The primary contact person for the members, and the primary facilitator of communication between UNFI and a Buying Club is the Club's Coordinator. UNFI is dedicated to helping Coordinators run their Buying Club smoothly. The following resources will assist in the operation of a Buying Club.
Buying Clubs rely on all members to operate smoothly, use this list to cover all important jobs.
Setting up a good system for sharing cases makes your buying club more fun, and gives members access to many items that they otherwise might not be able to buy or would have never been interested in trying.
CO-OP HANDBOOK WORKBOOK (PDF)
The workbook covers the most common issues that buying clubs need to address.
The cooperative principles are guidelines by which Buying Clubs put their values into practice.
MEMBER ORDER FORM (PDF)
Sample Order Form can help your Buying Club manage hand-written orders.
ATTRACTING NEW MEMBERS
There are people in your community who would love to join your buying club if they only knew it existed. Helpful tips to attract new members.
NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION
Orienting new members to the buying club is the single most effective way to keep your group operating smoothly.
TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL BUYING CLUB
Tips keep your Buying Club operating smoothly.
SETTING UP A CHECKING ACCOUNT
Information to help you obtain an EIN and set up a Buying Club Checking Account.
BUYING CLUB SELF EVALUATION CHECKLIST
Use this checklist to see how your Buying Club is doing.
HOW BUYING CLUBS LOSE MONEY
Being aware of where Buying Clubs are most likely to lose money will help keep your group in business.
MULTI-JURISDICTIONAL TAX EXEMPTION (PDF)
W. VIRGINIA TAX EXEMPTION (PDF)
NEW ACCOUNT APPLICATION