186 Sept-Oct 2016

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Fossil Fuels, Fossilized Growth BY DAVE GUTKNECHT


Visiting Great Basin and the Co-op Ecosystem  BY ELLEN MICHEL

GMO Labeling Law Passed    BY ALLIE MENTZER

GMO Labeling: Just Fumble It!   BY DAVE GUTKNECHT


Startup Case Studies: East Aurora and BisMan  BY STUART REID

Growing Leaders from Within  BY MELANIE REID

Bellingham Co-op’s Solar Power   BY MELISSA ELKINS

BriarPatch Co-op’s New Solar Project  BY STEPHANIE MANDEL


Excelling at Customer Service  BY MIKE MCCARY

Marketing to Women in Co-ops  BY DAN NORDLEY

Evaluating Strategic Alliances and Consolidation  BY ART SHERWOOD

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New competition. Shrinking margins. Tighter supply. Rising labor costs. Saturated advertising. Poaching of great employees.

186 Sept-Oct 2016 September 27, 2016

Providing an unbeatable shopping experience is no longer optional for cooperatives—it is imperative.

186 Sept-Oct 2016 September 27, 2016

The use of energy-efficient, environmentally sensitive design has been a part of BriarPatch Co-op’s store on Sierra College Drive since its construction in 2006, when the co-op stepped u

186 Sept-Oct 2016 September 27, 2016

The Pacific Northwest: home to towering trees, majestic mountains, beautiful islands…and a lot of cloudy days. In 2013, city-data.com ranked Bellingham, Wash., as the city of over 50,000 people in the lower 48 states with the lowest number of sunny days. On average, it is sunny roughly 35 percent of the year—a good indication of why there are so many direct flights from Bellingham to various Hawaiian islands in the winter months. 

186 Sept-Oct 2016 September 27, 2016

As co-ops evolve and expand and our industry continuously changes, it’s important that we have mechanisms in place that enable employees to see career pathways within our organizations. 

186 Sept-Oct 2016 September 27, 2016

East Aurora Community Market (East Aurora, N.Y.) and BisMan Community Food Co-op (Bismarck, N.D.) are startup co-ops to be proud of.

186 Sept-Oct 2016 September 27, 2016

During the past month, I had the chance to visit Great Basin Community Food Co-op in Reno, Nevada.

186 Sept-Oct 2016 September 27, 2016

Solar power projects at food co-ops are highlighted in this issue, and there will be more such reports ahead.

186 Sept-Oct 2016 September 26, 2016

Let’s see if I can mansplain this: When it comes to food co-ops, our success will depend on giving women what they want and hoping they’ll speak well about the experience.

186 Sept-Oct 2016 September 26, 2016