MLM News: Network Marketing Companies Are Making Headlines Worldwide

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Without a doubt Direct Selling worldwide is coming on strong. Having weathered the economic recession of 2008, we are now seeing the rise in sales as well as distributors. And 2013 has started off on a strong note for both the public and private network marketing companies as we can  see with this most current MLM News Report.

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Mary Kay Implements Latest Mobile Technologies to Support Worthy Cause

Domestic violence remains the number one cause of injury for women ages 15 to 44 and each year, in the U.S. alone, victims of domestic violence lose nearly 8 million days of paid work. In efforts to promote prevention and raise awareness, Mary Kay has launched innovative strategies to put a stop to violence and educate others about how to identify abuse.

In 1996, Mary Kay Ash first launched the Mary Kay Foundation with a commitment to help bring an end to cancers affecting women. Just five years later, those efforts were expanded to include working toward an end to domestic violence, a cause that has remained one of the foundation’s primary focuses ever since. Today, as part of its efforts, the company takes a uniquely innovative approach to furthering the cause through the use of mobile technology to provide support and assistance to those impacted by domestic violence who may feel they have no place to turn. (Read The Whole Article Click Here)

DSA Participates in Events with State Attorneys General

This week Washington, D.C., was the site of conferences hosted by the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) and the Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA). DSA’s involvement with these organizations has long been recognized by the DSA Government Relations Committee as an integral tactic of the Association’s government relations and political outreach strategy. DSA attorneys Valerie Hayes and John Webb participated in these events and spoke with numerous State Attorneys General about issues important to the direct selling industry. Specifically, they discussed the recent enforcement action filed against Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing by the Kentucky, North Carolina and Illinois Attorneys General in conjunction with the Federal Trade Commission. DSA staff discussed the Association’s membership review process and members’ compliance with DSA’s stringent Code of Ethics. In addition, DSA staff discussed legislation introduced in various states that would impact direct selling companies and distributors, as well as other issues.

Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder gave keynote addresses at the NAAG meeting, focusing on the Administration’s gun control initiative. Thomas Curry, Comptroller of the Currency, and Richard Cordray, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, discussed how the federal government is working with states to enforce consumer protection laws.

As prescribed by the DSA Government Relations Committee, DSA will continue to meet with State Attorneys General to foster these relationships and advocate the interests of the direct selling industry.

Network Marketing Companies In The News

Amway recently opened a new facility at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets baseball team. The Amway Business Center will be used for classes and serve as a resource for distributors. The company has also announced a sponsorship package with the team that includes a sign on the right-center field scoreboard, hospitality opportunities, season tickets and other ways to put its sponsorship into action.

Natura Cosmeticos was ranked No. 2 on the 2013 Global 100 List of the Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. The list is created by Corporate Knights Inc. using data on corporate sustainability from the top 100 large-cap companies in the world. The rankings are announced each year at the World Economic Forum.

Origami Owl has partnered with the country music band Rascal Flatts to promote its TAGGED™ collection. For a limited time customers will receive a digital download of Rascal Flatts’ latest single, Changed, with the purchase of Origami Owl’s Changed Tag.

Stella & Dot has established its European headquarters in London and is now looking to expand to Scotland with the recruitment of up to 450 new sales representatives there.

USANA announced that its China subsidiary, BabyCare Ltd., received official government approval from the Ministry of Commerce People’s Republic of China to expand direct selling activities in three additional provinces/municipalities: Jiangsu, Shanxi and Tianjin. These licenses are in addition to a license in Beijing.

In additional company news, the USANA True Health Foundation donated $10,000 NZ to KidsCan, a nonprofit organization in New Zealand, in response to Mike Allsop completing the 777 Project. The challenge included running seven marathons in seven days on seven continents.

Vemma has won five graphic design awards in two competitions sponsored by GDUSA magazine. The company took home three awards in the American Graphic Design Awards competition and two from the American Package Design Awards.

 

Weekly MLM News Report: Network Marketing Quarterly Financials & New Direct Sales Companies

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This week I share about a new format I will be using in reporting the news in 2013, and some of fantastic news on the financial health of the direct selling industry and the network marketing community that makes it what it is.

