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HOME SHOPPING PARTIES: STELLA & DOT, THIRTY-ONE AND MORE ARE PART OF A NEW CLASS OF COMPANIES - December 26, 2013

Liz Ferrante regularly declined invitations to home shopping parties.

TUPPERWARE STILL INNOVATING WITH PLASTICS - December 26, 2013

When many consumers think of plastic, Tupperware comes to mind.

AVON USING PRODUCTS TO TRANSFORM LIVES IN AFRICA - December 26, 2013

Video: The popular American beauty brand is picking up representatives in some of South Africa’s poorest townships, and their new representatives are becoming an inspiration for many living in poverty.

DIRECT SELLING GIVES PEOPLE FREEDOM AND FLEXIBILITY AS WELL AS THE CHANCE TO EARN MONEY - December 26, 2013

New to London with no friends and a job that knocked her confidence, Emily Manning was becoming more and more depressed.

QNET RESPONDS TO 'SCAM' ALLEGATIONS IN INDIA - December 24, 2013

Zaheer Merchant, Director of Corporate Affairs for QNet, released the following statement in response to allegations made against the company and its local franchise…

IS THE FTC READY TO TAKE ON MULTI-LEVEL MARKETING? - December 23, 2013

A case against a fraudster could have implications for the $30 billion industry.

UPDATED - AVON'S FAILED SAP IMPLEMENTATION A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF THE ENTERPRISE IT REVOLUTION - December 17, 2013

Update: SAP contacted me to point out that other vendors involved in the project were involved in the usability aspects and hence this can’t be cast as a “SAP failure” story.

KENYA: ORIFLAME TO DOUBLE ITS SALES REVENUES BY 2016 - December 20, 2013

Swedish beauty company Oriflame Cosmetics expects to double its East African sales revenues from Sh600 million expected in 2014 to Sh1.2 billion in 2016

AVON PLANS TO CUT 650 JOBS AS MCCOY SEEKS TO TRIM COSTS - December 11, 2013

Avon Products Inc. (AVP), the world’s largest door-to-door cosmetics seller, plans to cut 650 jobs as part of its plan to trim $400 million in costs.

AVON HALTS NEW ORDER-MANAGEMENT SYSTEM ROLLOUT - December 11, 2013

Avon Products Inc. said it halted a rollout of a new order management system, saying a pilot program in Canada resulted in "significant business disruption in that market."

MARY KAY TARGETS MILLENIALS - December 6, 2013

The customers are younger, the sales force is younger and Mary Kay Cosmetics is targeting its audience with an expanded line of color cosmetics that is set to debut next year.

SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS! LEGAL SECRETARY WHO QUIT HER JOB TO BECOME AN AVON LADY SELLING COSMETICS WITH HER HUSBAND EARNS £125,000-A-YEAR - December 4, 2013

An Avon Lady and her husband who quit their jobs and started selling cosmetics to pay off their debts are now living a luxury lifestyle with an income of £125,000-a-year.

THE AMWAY GENERATION: STRUGGLING WORKERS FIND NEW CALLING IN DIRECT SALES - December 3, 2013

There was a time when the average Mary Kay or Avon seller was a housewife, but an increasingly competitive job market has launched a new wave of faces into the industry – Generation Y.

HERBALIFE STATEMENT REGARDING BELGIAN APPEAL COURT RULING - December 3, 2013

Global nutrition company Herbalife (HLF), welcomes the judgment by a Belgian Appeal Court that states the company’s sales model is in full compliance with Belgian law.

TOUGH CHOICES FOR CONSUMER-GOODS COMPANIES - December 2013

Over the past half century, the consumer-packaged-goods (CPG) industry has achieved enviable growth in both revenue and shareholder returns.

NEW REGULATIONS TO COMBAT PYRAMID SCHEMES - November 28, 2013

Direct selling is legal in Vietnam and as a relatively new business it lacks the regulations to deter those who use it for scamming and manipulating consumers.

HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER TURNED MULTI-MILLIONAIRE: IT WORKS! - November 26, 2013

Mark Pentecost just wanted to make another $500 a month to support his family. He wound up getting bitten by the entrepreneur bug and becoming a millionaire.

DIRECT SALES GIANTS INVEST IN COLOR COSMETICS - November 25, 2013

According to the World Luxury Index Brazil report, consumer interest in beauty brands increased by 49% in 2012, with fragrances and makeup accounting for more than 90% of consumer interest.

WATCHDOG: MANNATECH FOUNDER, BANNED FROM COMPANY, STILL WORKS FROM INSIDE - November 23, 2013

The smiling face of Samuel L. Caster, one of Texas’ top multilevel-marketing salesmen, is well known by the Texas attorney general’s office. Three times the state’s highest law enforcement officer has tangled with Caster.

EIGHT EMPLOYEES OF MULTI-LEVEL MARKETING FIRM HELD - November 23, 2013

Eight employees of the multi-level marketing firm, QNet, were arrested on Friday.

AN INTERVIEW WITH BRADLEE ROFFERS: STYLE, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND FLEXIBILITY IN THE STELLA & DOT SALES MODEL - November 23, 2013

I read a great piece a few weeks ago about Stella Dot CEO and Founder Jessica Herrin, and how’s she’s breathed life into the otherwise stale business model of direct marketing.

Q&A: ORIFLAME CEO SAYS CONQUER FEAR AND TAKE RISK - November 22, 2013

When Magnus Brännström was 12, he and his family, suppressing their fear, crossed the Iron Curtain for a vacation in the Soviet Union, their friends' warnings still ringing in their ears. USANA Becomes Member Of U.K. Direct Selling Association http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20131126-905631.html?dsk=y 11/26/13 USANA Health Sciences Inc. (NYSE: USNA) announced today it has acquired full membership in the U.K. Direct Selling Association.

DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEUR? - November 21, 2013

New research by Amway, the world’s number one direct selling business, reveals the traits required to make it as a successful entrepreneur.

NU SKIN ENTERPRISES ANNOUNCES 2014 ANNUAL GUIDANCE - November 21, 2013

In connection with its annual investor day, Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: NUS) today provided its 2014 financial guidance. The company projects 2014 revenue of $3.9 to $4.0 billion, a 22 to 25 percent increase including an anticipated negative foreign currency impact of 3 percent. Earnings per share are estimated to be $7.25 to $7.50, an increase of 25 to 30 percent over 2013.

HERBALIFE INVESTOR RAISES STAKE, EVOKES BUYOUT - November 19, 2013

William Stiritz, the head of Midwest cereal giant Post Holdings, has increased his stake in Herbalife Ltd. to 6.4 percent, and not only wants to help grow the Los Angeles nutrition company but help defend it against hedge fund investor William Ackman.

YOUNGEVITY INTERNATIONAL (YGYI) ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF BIOMETICS - November 18, 2013

Youngevity Essential Life Sciences, a wholly owned subsidiary of Youngevity International Inc., (otcqx:YGYI) ( www.YGYI.com ), announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets and assume certain liabilities of Biometics International ( www.biometics.com ), a unique health company and an innovator in advanced liquid nutritional supplements.

DIRECT SELLING ASSOCIATION TARGETS 8% - 10% GROWTH THIS YEAR - November 18, 2013

The Direct Selling Association of Malaysia (DSAM) is targeting 8%-10% growth this year in the turnover of its members from RM3.86bil in 2012.

DIGITAL MARKETING TECHNIQUES THAT WILL BE IN VOGUE IN 2014 - November 14, 2013

What’s in store in the digital marketing world of 2014? What will be trending in the New Year? Whatever it may be, now’s the time to start preparing your marketing plans for 2014.

PERRY CAPITAL BUYS HERBALIFE, NRG ENERGY, PENN NATIONAL GAMING - November 14, 2013

The 13f filing of Perry Capital, the hedge fund managed by Richard Perry, showed that its equity investments are worth $3,998,609,000 for the third quarter that ended September 30, 2013.

GROUND PREPARED FOR ENERGETIX IN TURKEY - November 14, 2013

The 130 participants took the welcome opportunity that presented itself here to acquaint themselves live with both the 2013/2014 collection and catalogue.

100 BEST WEBSITES FOR ENTREPRENEURS - November 12, 2013

We’ve searched high and low to bring you the first annual list of FORBES 100 Best Websites For Entrepreneurs.

NEW EFFORTS TO GET THE FTC TO REGULATE DIRECT SELLERS - November 11, 2013

So-called multilevel marketers or direct sellers, which enlist individuals to sell products such as cosmetics and weight-loss supplements to their friends and acquaintances, have long drawn criticism from consumer advocates, who liken the businesses to illegal pyramid schemes.

DIRECT SALES IN EUROPE CONTINUE GROWTH DESPITE ECONOMIC TURNDOWN - November 9, 2013

Economic troubles in Europe affected the direct selling market in two ways: sales decreased in selected countries in 2012, such as Italy and Portugal, but the number of direct selling representatives grew as more people seek a source of additional or even primary income.

AVON HASN'T SHAKEN CHINA BRIBERY ALLEGATIONS - November 6, 2013

Avon's market cap has lost an estimated $750 million on concerns related to the FCPA investigation, which has distracted the direct seller from focusing on a much-needed turnaround.

FINE IN R&D BUT NOT IN THE BOARDROOM: HOW RODAN + FIELDS GREW 10-FOLD BY AVOIDING TOP-LEVEL TINKERING - November 4, 2013

In theory, working for an entrepreneurial CEO is a dream. What executive wouldn’t want a boss who gets excited about good new ideas and is willing to back them?

USANA TO BUILD STATE-OF-THE-ART MANUFACTURING FACILITY IN CHINA - November 4, 2013

USANA Health Sciences Inc. (NYSE: USNA) is building a state-of-the-art facility in Beijing.

FROM BAD TO WORSE AT AVON - October 31, 2013

Company share prices plunged down 22% (the worst decline in 14 years), after the direct seller of beauty products said the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice may propose much bigger than expected settlement terms over investigation into its alleged bribery practice in China and other countries.

HOW IS AMWAY RECRUITING AUSTRALIA'S GEN Y? DIGITALLY OF COURSE - October 31, 2013

If you thought Amway’s direct selling model was doomed in the new digital age, here’s a reality check. The number of Amway distributors across the country has leapt to over 100,000 and most of them are Gen Ys.

DIRECT SELLERS MEET WITH CONGRESS: INDEPENDENT SELLERS FROM ACROSS U.S. MEET WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AT 2013 DIRECT SELLING SUMMIT ON CAPITOL HILL - October 29, 2013

More than 80 direct selling representatives met with their elected representatives Wednesday on Capitol Hill to discuss the direct selling industry and their personal experiences as direct sellers.

FTC URGED TO INVESTIGATE MULTILEVEL MARKETING FIRMS SUCH AS HERBALIFE - October 24, 2013

Dozens of people have called on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate multilevel marketing, a controversial industry that includes companies such as Herbalife Ltd., Amway, Avon and others.

MEET THE TEENAGE GIRL WHO LAUNCHED A CUSTOM JEWELRY COMPANY AT AGE 14 THAT IS NOW SET TO RAKE IN $250 MILLION THIS YEAR - October 23, 2013

Bella Weems, from Chandler, Arizona, is now 17, but she was only 14 when she thought up the idea for Origami Owl - a direct sales jewelry company that connects independent associates, referred to as 'designers', with buyers.

ORIFLAME INVESTS IN PIONEERING PLANT STEM CELL TECHNOLOGY - October 22, 2013

In the search for sustainable anti-ageing active ingredients Oriflame (STO:ORI-SDB), the international beauty company selling direct, today announces significant investment in the cultivation of its own plant stem cell cultures.

HOW THIRTY-ONE GIFTS GOT DIRECT SALES IN THE BAG - October 18, 2013

Thirty-One Gifts, a Columbus manufacturer and seller of handbags, totes and other organizational items for women, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

HOW AMWAY TURNED DIRECT SALES GIANT AROUND, DOUBLED REVENUES IN A DECADE - October 18, 2013

Just over a dozen years ago, global giant Amway was stumbling.

DIRECT SELLERS MOVE OUT OF KERALA IN STATE OF FEAR AS COPS NOT ALLOWING AGENTS TO OPERATE - October 16, 2013

Direct selling firms such as Amway, Modicare, K-Link and DXN are cutting down their operations in Kerala significantly due to police harassment since the arrest of Amway India CEO in May, two executives of the Indian Direct Selling Association (IDSA) said.

AVON TO CLOSE ITS FRENCH OPERATIONS - October 14, 2013

The French operations of the US cosmetics giant Avon Products are to be closed by the end of the month.

CHICAGO INVESTOR ACQUIRES YTB BUSINESS - October 11, 2013

A Chicago area investor has acquired the assets of bankrupt travel marketing firm YTB International and plans to resurrect the company that collapsed after state regulators scrutinized its sales model.

THIRTY-ONE GIFTS CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY BY GIVING BACK TO CHATTANOOGA - October 10, 2013

Cindy Monroe (center), CEO of Thirty-One Gifts, presented an endowed scholarship for the girls of Hamilton County. With her from left, Lara Ludwick, state representative Greg Martin, Wendy Bradshaw and Lisa Harvey.

JENNESSE REACHES A 30 MILLION DOLLAR MONTH - October 10, 2013

After achieving $25 million for sales in August, Jeunesse Global has surpassed a new milestone by generating over $30 million in September: the same month the company celebrated its 4th Anniversary.

AMWAY BREAKS GROUND ON $10 MILLION BOTANICAL RESEARCH CENTER IN WUXI, CHINA - October 9, 2013

Amway broke ground today on a new $10 million botanical research center in Wuxi, China.

CVSL TO OPEN EUROPEAN HEADQUARTERS IN SWITZERLAND - October 9, 2013

CVSL Inc., the parent company of Longaberger, announced Tuesday it will open a European headquarters in Luzern, Switzerland.

MONAVIE APPOINTS NEW CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER - October 9, 2013

We are pleased to announce that Paul Muehlmann has joined MonaVie’s corporate team (headquartered in South Jordan, Utah) as chief marketing officer (CMO).

