Plainfield Co-op Idea Board
 Share
The version of the browser you are using is no longer supported. Please upgrade to a supported browser.Dismiss

Comment only
 
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUV
1
Welcome to our Idea Board! This is a place for you to learn about and share your ideas for how the Plainfield Co-op can best serve our community.
2
You can type your comments directly into the sheet or email manager@plainfieldcoop.com. We will review suggestions and add them regularly. This sheet is editted by one person to protect it from accidental harm. All suggestions will be incorporated unless they dishonor the humanity of the co-op or any member of this community.
3
Email manager@plainfieldcoop.com or call Jean 802-777-6546 if you need help.
4
IdeaWhat is the impact? Does it help to solve our financial and resource gaps?Folks who have shared this idea or have info about it. Add your name! Gather with these folks!Status
5
Become a non-profit. E.g. https://www.puc-mn.org/venture/north-marketIncrease revenue. Allows the co-op to receive chartiable donations and apply for grants that are limited to non-profit orgs.Bob Fancher, Gail Falk, Alexis Smith.in 2017 the board took the first steps to incorporating a 501c3 non profit for the community center. Those efforts were backburnered by time sensitive issues. Bob Fancher has the info.
6
Adjust product mix to optimize performance. Drop laggards. Increase revenue. Reduce expenses.Staff.Kevin and buyers are constantly evaluating and improving the product mix based on sales data.
7
Host a Co-op celebration potluck. Membership Development. Increase visibility.Erok, Kagen, Marketing Committee, Karen Starr, Jean HamiltonLots of interest expressed. Needs organizing!
8
Promote pre buy/gift cards. Develop better name for card. Increase revenue. Pre-buy cards improve co-op's cash flow to reduce debt burden. Pre buy cards make it easier for folks to shop and spend money at the co-op. Pre buy cards empower members to easily and effectively support the financial posiiton.Sara Norton, Jean Hamilton, Board, Newsletter Committee, counter staff. Sara N is developing a promo campaign for members to 'name the gift card'. newsletter committee, board & staff are promoting the card as a good strategy for the co-op.
9
Move the Co-op to a new location on Route 2.Increase revenue. Increase visibility.Jean Hamilton. Giordano Checchi.
10
Encourage more events in the community center. Membership Development. Increase visibility.Ryan Gillard, Joseph Gainza, Alexis
11
Sell the store to the employees or to a smaller group of owners who can make agile decisions/strategies for the store.Change ownership
12
Charge member dues to support the budgetary needs of the co-op. Increase revenueRich Rubin.
13
Host a Truckload sale. Or relaunch the buying club.Increase revenue:Janice Walrafen, Renee Carpenter
14
Encourage community to spend more at Co-op. Develop a campaign around how much each customer needs to spend to meet the Co-op budget. Increase revenueRyan Christiansen. Jean HamiltonJean is working with Kevin to run sales data.
15
Merge with Hunger mountain/Buffalo Mountain. Improve purchase power. Reduce overhead.Change ownership
16
Adjust product mix to offer more conventional items to attract a broader customer base.Increase revenue
17
Adjust product mix to be less complicated. Reduce labor costs around purchasing/inventory management.Reduce expenses
18
Charge higher prices to reflect the value of having these products conveniently accessible in town.Increase revenue
19
Reduce labor costs by reducing open hours. Open later. Change schedule seasonally.Reduce expenses
20
Develop a home delivery service. and/or call in orders. Increase revenue. Increase visibility.
21
Increase visibility: Route 2 sign, maple hill side of sign, sign on building, etc.Increase visitbility. Increase revenue.Marketing committee.
22
Set a target $ for how much each member needs to spend for viability. Incentivize it with a discount after that amount has been reached. Increase revenue.
23
Coordinate with RAMPIncrease visibility. Increase capacity.Joseph Gainza, Sara Norton, Kagen Dewey, Charlotte Domino, Jean HamiltonMembers attending RAMP meetings.
24
Get expert help. Identify expertise in our membership.Increase visibility. Increase capacity.BoardBoard is developing member survey to go out in July.
25
Develop grab and go, ready to eat food options.Increase revenue.
26
Launch an enterprise at Maple Valley. Deli? Creemees?Increase revenue.
27
Develop new owner classes to include more stakeholders like vendors, worker, etc. Change/Expand ownership. Increase capacity.Les Snow
28
Reduce materials, increase sustainability, make the store 100% bulk purchasing.Change value proposiiton.
29
Improve marketing around fresh products. What produce is coming in fresh. When is the bread delivered. Increase visibility. Increase revenue.
30
Send more emails to members. Email sales flyer. Increase visibility. Increase revenue. Marketing committee.
31
Raise funds via member-owner loans and/or preferred shares.
Though these equity co-op funding options are generally used to fund some kind of service expansion by a co-op, they could be used to help a co-op move from unsustainable to sustainable operations. Here are some links to learn more.
http://cdi.coop/dividend-rate-coop-preferred-stock/
https://library.columinate.coop/why-equity-is-part-of-the-co-op-difference/
https://www.centralcoop.coop/page.php?PID=1057
Les Snow
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
63
64
65
66
67
68
69
70
71
72
73
74
75
76
77
78
79
80
81
82
83
84
85
86
87
88
89
90
91
92
93
94
95
96
97
98
99
100
Loading...