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Direct Selling Companies You May Not Have Heard Of!

Awbrey Smith started this company out of her home in 2011. With little to go on besides a crazy idea and “dream” of what she wanted to accomplish for women all over the country, 2CP has grown by leaps and bounds since it’s opening. According to Awbrey, the success of 2CP lies within her amazing team (listed below) and the consultants and customers who make each day an exciting one! Work is no longer what she has to do to help pay the family bills, it is now a growing change that Awbrey is helping make in women’s lives all over.

Boisset Wines

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Cookie Lee

OUR BUSINESS
We have been helping women build businesses for over 20 years.

Cookie Lee jewelry is delivered directly to customers through shows, fundraisers and personal shopping. Our ever-growing base of independent Consultants operates throughout the United States.

Dove Choclate Discoveries

A HISTORY OF SWEET SUCCESS!

DOVE CHOCOLATE DISCOVERIES™ launched in February 2007 as one of the latest ventures from Mars, Incorporated. Now, a global leader in chocolate, Mars roots goes back to the kitchen. In the 1880’S, when Frank Mars was a young boy, his mother taught him to hand-dip chocolate. With his wife, Ethel, Frank started a home candy-making business in Tacoma, Washington, that eventually grew into Mars, Inc., a world-wide industry leader in chocolate confections. Going back to its direct-selling heritage, Mars created DOVE CHOCOLATE DISCOVERIES™. Since then, the Chocolatier sales force has taken off. There are now Chocolatiers in 48 states.

With over 100 years of candy-making experience behind us, DOVE CHOCOLATE DISCOVERIES™ is dedicated to creating the ultimate chocolate experience – in the comfort of your own home, providing an opportunity to share some sweet moments with family and friends. Plus, as a Chocolatier, you’re walking in the door with respect and recognition. What could be sweeter than that!

Lia Sophia

The lia sophia Story

Jewelry has been a passion in the Kiam family for decades. In fact, lia sophiaisn’t the only jewelry company that family patriarch and entrepreneur Victor Kiam and his wife, Ellen, were a part of. They learned a great deal about the business from the Friendship Collection, which they started as a mom-and-pop enterprise in their apartment decades earlier. By the 1970s, it had grown into the United States’ largest importer of jewelry, antiques and artifacts from China. Even early on, their instincts were good. (Read On)

Our Story

We had a question in early 2010- what would happen if women were able to earn some extra money selling designer jeans at a discount? Well, based on the success we have had so far, the answer is pretty clear. Vault Denim is a direct sales company that is a little different than others. Our consultants don’t have to spend money to purchase their own inventory- we provide it. Customers don’t place orders at home parties and then wait for products to be shipped- they wear their new jeans home. And because we sell the same jeans found in department stores for up to 50% less, people are lining up to host parties and become a part of this fast-growing, exciting company.

Wild Tree

Leslie Montie never dreamed she would become the founder of a company that helps families enjoy great tasting, nutritious meals in minutes.

When Leslie discovered that her two young children had medical conditions requiring special dietary restrictions, she began her search for healthy alternatives. “It was amazing how this impacted our entire family.” recalls Leslie. “I needed to come up with meals that my children would not react to, yet still enjoy. And since I was a full-time working mom, they had to be easy to make.” (Read On)

Willow House

At Willow House, our mantra is Simply Good Design — and it permeates everything we do.

Our in-house designers strive to create high-quality products with impeccable design and effortless style, from the sparkling luxury of our designer Jewelry by Sara Blaine to our line of exclusive home décor and American artisan pieces.

More than simply “on trend,” our exclusive home décor and jewelry collections are thoughtfully designed to be timeless. They’re pieces that you’ll enjoy wearing and decorating with season after season.

But Simply Good Design runs deeper than our look — it’s in the very soul of our company. You see, Willow House offers our family of Consultants two strong divisions to grow their own small business — Jewelry by Sara Blaine and Style for Home. We empower our Consultants with the tools needed to succeed in this ever-growing industry.

