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Wynston Estis Reflects on her Role as Interim GM at Ocean Beach People’s Organic Market

By |January 27th, 2022|

Wynston Estes arrived at Ocean Beach People’s Organic Market in April of 2021 during a period of instability. Throughout Wynyston's tenure, she worked with the team at Ocean Beach to improve both daily and long-term operations, including improving long-term financial viability of the store while simultaneously implementing a staff-wide pay rate increase.

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Five Ways to Keep Up with Pandemic Price Inflation

By |January 25th, 2022|

Backlogs in international supply chains and bottlenecks in global shipping networks have caused massive challenges for customers and retailers alike, and the retail grocery industry is no exception. Additionally, an inconsistent supply of goods has made it tough for retailers to respond to unpredictable customer demand.

CBLD Resource Spotlight: Updated Policy Register Template

By |January 18th, 2022|

The new year is a time for reflection and revision, and co-op boards are no exception. Whether your board has just decided to implement Policy Governance® or your board wants to refresh existing policies, the updated 2021 Policy Register Template provides a great opportunity to start these conversations.

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Luke Schell Reflects on his Role as Interim GM at Just Food Co-op

By |January 18th, 2022|

Luke Schell took the helm of the Just Food Co-op in Northfield, Minnesota, as the interim general manager (IGM) in the summer of 2021 after the resignation of its previous general manager. Throughout his contract, Luke has made numerous positive changes at the co-op, including improvements to staff morale.

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Strategic Planning Processes During the Pandemic

By |January 10th, 2022|

The global pandemic has dramatically altered how grocery retailers approach all aspects of their business. As retail staff have turned much of their focus to daily operations to ensure their stores are staffed, stocked, and safe, formalized processes for strategic planning have taken a back seat for many leaders. But now is not the time to proceed without a plan.

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Trust and Betrayal in the Board/Manager Relationship

By |January 2nd, 2022|

When something happens that breaks that trust, how do you move forward? How can you build, repair, and maintain trust?  A new online workshop, Trust and Betrayal in the Board/Manager Relationship, delves into the ways boards and general managers can build and repair trust.

The Co-op Cafe: Looking Back at 2021 and What to Expect in 2022

By |December 30th, 2021|

For nearly a decade, the Columinate Co-op Cafe has been a way for workers, directors, consumer-owners, and leaders in the cooperative movement to gather, connect, learn, and tackle relevant issues. Although the Co-op Cafe looked a bit different in 2021, the event survived and, in some ways, even thrived in the face of adversity.

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Prepared Foods Perspectives

By |December 7th, 2021|

Throughout the course of the pandemic, prepared foods departments were some of hardest-hit departments at grocery co-ops across the country. We connected with leaders in prepared foods to hear how they've adapted and advice they have for others.

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General Manager Perspectives of the Past Year

By |November 23rd, 2021|

Anyone who has worked in a grocery store in the past two years has seen and been through a lot. Among that cohort, co-op general managers have faced a unique set of challenges. Here's what three GM's had to say about their experiences of 2021.