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Outpost's Board of Directors will use this blog to discuss issues the board is exploring as it envisions Outpost's future. Can't make it to a meeting? Check here frequently to read what the Board is up to. …
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We’re enjoying our Co-op Conversations with You! Visit us on November 19!

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By Your Board November 15, 2017
If you visited any of our Outpost locations on Sunday, October 15, you may have engaged with a board member during our second monthly Co-op Conversations event. Our October topic was “Dynamic Local Food Systems.” And our goal was to open up the conversation about what constitutes a truly effective food system and how owners see Outpost interacting and being a part of that system. Read more...
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Step Up for Your Co-Op: Running for the Board of Directors

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By Your Board November 9, 2017
The next few years will prove to be an important time for Outpost. Our local grocery dynamic is changing and the whole industry is in a moment of rapid change and increased competition. In order for Outpost to continue to provide great local food, community building, financial stability and environmental stewardship we need the next generation of leaders to step up. Read more...
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Free Co-Op Month Film offers lesson in biodiversity

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By Your Board October 23, 2017
When we think about the word 'diversity', we usually apply it to groups of people. When a diverse group of people get together to create art, science, policies, products or laws, their outcome, is generally fresher and richer. Why? Because when we work with people who are not like us, we may think hard about our own ideas before offering them up to the team. Our ideas are tested under many lenses. The strong ideas/viewpoints/thoughts endure and the weaker do not. Through diversity, we can think out of the box and produce resilient ideas or products. Read more...
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Have you ever thought about the future of the grocery world?

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By Your Board July 26, 2017
Can you imagine a day when you no longer go into a grocery store, but instead, your groceries come to you, delivered by a drone? Do you ever wish for such a day or do you dread it? These are some of the questions that were posed at the Consumer Cooperative Management Association conference (CCMA) in Minneapolis by the keynote speaker Michael Sansolo. Sansolo, an expert in the retail food industry, opened with the topic: “Surviving the Brave New World of Retail." Read more...
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Living our Mission and Values: How Food Co-ops Can Stay Competitive

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By Your Board July 12, 2017
Every year a handful of board members get the opportunity to attend the annual meeting of the Consumer Cooperative Management Association, a trade association of consumer cooperatives. It serves as a combination conference and trade show where industry trends are explored, and best practices are highlighted and exchanged. Read more...
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6 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Miss Outpost's Annual Meeting

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By Your Board March 13, 2017
As an engaged owner of Outpost Co-op, it is important that you attend this year’s annual meeting on Sunday March 19, 2017 at the Milwaukee Public Museum. Mark your calendars! Here are six reasons why you won’t want to miss the Annual Meeting... Read more...
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Your Vote Matters More than Ever

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By Your Board February 15, 2017
On January 20th, Outpost owners submitted applications for board candidacy. Your board of directors has reviewed the nominations and selected five candidates to go on the ballot this year. Voting will begin on March 20th after the Annual Meeting and we have fifteen days to elect three new board members, until April 3rd. This election is a critical aspect of our cooperative and a cornerstone responsibility of ownership. Read more...
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Should you consider running for an Outpost Board Seat?

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By Your Board January 11, 2017
As we enter into campaign season for board members, it’s a good time to think – am I interested in serving my cooperative? Do I have a skill set that would complement the current board? If you do, consider this an invitation to throw your hat into the ring. Read more...
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Deepen your Relationship, Consider Outpost Board Service

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By Your Board December 12, 2016
It’s election time. If you’re an Outpost owner, now may be a good time to consider becoming a Board member. Here’s a great local opportunity to help forward the cooperative principles of a 46 year-old $48 million annual food cooperative. Read more...
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This Year, Give the Gift of an Owner Loan

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By Your Board December 1, 2016
When you buy a share to become an Outpost owner, you are investing in a cooperative business. This is your business co-owned by you and other like-minded owners. This is the fundamental difference between your membership at Costco - which basically allows you to shop there - and your ownership of Outpost. Read more...
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Drinking Local for Your Health

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By Your Board November 15, 2016
On October 26th, the Board hosted a screening of the film Food Chains, a look at the corporate grocery system in the United States and its role in food worker exploitation. At Outpost Natural Foods we hold our local and regional vendors to standards which ensure safe and hygienic working conditions and the highest standards for working hours and requirements. Read more...
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Co-ops: A Resilient Option In Uncertain Times

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By Your Board August 30, 2016
In recent board meetings, we have been discussing how the popularity of cooperatives ebbs and flows, and specifically how that relates to the increasingly competitive environment of Milwaukee grocery stores. It turns out that cooperatives do best in times of uncertainty, like the Sixties and in the aftermath of the recent financial crisis. Read more...
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Cooperative model benefits everyone

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By Your Board August 8, 2016
With national cooperative month just a couple of months away, it’s a good time to reflect upon the history of cooperatives dating back to the 18th century. Did you know African Americans, people of color, and low-income people have benefited from the cooperative model? Read more...
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6 reasons why cooperatives like Outpost matter

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By Your Board July 22, 2016
You could shop anywhere. But, if you’re a member of Outpost, you probably know you’re part of something different. Something special. But, have you ever wondered why our stores operate so differently from the competition? Read more...
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Retreating into the Future: How do we help Outpost thrive?

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By Your Board July 20, 2016
In 1996, the future was bright for Blockbuster Video. It was a $4 billion dollar company, with over 3,500 stores worldwide. In 2000, it turned down the chance to buy a small, fledgling internet company called Netflix. Today, Blockbuster has all but disappeared with only 19 stores nationwide. Read more...
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Outpost: a model of cooperative values in action

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By Your Board March 15, 2016
In just a few days, Outpost Natural Foods Co-op owners can bear witness to cooperative values in action at the March 20th annual meeting. Board directors and staff are seeking to make the annual meeting more accessible by offering it at Mount Mary University, and by utilizing the power of technology, owners may choose to participate in real time at the Bay View, Mequon, or E. Capitol Drive stores. Read more...
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From Farm to Fork: Outpost and area restaurants strive for same goal

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By Your Board March 7, 2016
As a long-time food writer, I’m often approached by individuals looking for recommendations for places to dine in the Milwaukee area. Increasingly, people are also interested in my recommendations for spots in the city that espouse a dedication to local sourcing. Read more...
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Big Changes for This Year’s Outpost Annual Meeting

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By Your Board February 9, 2016
As a director for Outpost Natural Foods, I would like to invite you to our next annual meeting on March 20th. If you have never been to one, it’s a great way to meet other Outpost owners and play an active part in your favorite grocery cooperative. Read more...
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Solving the Hunger Puzzle

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By Your Board February 3, 2016
I’m often asked how and why I decided to become a professional hunger fighter. The answer is pretty simple. I had the opportunity to learn about hunger – and its more clinical term, food insecurity, which describes the inability to consistently access an adequate, nutritious diet – and our food system at a previous job. The more I learned, the more it became clear to me that its solutions were – and remain – absolutely within our reach. Read more...
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Become A Candidate In The Next Outpost Board Election!

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By Your Board January 8, 2016
So you want to be a member of Outpost’s Board of Directors – PLEASE APPLY NOW! This is an awesome opportunity to meet other skilled and interesting folks who love Outpost and bring their experiences and judgment to the table. Read more...
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