What Are we reading? Member book recommendations

By Juliet Kleber As the days grow shorter and colder, few things seem more appealing than hunkering down with a good book, so the Gazette caught up with a few Coop members to hear what they’re reading. Taking a moment from their shopping or their shifts, members were gracious enough to share their thoughts and recommendations for […]

The Coop’s New Orientation Process

By Frank Haberle The NEW New-Member Orientation: Something Lost, Something Gained Before COVID, the Coop had a system for acculturating new members: a two-hour, in-person orientation meeting and a basement-to-attic guided tour of the facility. Organized and led by a committed Orientation Committee of approximately 20 seasoned members, the orientations often welcomed anywhere from 20 to […]

Preparing for the Thanksgiving shopping surge: a conversation with A COOP BUYER

By Leila Darabi While Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is one of the biggest shopping days of the year for most retailers across the country, for Coop staff, it’s the week before that requires intense planning. “The big picture is we shift from very diversified purchasing, where members are making a variety of meals throughout their […]

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New Committee Oversight Committee seeks to demystify committees for members

By John B. Thomas For most of the Coop’s 14,000 members, fulfilling our workslot credit requirement is as simple as regularly signing up for a receiving, checkout or food preparation shift. But for a subset of members, there is a different path to fulfilling the workslot credit requirement: service on a committee. But what is […]


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