The news in and around the Direct Sales aka Network Marketing World is roaring right now from Wall Street to Main Street. So what is it, that has everyone talking? I think it is the fact, that from regulators to critics, people are starting to recognize legit network marketing companies from illegal ponzi and pyramid money schemes. This new awareness is opening the doors for investors all the way down to brand new independent professionals getting involved in direct sales in one form or another.
BK Boreyko, Co-founder and CEO of VEMMA, home of the Young Peoples Revolution shot me over the numbers for the first half of 2013…
Starting in January – $14 million, February – $15 million, March – $18 million, April – $19.1 Million, May – $19.3 million, and June – $18.1 million. That’s a total over 103 million dollars! And I might also add that in June VEMMA acquired over 24K new customers and Brand Partners!
San Diego, CA – July 8, 2013 – CLR Roasters, a wholly owned subsidiary of Youngevity International Inc. (OTCQX: YGYI) (www.YGYI.com), announced today that it has signed an agreement with Marketing Management Inc’s (MMI) subsidiary brokerage firm Market Solution Inc. (MSI), to represent CLR Roaster’s Café La Rica Espresso and Josie’s Java House ground coffee brands on a nationwide sales campaign.
Café La Rica holds the third place in sales per unit through Walmart stores with a recent increase of 46%. Over the past 52 weeks, Café La Rica has seen a sales increase of over 300% through Winn-Dixie stores. Café La Rica has also been authorized for sale in 318 Publix Super Market locations in Florida.
Josie’s Java House is a boutique styled ground coffee that comes in a variety of blends and flavors. In 2014, the Josie’s Java House line is to be expanded to include Hazelnut Cream through Walmart.
Café La Rica and Josie’s Java House coffees have full distribution through Sedano’s Supermarkets, the largest Hispanic Supermarket chain in the country. As well as being distributed by Associated Grocers, which services 450 independent stores throughout the state of Florida. Discount Drug Mart has added the Josie’s coffee line and Café La Rica Espresso to all 72 of their stores in Ohio with repeat orders. (Read the full Press Release)
CVSL And Tomboy Tools Sign Letter Of Intent
OPENS DOOR TO HOME IMPROVEMENT AND HOME SECURITY MARKETS
DALLAS and DENVER, July 12, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Tomboy Tools, Inc., an Entrepreneur Magazine “Top 100 Brilliant Company,” and CVSL Inc. [stock symbol: CVSL] announced today that they have signed a letter of intent for Tomboy Tools to become part of CVSL’s family of direct selling companies. (Read Full Press Release)
If short interest as a percent of equity float is an indicator of popularity, Blyth Inc. (BTH) is the most hated stock on the NYSE. However, an in-depth look into the company reveals some key factors that may create an extremely positive risk reward. The market is currently offering shares at unsustainably low valuation, four times management’s 2013 cash flow guidance. Pessimism toward the company is extreme with 75% of the current float short. Management is aggressively repurchasing shares of the company. 14% of the equity float has been repurchased in the last three quarters at higher stock prices than today. The company has repositioned its balance sheet resulting in nearly five years prior to its senior notes maturing. The company’s largest business segment and the focus of the short sellers, appears to be turning a corner. Now may be the perfect time to become a contrarian and invest in Blyth Inc. (Read The Full Report)
To make a clear distinction between genuine direct-selling companies and fraudulent ponzi schemes, the government will soon put in place a set of ‘model guidelines’ to be followed by different states in such cases.
“These guidelines are close to being finalised by the Consumer Affairs Ministry and the Corporate Affairs Ministry has given its suggestions and other inputs in this regard,” union minister Sachin Pilot said.
“There was a meeting of consumers affairs secretary,corporate affairs secretary, myself and other stakeholders on the issue. Once we put these standard guidelines in place, the ambiguities about genuine companies and fraudulent schemes would go away,” the corporate affairs minister told PTI in an interview here. (Read Full Report Here)
Direct selling is a business model that offers entrepreneurial opportunities to individuals as independent contractors to market and/or sell products and services, typically outside of a fixed retail establishment, through one-to-one selling, in-home product demonstrations or online. Compensation is ultimately based on sales and may be earned based on personal sales and/or the sales of others in their sales organizations.
