Just read in Guardian about MEC ( Mountain Equipment Co-op) in Canada and how it is doing poorly and so its 'management team' decided to sell out to a US private equity firm - without even bothering to poll its members.
I wonder if REI could consider to form some type of relationship with MEC? It might accomplish several good outcomes:
1: expand Co-op movement
2: help to foster better cross border relations
3: open cross company activities to support economic stability and maybe even sound retail growth
4: there could be more advantages
5: obviously, there could be disadvantages, but, looking at it from the positive side, I am just thinking that some form of co-operative relationship might be good during these times.
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