UTAH'S TOP COMPANIES: A MIXED REVENUE BAG - October 9, 2013

The Great Recession and the slow economic growth that’s followed has proven to be a mixed bag for Utah’s largest publicly held companies.

USANA ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION IN COLOMBIA - October 7, 2013

USANA Health Sciences Inc. (NYSE: USNA), a global nutritional company, celebrates the opening of its newest office in Bogota, Colombia. A congratulatory event was held October 5, 2013 to commemorate USANA's 19th market worldwide. More than 2,000 attended the celebration.

ORGANO GOLD AND GREG NORMAN ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP - October 7, 2013

Organo Gold, the gourmet coffee company that caters to consumers’ active lifestyles, proudly announced today it has entered into a global partnership with Greg Norman and his group company, Great White Shark Enterprises.

FOREIGN FIRMS SHOW WAY IN DIRECT SELLING - October 3, 2013

Rumors about direct selling have never disappeared since the marketing form sneaked into China 20 years ago. Meanwhile, industry has been struggling to jump on track.

TODAY'S BEST BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY: GLOBAL AGING - October 3, 2013

Google GOOG +0.73%’s recent announcement that it was turning a portion of its massive creative energies in the direction of global aging reinforces the growing realization that the world’s aging represents one of today’s best business opportunities.

AFTER BENEFIT AXE, RISE OF THE MUMPRENEUR: 20% INCREASE IN NUMBER OF MOTHERS WITH YOUNG CHILDREN DOING 'DIRECT SELLING' - October 3, 2013

Around 20,000 mothers with young children have begun ‘direct selling’ jobs over the last year, with many saying they needed to earn money after the loss of their child benefit.

THE RISE AND FALL OF THE WORLD'S 10 MOST VALUABLE BRANDS - October 3, 2013

Coca-Cola (KO) has been dethroned by Apple (AAPL) from its long-running position as the world’s most valuable brand, according to the closely watched Interbrand Best Global Brands survey.

NATURE'S SUNSHINE PRODUCTS NAMES RICHARD STRULSON AS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, GENERAL COUNSEL, AND CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER - October 3, 2013

Nature's Sunshine Products, Inc. (Nasdaq:NATR), a leading natural health and wellness company engaged in the manufacture and direct selling of nutritional and personal care products, today announced the appointment of Richard Strulson to Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer.

4LIFE BRAZIL APPOINTS GENERAL MANAGER - October 3, 2013

Today, 4Life executives appointed Mirassul Dilamar Pereira as the company’s General Manager of its twenty-third marketplace, Brazil.

GREGORY L. PROBERT APPOINTED CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF NATURE'S SUNSHINE PRODUCTS - October 2, 2013

Nature's Sunshine Products, Inc. (Nasdaq:NATR), a leading natural health and wellness company engaged in the manufacture and direct selling of nutritional and personal care products, today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Gregory L. Probert as Chief Executive Officer.

SCENTSY TOWER NOW OPEN FOR TOURS - October 1, 2013

It's been under construction just off Eagle Road in Meridian for months, and now the six-story Scentsy tower is open for tours.

AMBIT ENERGY HOSTS MORE THAN 10,000 IN DALLAS AT 7TH ANNUAL AMBITION CONFERENCE - October 1, 2013

Ambit Energy, a leading retail energy provider of electricity and natural gas in deregulated states across the country, closed its 7th annual AMBITION conference in Dallas.

UNILEVER SEES WEAKER SALES GROWTH DUE TO EMERGING MARKET SLOWDOWN - October 1, 2013

Unilever, the world's second-largest consumer-goods maker, said sales growth weakened in the third quarter amid a slowdown in emerging markets.

50 MOST POWERFUL WOMEN IN BUSINESS - October 2013

NU SKIN EXPANDS IN VN AFTER SUCCESSFUL 1ST YEAR - October 1, 2013

Although the direct-selling market in Vietnam remains new and government regulations remain strict, Nu Skin is set to expand its personal care branch network there after enjoying strong growth in its first year.

UNDERSTANDING THE SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP FIELD IN INDONESIA - September 30, 2013

Indonesia is Southeast Asia’s most populous nation as well as being the largest economy. Well positioned with its rising middle class as the result of years of good economic performance with bolstered domestic consumer spending and new record high foreign direct investment of Rp206.6 trillion in 2012, there are plentiful business opportunities.

TUPPERWARE IN SPACE? CASSINI FINDS PLASTIC INGREDIENT ON A SATURN MOON - September 30, 2013

Saturn's moon Titan is one of the most bizarre places in the solar system, and now, to make things even weirder, scientists have found traces of propylene, the chemical used to make Tupperware, floating in its thick orange atmosphere.

HELPING THE 'LEFT BEHIND' - September 30, 2013

Audie Wong, president of Amway China and executive vice chairman of the Amway Charity Foundation, spoke about that project at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting last week.

VERVE ENERGY DRINK TURNING COLLEGE STUDENTS INTO SALES FORCE - September 29, 2013

The brainchild of Benson K. Boreyko, the founder and CEO of Vemma, a nine-year old multilevel marketing company, Verve is two years into a marketing plan that focuses on young people selling the caffeine-rich drinks.

LOOKS GOOD - September 28, 2013

Brazilian cosmetics and other consumer brands are powering ahead

MARY KAY GLOBAL MAKEOVER CONTEST BENEFITS MORE THAN 150 CHARITIES WORLDWIDE WITH NEARLY $500,000 IN GRANTS - September 26, 2013

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but for 50 charities across the U.S. and more than 150 around the world, beauty comes as a cash prize from a Mary Kay Makeover Contest winner.

NU SKIN OBTAINS FDA CLEARANCE OF FACIAL SPA DEVICE - September 26, 2013

Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: NUS) today announced that it has received FDA clearance to market a facial spa device for over-the-counter cosmetic use. The company’s 510(k) application was filed approximately one year ago. The company estimates that the facial spa will become available for sale some time during the first half of 2014.

HOW TO TURN CORPORATIONS INTO INNOVATION MACHINES - September 26, 2013

The corporate graveyard fills up quickly these days. Blackberry, Newsweek, Kodak, Blockbuster, Dell…once storied brands now routinely sell for a fraction of their heyday value.

SEPHORA, BEAUTY.COM AND AVON LAUNCH ON 'CATALOG SPREE' MOBILE SHOPPING APP - September 25, 2013

Catalog Spree, the personalized digital mall that lets beauty junkies discover and shop their fave brands on the iPhone and iPad, has launched a new mobile beauty department with lookbooks for Sephora, Beauty.com and Avon.

A LOVE STORY: FALLING HEAD OVER HEELS FOR MONEY - September 25, 2013

When Kate Northrup was in her 20s, she did what a lot of people do: She spent too much money and got into credit card debt – $20,000 of it.

NEW VIRTUAL PARTY BOOSTS SALES FOR FAMILY BOARD GAMES - September 25, 2013

Today SimplyFun, LLC., a developer and direct sales company for award-winning family board games, debuted new online product sharing and selling capabilities.

THE MATURE BEAUTY MARKET - TIME FOR BRANDS TO GROW UP? - September 24, 2013

There is a perception that beauty and personal care companies ignore old(er) people – a perception that is not completely unjustified.

LIFEVANTAGE CORPORATION ANNOUNCES COMMENCEMENT OF SELF-TENDER OFFER FOR UP TO $40,000,000 OF ITS COMMON STOCK - September 24, 2013

LifeVantage Corporation (Nasdaq:LFVN), a company dedicated to helping people achieve healthy living through a combination of a compelling business opportunity and scientifically validated products, will commence its previously announced modified Dutch auction tender offer today, September 24, 2013.

A BIG DAY IN CROWDFUNDING HISTORY - September 23, 2013

On July 11, the Securities and Exchange Commission voted to lift the ban on general solicitation, or the ability for start-ups to advertise the fact that they're looking to raise capital.

MILLENNIALS ARE SNUBBING THE CORPORATE WORLD FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP (INFOGRAPHIC) - September 23, 2013

Unlike previous generations, for many millennials climbing the corporate ladders isn't a goal they are striving to attain.

THERMOMIX IMPORTS A RECIPE FOR SUCCESS - September 21, 2013

There is big money in the cooking business. Just ask Grace Mazur, the woman who introduced the multi-function kitchen appliance Thermomix to Australia under licence and on a hunch, in 2001.

STELLA & DOT LAUNCHES BREAST CANCER AWARENESS COLLECTION BENEFITING THE NOREEN FRASER FOUNDATION - September 18, 2013

Stella & Dot, a global social-selling fashion accessories brand, announces the launch of a capsule collection of signature jewelry and accessories to celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

UNILEVER'S NETWORKING SYSTEM DROPS 'AVIANCE' NAME - September 17, 2013

Unilever, one of the world's leading consumer-goods companies, has renamed its direct-sales networking system from Aviance Networking to simply Unilever Network.

ONLINE GAMING PLATFORM DEVELOPED TO TRAIN SALES STAFF - September 17, 2013

American direct selling giant Amway Corporation recently designed a series of 3D online video games to train its new salespeople based in China in a "90-day Amway Life" Program.

OLIVIA WILDE JOINS AVON AS THE NEW FACE OF TODAY. TOMORROW. ALWAYS. FRAGRANCES - September 17, 2013

Beginning this fall in the U.S., actress, activist and renowned beauty Olivia Wilde will serve as the face of Avon’s beloved “Today. Tomorrow. Always.” trio of fragrances.

ALL EYES ON THE ARTPRIZE - September 17, 2013

When Rick DeVos came up with the idea for ArtPrize 5½ years ago, he wanted everyone to notice. "I followed the principle of the purple cow," he says, referring to author Seth Godin's concept that great products get people talking, as if they'd spied a purple cow, and gain visibility through word of mouth.

AMWAY, GM AND DOLLAR GENERAL AMONG CORPORATIONS MAKING 'GOOD' A GOAL - August 29, 2013

If you look for examples of corporations doing good in the world—as I have—you won’t want for examples. Once you open your eyes to it you see it everywhere.

ORIFLAME RESTRATEGIZES FOR A STRONGER FUTURE - August 29, 2013

As stated in its second quarter 2013 report, Oriflame announced it is fully committed to increasing sales and efficiency within the group.

STELLA & DOT FOUNDER JESSICA HERRIN: I'M 'LIVING MY ONE PRECIOUS LIFE IN ACCORDANCE WITH MY VALUES' - August 28, 2013

What does it take to get to the top -- without losing your center? Our “Making It Work” series profiles successful, dynamic women who are standouts in their fields, peeling back the "hows" of their work and their life, taking away lessons we can all apply to our own.

THE NEW FACE OF WORD-OF-MOUTH MARKETING - August 28, 2013

Forget Tupperware parties. Several startups are building creative campaigns that make it easy for people to recommend their products to people they know.

MARY KAY PRODUCTS HOLD MORE THAN 800 PATENTS FOR INNOVATION - August 27, 2013

Creativity and innovation has guided the growth of Mary Kay Inc. since the company's founding in 1963.

SAVE THE DATE: ISAGENIX IS LAUNCHING IN CHINA - August 27, 2013

Save the date: Isagenix® is launching in China this November!

VEMMA® VIDEOS GARNER INTERNATIONAL AWARDS - August 26, 2013

Vemma Nutrition Company was honored with four awards in the 2013 Videographer Awards, which are administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP).

UPDATE 2 - ACKMAN ACKNOWLEDGES RETAIL BLUNDERS, DIGS IN ON HERBALIFE - August 21, 2013

Activist investor William Ackman admitted he made mistakes in bets on retailers, including J.C. Penney where he has lost hundreds of millions of dollars, but is sticking by a wager against Herbalife, where he faces big paper losses.

AMWAY'S PLANT IN TAMIL NADU TO BE OPERATIONAL BY 2015 - August 20, 2013

Direct selling FMCG company, Amway India plans to operationalise its new manufacturing facility at Nilakottai in Tamil Nadu by 2015.

STARTING A MILLION DOLLAR BUSINESS AT 14 WITH AVA ANDERSON - August 19, 2013

Welcome to the newest installment of Better Know a Young Millionaire. As you know, I love sitting down with young, successful millionaires and discussing how the did it, and trying to take away lessons that we can all learn.

DRAFT OF MULTI-LEVEL MARKETING (CONTROL) ACT APPROVED - August 19, 2013

 Legalising multi-level marketing (MLM) businesses, the cabinet on Monday approved the draft of Multi-level Marketing (Control) Act.

TUPPERWARE TYCOON CLOSES THE LID ON 3.5M LAND DEAL IN CO CORK - August 15, 2013

The sale of 370 acres at Hangman’s Point, Kinsale, Co Cork, to Tupperware tycoon Richard Goings has finally closed the lid on a protracted development sage on the sensitive coastal site.

DIRECT SALES JEWELRY HELPS WOMEN GO FROM STYLE TO SELF-EMPOWERMENT - August 13, 2013

Many of the fashion industry's hundreds of direct sales jewelry companies were founded by families or stay-at-home moms searching for a way to make extra money.

MARKET AMERICA BRINGS MAGIC TO ITS HOMETOWN - August 9, 2013

Market America’s annual gathering Thursday had bright lights, deafening music and celebrity faces among the crowd of more than 20,000 people who filled the Greensboro Coliseum to learn how to become financially independent.

JOY'S JAUNTS: BEHOLD THE POWER OF PINK AT THE MARY KAY MUSEUM - August 9, 2013

Oh, the magical pinkness of it all. The jewels, the gowns, the makeup, the polished perfection of that pouf of white-blond hair. Yes, we’re talking Mary Kay — and if you’ve lived around here for long, you know that cosmetics doyenne Mary Kay Ash really needs no last name.

WORLDVENTURES OPENS FOR BUSINESS IN POLAND - August 8, 2013

WorldVentures, leading direct seller of vacation club memberships, announced its expansion into Poland.

DIRECT SELLING ATTRACTS YOUNG GUNS - August 8, 2013

NEW figures from the Direct Selling Association of Ireland (DSAI) reveal a 60 per cent increase in the number of people under the age of 25 going into direct selling.

