why a coop business model?
January 30, 2008 3:09 AM Subscribe
How does a co-op business model benefit the company? and can any industry use a co-op business model or is it reserved only for smaller/niche markets with passionate buyers?
posted by brinks to Work & Money (11 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I am curious as to why a company would choose a co-op model? I have a local mec.ca and they are quite popular among the outdoor/hiking/camping/etc crowd. Their webpage states they are not about making money but to serve its community(members). What is it about co-op that allows them to operate the way they operate now that a non-co-op model can't? tax benefits? more $$ ? or is it really goodwill?
Can say, a computer store use a coop model? a video game store? an aftermarket car parts store?
So far, I have only heard of supermarkets and outdoor camping gear(rei.com, mec.ca) stores use a coop.