Senin, 15 Oktober 2007

Consumerowned store -The Fact 1

Co-op Info
We are a consumer-owned cooperative. -- That means that we are owned by the people who shop here, rather than one person or a select group of investors. You don't have to be a member to shop at Sevananda, but members participate in our business in a special way.

You provide the equity that makes Sevananda run.
Each member -- makes a refundable investment of $120 (over six years). In return, members receive a yearly patronage refund (their share of the co-op's profits), member-only specials, a vote in the Board of Directors election, the ability to run for the Board of Directors, and a voice in Atlanta's finest natural foods grocery store.

All co-ops share common principles.
They are: -- 1. Open and voluntary membership
2. Democratic control: one-member/one-vote
3. Member economic participation
4. Autonomy and independence
5. Continuous education to members and public
6. Cooperation among cooperatives
7. Concern for community

Product Policy
Through our product policy, Sevananda seeks to gain control of our food supply system and promote health and well being among our members and the community. We provide inexpensive nutritional products which nourish the body and foster good use of the Earth's resources. Emphasis is placed on providing high-quality natural foods, preferably those grown and prepared using organic methods.
Natural care, household, and general merchandise items are also provided.

We avoid purchasing from companies that disregard human rights and environmental health. We give preference to local suppliers, producers, and growers, and those who demonstrate humane and non-exploitative business practices.

We exclude
We exclude from our product line those products containing artificial chemicals or genetically-engineered foods, or that have been subject to irradiation. We exclude products that contain refined sugar. We exclude from our human product line all animal flesh or animal by-products for which the animal must be slaughtered including beef, fowl, and fish. We also exclude soaps and cosmetics that have been developed using cruel and abusive animal laboratory tests.

http://www.sevananda.coop/retailer/store_templates/ret_about_us.asp?storeID=C5G13S77A6GB8P0JT1P2Q4XBHR8BFXX2

A: It means, in a nutshell, that the people who come here to buy our natural and organic foods and herbs are the people who own this store. We call them Member/Owners.



We aren’t owned by either a corporation or any one person. We are owned by the people who come here, buy our products, go to our classes and use our services.

How can I be an Owner/Member?


To buy a full share in Sevananda Co-Op the cost is $120, and that can be paid over the course of six years. You can pay just $20 to get started, and this will be good for one year.

We will send you a renewal letter a month before you expire, to remind you to come in and pay an additional $20 for another year of membership. This is applied against the full-share price of $120. When you reach $120 you do not need to pay on your membership any longer.

The Board of Directors, however, can vote once every 5 years to raise the cost of a share of Sevananda, to match inflation. You are welcome to pay off the entire $120 before 6 years are out, and doing so will save you at total of $10 on the annual processing fee.

You can fill out the Member/Owner application at the Customer Services Desk. It only takes about 5 minutes, and you get a temporary card to take with you.



Why should I buy an Owner/Member Share?

Because when you shop at a place you are spending your money there.

If the shop or store is not locally-owned and you spend $100 there, only $13 stays in the local economy.

If you spend $100 at a place that is locally owned (Sevananda Natural Foods Co-op), then $47 stays in our local economy.

This can make a difference when a place like Sevananda buys product from our vendors. It allows us to buy in greater quantities, and at competitive prices.

We can then pass those savings on to our Member/Owners and other shoppers in the form of competitive pricing.

If your Co-Op has a profitable year, owners may be entitled to a portion of the profits. There is never a guarantee of profits to member/owners, as with any business, but we feel the benefits of owning the store where you shop make it all worth it!

Locally Produced Foods
Photo of basil The Co-op's buyers are committed to supporting local growers and producers. We believe that a sustainable local economy is vital to the health and well-being of all eaters in the community.

We buy produce in season from over 20 local growers, 18 of which are certified organic. The historic roots of sustainable and organic farming are in rural family farms and small town life. Family farms are an important part of a strong local economy and have been an integral part of the cooperative movement for generations.

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Anyone can shop at the Co-op, and everyone is welcome to join. Your membership payments are your investment in the Co-op and are used as capital to operate and improve the Co-op.

Becoming a member of the Co-op gives you an opportunity to join your friends and neighbors in building a community, owned, democratically controlled economic institution that serves the members. Co-op members are helping to build a business that brings integrity into the marketplace, a company that is responsive to and operates with the consumer's interests at heart, while providing the community with good jobs and good food.

