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You had a successful grand opening and it feels like the community is a-buzz about their new co-op. So, how do you keep that buzz rolling after the glow starts to wane? From consistent promotions to making friends with media, and developing strategic partnerships to fresh, innovative merchandising... Learn more
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The food market/grocery business is on the verge of a significant paradigm shift. All food co-ops need to understand the market change and prepare to not only address that change, but to become leaders in creating it. Kevin O’Donnell will show you why prepared foods, if managed correctly, can be a... Learn more
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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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To get to opening day, your startup’s organizing team had to be very successful at talking about why co-ops matter, they became experts in telling that story in a way that created buy in pre-store. So now that you are opening your doors, your co-op will be super successful at continuing to bring in... 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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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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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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You had a successful grand opening and it feels like the community is a-buzz about their new co-op. So, how do you keep that buzz rolling after the glow starts to wane? From consistent promotions to making friends with media, and developing strategic partnerships to fresh, innovative merchandising... Learn more
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Conventional grocery stores and natural foods grocery stores, while having more in common with one another every day, are still very different things with different audiences. We have a lot of information as an industry about marketing a natural foods co-op, but does that wisdom work for... Learn more
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