COLLIERS INTERNATIONAL LISTS LONGABERGER GOLF CLUB FOR SALE - August 6, 2013

Colliers International announced today that it is the exclusive agent for the sale of Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio.

VEMMA® DOUBLES SALES IN 12 MONTHS - August 2013

Vemma Nutrition Company announced that sales reached $20 million per month in July, a first-ever record for the company.

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NU SKIN ENTERPRISES ANNOUNCES $400 MILLION INCREASE IN STOCK REPURCHASE AUTHORIZATION - August 1, 2013

Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: NUS [FREE Stock Trend Analysis]) today announced that its board of directors has authorized a $400 million extension to the company's existing stock repurchase authorization.

AVON SAYS U.S. REJECTS $12 MILLION OFFER TO SETTLE PROBES - August 1, 2013

Avon Products Inc. (AVP), the world’s largest door-to-door cosmetics seller, said the U.S. rejected the company’s offer to pay $12 million to resolve investigations into whether executives bribed foreign officials.

SPECIAL REPORT: HOW TO INVEST IN THE 'GRAYING OF AMERICA' - July 31, 2013

More than 10,000 Americans reach the age of 65 every day and move the demographic needle further to a change in spending power, preferences and political clout. In five years, over 50% of the U.S. population will be over the age of 50.

AMWAY READY TO ADAPT AS CONSUMERS DELAY BUYING - July 29, 2013

Amway (Thailand), the biggest direct-sales firm in the country, is more cautious with its business plans in the remaining quarters of this year after finding that consumers have started thinking considerably before making a decision on a purchase.

SILPADA'S NEW (OLD) LEADERSHIP LENDS DIFFERENT FEEL TO NATIONAL MEETING - July 29, 2013

Founders of Lenexa-based Silpada Designs reintroduced themselves as owners to roughly 3,000 representatives as part of the company's annual national conference in Kansas City. 7/29/13

MARY KAY QUITS INDIA CITING REGULATORY ISSUES, POOR SALES - July 24, 2013

Direct selling brand Mary Kay India has wound up its Indian operations citing regulatory concerns and poor sales.

HERBALIFE FIGHT HITS WASHINGTON - July 24, 2013

A multi-million dollar duel on Wall Street over whether Herbalife is the next hit diet pill company — or just a pyramid scheme — has landed in Washington.

SHAREHOLDER ALERT: BRONSTEIN, GEWIRTZ & GROSSMAN, LLC ANNOUNCES INVESTIGATINO OF USANA HEALTH SCIENCES INC. - July 24, 2013

Attorney Advertising -- Bronstein, Gewirtz & Grossman, LLC is investigating potential claims on behalf of purchasers of the securities of Usana Health Sciences Inc. ("Usana" or the "Company") USNA +0.59% . The investigation focuses on whether the Company and its executives violated federal securities laws.

USANA HEALTH SCIENCES ANNOUNCES RECORD SECOND QUARTER FINANCIAL RESULTS - July 23, 2013

USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (NYSE: USNA) today announced record financial results for its fiscal second quarter ended June 29, 2013.

AMWAY NORTH AMERICA #1 IN ONLINE HEALTH & BEAUTY SALES FOR 10TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR - INTERNET RETAILER - July 22, 2013

Amway North America Independent Business Owners (IBOs) have once again made the company the web's largest seller in the health and beauty categories.

JEUNESSE TARGETS TEENAGERS - July 22, 2013

Jeunesse Global, the US-based skincare firm, is extending its reach to teenagers using powerful social media engagement.

GAME CHANGERS: FIVE OPPORTUNITIES FOR US GROWTH AND RENEWAL - July 20, 2013

The US economy is struggling to find a new formula for vigorous growth. But all growth opportunities are not created equal. New McKinsey research pinpoints five catalysts—in energy, trade, technology, infrastructure, and talent development—that can quickly create jobs and deliver a substantial boost to GDP by 2020.

NEW MANAGEMENT TEAM BRINGS YOUTH, EXPERIENCE TO NETWORK MARKETING COMPANY - July 19, 2013

John Wadsworth, co-Founder and President of Morinda, Inc. announced today the assignment of four business professionals to critical sales positions inside of Morinda, Inc. a global health and wellness company.

REAL LIFE: DING DONG! MY AVON EMPIRE SAVED ME FROM £33k OF DEBTS - July 17, 2013

A self-employed businesswoman, she enjoyed far-flung holidays, designer clothes and soirées in trendy wine bars.

PARTY SALES KNOCK ON DIGITAL DOOR - July 14, 2013

White wine was flowing as a group of 20 women gathered at the Park Avenue home of Cathie Black on a recent June evening.

NEW MOMS TURN SIDE PROJECT INTO NATIONWIDE COMPANY - July 12, 2013

Sisters Ivy Hall and Britney Vickery, both veterans of corporate America, started working on side projects – baby products and embroidered goods, respectively – when they were pregnant with their first children.

LIA SOPHIA: SELLING JEWELRY ONE PARTY AT A TIME - July 11, 2013

Marketers have discovered that direct sales – selling directly to the consumer through a friend or acquaintance – is a very powerful and cost-effective way to move product.

7 BRANDING FACTS EVERY ENTREPRENEUR NEEDS TO KNOW - July 11, 2013

As a brand specialist of fifteen years, I’ve seen it all and done even more. With the recent wave of technology, social media platforms, and everything in between, it’s no wonder new small business owners are confused about how to effectively brand their companies.

THE FUTURE OF COSMETICS - THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT - July 10, 2013

This entry marks the 15th anniversary of the Chemical Reaction column. The world was remarkably different in August 1998.

OLIVIA WILDE ANNOUNCED AS THE NEW FACE OF AVON FRAGRANCE CAMPAIGN - July 10, 2013

Direct-selling beauty company, Avon Products, has named Hollywood starlet, Olivia Wilde as the face of its latest Amour fragrance, available now, releasing these stunning images of the actress that blew us beauty junkies away.

SILPADA DESIGNS FOUNDERS: COMPANY WILL STAY IN KC FOR GOOD - July 8, 2013

The Lenexa-based company announced the reacquisition of the sterling silver jewelry home-party business from Avon Products Inc. on July 2. 7/8/13

REPORT: 'EVEN THE SMALLEST SOCIAL MEDIA POST DRIVES ROI' - July 4, 2013

Even the smallest social media interactions between brands and consumers - such posting product shots - can drive sizeable uplifts in sentiment, engagement and brand loyalty, a new study claims.

WELCOME TO THE 21ST CENTURY AND THE INDUSTRIES THAT ARE EXPLODING GLOBALLY! - July 3, 2013

New innovative fitness sessions are popping up everywhere, corporate companies are constantly trying to sell us miracle creams for the same price as a bunch of bananas and never have we been so obsessed with our image and appearance.

BEYOND HERBALIFE: COMPLIANCE IS THIS INDUSTRY'S GROWTH ENGINE - July 2, 2013

Herbalife must have looked like a sitting duck to Bill Ackman when he announced in late 2012 that he was shorting more than 20 million shares of the direct selling company.

NUSKIN'S MULTI-LEVEL MARKETING THRIVES IN ASIA - July 2, 2013

Nu Skin Enterprises (NUS) multi-level marketing,skin care products, anti-aging products, weight-loss products

DIRECT SELLING INDUSTRY REPORTS 121% SURGE IN SELLERS - June 28, 2013

The Direct Selling Association of Ireland (DSAI), whose members include Amway, Forever Living and Herbalife, has released new figures that show a significant rise in the number of people turning to direct selling since the start of the recession, as a way to earn additional income.

DIRECT SELLING ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES DIVERSITY & EMPOWERMENT COUNCIL - June 26, 2013

Council to Expand on Association’s Initiatives to Inform Diverse Groups on Benefits of Direct Selling

FTC MAY RECLIMB PYRAMID SCHEME - June 25, 2013

The Federal Trade Commission is considering tightening the ground rules on pyramid schemes, sources told The Post.

STREAM ENERGY LAUNCHES LARGEST NORTHEAST EXPANSION - June 24, 2013

Stream Energy launched its biggest expansion in company history on Saturday, June 22, 2013. The firm now offers residential and commercial energy services across New York, New Jersey and Maryland with 5.1 million meters available in the Con Edison (Con Ed) service area of New York alone.

DIRECT SELLING SCHEMES THAT CAN BOOST YOUR INCOME - June 23, 2013

It might not be a route to riches, but it might help you to achieve the career and childcare balance.

THE TOP 25 NETWORK MARKETING COMPANIES - June 21, 2013

Who are the Top 25 Network Marketing Companies? Well, it really depends on how you define "The Top 25..." As you might imagine, the truth can be a bit subjective. For example...

'TO BE HONEST, IT'S NOT REALLY LIKE WORK' - June 19, 2013

Soft Paris lingerie sales adviser Mathilde Balluas (30), from Dublin, says: "I first started working as a direct sales rep for a lingerie company in France, where I'm from.

DOSH ON THE DOORSTEP - June 19, 2013

The Avon lady may be a thing of the past but the thriving direct sales industry is worth €54m

WINESHOP AT HOME MOVES TO AIRPORT ROAD - June 17, 2013

WineShop At Home has moved into its new 20,000 square foot facility in the Napa Valley Gateway Business Park, 525 Airport Road.

ECONOMIC CONDITIONS SNAPSHOT, JUNE 2013: MCKINSEY GLOBAL SURVEY RESULTS - June 2013

Geopolitical instability tops the list of risks to global growth, as executives’ outlook for the world economy—which had been increasingly positive since June 2012—plateaus.

LIFEVANTAGE CORPORATION EXPANDS INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS IN CANADA - June 14, 2013

LifeVantage Corporation (Nasdaq:LFVN), a company dedicated to helping people achieve healthy living through a combination of a compelling business opportunity and scientifically validated products, has announced that it has expanded its direct selling business into Canada.

ENTREPRENEURS GET CREATIVE WITH LOYALTY REWARDS - June 12, 2013

Boring loyalty reward: 10 percent off coupon. Not-so-boring reward: 30 seconds to grab as many goodies as you can.

AL INTERNATIONAL (YGYI) CORPORATE NAME CHANGING TO YOUNGEVITY INTERNATIONAL, INC. - June 12, 2013

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AL International, Inc. (OTCQX: YGYI) (www.YGYI.com), announced today that the Company’s board of directors and its majority shareholder have voted to change its corporate name to Youngevity International, Inc., effective after its filing of a definitive 14-C Information Statement with the SEC and the passing of any requisite waiting period.

HERBALIFE REPORT SHOWS HAS ABOUT 8 MILLION U.S. CONSUMERS - June 12, 2013

Herbalife Ltd. (HLF), the nutrition company at the center of a battle between hedge-fund managers Bill Ackman and Carl Icahn, said a Nielsen survey shows about 7.9 million U.S. adults purchased its products for personal use in the past three months. 6/12/13

NERIUM INTERNATIONAL LEADS THE WAY IN SOCIAL MEDIA - June 10, 2013

Nerium International is not only setting sales records, but becoming a force to be reckoned with in online engagement.

SUCCESSFUL BRAND-BUILDING REQUIRES AN ARMY OF ADVOCATES - June 5, 2013

When you ask a CMO what it takes to build a successful brand, you’ll likely hear it goes far beyond frontline commitment.

TROY-BASED VISALUS HOPES TO PROVE STAYING POWER IN MULTILEVEL MARKETING - June 2, 2013

Grand Rapids native Nick Sarnicola is a multimillionaire co-founder of Troy-based ViSalus, which is fighting to keep its place among the world’s biggest multilevel marketing companies.

BRANDS SHOULD TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SHOPPER'S INCREASING ONLINE SPEND - May 29, 2103

New research reveals that more than 10 per cent of UK consumers buy something online at least once a day, fuelled in part by the explosion of connected devices that means consumers are never more than a click away from making a purchase 24 hours a day.

BEAUTY DEVICES CREATING A NEW MEGA BEAUTY CATEGORY - May 29, 2013

Diagonal Reports has released a summary of its “Global Beauty Technology Market” report, which looks at the ways technology is influencing and acting on the beauty industry, including through product development.

AMWAY BUILDING $81M FACILITY IN WEST MICHIGAN - May 29, 2013

Amway Corp. is building an $81 million manufacturing and warehouse facility near the company’s headquarters in West Michigan.

AUSTRALIAN DIRECT SELLER OPENS U.S. HEADQUARTERS AT BIG BASKET - May 28, 2013

Australian direct seller Your Inspiration At Home opened its U.S. office today -- at the "Big Basket," the Newark home of the Longaberger Co.

VORWERK ACHIEVED THE HIGHEST SALES IN COMPANY HISTORY - May 28, 2013

The Vorwerk Group can look back on a successful year 2012: Total revenue has risen to almost 2.5 billion euros compared to 2011 by ten percent. 5/28/13

AVON SHOPS BRAZIL - May 22, 2013

Avon Products Inc. is reportedly in talks to buy a stake in Jequiti Cosméticos, a Brazilian direct sales cosmetics company, for about 500 million reals, or $246.3 million at current exchange, according to sources.

CVSL OUTLINES STRUCTURE FOR SUPPORTING DIRECT SELLING ACQUISITIONS - May 23, 2013

Declaring that "the direct selling industry and the world economy are missing out on too many opportunities," CVSL Inc. chairman John Rochon said today that his company's infrastructure in Ohio and Texas is ready to provide the "missing link" that often has stifled the growth of promising direct selling companies, such as facilities and resources to support headquarters, supply chain, R&D, manufacturing and distribution.

TURKISH VOLLEYBALL FEDERATION SIGNS SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENT WITH AMWAY - May 23, 2013

The Turkish Volleyball Federation recently entered into a partnership with Amway, one of the world’s largest direct selling businesses which is headquartered in Ada, Michigan, USA.

HERBALIFE: PYRAMID SCHEME OR JUGGERNAUT? CEO MICHAEL JOHNSON FIGHTS BACK - May 23, 2013

On Christmas Eve last year, Herbalife (HLF) Chief Executive Officer Michael Johnson’s mobile phone rang as he was walking into church. It wasn’t Santa Claus.

