hear things about your co-op that may be cause for concern—or are at least worth asking about. How can you respond in a way that honors your sense of responsibility, your board’s clear delegation to the general manager (GM), and your GM’s professional judgment?
Here is an approach that opens a clear path through what can sometimes be a thorny dilemma. The foundation of this approach includes some key ingredients:
•    clear board of directors’ guidelines for roles and responsibilities;

Governance Lessons from Co-op Atlantic Friday, February 5

The dream of a united co-operative system spanning the chain from farmers to consumers has come to an end.” The recent closing of Co-op Atlantic operations signaled the end of a major co-op federation of nearly nine decades. Co-op Atlantic has sold its grocery and gasoline business, its fuel business, and its farm supply business to private companies.