Willow House is the most compelling home-based business opportunity in America. Through e-commerce, savvy social media marketing and our on-trend blog, Plate & Pattern, we help our Consultants connect with their customers in new, exciting, and profitable ways.

Network Marketing Company News

AdvoCare will continue its partnership and primary sponsorship of Austin Dillon’s No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet for the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series season. This follows the company’s sponsorship of Dillon and the No. 3 car for 20 races in the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series season.

Berkshire Hathaway, parent company of Kirby, The Pampered Chef and World Book, announced its financial results for the third quarter of 2012. The conglomerate reported that its third-quarter profit rose as strength in the railroad and utility businesses, as well as investment gains, offset weaker results in its insurance units. Berkshire said its cash holdings grew to $47.78 billion, up $10 billion from the start of the year. View the full press release online.

Blyth, parent company of PartyLite and ViSalus, reported earnings for the third quarter of 2012. Net sales for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2012, increased 40 percent to $268.8 million versus $191.5 million for the comparable prior-year period, primarily due to the 132 percent year-over-year sales growth at ViSalus. International sales for Blyth represented 25 percent of third-quarter sales this year, compared to 34 percent last year, driven by ViSalus’ strong domestic sales growth. View the full press release online.

Fuller Brush recently celebrated its 106th anniversary.

Mannatech has reported net income of $2.2 million for the third quarter ending Sept. 30, 2012, compared to a net loss of $3.7 million for the third quarter of 2011. In achieving net income of $2.2 million for the third quarter of 2012, non-cash items impacting profitability included a reduction in a previously recognized deferred tax asset valuation allowance of approximately $1 million, a release of reserves related to transaction taxes of $800,000 due to the expiration of statutes of limitations, and income from foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations of $500,000. Third-quarter operating profitability and net income adjusted for the non-cash items listed above was near even as the company moves closer to its goal of profitability.

Net sales for the third quarter of 2012 were $43 million, a decrease of 14.8 percent, compared to $50.5 million in the third quarter of 2011. Net sales for the U.S. and Canada declined 16.3 percent to $20.5 million, compared to $24.5 million in the third quarter of 2011. International net sales of $22.5 million decreased 13.5 percent, compared to $26 million in the third quarter of 2011. View the full press release online.

Medifast, parent company of Take Shape for Life, announced its financial earnings for the third quarter of 2012. Net revenue increased 20 percent to $91 million from net revenue of $76.1 million in the third quarter of the prior year. Each of the company’s three primary distribution channels, Take Shape for Life, Direct Response Marketing and Medifast Weight Control Centers and Wholesale Physicians, contributed to this year-over-year revenue increase. Revenue in the direct sales channel, Take Shape for Life, increased 20 percent to $55.6 million in the third quarter of 2012 compared to $46.4 million in the same period last year. Growth in revenue for Take Shape for Life was driven by increased customer product sales as a result of an increase in the number of active health coaches and an increase in the monthly revenue per health coach. The company ended the third quarter with approximately 10,800 active health coaches and the average revenue per health coach per month for the quarter increased 3 percent to $1,634 compared to $1,585 in the third quarter of 2011. View the full press release online.

Nature’s Sunshine Products recently reported its third-quarter financial results. Net sales were $91.2 million, compared with $91.1 million in the same quarter a year ago, an increase of 0.1 percent; however, net sales increased 2.1 percent in local currencies. As of Sept. 30, 2012, active managers worldwide were 28,700, an increase of 1.8 percent from Sept. 30, 2011, while active distributors and customers worldwide were 656,800, a decrease of 3.7 percent from the end of the quarter a year ago. Operating income was $8.7 million, compared with an operating loss of $5.1 million and pro forma operating income from continuing operations of $9.6 million (excluding contract termination costs) in the same quarter a year ago, a decrease of 9.7 percent year-over-year. For the first nine months of the year, net sales were $277.1 million, compared with $275.8 million in the same period a year ago, an increase of 0.5 percent; however, net sales increased 2 percent in local currencies.