'JAMIE OLIVER AT HOME' GETS COOKING IN THE HOPE ARTISTE VILLAGE - May 21, 2013

PAWTUCKET - Jamie Oliver, the international icon of cooking and party planning, has decided that the U.S. is his next frontier and Pawtucket's Hope Artiste Village will serve as the launching point for his latest venture.

MARY KAY SEES RECORD SALES AND CONTEST ENTRIES DURING 50TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR - May 21, 2013

With 175,000 makeover contest entries received from nearly 30 countries, the Mary Kay® One Woman CanTM Makeover Contest is changing looks and changing lives for women around the world.

HMRC TARGETS 2,000 DIRECT SELLERS AS PART OF TAX DODGING CRACKDOWN - May 20, 2013

If you're an Avon lady or Ann Summers party host and haven't been declaring that income, you could soon be on the receiving end of a home visit yourself – from tax inspectors.

WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE U.S. JOB MARKET? - May 9, 2013

Joey Griffiths grew up in the western New York town of Dunkirk and left home at 17. Now he’s 30 and working as a bill collector in Jackson Heights, Queens. He has bills of his own to pay.

NATURAL HEALTH TRENDS REPORTS FIRST QUARTER 2013 FINANCIAL RESULTS - May 8, 2013

Natural Health Trends Corp. (NHTC), a leading direct selling company that markets premium quality personal care, wellness and "quality of life" products under the NHT Global brand, today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2013.

CVSL ANNOUNCES LETTER OF INTENT TO ACQUIRE AWARD-WINNING DIRECT SELLER OF SPICE BLENDS - May 8, 2013

CVSL Inc. (stock symbol: CVSL) announced today that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire Your Inspiration At Home, an innovative and award-winning direct seller of hand-crafted spices from around the world.

MONTANA ENACTS REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR MULTILEVEL DISTRIBUTION COMPANIES, DIRECT SELLING ASSOCIATION MEMBERS EXEMPT - May 8, 2013

Effective immediately, all multilevel distribution companies which are not subject to the self-regulatory requirements of the Direct Selling Association (DSA) and operating in the state of Montana will be required to register as such via certified mail with the Montana Securities Commissioner’s office.

INTERNET SALES TAX PASSES SENATE - May 6, 2013

The Senate passed a bill Monday night aimed at making it easier for states to collect sales taxes for online purchases, but its final prospects remain uncertain.

WARREN BUFFET IS BULLISH ... ON WOMEN - May 2, 2013

In an exclusive essay the Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA, Fortune 500) chairman and CEO explains why women are key to America's prosperity.

AVON SLOWS SPENDING ON BRIBERY PROBE - April 30, 2013

Avon Products Inc. slowed its spending on a foreign-bribery investigation, it said Tuesday.

HOMES WHERE SOMEONE FAMOUS LIVED OR DIED - April 30, 2013

The former home of the founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics is exactly the color you would expect: A soft shade of light pink. Mary Kay pink, to be exact.

REVISED DIRECT SELLING CODE RELEASED - April 30, 2013

A revised Code of Direct Selling was released Tuesday by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the body announced.

HERE'S HOW SOCIAL MEDIA IS CHANGING RETAIL - April 29, 2013

Retail is changing. Some companies are getting it right (H&M, Tory Burch). Some are colossal failures (JCPenney). One thing is clear: today's digital consumer is expecting their favorite retailers and brands to know how to operate in the social and mobile environment.

STREAM ENERGY NAMED A WINNER OF TWO PHILANTHROPIC AWARDS - April 29, 2013

Stream Energy, one of the largest direct selling companies in the world, announced today that it received two awards from the Philadelphia Business Journal at the 2013 Corporate Philanthropic Summit in Philadelphia.

LONGABERGER'S NEW OWNER INTENDS TO FILL BASKET WITH MORE DIRECT-SALES COMPANIES - April 25, 2013

Direct selling — the ancient business that dates back to itinerant peddlers and trading caravans — is getting a 21st-century update, and it’s happening in Ohio.

AMWAY TARGETS VIETNAM SALES OF $100 MLN WITHIN THREE YEARS - April 19, 2013

Amway Corp. plans to reach sales of US$100 million in Vietnam within the “next two, three years,” as the nutritional products and cosmetics maker sets up a second factory in the nation, said President Douglas DeVos.

HERBALIFE UNLIKELY TO GET AUDITOR BEFORE INVESTOR MEETING - April 17, 2013

Herbalife Ltd. (HLF) said it isn’t likely to hire an outside auditor before it holds its annual shareholder meeting next week, to replace KPMG LLP which resigned after saying a partner leaked inside information.

FDA: DO NOT CONSUME, MAKE OR SELL DMAA-CONTAINING SUPPLEMENTS - April 15, 2013

In a definitive warning sent out on April 12, the Food and Drug Administration urged consumers not to consume any workout boosters or fat-burning products containing DMAA, the once-popular ingredient that had been widely available on U.S. retail shelves.

CREATIVE MEMORIES FILES CH. 11, WILL CUT 163 JOBS - April 18, 2013

St. Cloud-based scrapbooking company Creative Memories filed for bankruptcy for the second time in five years and plans to lay off 163 employees.

NUSKIN SEES $1B IN SALES FOR ANTI-AGING PRODUCTS - April 18, 2013

Nu Skin Enterprises, one of the world's top five direct-selling companies, expects its sales in China to exceed $1 billion this year and to achieve five-fold growth in the coming five years.

WEIGHTWATCHERS AND HERBALIFE DOMINATE THE US WEIGHT MANAGEMENT MARKET - April 17, 2013

Revenues within the US weight management market grew 1.7% through 2012, to reach an industry value of $61.6 billion. By the end of 2013 this value has been estimated to increase by 2.6%.

A PLOT TWIST AT HERBALIFE DRAWS AUDITORS - April 11, 2013

Herbalife, which describes itself as a global nutrition company, and which critics deride as a purveyor of overpriced products that is really a pyramid scheme preying on naïve people with dreams of easy wealth, has already provided one of the best stock market dramas in years.

ORIFLAME PREPARES TO CASH IN ON AVON'S DEPARTURE - April 11, 2013

DIRECT selling can be a funny proposition in Ireland, unlike for example, in the United States. On the face of it there can sometimes seem to be little appetite for such a sales method in this country.

10 WAYS THE CONSUMER PAYMENT EXPERIENCE HAS EVOLVED MOST RECENTLY - April 10, 2013

For years, the bricks-and-mortar shopping experience has centered upon the consumer selecting a tangible good on a shelf and paying a clerk at the front of the store for the item. Over the years, the only part that has really changed about this process was the method of payment that was used to pay for it.

BRAND VALUATION COMPANY RELEASES LISTING OF "MOST VALUABLE COSMETIC BRANDS" - April 9, 2013

Brand valuation and marketing company Brand Finance released its annual study of the top 50 most valuable cosmetics brands.

AVON TO ELIMINATE 400 JOBS, LEAVE IRELAND IN COST CUT PLAN - April 8, 2013

Avon Products Inc. (AVP), the door-to-door cosmetics seller, will exit Ireland and cut 400 jobs worldwide as part of a plan to save $400 million by 2016.

JEWELL TO OFFER UPSCALE ACCESSORIES VIA DIRECT-SALE - April 5, 2013

A new direct-sales business that’s a sister to Columbus-based Thirty-One Gifts will be launched on Monday.

SCENTSY ADDS MOBILE PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY - April 4, 2013

Scentsy has selected PayAnywhere as its exclusive mobile processing partner, making the PayAnywhere mobile app and credit card reader the mobile credit card processing tool of choice for its independent consultants across the US.

BIG PROFITS IN DIRECT SELLING - April 4, 2013

In 2011, Malaysia was ranked 10th in terms of sales turnover in the global direct selling industry. By 2012, the Direct Selling Blue Print launched by the Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Ministry reckoned it will rope in some RM20bil in revenue by 2020.

PARTYLITE, WORLD LEADER IN DIRECT SALES OF CANDLES, CANDLE ACCESSORIES AND HOME FRAGRANCE PRODUCTS, CELEBRATES 40TH ANNIVERSARY IN APRIL - April 4, 2013

For the world’s largest direct-seller of candles, candle holders and accessories, scent warmers and premium home fragrances, April 2013 marks a delightful milestone. It’s the 40th anniversary worldwide of PartyLite!

CAN YOU REALLY MAKE MONEY IN DIRECT SALES? - April 1, 2013

One of the most popular questions I get asked about flexible and part-time work options is: “Can I really earn a living working in direct sales?”

AL INTERNATIONAL, INC. (JCOF) ANNOUNCES FOURTH QUARTER AND FISCAL YEAR 2012 RESULTS - April 1, 2013

AL International, Inc. (OTC Pink: JCOF) (www.alintjcof.com) today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

BUYING FROM FRIENDS IS A GREAT WAY TO SHOP - March 28, 2013

Some of my favorite everyday products have been purchased from some of my favorite everyday people.

HERBALIFE ANNOUNCES THAT IT WILL CONTINUE TO BE OFFICIAL NUTRITION PARTNER OF FC SPARTAK MOSCOW FOR THE 2013-14 SEASON - March 27, 2013

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Herbalife (NYSE: HLF) has announced that it will continue as the Official Nutrition Partner of FC Spartak Moscow for the 2013-2014 Russian Premier League season.

THE IMPACT OF THE GLOBAL RISE IN PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT - March 27, 2013

Since the global economic downturn of 2008-2009 there has been a significant rise in the number of part-time workers globally.

CONTAGIOUS: HOW DO THINGS GO VIRAL? - March 27, 2013

Which product gets the most word of mouth buzz?

ORGANO GOLD AUSTRALIA: HEALTHY COFFEE BUSINESS ORGANO GOLD LAUNCHING IN AUSTRALIA IN 2013 - March 26, 2013

The healthy coffee business Organo Gold is coming to Australia and New Zealand in the first quarter of 2013. According to successful home business entrepreneurs, now is the time to position yourself at the front of the Organo Gold Australia wave.

LONGABERGER CEO: DEAL BRIGHTENS FUTURE FOR COMPANY - March 24, 2013

Tami Longaberger, president and chief executive officer of Longaberger Co., with her daughter, Claire Longaberger Kaido (left), who has joined the company as communications manager.

RELIV INTERNATIONAL REPORTS FOURTH-QUARTER AND FULL-YEAR FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR 2012 - March 16, 2013

CHESTERFIELD, Missouri, March 6, 2013 – Reliv International, Inc. (NASDAQ:RELV), a maker of nutritional supplements that promote optimal health, today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2012.

AVON CLOSES $1.5B NOTE OFFERING, WILL REPAY DEBT - March 14, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) -- Avon has completed a public offering of $1.5 billion senior unsecured notes and entered into a $1 billion four-year unsecured revolving credit facility.

FTC CLARIFIES ITS RULES FOR MOBILE, SOCIAL ADS - March 12, 2013

Advertising delivered through social media or on mobile phones needs to provide clear disclosures and abide by the same requirements that apply to newspaper and television messages, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said.

MINI-MADOFFS - NOTABLE PONZI SCHEMES - March 10, 2013

Bernard Madoff, a prominent money manager and former chairman of the Nasdaq stock market, pleaded guilty in 2009 to losing $50 billion of his investors’ funds in a Ponzi scheme.

QUEEN OF CLEAN GETS ONLINE BUG - March 10, 2013

The internet has reshaped ENJO, but founder Barb de Corti refuses to let it crash the cleaning company's party plans.

NATURE'S SUNSHINE PRODUCTS REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER AND FISCAL YEAR FINANCIAL RESULTS - March 9, 2013

Nature's Sunshine Products, Inc. (Nasdaq:NATR), a leading natural health and wellness company engaged in the manufacture and direct selling of nutritional and personal care products, today reported its consolidated financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, and increased its quarterly cash dividend to $0.10 per share.

CATCH THE NUANCES OF DIRECT SELLING INDUSTRY - March 7, 2013

To have an edge over other fast growing East and South-East Asian economies, the government needs to formulate and enact a new policy for the direct selling and multi-level marketing industry.

AND THE AWARD GOES TO ... IDENTITY THEFT! - March 5, 2013

The Federal Trade Commission released its annual Report of National Consumer Complaints for 2012 and for the 13th consecutive year identity theft is the number one complaint reported by consumers.

TUPPERWARE GROOMS LEADERS TO LEARN, CARE AND MENTOR - March 1, 2013

Rick Goings, 67, can bench-press 210 pounds. He weighs 190 pounds. Chairman and chief executive of Tupperware Brands (TUP), Goings has also practiced Transcendental Meditation for 35 years.

THE DESK: PYRAMID SCHEME SEEMED PERFECTLY INNOCENT - February 28, 2013

A half-dozen naturopaths came together within the past few years for what they considered an empowerment movement that supported fellow female entrepreneurs and the local economy.

HERBALIFE GIVES ICAHN TWO SEATS ON BOARD, SHARES INCREASE - February 28, 2013

Herbalife Ltd. announced an agreement with billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who owns more than 13% of Herbalife's stock, that will allow him to add two members to its board and give him the right to increase his holdings to one-quarter of the company’s shares.

MELALEUCA SHARES REASON BEHIND SUCCESS - February 27, 2013

A well-known local company is saying their consumer-direct marketing business model is helping them flourish.

AMWAY OPENS FIRST NORTH AMERICAN BUSINESS CENTER AT NEW YORK METS STADIUM - February 26, 2013

ADA, MI -- Amway is opening its first North American business center in an unexpected location: a baseball stadium.

HOME'S WHERE WE LIKE TO PARTY AND SELL SOME PRODUCTS - February 24, 2013

AT-home product parties are still a real income spinner for women. Callie Watson reports.

MEN MUSCLE IN TO WOMAN'S WORLD - February 22, 2013

Ding dong! It’s the Avon MAN calling... For over 126 years, the company that founded Avon has been ringing a bell with women looking to earn from jobs they could work around their families.

