MEMBERSHIP FAQ

General Membership

Q: What are the benefits of membership?

A: As a PCC member, you are part of a of like-minded community who align with the co-op’s vision to inspire and advance the health and well-being of people, their communities and the planet. For a one-time fee of $60, members receive exclusive offers emailed periodically, access to member-only events, discounts from like-minded businesses across Western Washington, the potential to earn an annual dividend, an annual discount for an online cooking class and the opportunity have a voice in PCC’s leadership by voting in the annual election, which determines the PCC Board of Trustees.

Q: How much does a PCC membership cost?

A: A lifetime membership costs a one-time fee of $60. Membership must be in the name of one individual only and is nontransferable. Other persons living in your household may use your membership card to shop at PCC, but joint accounts or accounts under multiple names are not allowed.

Q: Is my membership fee refundable?

A: $60 membership fees paid before January 1, 2020 are refundable. The fee for memberships created on or after January 1, 2020 are not refundable.

Q: How do I get a replacement card?

A: You can request a replacement card through the membership section of your online account. Don’t have an online account linked to your membership? Check out these instructions on how to set up your online account. You may also request a replacement card by emailing membership@pccmarkets.com. Replacement cards can be requested a total of two (2) times per year.

Q: How do I set up my PCC web account with my membership?

A: To create a PCC web account, link your web account with your membership, update your member account information and more, see detailed instructions here.

 

Members-only Offers

Q: How do I find out about members-only offers?

A: To get members-only offers, you must be subscribed to our Member Communications & Offers email list — you will receive emails alerting you to each offer. To ensure these emails aren’t caught in your spam filter, please add enews@pccmarkets.com to your safe senders list.

Please note that if you unsubscribe from any PCC emails, you will stop receiving ALL marketing materials from PCC, including member communications.

Q: What if I forget to redeem my offer by the expiration date? Can you still honor it?

A: We can only honor offers during the period in which they are valid.

 

Members-Only Events

Q: How can I find out about members-only events?

A: Members can learn about upcoming events in Sound Consumer, on pccmarkets.com and by email.

Q: How do I register for members-only events?

A: You can register for members-only events here.

Q: Can I bring nonmember friends with me to the members-only events?

A: We limit the number of people at each event to allow as many members as possible to participate. Look to the details of each event to find out if space is available for you and a nonmember guest.

 

Partner Discounts

Q: How can I take advantage of PCC Partner discounts?
A: Present your PCC member card at time of purchase (unless otherwise noted) at one of our 14 partners.

 

Cooking Classes

Q: Will I earn toward my annual dividend with the purchase of a cooking class?

A: Yes.

Q: How do I redeem my new member online cooking class offer?

A: When you become a member, you will receive 50% off one online cooking class. To redeem, log into your PCC website account here. Make sure your membership is linked, then find your offer code under “MEMBERSHIP” and “OFFERS.” Apply this code during checkout when purchasing your seat. The offer is valid for 12 months from the date of membership, excludes in-person classes, multi-day classes, gift-with-purchase classes and kids’ classes. It cannot be applied to purchases made before the date of delivery.

Q: How do I redeem my member anniversary online cooking class offer?

A: During the month in which you became a member (find your join date under “MEMBERSHIP” on your PCC website account), you will receive an email with an offer code for 50% off one online cooking class. When valid, this code will also appear on your PCC website account under “MEMBERSHIP” and “OFFERS.” Apply this code during checkout when purchasing your seat. The offer is valid for six months from email delivery date. Excludes in-person classes, multi-day classes, gift-with-purchase classes and kids’ classes. Cannot be applied to purchases made before date of delivery.

 

Potential Dividend

Q: What is the potential PCC member dividend?

A: PCC members are eligible to earn a potential annual dividend. This dividend is a sum of money that could be paid to active members out of the profit — or net income — the co-op makes specifically from member purchases. Each year, the PCC Board of Trustees determines if a dividend will be issued for the prior fiscal year, and if so, the size of the dividend, based on the co-op’s financial results and the needs of the business. Any dividend declared by the Board of Trustees is calculated as a percentage of total member eligible purchases, and the same percentage applies to each member’s individual eligible purchases.