Net income was $20.9 million, compared with net income of $10 million and pro forma net income of $19 million (excluding contract termination costs) in the same period a year ago, an increase of 9.9 percent year-over-year. In the U.S., net sales were $33.7 million, compared with $33.5 million in the same quarter a year ago, an increase of 0.5 percent. Net sales for core products increased by 1 percent, but were partially offset by the discontinuance of non-core products. Active managers within NSP U.S. totaled approximately 5,300 and 5,600 at Sept. 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively. Active distributors and customers within NSP U.S. totaled approximately 191,500 and 210,300 at Sept. 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

Synergy WorldWide, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nature’s Sunshine Products, Inc., reported net sales of $26.3 million, compared with $24.5 million in the same quarter a year ago, an increase of 7.1 percent. In local currencies, net sales increased 13.1 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago. Active managers within Synergy Worldwide totaled approximately 3,200 and 2,600 at Sept. 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively. Active distributors and customers within Synergy Worldwide totaled approximately 89,100 and 85,000 at Sept. 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively. View the full press release online.

Primerica announced its financial results for the third quarter of 2012. Total revenues were $299.1 million in the third quarter of 2012 and net income was $45.6 million. Operating revenues increased by 7 percent to $295.2 million in the third quarter of 2012, compared with $276 million in the third quarter of 2011. Net operating income grew by 21 percent to $45.1 million in the third quarter of 2012, compared with $37.3 million in the third quarter of 2011. The size of the company’s life-licensed insurance salesforce was 91,506 at Sept. 30, 2012, up modestly from 90,868 at June 30, 2012.

There was downward pressure on recruiting in the second and third quarters as the company placed more focus on licensing initiatives, which improved the percentage of new recruits obtaining a license in those quarters. Lower sequential recruiting levels in the second quarter and a 3 percent decline in recruiting in the third quarter from the second quarter translated into 12 percent fewer new life licenses in the third quarter than in the second quarter of 2012. On a year-over-year basis, the life-licensed salesforce was down slightly from 91,970 at Sept. 30, 2011. Coming off the unusually high post-convention recruiting surge in 2011, recruiting declined 43 percent to 47,639, and new life licenses declined 17 percent to 8,613 compared with the third quarter of 2011. View the full press release online.

Stella & Dot won the Retail Innovation award for the 16th annual Accessories Council Excellence Awards. The company was also listed as No. 11 on the “100 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the Bay Area” list, published in the San Francisco Business Times.

Stream Energy is working to assist low-income families this winter with a donation to the Fuel Fund of Maryland. The donation will help families in distress with their heating and energy needs. The company has provided electricity services to customers in Maryland since 2011.

Direct Selling on Wall Street: Despite Challenges, Companies Post Record Q3 2012 Results

Source: Direct Selling Association

As the United States continues to emerge from the effects of the global recession, direct selling companies are seeking—and, in many instances, capitalizing on—opportunities for growth and expansion in the U.S. and abroad.

Of those companies to post strong results for third quarter 2012, HerbalifeNu Skin andUSANA were among those publicly traded direct selling companies to report record-breaking figures.

Herbalife reported record third-quarter net sales of $1 billion, a 14 percent increase year over year; and Nu Skin announced record third-quarter results with revenue of $526.2 million, a 23 percent improvement over the prior-year period. Additionally, USANA’s net sales for the third-quarter 2012 increased by 15.1 percent to $165.2 million.

Although such results are not representative of the entire industry, they are indicative of the steady growth various companies across the channel have experienced in recent months.

“We truly believe, as direct sellers, we’re at the right place at the right time,” said DSA President Joe Mariano. “We’re an industry that clearly thrives on better service, consumer education and opportunities that aren’t necessarily available to the rest of the market. We’re centered on the fact that people trust what we do and share a passion for what we do and that’s something unique.”

In many ways, this uniqueness that defines the direct sales channel proffers an advantage as companies look to enter the public market.

“As more and more direct selling companies continue to do well in the public market, that will be great for the overall industry and attract more investors,” said Rodney Clark, Managing Director and Co-Head of U.S. Consumer Investment Banking with supplier member Canaccord Genuity Inc. “The model has worked extremely well and growth is strong. As direct selling companies mature, they have to find ways to continue their growth, whether it’s through new products or distribution or expansion to new markets.”