AVON WEIGHS EXIT FROM MORE COUNTRIES - February 21, 2013

DAUGHTER FOLLOWS IN HER MOTHER'S FOOTSTEPS AT MARY KAY - February 20, 2013

Lisa Hansen and her mother, Judy Kawiecki, are both fond of pink Cadillacs and Mary Kay cosmetics.

ORGANIC COSMETICS DEADLOCKED? - February 19, 2013

The slowdown of natural and organic cosmetics growth rates, combined with the failure of some iconic brands, despite their support by leading groups, raise questions about the potential of a segment which, in many countries, is not able to capture a significant share of the cosmetics market.

HERBALIFE LTD. ANNOUNCES RECORD FOURTH QUARTER 2012 AND RECORD FULL YEAR RESULTS, AND RAISES 2013 EARNING GUIDANCE - February 19, 2013

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE: HLF) today reported fourth quarter net sales of $1.1 billion, reflecting an increase of 20 percent compared to the same time period in 2011 on volume point growth of 18 percent.

DIRECT-SELLING GIANT AMWAY QUIETLY BUILDS BRANDS, RACKS UP SALES - February 18, 2013

 Reported $11.3 Billion in Sales Last Year and Is Bigger Than Avon, Yet It's Not a Household Name

BRAZIL'S BOOMING BEAUTY MARKET DRAWS INVESTORS - February 13, 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Looking good has always been serious business in Brazil. Now it's big business, too.

ANOTHER RECORD YEAR IN SALES FOR MELALEUCA - February 11, 2013

Consumer direct marketing company Melaleuca, announced annual revenues of $1.13-billion for calendar year 2012.

HERBALIFE FIGHTS PYRAMID CHARGE WITH DISTRIBUTOR DATA - February 6, 2013

(Reuters) - Herbalife Inc (HLF.N) disclosed more information on Wednesday about how much its U.S. distributors earn, looking to provide more clarity as it defends its business model from critics like billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman.

BOOM IN OVER-50S OPTING TO BE THEIR OWN BOSS - February 6, 2013

The financial crisis and a fundamental shift in attitudes to work have sparked an unprecedented boom in British workers becoming their own boss, led by the baby boomer generation.

COULD WOMEN BE THE FUTURE OF ONLINE RETAIL? - February 6, 2013

It may come as no surprise that the shopping habits of women and men are different - but it could be women that storm ahead when it comes to online shopping in future according to a new report.

SOCIAL BEAUTY: HOW NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN SOCIAL MEDIA ARE CHANGING THE INDUSTRY - February 4, 2013

According to Lamine Lahouasnia, retailing analyst with Euromonitor International—which will be included in the marketing trends presentations at the in-cosmetics 2013 show taking place in Paris, April 16–18, 2013—global Internet retailing only accounted for around 4% of total retail sales in 2012.

UPDATE 3 - HERBALIFE SLAMS NEWS REPORT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT PROBE - February 4, 2013

Herbalife Ltd on Monday disputed a newspaper report that said it was the subject of a law enforcement probe, with the company saying the report had "misleading and inaccurate information."

IN SLOW ECONOMY, THEY TAKE A DIRECT APPROACH TO SALES - February 4, 2013

To start a business, some people turn to companies such as Pampered Chef and Avon

NEW BUSINESS: FRIENDS OPEN COSMETICS COMPANY IN ALEXANDRIA - February 2, 2013

Jody Filasek and Melodie Dickinson had a good thing going.

DIRECT SELLING - "THE THINGS WE THINK BUT DO NOT SAY ..." - February 1, 2013

One of my favorite movie moments is a scene from the film Jerry Maguire. It’s where Jerry, a successful sports agent becomes inspired to write a critical “mission statement” for his industry.

DUBIOUS PONZI & MLM SCHEMES - February 1, 2013

Investors losing money, or falling for dubious Ponzi schemes, is not a recent phenomenon; this has been happening for decades and it is not restricted only to India.

NEW RESEARCH SAYS COSMECEUTICALS RANK AS THE FASTEST GROWING BEAUTY CATEGORY - January 31, 2013

The market for cosmeceuticals, or cosmetics and beauty products that contain active pharmaceutical ingredients to exhibit therapeutic effects on the skin, represents the fastest growing segment of today’s beauty industry, according to a recent report.

THE TOP 20 EMERGING MARKETS - January 31, 2013

Investors have been pouring money into emerging markets—to the tune of $50 billion last year for mutual funds that invest in developing countries, according to EPFR Global.

HERBALIFE REGISTERS "THE REAL BILL ACKMAN" WEBSITE NAME - January 30, 2013

Herbalife Ltd. (HLF:US), the nutrition company that hedge-fund manager Bill Ackman has called a pyramid scheme, has registered several domain names that include the activist investor’s name.

DOOR-TO-DOOR SOLICITING LIMITS ADVANCE - January 30, 2013

 Evanston aldermen voted to introduce an ordinance cracking down on door-to-door soliciting this week, and sent it back to staff to consider restricting such activity to daylight hours only.

FEDERAL, STATE REGULATORS SHUT DOWN FORTUNE HI-TECH - January 28, 2013

The Federal Trade Commission and three state attorneys general announced Monday that they shut down a national multilevel marketing company they called a "global pyramid scheme" because recruiting others was the only way to make money.

DING DONG ... IT'S THE AVON MAN CALLING! - January 27, 2013

Our male counterparts are turning to beauty sales jobs as a result of the recession  An Avon lady peddling products door-to-door is a familiar sight. But now you might just find it’s a man standing on your door step offering up beauty tips.

ENTREPRENEUR OF YEAR GUIDED ARBONNE THROUGH BANKRUPTCY - January 25, 2013

Less than a month after Kay Napier became chief executive at Arbonne International, an Irvine company that does direct sales of cosmetics, the company's bankers told her they were going to take the company through bankruptcy.

WINNING THE $30 TRILLION DECATHLON - January 2013

By 2025, more than half of the world’s population will have joined the consuming classes, driving annual consumption in emerging markets to $30 trillion. Global companies must master ten key disciplines—or miss the defining growth opportunity of our times.

ICAHN SAYS NO RESPECT FOR BILL ACKMAN AFTER HERBALIFE BET - January 25, 2013

Carl Icahn, reviving a decade-old feud with hedge-fund manager William Ackman, said the founder of Pershing Square Capital Management LP is taking “inordinate” risks in a wager against Herbalife Ltd. disclosed last year.

HOW TO RETAIN TRUST IN YOUR BRAND - January 23, 2013

Trust in business is at its highest point since 2007, according to the 2013 Edelman Trust Barometer, but it remains fragile and businesses must use their corporate brand reputation as well as product brands to strengthen trust.

WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS: THE SILPADA SUCCESS STORY - January 23, 2013

Silpada jewelry has become a household name for women around the world who love finely crafted sterling silver jewelry that can be brought right to their home. Bonnie Kelly and Teresa Walsh, co-founders of Silpada, built their business on friendship and hard work and are here to share their secrets to both.

THE DIRECT SELLING ASSOCIATION RESPONDS TO ACCUSATIONS ABOUT DIRECT SELLING BUSINESS - January 23, 2013

As the association representing more than 200 leading firms that manufacture and distribute goods and services sold directly to consumers, the Direct Selling Association (DSA) would like to respond to accusations made by Pershing Square Capital Management about the direct selling business model.

CHOOSE A PYRAMID-STYLE BUSINESS WITH CAUTION - January 20, 2013

THERE are almost no barriers to entry, but earning a living in a multilevel structure is more work than one expects, writes Tina Weavind.

2013 ETHOS AWARDS PROGRAM NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES - January 17, 2013

DSA’s annual awards program, the ETHOS Awards, is now accepting entries. Your company may enter its best programs in 19 subcategories across seven categories, providing a wide range of opportunity for recognition.

SCENTSY FILES FLURRY OF COURT DOCUMENTS TO PROTECT BRAND NAME - January 15, 2013

Meridian direct sales giant Scentsy has filed a federal court request in a bid to stop unauthorized sales of its products. Scentsy wants to compel Amazon.com to give up the names of sellers on the website who are offering Scentsy products. Scentsy submitted a list of 100 different products displayed on Amazon in a request for subpoena...

BEHIND THE BRAND: AMWAY'S GLOBAL GROWTH STRATEGY - January 14, 2013

Candace Matthews has been CMO at Amway far longer than typical CMO tenure; she joined in 2007.

THE DIRECT SELLING PERCEPTION PROBLEM - January 11, 2013

For the general consumer, the battle around Herbalife has thrust the direct sales business model to the media spotlight.

CVSL AND THE LONGABERGER COMPANY SIGN LETTER OF INTENT FOR LONGABERGER TO JOIN CVSL - January 11, 2013

Ohio-based The Longaberger Company and Computer Vision Systems Laboratories Corp. (stock symbol: CVSL) have signed a letter of intent (LOI) for CVSL to acquire a controlling voting interest in Longaberger.

STELLA & DOT REDEFINES WOMEN'S WORKPLACE - January 11, 2013

Walking into Stella & Dot's San Bruno offices, it's clear that this is a company geared toward girlie fun, from the friendly employees to the jar of blue and green candy in the entryway.

HERBALIFE DEFENSE FAILS TO CONVINCE INVESTORS - January 10, 2013

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Herbalife Ltd. shares sank 10% from the day’s highs after hedge fund manager and short-seller Bill Ackman said the company’s nearly three-hour presentation to Wall Street — a detailed rebuttal of accusations that the firm was a pyramid scheme — did nothing to change his mind.

AVON CALLING OFF DIRECT SALES MODEL IN CHINA - January 10, 2013

Cosmetics giant Avon has seen its sales in China dip over the past few years, affected by negative incidents including cases of bribery which have damaged its image.

HERBALIFE IN INVESTOR MEETING SAYS ACKMAN PYRAMID CASE WRONG - January 10, 2013

Herbalife Ltd. (HLF) Chief Executive Officer Michael Johnson accused hedge fund manager Bill Ackman of “gross mischaracterizations” about the nutrition company’s direct-selling model as Herbalife executives mounted a point-by- point defense for investors.

THE MONEY BEHIND HERBALIFE, MARY KAY AND OTHERS - January 10, 2013

Lately, all eyes have been on Herbalife, a $4 billion weight loss and nutritional supplement company that hedge fund manager Bill Ackman has attacked as an alleged "pyramid scheme."

A SOCIAL TWIST ON DIRECT SELLING HELPS NET KITSY LANE $3.5 MILLION IN FUNDING - January 10, 2013

Putting a social spin on the direct sales model popularized by Avon Products Inc. and Tupperware has helped Kitsy Lane raise $3.5 million in a Series A funding round.

HOW MULTI-LEVEL MARKETERS DODGED A BULLET - January 9, 2013

How's this for irony: Early last year the Federal Trade Commission enacted the new so-called Business Opportunity Rule that covered such business pitches as operating vending machines, jewelry display racks or making extra cash by working at home.

XANGO SERVES 5 MILLION MEALS TO MALNOURISHED CHILDREN AND ADULTS THROUGH MEAL PACK PROGRAM DONATIONS - January 8, 2013

Utah-based global direct sales company XANGO, LLC, is known for being the first to bring the mangosteen fruit to a worldwide market.

USANA SURPASSES COMPANY RECORD WITH MORE THAN 85 AWARDS IN 2012 - January 7, 2013

USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (NYSE: USNA), a global nutritional company, today announced that in 2012, it earned more than 85 national and international accolades for its world-class products, innovative marketing tools, exceptional executive leadership and strategic partnerships with elite athletes, scientific experts and research institutions.

MULTILEVEL MARKETING: THE BOTTOM LINE - January 5, 2013

“IF I am right, its share price will go to zero,” says Bill Ackman, the founder of Pershing Square Capital, a hedge fund, who insists he has never felt so confident in shorting a company’s stock.

UPDATE: HERBALFE COMPLETES PURCHASE OF FORMER DELL PLANT - January 3, 2013

Herbalife Ltd. confirmed Thursday it has completed the $22.2 million purchase of the former Dell Inc. manufacturing plant in southeastern Winston-Salem

HOW TO BALANCE TRADITIONAL, ONLINE, AND SOCIAL MEDIA - January 3, 2013

Getting the right marketing mix has always been a challenge, but never more than now with the explosion in social and digital channels.

TOP 10 CONSUMER TRENDS FOR 2013 - January 2, 2013

For 2013, we have chosen not to highlight trends such as thrift, urban consumers and the consumer love affair with mobile technology in stand-alone trends because they have become so ubiquitous – preferring to discuss them in the context of other key global consumer trends.

ACTIVIST TAKES ON ACKMAN OVER HERBALIFE - January 2, 2013

There's nothing better than one activist taking on another, and that's just what Robert Chapman of Chapman Capital is doing to Pershing Square's Bill Ackman over Herbalife.

ACKMAN, HERBALIFE AND CELEBRITY SHORT SELLERS - January 1, 2013

It’s good to be a rock star investor these days, particularly if you are betting against a company.

CREDITORS SUE GE CAPITAL IN PETTERS PONZI SCHEME - December 31, 2012

General Electric Capital Corp. is being sued by creditors of hedge funds defrauded by the Thomas Petters Ponzi scheme. Creditors contend the finance subsidiary of General Electric Co. kept quiet after discovering the fraud to allow time for Petters to repay a $45 million loan.

CONSUMER ADVOCATES LEAD PUSH FOR 'GREEN' COSMETICS - December 29, 2012

(CNN) -- Cosmetics are a part of the daily grooming regimen for women across the country, but now consumer advocates say your favorite lipstick or mascara may be harmful to your health.

NATURA RISKLESS RETURN FACES THREAT ON EXPANSION ABROAD - December 28, 2012

Natura (NATU3) Cosmeticos SA, Brazil’s largest maker of beauty products, is expanding abroad after its focus on the domestic market helped deliver the best risk- adjusted return on the benchmark index.

MOST POWERFUL WOMEN: A YEAR OF HIGHS AND LOWS - December 26, 2012

It was a year of major milestones -- and disappointments -- for female business power players. A look at some of the biggest leadership moves in 2012.

