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Retail Operations Survey 2002 Report: Invest in Success

Available only as a PDF below, due to complexity of content. Prepared with the help of the Data Analyst Team* * Data analysis was carried out by a team of people from around the country: Walden Swanson, Kate Sumberg, Peg Nolan, Dave Gutknecht, Patricia Cumbie, Connie Cleary, John Eicholz, John [...]

Analyzing Your Store’s Systems

By Mary Myers, Walden Swanson 042 September - October - 1992 This is the third in a series of articles based on Business Planning For Cooperatives, a manual published by Cooperative Development Services that provides step by step Instructions for writing business plans. This manual is based on the principles [...]

Ratios Rectified – and a Rebate Request

By Walden Swanson 115 November - December - 2004 Alert readers Joe Golton from Ashland Food Co-op and John Foley from Outpost Natural Foods Co-op found mistakes in the Return on Equity and the Return on Assets ratios in the Operations Report table. They each have received a CWPPPA (Coveted [...]

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Cooperative Grocer 1999 Retail Operations Survey

By Dave Gutknecht, Walden Swanson 089 July - August - 2000 We are pleased to present the new Retail Operations Survey, which reports double digit growth in co-op sales during the past year, along with higher than ever gross margins. Those operating margins were needed to cover higher labor expenses [...]

How to Critique a Business Plan

By Walden Swanson 010 April - May - 1987 "Business plans may be great for bankers and investors, but if companies really followed them, you might never have heard of Compaq, Lotus, or Ben & Jerry's." This quote is from "The Best-Laid Plans", an article in Inc. Magazine (February 1987). [...]