 

EARNING TOWARD A POTENTIAL DIVIDEND


Q: What is the earning period for the potential dividend?

A: The earning period for the potential dividend begins January 1 and runs through the end of the calendar year on December 31.

Q: Besides my grocery purchases at PCC, what else contributes to a potential dividend?

A: Qualifying purchases made in-store, with our delivery partners (see how to link your membership below to your delivery account) and for PCC cooking classes are eligible for the potential dividend. The following do not count toward the dividend: purchases of SCRIP or gift cards, including gift card reloads and e-gift cards; purchases made with EBT; the one-time PCC membership fee; bag charges; sales tax or other taxes; bottle deposits; donations, including round-up amounts; stamps; online delivery service fees, (including membership, tips or other fees); and purchases made with a dividend.

Q: How do I connect my PCC Membership with my delivery account to ensure those purchases go toward my potential dividend?

A: To start earning toward a potential annual dividend on delivery purchases, follow our step-by-step guide for connecting your account.

Q: Do EBT purchases earn toward a potential dividend?

A: Unfortunately, at this time purchases made with EBT payment cards are not eligible for dividends. We are actively working to find a solution.

 

IF A DIVIDEND IS DETERMINED: AVAILABILITY AND USING A DIVIDEND


Q: How is the dividend amount determined?

A: To learn more about how a dividend is determined, visit our infographic detailing the process.

Q: When will the dividend be available?

A: The PCC Board of Trustees determines if a dividend will be issued for each fiscal year based on the co-op’s financial results and the financial needs of the business. If a dividend is issued, it would generally be in the second quarter of the following year. PCC dividends are only issued to active PCC members.

Q: Could there be a year with no dividends? 

A: Yes, depending on the level of costs incurred by the co-op in a given year and those costs’ impact on member net income, it is possible. In a year where there is a decline in member net income, or an increase in co-op costs that reduces member net income, the Board of Trustees may determine that there is not enough member net income to declare a dividend, that the dividend should be substantially smaller, or that it would be prudent for the Board to reduce the amount of or eliminate the dividend for that year to establish a reserve to cover future potential operating costs. Should this occur, PCC will proactively alert members to this possibility and will always communicate the final dividend outcome with full transparency.

Q: How do I confirm if I qualify for the dividend?

A: You can log onto your member account on the PCC website. Those members who’ve subscribed to member emails will also get an email notification if and when the dividend is declared.

Q: Why does it take so long to get the dividend paid out?

A: The payment of a dividend is a major financial decision for the PCC Board of Trustees and the process requires a thorough analysis of the co-op’s annual financials and budgets for the upcoming year. In order for the Board of Trustees to complete this analysis, PCC’s fiscal year has to end, its year-end financial statements have to be completed and PCC’s independent auditors have to confirm those financial statements. This process takes three to four months. The timing for paying out any potential dividend is based on this schedule.

Q: Can other members of my family or household redeem my dividend?

A: No. Dividends earned on your account can only be used by you, even if other family members used your membership number when making purchases at PCC.

Q: How can I track my dividend?

A: If and when a dividend is issued — and until it expires — the remaining dividend amount will be displayed on a member’s online account at pccmarkets.com and can be accessed at the store by scanning your card or providing your phone number at checkout.

Q: Can I view all my receipts and transactions for the year?

A: No. If you receive a dividend, you will see the total dividend amount in your account. When you use your dividend, your account will be updated and you can track what you have remaining.

Q: Can a cashier print off all my transactions for a given year?

A: No. It is not possible to provide your transactions from a given year. If a dividend has been declared, a summary of your total qualifying dividend spend will be available by logging into your online membership account.

Q: Can I purchase a gift card with my dividend?

A: No. Gift cards are not eligible for purchase with your dividend.

Q: Can I use my dividend on delivery purchases?