REVIEW MEETING THIS WEEK ON MULTI LEVEL MARKETING ACTIVITIES: SACHIN PILOT - December 24, 2012

NEW DELHI: Corporate Affairs Ministry will hold a detailed review meeting this week to formulate ways to curb illegal Multi Level Marketing (MLM) investment schemes, amid rising instances of investor money being swindled through such activities.

WYOMING NATIVE NICK SARNICOLA WANTS TO GIVE AWAY $1 MILLION TO TRAIN YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS - December 24, 2012

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – As a baseball and football star at Wyoming Park High School, Nick Sarnicola says he was never exposed to what would become his passion — being an entrepreneur.

HERBALIFE SHARES DOWN ON PYRAMID SCHEME ALLEGATION - December 20, 2012

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Herbalife Ltd.'s shares fell sharply for the second day on hedge fund manager William Ackman's allegations that the nutritional supplements company is a pyramid scheme.

GUILT BY ASSOCIATION - December 20, 2012

Three months to rise 24.4% and just two days to cut this gain in half. If you’ve been a shareholder of Nu Skin Enterprises (NUS) over the past three months, this is what you’ve experienced.

HERBALIFE COMPANY STATEMENT REGARDING ACKMAN ALLEGATIONS - December 19, 2012

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Herbalife Chairman and CEO Michael O. Johnson responded today to questions regarding hedge fund manager William Ackman’s claims about Herbalife by saying, “The allegation that Herbalife is a pyramid scheme is bogus. Make no mistake: Today’s announcement isn’t about Herbalife’s business model. It’s about Bill Ackman’s business model.”

THE WORST CEO SCREW-UPS OF 2012 - December 19, 2012

Which CEOs did the most abominable jobs managing their companies this year? We have plenty to choose from in 2012.

EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING OF ORIFLAME COSMETICS S.A. - December 19, 2012

Oriflame Cosmetics S.A. today held its Extraordinary General Meeting ("EGM") in Luxembourg.

BLYTH, INC. AND VISALUS FOUNDERS EXECUTE NEW AGREEMENT - December 18, 2012

Founders To Retain Significant Ownership Interest in ViSalus

HOW BEAUTY SITE MYSHOWCASE CREATES ENTREPRENEURS - December 17, 2012

Entrepreneurialism comes in many shapes and sizes. Nancy Cruickshank's goal is to create thousands of female entrepreneurs, explains Emma Sinclair in her latest Biz Idol.

FOR FIRST TIME, BRITS WILL DO MOST HOLIDAY SPENDING ONLINE - December 17, 2012

British consumers will do the bulk of their holiday shopping online for the first time this year, according to a report from SDL Campaign Management & Analytics.

RECHARGED FROM A REFIT - December 17, 2012

Carrie Charlick and Marcia Cubitt finally have windows in their offices, and more importantly, a vision for how their company can sustain long-term growth.

THE WORST CEOS OF 2012 - December 13, 2012

Who are the absolute worst chief executives of 2012?

HEALTH RANKINGS: USA IS LIVING LONGER, BUT SICKER - December 11, 2012

Medical advances are allowing more people to live with obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure.

6 TRENDS THAT WILL SHAPE DIGITAL IN 2013 - December 10, 2012

Digital marketing has already had its share of watershed moments. 2013 is not going to be "the year of the [fill in the blank]." Instead, 2013 is going to build on the digital accomplishments of the past.

LONGABERGER COMPANY HEADQUARTERS' LOOKS LIKE A GIANT PICNIC BASKET - December 11, 2012

One company in Ohio seems to be making a concerted effort to make employees feel small.

31 FAKE MLM COULD LOSE REGISTRATION - December 8, 2012

In a major move, the government has cancelled registration of 31 multi-level marketing (MLM) companies as the intelligence agency and the authorities concerned found their papers fake, officials said.

JUSURU® INTERNATIONAL ACCEPTED AS MEMBER OF DIRECT SELLING ASSOCIATION - December 7, 2012

After completing a minimum one-year pending period during which its marketing and business plans are rigorously reviewed to ensure compliance with all provisions of the Direct Selling Association (DSA) Code of Ethics, Jusuru International, Inc.

SOCIAL NETWORKS DRIVE ONLINE SALES - December 6, 2012

10% of consumers have bought online based on a social media ad, a report says.

10 GLOBAL CONSUMER TRENDS FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS - December 6, 2012

Today’s consumers are value-conscious, interactive, multicultural, health-driven, socially responsible and always connected. In developed markets, conspicuous consumption is out, with personal appearance and wellbeing taking priority over the accumulation of material possessions.

SO OLD-SCHOOL IT'S NEW: DIRECT SALES AND THE NEW RECIPE FOR RETAIL - December 6, 2012

Direct sales aren't just for Avon ladies and the Fuller brush man--in fact, they're getting downright modern again and work as a cost-savings tool and a customer-service play. Hil Davis, founder of luxury menswear brand J. Hilburn, elaborates.

THE HALLMARKS OF LEGITIMATE DIRECT SELLING / NETWORK MARKETING COMPANIES - December 6, 2012

Every once in a while, those looking at our company have questions about the legitimacy of this industry. What would be your advice on what we should say to them?

FORGET "WORK-LIFE BALANCE' - GIVE US CHOICES INSTEAD - December 4, 2012

Forget work-life balance. We want a little bit of everything.

COURT ORDERS ATTACHMENT OF DESTINY PROPERTIES - November 28, 2012

A Dhaka court Tuesday ordered to attach all movable and immovable properties of Destiny 2000 Limited, its Chairman, Managing Director and his wife in two money laundering cases, reports bdnews24.com.

NOT ALL PONZI SCHEMES ARE ACTUALLY FRAUDULENT - November 28, 2012

PONZI schemes are news again. But what are they and how should they be regulated, if at all?

ROCHON PLANS TO BUILD DIRECT-SELLING BRANDS ON LVMH MODEL - November 27, 2012

John Rochon, the former head of Mary Kay Inc., says he’s working to acquire a collection of door-to- door selling businesses that will emulate LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA (MC)’s model of giving the brands’ founders independence to run their businesses.

BRANDS URGED TO 'WAKE UP' TO MOBILE WEB - November 27, 2012

Brands have been urged to “wake up” and ensure their websites are mobile-ready or face losing billions in sales as new research finds consumer demand for mobile optimised sites is set to rocket next year.

MARY KAY FOUNDATION GIVES $100,000 TO KU MED CENTER FOR OVARIAN CANCER RESEARCH - November 26, 2012

A $100,000 grant from the Mary Kay Foundation will help Kansas University Medical Center researchers work to improve early detection of ovarian cancer.

MULTI-LEVEL MARKETING: CON QUEST - November 26, 2012

Thanks to supportive politicians and shirking regulators, MLMs continue to con millions with impunity

WHY AVON IS NO LONGER A TAKEOVER TARGET (FOR NOW) - November 21, 2012

Fragrance maker Coty, majority-owned by German holding company Joh. A. Benckiser GmbH, made an unsolicited $10 billion offer for the direct seller of beauty products.

MULTI-LEVEL MARKETERS SHARE SECRETS TO SUCCESS - WITHOUT GETTING SCAMMED - November 20, 2012

BOISE -- Making thousands of dollars working part-time sounds too good to be true right?

MAJORITY OF WOMEN FINANCIALLY UNPREPARED FOR RETIREMENT - November 20, 2012

Most Americans, particularly women, are woefully underprepared for retirement, with four out of 10 women having less than $10,000 saved, and only 21 percent having more than $100,000 in all of their investment accounts, according to research from Mintel.

AMWAY TO SET UP FIRST MANUFACTURING FACILITY IN THE COUNTRY - November 19, 2012

Direct selling FMCG major Amway India today said it will set up its first manufacturing facility in the country in Tamil Nadu at an estimated investment of Rs 550 crore.

CHLOE + ISABEL INTERTWINES SOCIAL MEDIA AND DIRECT SELLING - November 19, 2012

Chloe + Isabel announced the launch of a new online platform for its network of merchandisers. With this launch, Chloe + Isabel integrates social media and direct selling – taking the traditional Avon-model for direct sales into the digital age, and demonstrating its leadership in the social commerce space.

ARE GROUP BUYING AND DAILY DEALS ON THEIR WAY OUT? - November 14, 2012

Group buying and daily deal sites, such as Groupon and LivingSocial are under scrutiny. In theory they sound like a win-win situation with retailers guaranteed some level of new customers, and consumers finding a cheaper deal.

NU SKIN ENTERPRISES ENTERS INTO AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE NOX TECHNOLOGIES - November 14, 2012

PROVO, Utah, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: NUS) announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire NOX Technologies, Inc., a biotechnology and biodiagnostic company based in Malvern, Pennsylvania for $12.5 million.

AMWAY SEEKS TO BRANCH OUT - November 14, 2012

Amway, the US-based direct sales company, is exploring business opportunities in Myanmar.

50 MULTILEVEL MARKETING FIRMS ARE UNDER ECONOMIC OFFENSES WING PROBE - November 14, 2012

MUMBAI: The economic offences wing (EOW) is at present investigating at least 50 multilevel marketing (MLM) companies, suspected to have duped investors of over Rs 2,500 crore.

NU SKIN ENTERPRISES ANNOUNCES 2013 ANNUAL GUIDANCE - November 14, 2012

PROVO, Utah, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: NUS) provided its 2013 financial guidance in advance of its annual investor day.

MORE THAN HALF OF AUSSIE EMPLOYEES ARE 'DE-MOTIVATED' - November 12, 2012

Every second employee in Australia and New Zealand works in a ‘de-energising’ organisational climate, according to research.

USANA HEALTH SCIENCES RECEIVES SEVEN MARCOM AWARDS - November 8, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (NYSE: USNA), a global nutritional company, learned today that it is the recipient of seven MarCom Awards for its creative excellence in the marketing and communication fields. USANA, which unveiled its new corporate branding in August, received top honors for its overall rebranding campaign, logo and improved sales tools.

WHY BRAZIL IS A SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETER'S DREAM - November 8, 2012

Brazil is one of the fastest-growing social media markets in the world. According comScore's "2012 Brazil Digital Future in Focus" report, more than 46 million Brazilians are online, and 97 percent of those use social media.

LIFEVANTAGE ANNOUNCES STRONG FIRST QUARTER FISCAL YEAR 2013 RESULTS - November 8, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 8, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LifeVantage Corporation (Nasdaq:LFVN), a company dedicated to helping people achieve healthy living through a combination of a compelling business opportunity and scientifically validated products, including its patented dietary supplement Protandim®, the Nrf2 Synergizer®, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended September 30, 2012.

MANNATECH REPORTS THIRD QUARTER 2012 FINANCIAL RESULTS - November 7, 2012

COPPELL, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mannatech, Incorporated (NASDAQ: MTEX), a leading developer and provider of nutritional supplements and skin care products based on Real Food Technology® solutions, today reported net income of $2.2 million, or $0.83 per diluted share, for the third quarter ending September 30, 2012, compared to a net loss of $3.7 million, or $1.38 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2011.

HERBALIFE CONSIDERS PLANT, 500 JOBS IN WINSTON-SALEM - November 7, 2012

Nutritional supplement company Herbalife may open a $100 million factory in Winston-Salem and employ 500 workers, Winston-Salem and Forsyth County elected officials said today.

S&P REVISES RATINGS OUTLOOK ON AVON - November 5, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Credit rating agency Standard & Poor's on Monday revised its outlook on Avon Products Inc. to 'negative' from 'stable.'

ATHOME AMERICA ACQUIRED BY CHICAGO EXECUTIVE TEAM, LAUNCH NEW AT HOME - November 5, 2012

At Home, a new innovative direct sales company, has been created from assets of the former AtHome America, which were purchased out of liquidation by a team of seasoned executives in the direct-selling industry.

MARKET DRIVING TRENDS FOR 2013 - November 1, 2012

Innova Market Insights’ ongoing analysis of key trends and developments in new product activity has resulted in its identification of 10 key emerging trends likely to impact the food and drinks market through 2013 and beyond.

THERE'S A NEW AVON  LADY (CEO): WHAT'S HER PLAN ON THAT 5.7% DIVIDEND YIELD? - October 31, 2012

If you don’t believe that stock prices will rise very much in the next few years, it’s natural to want to buy shares that are paying out healthy dividends. Healthy means amply covered by the company’s cash flow.

RISING CHILDCARE COSTS KEEP MOTHERS AT HOME: SIX OUT OF TEN SAY THERE IS LITTLE TO NO FINANCIAL BENEFIT IN WORKING - October 30, 2012

The number of new mothers deciding to stay at home rather than go back to work has risen sharply as childcare costs spiral.

10 THINGS DIRECT-SALES MARKETERS WON'T SAY - October 26, 2012

Even if you don’t recognize the jargon used to describe their business, there’s a good chance you’ve encountered reps from direct-sales or multilevel-marketing companies before — possibly in your own living room.

NATURA SEEKS GROWTH IN ARGENTINA - October 26, 2012

Brazilian direct seller Natura announced that its Argentine-based operations will double manufacturing capabilities in the near term—a decision made due to increasing Argentine government policies of reducing imports.

STELLA & DOT'S CEO ON THE BRINK OF MAKING A BILLION - 2012

Jessica Herrin reinvented her jewelry business twice before finding a concept that really clicked with consumers—and made her seriously rich…

BARON AND BUDD FILES DECEPTIVE ADVERTISING LAWSUIT AGAINST AVON - October 23, 2012

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, the national law firm of Baron and Budd filed a class action lawsuit against beauty company AVON for misrepresenting certain “anti-aging” products to consumers.

10TH ANNUAL NEW YORK AVON WALK FOR BREAST CANCER RAISES MORE THAN $8.3 MILLION - October 22, 2012

NEW YORK, October 22, 2012 – The 10th annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer season continued with the Avon Walk New York this weekend, which raised more than $8.3 million to advance access to care and research to prevent and ultimately find a cure for breast cancer.