While financial gain is most commonly viewed as the distinct advantage to going public, for many companies—particularly direct selling companies—another key benefit is an increased public awareness of the company as well as the business model itself.

“There is somewhat of an education element present in that people who don’t know much about the direct selling model might have picked up on the bad case studies that are out there and based their opinions on those instances,” Rodney said. “The direct selling industry is going to have to distance itself from those cases over time. It’s very similar to what’s happened in the nutrition industry. There was once a lot of turmoil but, in that industry, we’ve seen a lot of strategic big deals. Just like the nutrition industry, as direct selling gains traction, investors will become more astute to the fact that this is a highly productive channel.”

Even when negative coverage of the direct sales channel is not making front-page news, broad-sweeping generalizations, however inaccurate they might be, pose challenges to direct selling companies looking to break into the public market.

“The industry has had some challenges in the public’s eyes so valuations aren’t very rich right now,” Rodney said. “It’s been a little challenging for direct sellers to attract new investors because there’s been a spotlight on the industry and there hasn’t always been a positive tone in some of the coverage that’s out there. But, what companies are showing coming out of the recession is that many are getting the right products and services into distributors’ hands and are seeing strong growth. These business models are fantastic and if you’ve got the right products in the right hands and distributors who are excited and engaged, you can post positive results.”

As direct selling companies new to the public sector face a number of challenges including legal and accounting fees, Securities and Exchange Commission reporting requirements and pressure to increase earnings, it is important to recognize that the greatest challenges are often those that companies face internally.

“Abstracting from the direct selling industry and looking at the broader market, any company can face challenges in the spotlight, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the rest of the industry isn’t doing well or shouldn’t be viewed favorably,” Rodney said. “The challenges could be company-specific, such as management issues. Overall, the industry is a strong industry and for the companies that are well-managed and on trend, they’re firing on all cylinders in the public market and even experiencing a great deal of international growth.”

 

 

 

MLM Weekly News: Covering The International & North America Network Marketing Community

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This week we have Network Marketing news coming from all over the world, DubLi Network, ACN, AdvoCare, Viridian Energy, The Traveling Vineyard, Ava Anderson Non-Toxic, Essential Bodywear, Stream Energy, Stella & Dot, Mary Kay, MonaVie, Nu Skin, and Shaklee.

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DubLi Dream Days Dubai – Exclusive Event Package

DubLi Dream Days Dubai was billed as the greatest business event in DubLi history. It not only lived up to this expectation, but far surpassed it! Over 1,000 top leaders from more than 25 countries around the world converged on Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai for this life-changing event. DubLi Founder, President and CEO Michael Hansen opened the meeting by saying, “Whatever your greatest expectations were for this event, they will be far exceeded! You will see systems and technology that you didn’t even know had been invented.”

The meeting featured world-class training, motivation, and information, including a myriad of announcements unparalleled by any other company in business today. Most companies would have built complete events around just one of the announcements that were made; DubLi made more than 20 such declarations! Some of these landmark announcements included… (Read the full story here)

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ACN will be hosting its International Training Event in Charlotte, N.C., at the end of September. The company is expecting nearly 20,000 independent business owners to attend. Attendees will receive training and hear from motivational speaker John C. Maxwell. The last two ACN events that have been hosted in Charlotte have been estimated to generate $13.8 million for the local economy.

AdvoCare recently announced it is the new title sponsor for the November NASCAR race at Phoenix International Raceway. The race will be called the AdvoCare 500 and take place on Nov. 11, 2012.

Ava Anderson Non-Toxic has been chosen as the next Spanx Leg Up winner. The direct selling company will be featured on the Spanx website and in the Holiday Spanx consumer catalog.

Essential Bodywear

Essential Bodywear is supporting National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by donating $2 to the Pink Daisy Project for every “Jacqueline” wire-free bra sold in October. The donation will be doubled if the goal of 2,000 bras sold is reached. The Pink Daisy Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women facing the hardship of breast cancer treatment by providing housecleaning help, gift cards for necessities such as groceries and gas, assistance with prescription drug costs and more.