A: While members can earn toward their dividend by shopping with our delivery partners, the dividend cannot be used to pay for shopping through a delivery account.

Q: Can I donate my dividend?

A: No. It is not possible for your dividend to be donated at this time.

Q: I don’t have email. Will I still get a dividend?

A: Yes. While PCC is only communicating to its members through email regarding their dividend, if dividends have been issued, you will be made aware when you shop in store. At that time, you will be able to ask the cashier about any available dividend amount tied to your membership.

Q: What happens if I forgot to give my membership number on a previous purchase?

A: If you forget to identify as a member when you make a purchase, you have 30 days to bring the receipt in store to have the purchase credited to your member account. Purchases made before you were an active PCC member, or more than 30 days old, cannot be applied to your member account.

Q: How do returns affect my dividend?

A: Returns are deducted from your eligible dividend earnings balance.

Q: Why am I not getting a dividend payout?

A: The dividend is a benefit reserved for members who are fully paid and active at the time the dividend is declared. If a dividend is declared, the following members are not eligible to receive one:

  • Partially Paid Members: Members who have not fully paid their membership fee are deemed inactive and will need to pay in full to begin receiving dividends and other member benefits.
  • Resigned Members: Any member who resigns their membership before the dividend is declared is not eligible for a dividend.
  • Inactive Members: If a membership has not been used in 12 months, the member is deemed inactive and they are not eligible for the dividend.

Q: What happens to the dividend if a member passes away?

A: If a member passes away after a dividend is declared, PCC will automatically change the legal name on the account to “The Estate of [the member’s name]” and any dividends on the account will be sent by a check to the estate. If a member dies before a dividend is declared, no payout will go to the estate.

 

FOR DIVIDENDS ISSUED


Q: Why is the 2021 dividend so much smaller than last year’s?

A: The dividend declared for 2021 is significantly smaller than the 2020 dividend. This is due to $8.5 million in unplanned costs incurred by PCC last year associated with the pandemic. The majority went to hazard pay, which had a substantial impact on PCC’s overall net income and member net income.

The opportunity to earn a potential dividend is one benefit of PCC membership. In addition, the co-op provided members with exclusive events, partner discounts and free and discounted products in 2021 totaling nearly $300 in value for each member.

Q: How can I redeem my dividend?

A: Dividends are issued in the form of a merchandise credit, which can be used like cash only in PCC stores. When using the dividend for in-store purchases, you must show your PCC membership card or provide the phone number associated with your membership account, in addition to showing a photo ID matching the name on your membership. This process is for the protection of our members, ensuring that only you can access your dividend.

You can also use your dividend to purchase a PCC Cooking Class on the PCC website. Once you are logged into your account, you will be able use your dividend toward the purchase of a class.

Q: I received my dividend, and I don’t think it’s correct. What recourse do I have?

A: If you forget to identify as a member when you make a purchase, you have 30 days to bring the receipt in store to have the purchase credited to your member account. Unfortunately, by the time the dividend is declared, that 30-day period for 2020 purchases will have expired. A best practice is to always check your receipt at the time of your purchase to ensure your membership number is attached.

Q: Does my annual dividend expire?

A: Yes. Per the PCC Bylaws, each dividend will expire on December 31 of the year following the year of issuance. If the dividend is not used before midnight on December 31 of the year following the year in which the dividend was declared, it will expire and be returned to PCC.

  • The 2020 dividend expires on December 31, 2022.
  • The 2021 dividend expires on December 31, 2023.

Q: Can I just have my annual dividend paid as cash or check?

A: All dividends will be issued in the form of a merchandise credit, unless otherwise decided by the Board of Trustees. To receive a check rather than store credit, members must make a formal request between August 1 and October 15 via the “Membership” section of the PCC website. A check will not be issued on dividends equal to or less than $5 because of the processing costs associated with issuing a check.

To request a check for your 2020 dividend, complete and submit this form from your online account. If you do not have an online account, you can email our membership team a completed PDF.

 

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