Jeanie Wells

CDS Consulting Co-op

Jeanie Wells is former general manager of Community Mercantile in Lawrence, Kansas, and currently is a member of CDS Consulting Co-op specializing in expansions, operations, and startups.

Author's Articles

Title Issue Date

In the back of our minds we knew that [insert name of competitor here] was coming.

184 May-June 2016 June 2, 2016

Whether or not your cooperative expects to hire a general manager (GM) in the next year, your board should have an awareness of the skills and resources that would be needed

178 May-June 2015 May 27, 2015

Almost every cooperative retail grocery is feeling increased competition in its community.

177 March-April 2015 May 27, 2015

Your market study promises great sales. Developers are wooing you into their properties. Staff and shoppers are clamoring for more space.

171 March-April 2014 March 25, 2014

Has your co-op considered Open Book Management?

168 September-October 2013 October 14, 2013

As we go about our work of assessing organizational structures and conducting employee surveys in food co-ops, we frequently encounter an ongoing struggle between the marketing department (or lone

162 September-October 2012 September 25, 2012

Food co-ops are known for being compassionate employers.

159 March - April - 2012 April 9, 2012

When you last read about Community Mercantile Co-op in Lawrence, Kansas, we had just barely survived Wild Oats coming to town.

096 September - October - 2001 January 8, 2004