Mary Kay

The Mary Kay Foundation awarded $3 million in grants to 150 domestic violence shelters in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, taking place in October. Each shelter received a $20,000 grant to maintain critical services and programs for women and children who are survivors of domestic violence. Through its annual shelter grant program, the foundation has now provided a total of $31 million to domestic violence organizations since 2000.

MonaVie will begin its “Get a VIEW” city tour in October, featuring the new MonaVie VIEW Antioxidant Scanner. There will be more than 30 stops throughout the U.S. and five in Canada.

Nu Skin recently announced plans to triple its number of stores and sales support centers in China by 2017 and expand its direct selling coverage and distribution model to generate higher levels of market penetration.

In additional company news, Nu Skin has been able to expand its charitable work in 2012:

The Nu Skin Force For Good Foundation was able to start work on a new educational center being built in Vanua Leva Island, Fiji, with the help of a new partner, Seacology; open the Nu Hope Library, which was donated to the children of Chungbuk Province in South Korea; and donate a vehicle to The Center for Children’s Mental Healthcare in Japan, which was established to help the children who were affected by the Tohoku earthquake last year.

The Nu Skin Foundation has donated more than $900,000 in grants to charitable projects; has been able to open 10 children’s libraries; helped 77 children receive life-saving heart surgeries; given more than $16,000 for the “Lunch Box Delivery” program, which brought needed meals to children and senior citizens in Korea; and issued 56 scholarships through the ETC scholarship program.

Nu Skin’s “Nourish the Children” initiative was also able to deliver almost 10 million donated meals of “VitaMeal” to some of the countries that need it most, including Russia, South Africa, Malawi, China, the Philippines, Thailand, Guatemala, Haiti, El Salvador and Fiji, as well as to impoverished areas within the United States and Canada.

These charitable works are all made possible through the donations of Nu Skin customers and distributors.

Shaklee

Shaklee recently held its annual convention in Las Vegas with more than 6,000 attendees. Inspired by information provided during a keynote by Dr. Jamie McManus, conference attendees committed to losing a combined total of 72,855 pounds in the 90 days following the convention.

Stella & Dot recently launched a capsule collection of signature jewelry and accessories to celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For each piece purchased during the month of October, all net proceeds will benefit the Noreen Fraser Foundation, a nonprofit organization with a mission to raise funds for women’s cancer research and awareness of the importance of early detection.

Stream Energy has been named a finalist for a Platts Global Energy Award. The company is contending for the Corporate Social Responsibility Award in the Stewardship Award category. This is the second year in a row in which Stream Energy is being recognized for its charitable work on behalf of Captain Hope’s Kids, a not-for-profit advocacy organization for homeless children in the North Texas region. Winners of the 2012 Global Energy Awards will be announced at a celebration on Nov. 29, 2012, in New York City.

The Traveling Vineyards

The Traveling Vineyard recently announced the creation of a new federal bonded and licensed winery facility in Buellton, Calif., in the Santa Barbara County wine region. This will be the second winery location for the company.

Viridian Energy

Viridian Energy recently held its third-annual PowerUP! convention in Atlantic City, N.J. Key announcements at this year’s convention included foundational growth plans for Viridian, product expansion, a new business management platform and new training programs.

Source: Direct Selling Association

MLM Weekly News Report: Covering The Network Marketing Community For The Week of August 24th 2012

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This week’s MLM News Report covers some great info from Vemma, MonaVie, ViTel, Ocean Avenue, and many of the top 500 and 5000 companies of the Inc. Magazine’s fastest growing companies.

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BK Boreyko founder of VEMMA emailed me this week to ask me if I knew what $5.5 Million dollars looks like?

ViTel Wireless Touring The Nation Laning In Atlanta The First Week of Septermber 2012

Vitel Wireless Atlanta Promo from Rick James Stapp on Vimeo.

