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Here is a solution for when you have poor or no retail training materials!

080 January - February - 1999 January 8, 2004

Two years ago, North Coast Co-op, operating two stores in Arcata and Eureka (California), streamlined its membership program.

082 May - June - 1999 January 8, 2004

Last year, NCB conducted a focus group with representatives of the natural foods industry to help us understand better the perception that you, our customers and partners in the nat

081 March - April - 1999 January 8, 2004

Northeast Cooperatives' Manager on Contract program was developed to strengthen our system of co-op management.

084 September - October - 1999 January 8, 2004

Members are the lifeblood of a co-op: a truism of cooperatives. Without members, a co-ops wouldn't be a co-op; it would be just another local grocery store.

080 January - February - 1999 January 8, 2004

Recently I had a couple conversations that I found disturbing. The first was with a new young produce manager I have been working with on shrink, margins and ordering.

082 May - June - 1999 January 8, 2004

Legacy is the challenge of having the thrust of your life or your organization's be perpetuated beyond an individual lifetime.

081 March - April - 1999 January 8, 2004

Creating a private or controlled label program is one of the largest endeavors an organization or alliance of organizations can undertake.

082 May - June - 1999 January 8, 2004

If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, that common observation remains a difficult cautionary lesson for many people.

080 January - February - 1999 January 8, 2004

Introducing forms of participation to a traditional management hierarchy was the goal; a quality improvement process was the method.

080 January - February - 1999 January 8, 2004

There is so much good news to report, in addition to what appears in this edition, that many of the stories will have to wait. For example: new co-op stores!

083 July - August - 1999 January 8, 2004

To everything turn, turn, turn, there is a season, turn, turn, turn....

083 July - August - 1999 January 8, 2004

A relative recently gave one of us a book of pithy personal advice with the humble title of "How to do Everything Right" (we won't dwell on the reason for this particular gift).

084 September - October - 1999 January 8, 2004

Want some good news? Co-op store productivity increased in the third quarter of 1998, when compared to the third quarter of 1997. (See Graph 1.)

081 March - April - 1999 January 8, 2004

Many co-ops talk about the need to move or expand for years. Often it is all talk, with a few false starts and little formal planning or action.

083 July - August - 1999 January 8, 2004

Ask co-op members anywhere, "What's the purpose of this co-op, anyway?" and you'll likely get some variation of the answer, "To serve the members." Ask them how best to do that, how

080 January - February - 1999 January 8, 2004

I don't have any statistics on this, but I'd bet that the vast majority of natural foods co-ops started out as collectively run organizations.

082 May - June - 1999 January 8, 2004

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

084 September - October - 1999 January 8, 2004

Retail food cooperatives have long valued their unique characteristics and independence.

085 November - December - 1999 January 8, 2004

Profit alone does not guarantee success or even survival.

085 November - December - 1999 January 8, 2004