DRESDEN REBRANDS SELF AFTER LONGABERBER SHRINKS - October 19, 2012

In the heart of Dresden sits the world’s largest basket, a woven wooden basket that’s 48 feet long and 23 feet tall.

AMWAY LEADS AVAILABILITY RATINGS IN SEPTEMBER - October 17, 2012

Amway.com had the best availability score in Internet Explorer and Firefox testing among large retailers tested in September, says Compuware Gomez. Last month, the retailer posted 100% availability in tests for both browsers.

JAMA STUDY LINKS MULTIVITAMINS TO MODEST CANCER REDUCTION IN MEN - October 17, 2012

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found “daily multivitamin supplementation modestly but significantly reduced the risk of total cancer” in a large population of healthy male physicians.

MARKETING TO THE ONLINE HISPANIC CONSUMER - October 11, 2012

Can you afford to ignore 33.5 million U.S. Internet users? Probably not. It might be a bit more difficult to market to the Hispanic population but it's certainly worthwhile. Hispanics have substantial purchasing power and they shop online.

TIPS ON SOCIAL MEDIA FOR SMALL BUSINESS: #1 WHY YOU NEED IT - October 11, 2012

As the recent report from Econsultancy and Adobe has demonstrated, most companies now look at social media as a key part of their marketing and overall business strategies. 66% of digital marketers surveyed (working for companies with an annual turnover of more than £100m) agreed that ‘social media is integral to business strategy’, while 67% said that social media activity was ‘integral to their marketing mix’.

RETAILERS ARE LEARNING HOW CONSUMERS WANT TO SHOP ON THE IPAD - October 10, 2012

This year, 44% of online shoppers surveyed about their holiday shopping plans say they plan to use tablets, double the rate from last year, says Daren Tomey, director of business development at digital catalog platform provider Zmags.

THE RIGHT THING TO DO - October 10, 2012

Roger Barnett is CEO of Shaklee, a nutrition and personal care products company founded in 1956 on the principle, “follow the laws of nature and you’ll never go wrong.” Shaklee was one of the first companies to remove water-polluting phosphates from its cleaning products and became the first carbon neutral certified company in the world in 2000.

HERBALIFE'S NUTRITIONAL CLUB SALES WILL TAKE COMPANY TO THE NEXT LEVEL - October 10, 2012

Since writing my Seeking Alpha article - "Herbalife Information Disputes Pyramid Allegations," I have heard from people who have challenged the legitimacy of Herbalife's (HLF) claims that up to 40% of global sales are from its relatively new daily consumption business model as discussed below by Michael Johnson - Herbalife's Chairman and CEO "Herbalife's CEO Discusses Q2 2012 Results - Earnings Call Transcript," so I have researched the available information to see if I could determine if that claim was reasonable.

PRESERVING LIVES IN BRAZIL - October 9, 2012

The World Health Organization reports “breast cancer is the top cancer affecting women both in the developed and developing world.” This is especially resonant during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when the world focuses on progress and also the need to drive research, improve access to care, and reduce mortality.

L'OREAL DENIES RUMORS THE BODY SHOP IS FOR SALE - October 9, 2012

L’Oréal has vehemently denied rumours that The Body Shop is being groomed for sale, after a source was quoted saying the business no longer fitted L’Oreal’s strategy.

GIVING THANKS - October 9, 2012

When Rich DeVos and Jay Van Andel decided to expand Amway beyond U.S. borders in 1962, they didn’t go far.

AVON'S JUNG TO LEAVE BOARD EARLY; NEW CEO IN SPOTLIGHT - October 9, 2012

(Reuters) - Avon Products Inc (AVP.N) will close the book on the Andrea Jung era at the end of the year, clearing the way for new Chief Executive Sheri McCoy to try to fix the iconic but struggling beauty products company.

WOMEN TO WATCH: STELLA & DOT FOUNDER JESSICA HERRING - October 8, 2012

Jessica Herrin, founder of Stella & Dot, sells jewelry. In fact, she sells lots of it -- $100 million worth last year alone -- by combining personal service with an e-commerce platform and social media.

AVON'S NEW CHAIRMAN FRED HASSAN - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW - October 5, 2012

After stepping down as CEO in December, Avon AVP +4.03% chairman Andrea Jung will resign at the end of the year, as the company still struggles to recover from a number of major missteps at home and abroad.

AVON EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN ANDREA JUNG TO STEP DOWN FROM BOARD AT YEAR END AFTER SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION - October 5, 2012

Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE: AVP) today announced that Andrea Jung has informed the Board of Directors that she will step down as Executive Chairman and Board member, effective December 31, 2012 after a successful transition to new leadership under CEO Sheri McCoy.

AMBIT ENERGY PLACED ON 2012 INFORMATION WEEK 500 LIST OF TOP TECHNOLOGY INNOVATORS ACROSS AMERICA - October 2, 2012

Ambit Energy, a leading national retail energy provider based in Dallas, was recognized on the 2012 InformationWeek 500 List of Top Technology Innovators, an annual listing of the nation’s most innovative users of business technology.

BLYTH, INC. ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT IN PRINCIPLE WITH VISALUS FOUNDERS - October 1, 2012

Founders Reaffirm Long-Term Commitment and Defer Blyth Buyout Until 2014

IS MLM A BAD WORD? - September 27, 2012

Ever been confused about how a “home business” works? Of course you have, so have we. Most people have heard the term MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) and usually at the end of that the word, “scheme” is added – giving the whole business model a bad name.

VISALUS CANCELS PLANNED IPO - September 26, 2012

Troy-based ViSalus Inc., a weight management and energy drink direct-sales company, has canceled its planned initial public offering, citing uncertain market conditions, The Associated Press reported.

IT AIN'T OVER: THEIR SIMPLE SOLUTIONS TO CUT CLUTTER MAKE MILLIONS - September 26, 2012

Growing up as the oldest of four, Karen Eschebach knew that if she wanted to keep something out of the hands of her younger siblings, everything had to have its place.

NEWAYS ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE PROMOTIONS AND ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES - September 24, 2012

Neways is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Crump as the company’s new chief administrative officer (CAO). With this change, all back-office functions within Neways report directly to Crump, including legal, regulatory, human resources, quality, operations, and information technology.

KEY SOCIO-ECONOMIC FACTS ABOUT SOME LARGE DIRECT SELLING MARKETS - PERU - September 24, 2012

A recent survey from CAPEVEDI gives some great insight into the world of Direct Selling in Peru.

NU SKIN ANNOUNCES CHINA EXPANSION PLANS - September 21, 2012

Following its Greater China leadership conference, Nu Skin (China) announces initial details of its five-year business development plan for mainland China.

THE MARY KAY FOUNDATION DONATES $3 MILLION TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTERS - September 20, 2012

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, The Mary Kay FoundationSM awarded $3 million in grants to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states.

AVON ELECTS CHARLES H. NOSKI TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS - September 18, 2012

Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE: AVP) today announced that its Board of Directors has elected Charles H. Noski to the board, effective immediately. Mr. Noski's election increases Avon's Board to 12 Directors.

AMBIT ENERGY HOSTS MORE THAN 9,000 FOR 6TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE - September 6, 2012

No. 1 “Fastest Growing Private Company” on the prestigious Inc. 500 list for 2010 and national retail energy leader, held its 6th Annual Conference, “Ambition 2012: Take Charge.” More than 9,000 Independent Consultants representing 32 states from Alaska to New York filled both the Hilton Anatole and the American Airlines Center over a span of five days starting on August 29.

AVON HELLO GREEN TOMORROW MAKES $1 MILLION CONTRIBUTION - September 5, 2012

The Avon Hello Green Tomorrow project, a global fundraising and mobilization program of Avon Products, Inc. [NYSE: AVP], has awarded a total of $1 million to The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to help end deforestation.

AMWAY CORP. CO-FOUNDER RICH DEVOS RECUPERATING AT HOME AFTER 'MILD STROKE' - September 5, 2012

Amway Corp. co-founder and Orlando Magic owner Rich DeVos is “in good condition and recuperating at home” after suffering a mild stroke last month, according to a statement released by the corporation today.

AVON TAPS PAULA ABDUL TO COLLABORATE ON AN EXCLUSIVE HOLIDAY ACCESSORY COLLECTION - August 22, 2012

Avon Products, Inc. today announced a partnership with internationally renowned choreographer, dancer, songwriter, performer, designer, actor and businesswoman Paula Abdul.

HERBALIFE SHORTS' PROBLEMS COULD BE GREAT BUYING OPPORTUNITY FOR LONGS - August 21, 2012

When a company's share price dives lower and stays lower based mainly on the silence of anyone including David Einhorn, you have to wonder why, especially when it's a company that has growing cash flow and growing earnings combined with large company share buybacks which have resulted in an even faster growing EPS.

FEDS HALT ALLEGED $600 MILLION ZEEKREWARDS PONZI SCHEME - August 18, 2012

How It Happened And What's Next.  On Friday, August 17, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed an emergency action in a North Carolina federal court, alleging that ZeekRewards and its founder, Paul R. Burks, were involved in one of the largest Ponzi schemes in history.

STANFORD UNIVERSITY RELEASES STATEMENT REITERATING ITS LONG-STANDING RELATIONSHIP WITH NU SKIN ENTERPRISES - August 17, 2012

Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: NUS) reiterated its research relationship with Stanford University and announced that Stanford today issued the following release, which stated, "The Department of Dermatology in the Stanford School of Medicine has had a long-standing research-based relationship with Nu Skin Enterprises.

BLYTH UNIT VISALUS FILES FOR IPO - August 16, 2012

Nutritional supplements seller ViSalus Inc filed to raise up to $175 million in an initial public offering and plans to use the proceeds to pay a special dividend, sending shares of majority stockholder Blyth Inc to a four-year high.

DOOR-TO-DOOR SCAM OPERATIONS ON THE RISE - August 14, 2012

Deceptive door-to-door sales tactics are used year-round to sell all sorts of products and services: home improvement projects, security systems and monitoring, miracle cleaning products and even groceries.

US SEC SAYS SHUTS ZEEKREWARDS.COM $600 MILLION PONZI SCHEME - August 18, 2012

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said it shut down a $600 million online Ponzi scheme on the verge of collapse and won a court ordered emergency asset freeze to protect some of the more than 1 million investors it had attracted.

INVESTORS IN LEXINGTON PONZI SCHEME CONFUSED, UPSET - August 17, 2012

The Securities and Exchange Commission has shut down what they call a $600 million dollar online pyramid operation and Ponzi scheme allegedly headed by a Lexington businessman.

SEC SHUTS DOWN ZEEKREWARDS AS SCAM - August 17, 2012

The Securities and Exchange Commission said it has shut down ZeekRewards.com, a $600 million online Ponzi and pyramid scheme that was on the verge of collapse and had raised money from more than one million customers.

NYSE:BTH INVESTOR ALERT: INVESTIGATION OF BLYTH, INC. ANNOUNCED - August 12, 2012

The Shareholders Foundation announces that an investigation on behalf of investors of Blyth, Inc. (NYSE:BTH) shares was initiated over potential securities laws violations by Blyth, Inc. and certain of its directors and officers in connection certain financial statements.

WHY MARY KAY IS ONLY THE BEGINNING - July 27, 2012

In my Investigative Fund article, "The Pink Pyramid Scheme," which appeared as the cover story of the August issue of Harper's, cosmetics direct sales giant Mary Kay claimed "it employs multiple sales directors who earn more than $1 million a year." But the figure that surprised me more was this: of the 600,000 Mary Kay consultants currently working in the United States, only 300 of them are making a six-figure income — off the commissions they earn when the women on their sales teams buy products.

DIRECT SELLING COS BANK ON E-COMMERCE TO GENERATE BIZ - July 27, 2012

Taking a cue from the boom in the e-commerce industry in India, direct selling companies have also started leveraging the power of the online platform to sell their products to their business owners.

NU SKIN ENTERPRISES' CEO DISCUSSES Q2 2012 RESULTS - EARNINGS TRANSCRIPT - July 26, 2012

Nu Skin Enterprises Inc (NUS) Q2 2012 Earnings Call July 26, 2012 12:00 PM ET…

COTY TEAMS UP WITH LG IN SOUTH KOREA - July 26, 2012

Coty Inc. and LG Household & Health Care have created Coty Korea, a joint venture established to expand the presence of both companies in the Korean cosmetics market.

FEW CONSUMERS KNOW HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT - July 25, 2012

Despite the amount of information available on weight management, a new study by HealthFocus® International shows that a wide disconnect continues to hamper weight loss efforts.

AMWAY INDIA: DONNING THE WAR PAINT - July 23, 2012

Amway India, a wholly-owned subsidiary of $10.9 billion Amway Corporation, USA, is looking to beef up its presence in India.

INVESTMENT SCAM VICTIMS SET UP PANEL TO SEEK JUSTICE - July 18, 2012

PETALING JAYA: More than 100 people have come together to seek justice after falling victim to an investment scam by an international company based in Shah Alam.

AVON CUT TO SELL FROM HOLD BY S&P - July 12, 2012

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Avon Products Inc. AVP +3.34%, the largest direct seller of beauty products, was cut to sell from hold by S&P Capital on Thursday ahead of the company's second-quarter release in late July.

SOUTH AFRICA'S AVON LADIES GE THE SCENT OF A BETTER LIFE - July 5, 2012

JOHANNESBURG: ''Avon calling'' was first heard in rural New York, and became part of the rhythm of middle England; less well known is the popularity of the door-to-door make-up-selling company in South Africa and its social impact on impoverished women.

AMWAY WORKING WITH CHINESE GOVERNMENT ON PROJECT THAT WILL FEED 500,000 CHILDREN A DAY - July 3, 2012

ADA, MI -- Amway is doing some very high-profile charity work in China.

VALLEY WORKS: DIRECT SELLING - July 3, 2012

FRESNO, California (KFSN) -- Sixteen-million people in this country are involved in the industry that sells you everything from make-up to household products. The Direct Selling Association says it saw a five percent increase in business last year.

