Monthly Archives: May 2020

Virtual CBL 101 Resource Guide

By |2020-09-14T19:41:37+00:00May 22nd, 2020|Develop Your Leaders|

Download the CBL 101 Reader History, Principles, and Values “Cooperative Principles Updated,” by Ann Hoyt, available on p. 14 in the Reader. “Rochdale Pioneers and the Cooperative Principles,” by Brett Fairbairn. From The Meaning of Rochdale: the Rochdale Pioneers and the co-operative principles, (Canada: Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, University of Saskatchewan), 1994. Collective Courage: [...]

Keeping it Fresh

By |2020-05-19T18:24:05+00:00May 18th, 2020|Improve Operations|

Teaching your staff and customers how to get the most value from the produce they buy   If you are like most Americans, your shopping patterns - as well as your customers’ habits - have changed drastically in the past several weeks. More people are buying fresh produce to stay healthy, and for good reason: a diet that includes lots of fresh organic produce [...]

Articulating your Co-op’s Value during a Pandemic — and Beyond

By |2020-05-14T20:45:15+00:00May 14th, 2020|Cultivate Your Community, Improve Operations|

So much is changing so quickly right now, and our co-ops are uniquely positioned to serve our owners and community today, and be practical alternatives to 'business -as-usual' in the future. We don't have a crystal ball to see that future, but we can discuss together how our co-ops can have a larger role and how we can talk about our co-ops as important [...]

Managing Co-op Financials During and After a Pandemic

By |2020-05-20T21:39:34+00:00May 11th, 2020|Develop Your Leaders|

How can co-op operations leaders begin to be innovative about what it will take to manage finances wisely during and after the COVID-19 pandemic – whatever “after” will look like? No one can accurately predict what the future of the co-op grocery world will look like, but Columinate consultants are on the leading edge of figuring out what can stay the same and what [...]

Financial Planning During a Pandemic

By |2020-05-01T16:16:50+00:00May 1st, 2020|Uncategorized|

Financial health is the backbone of a successful co-op. Like every other part, it’s twisting and turning during the current pandemic. “Things are changing really fast,” says feasibility and project development consultant Don Moffitt. “I’m not sure that anybody knows exactly what they need to be doing right now.” Even during normal times, it’s possible to be profitable on paper but still suffer from a shortage of cash. It’s also [...]