World of Direct Selling Reports: 2013: As it Happened

2013This week I will be featuring the highlights from the industry news as they appeared on our newsletter. I hope you will agree with me that it was most certainly an interesting year with all the positive and the negative issues.

Please note this is a compilation of news pieces from last year that I personally have found more memorable than the others. I have also included few articles from The World of Direct Selling blog that had attracted interest.


Ackman, Herbalife and Celebrity Short-Sellers

The U.S. Direct Selling Association Responds to Accusations About Direct Selling Business

Herbalife in Investor Meeting Says Ackman Pyramid Case Wrong

Russian Direct-Selling Agents Under Threat From Tax Increase

Ambit Energy Surpasses 1 Million Customers in 2012

At Davos, Investing in Women Emerges as a Business Strategy

Regulators Shut Down Fortune Hi-Tech

Tupperware 2012 Sales in Line with 2011



Amway Parent Company Reports Record 2012 Sales of USD$11.3 billion

Nu Skin Reports 24% Growth in 2012

Herbalife Fights Pyramid Charge with Distributor Data

Natura’s Revenue Increase 13.5% in 2012

USANA Reports 11.5% Growth in 2012

Avon Reports 5% Decline in 2012 Sales

Oriflame’s Sales Flat in 2012

Herbalife Reports 18% Yearly Sales Increase

Avon CEO Wows to Restore Company to Former Glory



Mary Kay Hosts Global Makeover Day for 50th Anniversary Celebration

Mannatech Hires Roy Truett as COO

CVSL and Longaberger Sign Definitive Agreement

Natura Brazil’s Most Valuable Brand

Strategic Priorities of Avon

Weight Loss and Diet Markets Not Lightening Up Anytime Soon



Amway’s President on Reinventing the Business to Succeed in China

Eurozone Unemployment Hits New Record High of 12%

PartyLite Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Avon to Eliminate 400 Jobs, Leave Ireland

Longaberger Announces New COO, President

Most Valuable Cosmetics Brands 2013

Creative Memories Files for Bankruptcy For the Second Time in Five Years

Nu Skin Sees $1b in Sales in China

Avon Non-Executive Chairman Hassan Leaves After Four Months

ViSalus Celebrates Pre-Launch Into First European Market

Avon Slows Spending on Bribery Probe



How Have They Started?

Oriflame Ups Its Investment in India

Immunotec Announces Charles Orr as New CEO

Eureka Forbes to Acquire Lux International

Revenue & Customs Targets Direct Sellers as Part of Tax Dodging Crackdown in UK

Herbalife: Pyramid Scheme or Juggernaut? CEO Michael Johnson Fights Back

Vorwerk Achieves the Highest Sales in Company History

Amway India CEO, 2 Directors Arrested 



WFDSA and US DSA Release 2012 Figures

AL International Corporate Name Changing to Youngevity

Herbalife Report Shows Has About 8 Million U.S. Consumers

We Need Specific Rules for Industry in India’: William S Pinckney, Amway

Working Five to Nine: Millions Take on Second Jobs to Survive

Scentsy CEO Elected Chairman of U.S. Direct Selling Association

Amway Chairman Steve Van Andel Talks About Arrests of Company Leaders in India



WFDSA Announces Global Statistics For 2012

Co-Founders Reacquire Silpada Designs

Mary Kay Convention to Bring 50,000 to Dallas for Company’s 50th Anniversary

J.Hilburn Leads the Revolution in Custom Menswear

Mary Kay Quits India Citing Regulatory Issues, Poor Sales

Amway North America #1 in Online Health & Beauty Sales for 10th Consecutive Year

Bronstein, Gewirtz & Grossman Announces Investigation of USANA

Xango Lay offs Position for New growth



The First Six Months: An Overview

Avon Says U.S. Rejects $12 Million Offer to Settle Probes

Vemma Doubles Sales in 12 Months

Natura Among World’s 10 Most Innovative Companies

Police Freezes Two Bank Accounts of QNet in India

Stella & Dot Founder Jessica Herrin: I’m ‘Living My One Precious Life In Accordance With My Values’



CVSL And Tomboy Tools Sign Definitive Agreement

Police Take a Hardline Against Pyramid Schemes in China

Is Friday the 13th Unlucky? Not For Mary Kay

LifeVantage Reports 65% Growth Over Fiscal Year 2012

Oriflame Wants to Boost Sales Through Innovation and a Better Organization

Tupperware CEO: Women Driving Emerging Middle Class

Turkey Ahead of All EU Countries on FMCG Growth

Amway Develops Online Gaming Platform to Train Salesforce

Failure to Meet New EU Regulation Could Hit Cosmetics Firms where It Hurts

New Virtual Party Boosts SimplyFun’s Sales

Amway Bankrolls Harvard Course For Chinese Cadres



Seldia Annual Round Table 2013

Gregory L. Probert Appointed Chief Executive Officer of Nature’s Sunshine Products

Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women In Business

Avon to Close its French Operations

How Amway Turned Direct Sales Giant Around, Doubled Revenues in a Decade

Nu Skin Ready to Make $200m Investment in China

FTC Urged to Investigate Multilevel Marketing Firms

PartyLite Taps Luca Pozzoli To Make It Europe’s #1 Social Shopping Experience

USANA Accepts Lower Earnings to Revise Compensation Structure for Distributors

Meet the Teenage Girl who Launched a Custom Jewelry Company at Age 14

From Bad to Worse at Avon

Direct Sellers Meet with Congress in the U.S.

How is Amway Recruiting Australia’s Gen Y? Digitally of Course



US DSA Announces Largest Companies

How Rodan + Fields Grew 10-Fold By Avoiding Top-Level Tinkering

Stella & Dot Brings Tech to At-Home Jewelry Parties

Beachbody Announces Marc Washington as President and Chief Operating Officer

Direct Sales in Europe Continue Growth Despite Economic Turndown

Blyth, Inc. Rejects Unsolicited Conditional Proposal From CVSL

Pressure Increases for Avon in On-Going Bribery Investigation

New Efforts to Get the FTC to Regulate Direct Sellers

Oriflame’s Choices

Mannatech Founder, Banned from Company, Still Works from Inside



In 100 Words: Looking Ahead to 2014

Herbalife Doesn’t Run a Pyramid Scheme, Belgian Appeals Court Rules

Connie Tang Takes Over as CEO of Princess House

Avon Plans to Cut 650 Jobs as McCoy Seeks to Trim Costs

US DSA Announces Winners of Second Annual DSA Digital Media Awards

America’s Largest Private Companies

Bill Ackman: More to Reveal on Herbalife in 2014

On the ‘Global Entrepreneusrship Report’


I hope to be able to share with you only the positive news in 2014. Once again, best wishes to all of you.


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