As a Willy Street Co-op member, you can:

* Save 10% every day
(members pay shelf price; non-members pay 10% more)
* Write checks for up to $20 over your purchase
* Get discounts on pre-ordered case purchases
* Special order items not regularly sold in the store
* Receive our monthly newsletter, the Willy Street Co-op Reader, in the mail
* Receive a 5% discount on Reader advertising
* Participate in the organization by serving on committees, volunteering in the store, or running for the Board of Directors
* Co-op reciprocity: When travelling you'll pay member prices at most other retail food co-ops throughout the country by showing your Willy Street Co-op membership card.

* Benefits are limited to Willy Street Co-op members only; purchase surcharges wavered for customers with legitimate membership cards from other existing food co-ops.

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It's Easy to Join!
Becoming a member of a cooperative means, among other things that you will make an investment in the co-op, essentially becoming one of the 'owners' of the business. At Willy Street Co-op, we call this investment your Fair Share. To join, simply fill out a Fair Share contract and return it to a cashier or mail it, with your payment. Benefits of membership begin with your first payment!

Choose your membership type and payment option
Individual membership

An individual membership is one person entitled to one vote.
Payment option 1: full payment of $58 ($56.00 purchases a full Fair Share + $2.00 administrative fee*)
Payment option 2: minimum of 7 payments of $10.00 ($8.00 payment toward a full Fair Share + $2.00 administrative fee)
* Payment in full saves you up to $12 in administrative fees.

Household membership

A household membership is two people entitled to one vote. The primary name on the membership is the person who can make changes regarding the membership.
Payment option 1: full payment of $93 ($91.00 purchases a full Fair Share + $2.00 administrative fee*)
Payment option 2: minimum of 7 payments of $15.00 ($13.00 payment toward a full Fair Share + $2.00 administrative fee)
* Payment in full saves you up to $12 in administrative fees.

After you've made your first Fair Share payment, you can pick up your membership card at the Customer Service desk. The yellow copy of the Fair Share contract serves as your share certificate and receipt of payment, and may be used in place of the card until it arrives. Please be prepared to show your card or tell the cashier your membership number every time you shop.

Our membership program also includes options for senior citizens and people with low incomes. Please ask a cashier for more information or click here.

Specials
We always have 30 to 40 new and popular products on sale — most all month long. Product selection varies.


ESP (Everyday Sale Prices)
Twenty products throughout the store at the same low price every day.



Essentials Program
Designed to bring you basic products at budget prices. Essentials are premium products that meet basic nutritional or personal care needs. We try to buy enough to be able to offer the deep discounts for at least a month.


Owner Rewards
Every month we put a selection of products on sale in appreciation of our members. (These specials are designed for our equity-paying members are not valid for other co-op members or courtesy memberships.)


Bi-weekly Specials
As you probably guessed, these specials change every two weeks. A variety of products from all over the store are featured.



Health & Wellness Specials
Each month a number of bodycare and supplements will be sale.



Wellness Wednesdays
Save 10% on all supplments and bodycare products on the first Wednesday of every month. See the calendar of Wellness Wednesdays for the year here.

Madison HOURS
Madison has its own local currency, Madison HOURS. You can use HOURS to buy groceries at the Co-op. Due to the varying number of HOURS we receive and/or are able to disburse, we need to be able to adjust our policy occasionally. We will do our best to give you as much notice as possible before these changes occur. As of March 1, 1997, you can use one quarter HOUR or one half HOUR as partial payment per purchase totaling $20 or more—TUESDAYS and SATURDAYS ONLY. You may also exchange Federal dollars for Madison HOURS or request HOURS as change.

Willy Street Co-op is a fun and exciting place to work or become an owner participant (volunteer)!

owner participation (volunteering) and getting the OP discount

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Puget Consumers Co-op (PCC) began as a food-buying club of 15 families in 1953. Today, it's the largest consumer-owned natural food co-operative in the United States. There are seven stores in the Puget Sound region, doing business as PCC Natural Markets. PCC is owned by nearly 40,000 members who shop (along with thousands of non-members) in our neighborhood locations and value our commitment to:

* Advocating high-quality food standards. We have stringent standards for the products we carry. The local farmers and food vendors we partner with are directly accountable to our department heads, ensuring their products' quality, flavor and environmentally conscious production. In addition, the collective voice of our 40,000 members sends a strong message to state and national policymakers.

* Supporting local, sustainable agriculture. We actively partner with local organic farmers to bring our customers the freshest, most delicious produce available. In addition we are major donors to the PCC Farmland Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving farmland and moving it into organic production.

