The New Operational Basics for Continued Profitability
The reason retail basics continue to be so important is that profit margins in the grocery industry are slim and getting slimmer. Labor, cost of living and competition have contributed to mounting financial pressures,...
April 10, 2019
Guiding the Fundamentals of Co-op Business
Seward Community Co-opMinneapolis, MNYear founded: 1972
Member investment: $75
Number of members: 20,000
Number of employees: 270
Locations: Franklin and Friendship grocery stores, cafe, production kitchen, administrative offices
Ray Williams is Seward Community Co-op’s operations manager and recognizes that...
April 10, 2019
How Coaching Benefits You as a Leader
In a competitive economy with slim profit margins, hiring a consultant or a coach can feel like a luxury line item. Yet feeling overtasked and having to do more with less is the perfect...
March 14, 2019
Leadership Development for Expansion Readiness
Middlebury Natural Foods Co-opMiddlebury, VTYear founded: 1976
Member investment: $300
Number of members: 5,300
Number of employees: 85
Retail square feet: 9,000
The Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op is uniquely situated in small town Middlebury, Vermont. Rather than becoming one...
March 14, 2019
Focus on Outreach During PR Crisis
Nothing stings more than public criticism, and the longer it’s sustained, the more damaging it can be to an organization’s reputation. Especially when, despite everyone’s best intentions, something goes wrong, or people are upset...
January 9, 2019
Restoring Trust and Vibrancy in a Co-op Community
Central Co-opSeattle, WAYear founded: 1978
Number of members: 14,200
Consumer member investment: $100
Worker member investment: $6,340 (12 years)
Number of employees: 120
Locations: Seattle and Tacoma (opening date late spring TBD)
When the Central Co-op in Seattle, Wash. proposed...
January 9, 2019
Good Governance Makes Community Stronger
Maple City MarketGoshen, INYear founded: 1976
Membership investment: $100
Number of members: 3,000
Number of employees: 25
Recently, Goshen, Indiana was named “Community of the Year” by the state’s Chamber of Commerce. For many years, this northern Indiana...
December 12, 2018
Expanding the Boundaries of Retailing in Local Communities
Contemporary food co-ops have begun important discussions in their organizations around equity and inclusion. As part of that process, they’ve had to accept and deal with some painful truths that their co-ops have not...
By LaDonna Sanders–Redmond PDF download of article: 198_redmond-sanders_diversity_seward_co-op_sept-oct_2018 Seward Community Co-op (Minneapolis, Minn.) began its equity work in the fall of 2013. Seward’s second store, Friendship, [...]
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Seward Community Co-op Minneapolis, MN Year founded: 1972 Member investment: $75 Number of members: 20,000 Number of employees: 270 Locations: Franklin and Friendship grocery stores, cafe, production kitchen, administrative offices Ray Williams [...]
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