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When determining how your co-op will carve out its place in the marketplace, it is important to understand with whom you will be sharing the competitive landscape. This workshop focuses on how to evaluate your competitors’ operational strengths and build your own differentiation and competitive... Learn more
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A strong and authentic local program is one of the best ways for your Co-op to set itself apart from the competition. In this workshop we'll discuss how to find local vendors, how to develop long term relationships that work for both the vendor and your co-op, how to navigate the pitfalls and... Learn more
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Sales growth or decline will have one of the most significant impacts on a co-op’s financial performance and internal culture. We will look at the art and science of merchandising and learn the fundamental approaches that can maximize your co-op’s ability to gain sales. Product selection, pricing,... Learn more
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The relationship between the Board of Directors and the General Manager is complex. Building a strong relationship based on trust, respect, and open communication is key to your start-up's success. How do you build a strong relationship with your GM from day one? If your GM is already on the job,... Learn more
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Key Indicators: A look at some of the most important numbers management uses in their operational decision making and how these numbers are impacted on the floor: margin, labor, inventory and sales growth. As time allows we will view some tools that assist management in this process. Learn more
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Positive financial performance is necessary for any co-op to sustain itself. The first step in producing needed results is to understand the basics of financial reports and practices. We will review income statement, balance sheet, cash flow statement and budgeting (operations and capital) and... Learn more
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Having a deli is one thing, having one that runs profitably is a whole other thing! When your program is small and/or struggling, what are some quick ways to improve inefficiencies and sales that are no-nonsense and something you can implement fast to get things going in the right direction? Join... Learn more
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We incorporated in January, 2014 and held our first Public Meeting March 15, 2014. We sold over 100 Shares the first day. We engaged Keith Wicks of Keith Wicks Associates, Minneapolis and Randy Miller of Cincinnati, both highly experienced in grocery market analysis and operations to help us create... Learn more
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Food co-ops of all sizes are experiencing a new level of competition, coming from all directions – other natural foods retailers, conventional grocery stores, superstores and warehouse clubs, and Amazon and other online shopping options. With razor thin profit margins in grocery retail, it is... Learn more
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