* Educating consumers about timely issues. Our staff of experts stay at the forefront of food industry and nutrition issues, working to shape policies related to food safety and earth friendly food production practices. These issues — and how they affect you and your family — are regularly reported on in our monthly paper, the Sound Consumer, in our PCC Cooks classes, on our Web site and at the community events we participate in.

* Operating in an environmentally friendly way. The products we sell are not only healthier than those found in conventional stores, they're likely to be produced in a way that helps sustain the environment or that is cruelty free, meaning animals are range grazed without hormones or antibiotics, fish are sustainably-harvested and products are not tested on animals. We encourage our members to shop this way, too.

* Building community. Through donations, sponsorship and involvement in neighborhood projects we actively contribute to the seven communities in which our stores are located. In the last decade we've contributed more than $500,000 to local community groups.

What's a co-op?

People organize co-ops to achieve together what they can't do alone. A cooperative is an organization built from the ground up, begun and owned equally by the people who use it. For more than 50 years, Puget Sound residents have joined together through Puget Consumers' Co-op (PCC) to improve the quality and nutrition of foods available, educate themselves about food and environmental issues, and create a marketplace for organically grown foods. Our Mission Statement reflects these goals. We hope you share them and join us.
Seven Cooperative Principles

Cooperatives world-wide adhere to the spirit of seven guiding principles outlined by the International Cooperative Alliance. These principles, updated in 1995 in Manchester, England, are:

1.

Voluntary and Open Membership
Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.
2.

Democratic Member Control
Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. The elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary cooperatives, members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and cooperatives at other levels are organized in a democratic manner.
3.

Member Economic Participation
Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the cooperative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership.

Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing the cooperative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the cooperative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.
4.

Autonomy and Independence
Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their cooperative autonomy.
5.

Education, Training, and Information
Cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives. They inform the general public — particularly young people and opinion leaders — about the nature and benefits of cooperation.
6.

Cooperation Among Cooperatives
Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional, and international structures.
7.

Concern for Community
Cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.


PCC stands for Puget Consumers Co-op. PCC is a full-service natural foods grocery, featuring a great selection of natural and locally-grown organic fruits and vegetables, dairy and meat — produced without synthetic chemicals, additives or genetically modified ingredients.

PCC started as a food-buying club of 15 families in 1953. Today, it has grown into the largest natural food cooperative in the United States. You don't have to be a member to shop in our stores.
Why does PCC remain a co-op?

http://www.pccnaturalmarkets.com/locations/index.html

Being a co-op is an important part of our identity.

We were started by a community of people and we maintain our roots by being member-owned and operated. Our members are actually partial owners of our stores. They determine bylaws, elect the Board of Trustees each year (an important activity, as the board members represent the interests of the members), and participate in committees and individual volunteer projects. And unlike other grocery stores, our profits go directly back into our stores or to the communities we serve.
Do you have to be a member to shop at PCC?

No — everyone is welcome to shop at PCC Natural Markets! But there are great reasons to become a member.
What are the benefits of membership?

There are lots of benefits to membership! Below is just a sampling:

* Save 10 percent on the shopping trip of your choice. Look for your 10% off coupon on page two of your home delivered Sound Consumer. Bring your coupon and member card to any PCC store on the shopping trip of your choice and save 10 percent — for members only!
* 5 percent off on everything purchased on Member Bonus Days on the 15th and 16th of each month (cannot be combined with above savings).
* Free monthly home delivery of our Sound Consumer newspaper.
* Free "Natural Foods Kitchen" class with nutrition educators.
* Discount on PCC Cooks cooking and wellness classes.

For more information on member benefits click here.
More reasons to feel good about joining PCC!

* You can be assured that PCC operates in an environmentally friendly way.
* Your membership strengthens our advocacy for high-quality food standards: Added to the voices of our 40,000 members, your membership supports fair trade, local and sustainable products and helps us advocate an even stronger message to state and national policy makers.
* We'll actively keep you informed of important health, nutrition and food policy issues through the monthly newsletter PCC Sound Consumer, PCC Cooks classes, our Web site and community events.
* Your membership helps support local organic farmers, bringing you the freshest, most delicious produce available. We also partner with the Farmland Trust, a non-profit land trust dedicated to preserving organic farmland.
* As a PCC member you become an active supporter of your own community: A portion of the money members spend in our stores is given back to the eight communities in which our stores are located.

How do I become a member?

It's easy! Just check out the membership section of this Web site for the answers to all your questions about joining PCC.
What does PCC do with my $60 membership investment?

This is our capital, a fund of money that helps us make improvements in our stores. The more member capital we have, the less we have to borrow from the bank. Members use the services PCC offers and the money stays in our community, benefiting local sustainable agriculture and consumer cooperation.