Direct sellers may be called distributors, representatives, consultants or various other titles. They may participate in various ways, including selling the products themselves or through their sales organizations, providing training and leadership to their sales organizations, referring customers to the company and purchasing products and services for personal use.
Network Marketing Pros In The News
Doug DeVos and Steve Van Andel (Amway) have been named Business Persons of the Year by the Economic Club of Grand Rapids. They were honored at a dinner at DeVos Place that was headlined by Hillary Clinton, former secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady. Steve was also named Chairman of the Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce this week, where he will serve a one-year term.
Kirsten Aguilar (Vice President of Marketing) and Leslie Boyd-Bradley (Director of Distributor Development) have been named to SeneGence’s non-profit organization, the Make Sense Foundation.
Diahanna Brown, Vice President, Worldwide Events and Promotions for Herbalife, was awarded the Humanitarian of the Year Award by Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles.
Steve Hastings has been appointed Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Reliv; Brett Hastings has been appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
Juliet Morgan has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer at foru international.
Mark Patterson has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Vemma.
Andre Peterson, former Director of Global Public Relations of Morinda Bioactives, passed away in his home on June 1, 2013. Andre had been with Morinda Bioactives for 12 years, having also worked at WordPerfect and Managed Wealth Financial.
Monica Wood is now Vice President of Consumer and Distributor Insights forHerbalife.
Network Marketing Companies In The News
The 11th Annual American Business Awards, aka the Stevie Awards, were presented to honorees during a gala banquet on June 17, 2013 in Chicago. The second round of winners will be announced on Sept. 16, 2013 in San Francisco. DSA congratulates the following direct selling companies for their achievements.
- Bronze Stevie Award—ACN’s 20th Anniversary Celebration—Best Tradeshow or Convention
- Bronze Stevie Award—ACN Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary—Motivational Video
- Bronze Stevie Award—Isagenix Celebration 2012—Live Event
- Bronze Stevie Award—IsaDerby—Best Internal Recognition/Motivational Event
- Bronze Stevie Award—Experience Isagenix—PR Video
- Bronze Stevie Award—Company of the Year—Health Products & Services
Pending member North American Power
- Gold Stevie Award—Management Team of the Year—Consumer Services Industries
- Gold Stevie Award—Company of the Year—Consumer Products—Durables
- Silver Stevie Award—Paul Thies, Senior Director of Communications—Communications Professional of the Year
- Gold Stevie Award—Management Team of the Year—Consumer Products Industries
- Silver Stevie Award—Communications or PR Campaign/Program of the Year—Social Media Focused
- Silver Stevie Award—Dan Macuga, Chief Communications Officer—Communications, Investor Relations or PR Executive of the Year
- Silver Stevie Award—Human Resources Department of the Year—Health Products and Services
- Silver Stevie Award—USANA Corporate Rebrand—Brand Executive of the Year—Health Products & Services and Pharmaceuticals
- Bronze Stevie Award—Ashley Collins, Executive Director of PR and Social Media—Communications, Investor Relations or PR Executive of the Year
- Bronze Stevie Award—Dave Wentz, CEO—Executive of the Year—Health Products & Services
- Bronze Stevie Award—USANA 2012 International Convention—Best Tradeshow or Convention
- Bronze Stevie Award—Doug Braun, Chief Marketing Officer—Marketing Executive of the Year
- Silver Stevie Award—BK Boreyko, Founder and CEO—Executive of the Year—Health Products & Services
- Bronze Stevie Award—Vemma Revolution Convention—Best Tradeshow or Convention
- Bronze Stevie Award—Vemma Achieve Film Series—Motivational Video
- Bronze Stevie Award—This is Vemma! Welcome to the Revolution—PR Video
- Bronze Stevie Award—Verve Bold Launch—Marketing Campaign of the Year—Health Products & Services
AL International, parent company of non-member Youngevity, has changed its name to Youngevity International, Inc., and will trade under the stock ticker “YGYI.”
Amway is teaming up with KaBOOM! to build a new playground at the Indian Trails Camp in Tallmadge Township, Mich. The camp provides camping experiences for children and adults with disabilities.
Avon’s beauty and fashion boutique brand, mark, has named actress and singerLucy Hale a Beauty Ambassador. In the role, Hale will appear in mark Magalogs, as well as on mark and Avon digital platforms. She will also be the spokesperson for the m.powerment by mark campaign, the brand’s philanthropic effort dedicated to breaking the cycle of dating abuse and partner violence against young women.
