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Maintaining your store’s cultural identity while managing change

“Where’s the store I use to love?” How many retailers hear that now? The landscape is dramatically different than it was a decade ago. We [...]

How are you communicating your pricing strategy to your staff?

Is your staff ready for your new competitor? Employees can be the most effective resource in surviving in the new landscape, so help them feel [...]

When and how to seek staff input on a store expansion project

Balancing staff engagement in the design process of an expansion project without creating unrealistic expectations about their role in decision-making can be difficult. Employees may [...]

Managing internal hiring when there’s more than one internal candidate

The good news is that you have two internal candidates for an open position. The bad news is that you can only choose one of [...]

Don’t fall into the assistant manager ‘overflow bucket’ trap

We like rewarding good staff, so what do we do? We make them assistant department managers--even when the department only has two employees and does [...]

Are You Ready to Compete? A crowded marketplace is the new reality

By Mel Braverman, Nicole Klimek, Jeanie Wells 184 May-June 2016 In the back of our minds we knew that [insert name of competitor here] was [...]

The Decision Matrix

By: Carolee Colter & Jeanie Wells   When an organization is going through rapid change, roles within the organization change, too, and not always in [...]

Staffing for a natural products store expansion

Your new store will have a bigger deli, more parking and a better floor plan. But will it have the staffing to support bigger and [...]

Getting Ready for General Manager Succession

By Thane Joyal, Jeanie Wells 178 May-June 2015 Whether or not your cooperative expects to hire a general manager (GM) in the next year, your [...]

Are you getting the most out of your management team meetings?

Look around your management team meeting. Is everyone engaged in the conversation? Or are they looking at their phones as the meeting winds its way [...]

Strategic Pricing: Why and how

By Mel Braverman, Jeanie Wells 177 March-April 2015 Almost every cooperative retail grocery is feeling increased competition in its community. Twenty years ago, merely having [...]

FAQ’s about Wage Caps

By the CDS Consulting Co-op HR Team Food co-ops want to be great employers, yet we face growing competition that puts increasing pressure [...]

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Expanding to a Multi-Store Co-op: Build capacity from the inside out

By Jeanie Wells 171 March-April 2014 Your market study promises great sales. Developers are wooing you into their properties. Staff and shoppers are clamoring for [...]

How to create a vision for your company

“To the person who does not know where he wants to go, there is no favorable wind.” Though 2000 years have passed since the Roman [...]

4 ways to manage your staff better

“Why can’t I get my people to do what they’re supposed to?” “Why do I have to tell my team everything they need to do?” [...]

Open Book Management: Emerging lessons in the food co-op world

By Jeanie Wells 168 September-October 2013 Has your co-op considered Open Book Management? Chances are that even if you haven’t implemented it but have attended [...]

Open Book Management

6 simple tips to combat burnout

Have you ever found yourself losing all interest in the job you used to love? Instead of feeling energized by your success, do you find [...]

3 steps toward sustainable business growth

In the midst of growth, leaders may see that they are outgrowing their structure and systems but feel so overwhelmed that they can’t imagine stopping [...]

How to be a flexible yet practical employer

By Jeanie Wells Have individuals' preferences trumped your organization's needs? For example, is there inappropriate store support and coverage? Or, are there structural weaknesses that [...]