EUROPEAN DIRECT SELLING

Direct Selling clearly on the rise in Poland
The direct sales market in Poland increased by 1.3% year on year in 2011 to €585.4m. Cosmetics and personal care products accounted for 69% of the revenues of companies affiliated in the Direct Selling Association of Poland (PSSB). The year before this category held 70% while a European Union average in 2010 stood at 38%. The second largest value share in the Polish direct sales market had household appliances, which generated 13.4% of the overall direct retail sales in the country, marking a 3.4% increase year on year. OTC medicines and dietary supplements accounting for 11.6% of direct sales in Poland in 2011 and growing at 3.1% on a yearly basis. Approximately 870,000 individuals were involved in direct sales in Poland last year, of which 88% are women.

Companies operating on the market employed about 1,497 people, and 96% of the revenues came from person to person sales. Companies on the direct sales market include Amway, Avon Cosmetics, Forever Living Products, Herbalife, Mary Kay Cosmetics and Oriflame. Poland is the fifth largest direct sales market in Europe after France (€3.7bn), Germany (€2.7bn), Italy (€2.4bn), and Great Britain (€1.4bn).

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Inc. Magazine announced its list of the top 500 and 5,000 fastest-growing companies. Direct selling companies included in the top 500 list were Stella & Dot (no. 57) and non-member J.Hilburn (no. 221). Companies included in the top 5,000 were Scentsy (no. 516), non-member It Works! Global (no. 662), YOR Health (no. 1220), Ambit Energy (no. 1305), Initials (no. 1555), non-member Acuity (no. 2020), 5LINX Enterprises (no. 2900), Supplier member FONA International (no. 4031), Symmetry (no. 4121) and Isagenix International (no. 4951).

The 2012 International Business Awards, a.k.a. the Stevie Awards, were announced this week. Winners will be celebrated and presented with their awards at a banquet in South Korea this October. DSA congratulates the following direct selling companies for their achievements:

Subscriber member ARIIX: Bronze Stevie Award –
Company of the Year – Health Products & Services and Pharmaceuticals
Morinda Bioactives: Bronze Stevie Award – Best New Product or Service of the Year – Consumer Products
Nu Skin U.S.: Bronze Stevie Award – Management Team of the Year

Nu Skin Korea/North Asia:
Gold Stevie Award – Company of the Year – Health Products & Services and Pharmaceuticals
Gold Stevie Award – Fastest-Growing Company of the Year in Asia (China, Japan and Korea)
Silver Stevie Award – Executive of the Year – Health Products & Services: Luke Yoo, CEO

Non-member The Learning Annex: Gold Stevie Award – Executive of the Year – Internet/New Media: David Galvan, CEO
USANA:
Bronze Stevie Award – Management Team of the Year
Bronze Stevie Award – Customer Service Department of the Year – All Other Industries

AdvoCare recently held a Success School Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, during which independent distributors collected more than 1,400 backpacks and raised more than $27,000, all of which will benefit Operation Homefront, an organization that provides emergency financial and other assistance to families of service members and wounded warriors. This is the third year AdvoCare has stepped forward to help Operation Homefront. The company is on target to surpass its Platinum-level commitment of $250,000.

Pending member AnyArt recently launched the Canvas for a Cause program, whereby each independent distributor, in cooperation with their home party hostess, can select from a list of charities the one they would like a percentage of their parties’ sales to benefit. Guests are made of aware of such charitable donations through the invitations and reminders for the party.

Avon has announced that Paula Abdul will be a spokeswoman for their accessories collection, “Forever” selected by Paula Abdul.

Natural Health Trends, parent company of NHT Global, announced its financial earnings through June 30, 2012. The company reported first-half sales of $20.1 million, up 62 percent over the $12.4 million of a year ago. In the second quarter, sales, at $11 million, were up 52 percent over a year ago. View the full press release online.

Oriflame of Sweden has reported its financial earnings for the second quarter of 2012. For the three months ended on June 30, 2012, local currency sales increased by 1 percent and Euro sales were up by 2 percent to €373.6 million. Average size of the salesforce decreased by 5 percent to 3.6 million. Oriflame consultants and closing salesforce was down by 6 percent. For the past six months that ended on June 30, 2012, local currency sales increased by 2 percent and Euro sales were up by 1 percent to €769.3 million. View the full press release online.