Creative Memories recently announced that plans for layoffs, detailed in an April 16, 2013, notice, will no longer be happening. “We have been and will continue to make changes, but at this time we aren’t expecting any layoffs of that magnitude . We want the business to go forward and we need people to do that,” said Chris Veit, CEO.
CUTCO/Vector Marketing recently presented Linda Price, Ph.D., department head and Underwood Family Professor of Marketing in the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona, with its CUTCO/Vector Distinguished Marketing Award for Lifetime Contributions to Marketing Scholarship, endowed by Vector Marketing Corporation.
Herbalife was presented with an award for its corporate social responsibility by Global Views magazine in Taiwan. The award, in the “Care for the Community” category, was in recognition of Herbalife’s commitment to helping the development of youth baseball in Taiwan.
Immunotec has released its second quarter 2013 financial results. Total revenue for the three-month period reached $12.6 million, an increase of 10.6 percent as compared to the same period in the previous year. Total revenue in the six-month period reached $24.8 million, an increase of 10.4 percent as compared to the same period in the previous year. Network sales in the three-month period reached $11.2 million, an increase of nine percent as compared to the same period in the previous year. Network sales in the six-month period reached $22.4 million, an increase of 10.7 percent as compared to the same period in the previous year. View the full press release online.
Mannatech recently announced the launch of its Give for Real℠ program. This unique, donation-through-consumption initiative is designed to help consumers and social entrepreneurs meet the needs of malnourished children around the world. For every purchase on an automatic order containing certain products, a donation of PhytoMatrix® bulk dietary supplement is provided through MannaRelief to children in need worldwide. MannaRelief is an independent, nonprofit organization.
Mary Kay donated $326,400 to the China Women’s Development Foundation to fund a micro-credit project for women in southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality. The funds will go toward helping poverty-stricken women start their own businesses.
In additional company news, Mary Kay has partnered with Jordyn Wieber, the reigning Olympic gold medal gymnast, to raise awareness of teen dating abuse as the official spokesperson of Mary Kay’s “Don’t Look Away” campaign to help prevent and end dating abuse.
Nu Skin will be opening its Innovation Center in October in Provo, Utah. The facility includes two restaurants (both open to the public), a water feature in the 18,000-square-foot, four-story atrium, walking and hanging gardens, a state-of-the-art fitness facility and a two-story glass pavilion with mountain vista views.
Pending member Origami Owl has made the following staff appointments:
- Robin Crossman is now the company’s Chief Executive Officer
- Deb Bursley is Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications
- Kym Gonzales is Vice President, New Market Development
- Pam Mercado is Vice President, Sales Strategy and Incentives
- Tracey Vlahos is Executive Director, Field Sales Development
PartyLite is a recipient of Manufacturing Executive’s 2013 Manufacturing Leadership 100 Award. The company’s winning project in the Global Value Chain category highlights its successful program to optimize its supply chain through the use of Logility Voyager Solutions™. The Manufacturing Leadership 100 Awards (ML100), presented by Manufacturing Executive, honor manufacturing companies and individual manufacturing leaders who help shape the future of global manufacturing.
In additional company news, PartyLite sponsored and participated in the Relay for Life of Greater Plymouth (Mass.) recently. The event is an annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
Primerica held its 2013 conference last week at the Georgia Dome. Approximately 35,000 distributors attended the event.
Scentsy recently donated $123,000 to the Special Olympics International. Orville and Heidi Thompson presented the check to representatives from Special Olympics International and member Lauren Schmellick, an Idaho contestant in the 2011 Special Olympics Summer World Games in Athens, Greece, during a ceremony. The money was raised through the sales of its fall and winter special release candle, “Champion.”
Distributors who attended Talk Fusion’s “Believe” corporate event, held recently in Russia, raised a total of $80,000 to benefit Rusfond USA to pay for three surgeries for a Ukrainian toddler suffering from spina bifida.
WineShop At Home has moved into a new 20,000-square-foot facility in Napa Valley, Calif., at the Gateway Business Park.
WorldVentures has launched a Trust Council to measure, audit, counsel and advocate company practices and behaviors in the field and at the corporate office. The council includes corporate executives as well as independent representatives.