In conventional business models, capital is provided by private investors intent on making a profit.
Do you offer special memberships for seniors or people with disabilities?

Shoppers age 65 and older, and anyone with a disability are eligible to purchase a shopping pass, which, when shown to a cashier, can be used for a 5 percent shopping discount on the 15th and 16th of each month. A one-time $2 fee is paid for a shopping pass. Passes can be purchased from any cashier in our stores.

Volunteer for PCC’s Kid Picks program.
Come join us in our efforts to encourage healthy eating habits in the kids around Seattle and the East Side. Our ever-popular PCC Kid Picks program is revving up for a new year of great food and fun. With your help, kids all over will be sampling hundreds of different healthy food items from PCC and they will be voting on whether or not they like the products.

If you decide to give time to PCC Kid Picks, you will learn how the program works and help children learn about the healthy foods they will be tasting. There is traveling involved as we go directly to schools, community centers, YMCA’s and other venues. Day and evening hours are available. Learn more about the PCC Kid Picks program.


Become a PCC Cooks Assistant.
These valuable volunteers help out at our cooking and lecture classes by acting as PCC hosts and assisting chefs to prepare and serve delicious meals! To sign up and attend a two-hour orientation, call 206-545-7112 or e-mail: pcccooks@pccsea.com.


Participate in Food Bank Packagings.
Each month, with donations, the PCC Food Bank Program purchases bulk food at wholesale prices and packages it into family-sized portions for distribution at our partner food banks. Packagings take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on various evenings. No special skills are required and even younger PCC volunteers enjoy the work and the opportunity to earn community service hours to meet school requirements. Learn more about the PCC Food Bank Program. Or, view each store's packaging events.


More opportunities
Many times each year, single- or short-term volunteers are needed. For example, you could help serve food at a community event, assist with landscaping around a store, manage bulletin boards, spearhead an issue-base program or set up a store volunteer event.
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Types of Co-ops

Cooperatives fall into four categories: consumer, producer, worker and purchasing/shared services.
Consumer-owned Co-ops

Consumer cooperatives are owned by the people who buy the goods or use the services of the cooperative. Consumer co-ops include credit unions, child care cooperatives, electric and telecommunications cooperatives, food co-ops, health care co-ops, housing cooperatives, and many more. Example:

* Community Mercantile (The Merc!), Lawrence, KS — a consumer-owned grocery co-op serving the natural and organic food needs of Douglas County.

Producer-owned Co-ops

Producer cooperatives are owned by producers of farm commodities or crafts that band together to process and/or market their products. Example:

* Land O'Lakes, Inc., Arden Hills, Minn.— a food and agricultural cooperative owned by 7,000 farmer-members and 1,300 local community cooperatives.
* Other well-known farmer-owned cooperatives include SunKist, SunMaid, Blue Diamond, Ocean Spray, and Riceland.

Worker-owned Cooperatives

Worker co-ops are owned and democratically governed by their employees. Example:

* Equal Exchange, Boston, Mass.-a worker-owned, fair trade products buying and distribution cooperative that pioneered fair trade in the U.S.

Purchasing Co-ops

Purchasing cooperatives are owned by small, independent businesses, municipalities or other like organizations that band together to enhance their purchasing power. Example:

* ACE Hardware and TruServ, Chicago, Ill.-national buying cooperatives of independent hardware store owners that use a national co-op brand.

Co-Op Facts & Figures

* U.S. co-ops serve some 120 million members, or 4 in 10 Americans.
* Cooperatives operate in every industry including agriculture, childcare, energy, financial services, food retailing and distribution, health care, insurance, housing, purchasing and shared services, telecommunications, and others.
* Cooperatives range in size from large enterprises, including U.S. Fortune 500 companies, to single, small local storefronts.
* About 30 percent of farmers' products in the U.S. are marketed through 3,400 farmer-owned cooperatives.
* More than 30 cooperatives have annual revenues in excess of $1 billion, including such well-known names as Land O' Lakes, Inc., and ACE Hardware. The top 100 co-ops have a combined $120 billion in revenues.
* 10,000 U.S. credit unions have 84 million members and assets in excess of $600 billion.
* Nearly 1,000 rural electric cooperatives own and maintain nearly half of the electric distribution lines in the United States, cover 75 percent of the land mass and provide electricity to 36 million people.
* More than 1,000 mutual insurance companies, with more than $80 billion in net written premiums, are owned by their policyholders.
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