The New Operational Basics for Continued Profitability

The reason retail basics continue to be so important is that profit margins in the grocery industry are slim and getting slimmer. Labor, cost of living and competition have contributed to mounting financial pressures, and staying focused on good operations is the difference between a profit and loss. That’s always [...]

By |April 10th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Featured, Solutions|Tags: , |

Courageous Leadership Today Stronger Co-ops Tomorrow

As Director of Co-op Development for NCG, Dave Olson has a unique perspective on what it'll take for co-ops to survive and thrive in this 'New Normal' of increased competition and slowing sales growth. In this must-watch video Dave drops some hard truths and possibly un-popular ideas in an effort [...]

Margin Management Workshop

A two-day margin management workshop to enhance your management staff’s margin knowledge and your co-op’s margin performance. Enhance your department managers’ pricing/gross profit achievement skills Learn how to set realistic benchmarks for department margins Consistently achieve your desired margin Create the competitive price image you desire Mel Braverman of Cooperative [...]

By |July 30th, 2006|Categories: EXPORT, Solutions|Tags: , |

Strengthening Fresh Produce Departments

Fresh produce is a big marketing draw for many food co-ops, yet there is a dearth of established training programs for improving performance. The Central Corridor recognized the need to better support produce department management and has engaged CDS to work with produce managers to focus on closing the margin [...]

By |March 30th, 2006|Categories: EXPORT, Solutions|Tags: , |

Co-op Expansions Raise the Bar

By Bill Gessner, Patricia Cumbie 121 November - December - 2005 Every expansion is unique in some respect, but the universal truth is that building a larger facility includes taking on a bigger role in the community. More and more food co-ops are remodeling, relocating, building additional locations, hiring more [...]