SWEDEN'S ORIFLAME IN TALKS TO BUY INDIAN HEALTH DRINK MAKER - June 30, 2012

NEW DELHI: Oriflame, a company whose products have long graced dressing tables, may be about to move on to the dining tables in Indian homes.

MANAGING MILLENNIALS: WHY GEN Y WILL BE RUNNING THE COUNTRY BY 2020 [INFOGRAPHIC] - June 28, 2012

In just eight short years, 46% of the U.S. workforce will be comprised of millennials. Whether you’re frightened or excited by the prospect, the fact remains that young adults born between 1976 and 2001 will be running this country.

GENERATION Y WANTS PRODUCTS FOR EVERYDAY HEALTH MAINTENANCE - June 27, 2012

According to the most recent NMI Health and Wellness Study, Generation Y consumers (those born between 1977 and 2002) believe in the benefits of, and are willing to pay a premium for, functional foods.

MARY KAY EXPANDS IN INDIA - June 27, 2012

Mary Kay Cosmetics Pvt. Ltd., India previously has announced it anticipates investing approximately $20 million in India during the five years since inception in India and also has announced and additional investment of $10 million last year to continue building its presence there.

NOBODY THREW A PARTY BETTER THAN EARL TUPPER - June 27, 2012

Charlene Rosman, an 80-year-old grandmother in Tucson, Ariz., remembers a Tupperware party she attended in the late 1950s. "At the time, Tupperware parties were a national phenomenon," she told IBD.

WHY BABY BOOMERS ARE THE INNOVATORS OF THE FUTURE - June 26, 2012

Baby Boomers are starting companies at a faster pace than ever before, according to a March report by the Kauffman Foundation and younger workers lack the disposable income and job prospects they once had.

SORRY, MARKETERS, YOU'RE DOING TWITTER WRONG [REPORT] - June 26, 2012

Most marketers are tweeting too much on the wrong days, not using hashtags enough and almost never do the one thing that will dramatically boost their retweets — ask for them — according to a new study looking at how marketers use Twitter from Buddy Media. 6/26/12

TUPPERWARE TO INCREASE SALES FORCE, THINKS OUT OF BOX - June 21, 2012

One of the popular direct selling companies providing premium food-storage containers in India, Tupperware, in a marked departure from its print-led marketing strategy launched a new campaign ‘She Can, You Can’, its first ever television commercial in 16 years of existence in India.

AMWAY JOINS SELLERS LOBBYING AGAINST DISTRIBUTOR-PROTECTION RULE - June 21, 2012

For years so-called multilevel or direct-selling marketers, which enlist individuals to flog vitamins, cosmetics, and weight-loss supplements to their friends and acquaintances, have drawn criticism from consumer advocates who liken the businesses to illegal pyramid schemes.

MARKETERS, MEET MOMS ON SOCIAL NETWORKS - June 20, 2012

eMarketer forecasts 82% of mom internet users will be on a social network in 2012

REPORT SHOWS INCREASING GROWTH OF ETHNIC BEAUTY MARKET - June 19, 2012

There is good reason to be optimistic about the market for health and beauty care products targeted to minorities, according to Ethnic Hair, Skin, and Cosmetic Products in the U.S., a newly report from Packaged Facts.

HOW UGLY CAN THINGS GET FOR AVON? - June 19, 2012

Shares of Avon Products (NYS: AVP) hit a 52-week low on Monday. Let's take a look at how it got there and see whether cloudy skies are still in the forecast.

FDA TO ISSUE REVISED NDI GUIDANCE - June 19, 2012

The FDA has announced that it plans to promulgate a revised draft guidance on new dietary ingredients (NDIs) used in dietary supplements.

EXEC AT THIRTY-ONE GIFTS MOVES UP TO PRESIDENT - June 18, 2012

Thirty-One Gifts has named a new president.

A NEW TAKE ON MIDWEST STARTUP INVESTMENT - June 15, 2012

A Grand Rapids, Mich.-based program that “seeds” would-be entrepreneurs’ good ideas with $5,000 investments aims to partner with Chicago’s fast-growing technology startup companies, investors, incubators and accelerators to transform “Rust Belt” perceptions about the Midwest.

INDIA IS OUR FASTEST GROWING MARKET: AMWAY - June 13, 2012

Buoyed by healthy double-digit growth, direct selling company Amway is planning huge investments to enhance its market share in India.

EINHORN DAMAGE CONTROL AT HERBALIFE WITH NUTRITION CLUBS - June 11, 2012

Ever since Greenlight Capital Inc.’s David Einhorn dialed into a May 1 earnings conference call asking for more disclosure, investors have shunned shares of the nutritional and weight-loss supplement maker.

FROM CLEARING PLATES TO LEADING A COMPANY: HOW THE DEVOS BROTHERS GREW UP TO CHANGE AMWAY - June 8, 2012

DALLAS – Even as children, Rich DeVos made sure his brood had a kids-eye view of what it took to run the family business that is Amway.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP IS THE NEW WOMEN'S MOVEMENT - June 8, 2012

Women are leaving the workforce in droves in favor of being at home. Not to be a homemaker, but as job-making entrepreneurs.

AVON DOWNGRADED TO UNDERPERFORM - ANALYST BLOG - June 7, 2012

We have downgraded Avon Products Inc. (AVP), one of the leading global beauty companies, to 'Underperform' after the company posted disappointing first-quarter 2012 results.

AVON AMONG THE WORLD'S MOST REPUTABLE COMPANIES - June 7, 2012

AMWAY CHAIRMAN STEVE VAN ANDEL TAKES LEADERSHIP ROLE IN US CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - AGAIN - June 7, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After serving as chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce a decade ago, Amway chairman Steve Van Andel was elected vice-chair for a one-year term.

TUPPERWARE PLANS MORE PRODUCTS TO SUIT LOCAL NEEDS - June 4, 2012

Direct selling company Tupperware plans to introduce more products from its global stable localising them to suit Indian consumers.

ASSOCIATION APPROVES FOUR NEW DIRECT SELLING COMPANIES AS MEMBERS - June 2, 2012

DSA’s Board of Directors approved the membership applications of four direct selling companies on Saturday, June 2, during its quarterly board meeting.

LOCALS STILL FIND SUCCESS WITH DIRECT SALES - June 1, 2012

Susan Redd, who tried several direct-sales companies over the years, has found success selling jewelry for Texas-based Premier Designs Inc. for the last three years.

DOOR-TO-DOOR SALES LAWS CHANGING - May 30, 2012

New Zealand's outdated direct selling laws are set to change later this year in an attempt to capture more modern sales techniques such as telemarketing.

ORIFLAME COSMETICS EXPANDS INTO EAST AFRICA - May 30, 2012

Oriflame Cosmetics S.A. is expanding its operations into East Africa by acquiring the businesses in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda previously run by a franchisee.

AMWAY UNVEILS NEW BRAND POSITIONING FOR ARTISTRY - May 29, 2012

During the past 10 years, Artistry, the beauty and skin care brand of direct seller Amway, has quietly and steadily grown into one of the top five premium skin care brands in the world, according to Euromonitor.

TUPPERWARE AGENTS INCENSED BY FAKES - May 27, 2012

Cape Town – The country’s 200 000-odd Tupperware agents are angry about the counterfeit products being sold as the real McCoy.

ONLY ONE IN THREE PENSIONERS STOP WORK AT RETIREMENT AGE - May 27, 2012

Fewer than a third of pensioners stopped working when they reached retirement age last year because they could not afford to give up their jobs, new figures show.

DIRECT SELLING KEY TO JOBS - May 23, 2012

Direct selling has the potential to dramatically impact on unemployment levels in South Africa by creating thousands of jobs for youth and women, South Africa's defence minister Lindiwe Sisulu said on Wednesday.

DIRECT SELLING INDUSTRY REPORTS SIGNIFICANT UPSWING IN NEW SELLERS - May 23, 2012

The Direct Selling Association (DSA) is today releasing new figures which show a significant rise in the number of people turning to direct selling as a way to earn additional income.

NU SKIN EXEC FILES DEFAMATION SUIT AGAINST EX-HUSBAND - May 21, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY — A Nu Skin Enterprises executive filed a lawsuit Monday, suing an ex-husband for defamation.

COTY MOOTS A MARKET LISTING - May 21, 2012

Peter Harf, president of the US perfumery group Coty, has confirmed that the company is getting ready for a market listing.

UNILEVER: MOBILE THE ENABLER OF OUR COMMS MODEL - May 17, 2012

IAB Mobile Engage: Unilever says mobile has become the enabler for its entire communications model, a year on from its first ever iAd campaign.

CONSUMER CONFIDENCE IN SUPPLEMENTS IS ON THE RISE - May 17, 2012

An annual survey conducted by The Vitamin Shoppe has found that Americans increasingly feel more confident about their health when taking a vitamin or supplement. According to The Vitamin Shoppe, Inc. annual survey, 93% of vitamin takers expressed this confidence, up from 71% in 2011.

FASHION LABEL PREPARES TO EXPAND - May 16, 2012

Sophie Paris, one of Asia's leading direct selling fashion brands, yesterday announced its forthcoming expansion into the nation's capital city to meet increasing demand in the northern region.

RICHMONT SAID STILL INTERESTED IN ALL OR PART OF AVON - May 16, 2012

Richmont Holdings, a closely held investor in consumer brands, is exploring an offer for all or part of Avon Products Inc. (AVP) and has approached Avon to express its interest, according to people familiar with the matter.

DIRECT SELLING ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES WEBPAGE ON INTERNAL CONSUMPTION - May 16, 2012

The Direct Selling Association (DSA) today launched a webpage that provides information on the purchase and use of direct selling products by salespeople, also referred to as “internal consumption.”

TUPPERWARE CEO GETS HONORARY ROLLINS DEGREE - May 16, 2012

Orlando-based Tupperware Brands Corp. chief executive officer and chairman Rick Goings received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Rollins College during its commencement ceremony this week.

AVON PRODUCTS SHAREHOLDER SEEKS RECORDS OVER BRIBERY PROBE - May 14, 2012

An Avon Products Inc. (AVP) shareholder asked a New York court to compel the cosmetics maker to let it inspect its books and records in connection with a bribery probe.

CAPITALISM BEGINS AT HOME: HOW THE MODERN DIRECT-SALES EVENT IS DEFYING THE RECESSION - May 12, 2012

Forget naughty lingerie and plastic storage boxes. In defiance of the recession, the modern direct-sales event is doing brisk business in scented candles, fine wines and Jamie Oliver saucepans. Holly Williams joins the party.

CONSUMERLAB.COM FINDS LEAD CONTAMINATIONS AND MISLABELING IN JOINT HEALTH SUPPLEMENTS - May 8, 2012

ConsumerLab.com purchased and tested more than 50 human and pet osteoarthritis supplements containing glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM and found some of the products to be contaminated with lead, missing certain listed ingredients, or have inadequate labeling.

REASONS TO WORRY ABOUT HERBALIFE: GREENBERG - May 8, 2012

Herbalife, whose stock tumbled last week after hedge fund manager David Einhorn asked a few questions on the company’s earnings call, is no stranger to controversy.

ONLINE SALES HAVE TRIPLED FOR AMWAY IN TWO YEARS - May 8, 2012

The online sales have more than tripled for Amway, India’s largest direct selling FMCG company, in the last two years.

RICHMONT SAID TO BE ARRANGING FINANCING FOR AVON BID - May 3, 2012

Richmont Holdings, a closely held company that invests in consumer brands, is arranging financing to make a bid for Avon Products Inc. (AVP), said two people familiar with the matter.

WOMEN AND THE RETIREMENT PERFECT STORM - May 2, 2012

Women lose approximately $434,000 in wages as a direct result of pay inequities, not to mention they are more likely to spend time out of the workforce due to caregiver responsibilities and live longer than men. This financial reality translates into reduced retirement savings for women. It’s not too late to start taking responsibility and control.

DIRECT SELLING IN INDIA TO REACH RS 10,843 CRORE SIZE BY 2014-15: REPORT - May 2, 2012

Direct selling business in India is expected to reach a size of Rs 10,843 crore by 2014-15 on the back of increased consumer spending, according to a report.

ENTREPRENEURS IN ACTION WALKATHON: GOING THE EXTRA MILE FOR AT-RISK KIDS - April 25, 2012

It’s a disheartening statistic: every 29 seconds, one student drops out of the U.S. educational system. Over the course of a year, that equates to 1.2 million young Americans who never graduate—the majority of whom would have continued their studies had the curriculum proved more relevant to their lives.

THE RISE OF THE SECOND JOB - April 20, 2012

Low wages, inflation and pay freezes mean that for more and more employees a second job is a necessity. But is having two roles necessarily a bad thing?

AVON FACING DOWNGRADE REGARDLESS OF COTY BID: CORPORATE FINANCE - April 19, 2012

Avon Products Inc. (AVP) is probably due for a ratings cut whether or not it’s bought by Coty Inc., complicating efforts by the world’s largest door-to-door cosmetics seller to restore profitability and stay independent.

2011 DSN GLOBAL 100 - April 17, 2012

The following contains the ranking for the 2011 DSN Global 100, our annual list of the top revenue-generating direct selling companies in the world. The list will be published in the June issue of Direct Selling News.

COSMETIC COMPANIES IN CRUELTY COVER-UP - April 16, 2012

COMPANIES that produce concealer and other cosmetics products have apparently been doing some concealing of their own. Estee Lauder, Avon and Mary Kay have resumed animal testing on cosmetics to sell in China - even as the companies continue to claim in the United States that their products are cruelty-free.

THE MULTIBILLION DOLLAR DIRECT SELLING INDUSTRY DODGES THE FTC - April 16, 2012

A new Federal Trade Commission rule is supposed to protect people who buy business opportunities by requiring sellers to provide a one-page disclosure form that includes support for earnings claims, a list of previous legal actions against the company, and its cancellation or refund policy.

COTY SAYS IT SECURED MONEY FOR AVON BID - April 16, 2012

Coty Inc. said it has lined up more than $5 billion from investors and firmer debt financing from J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. in support of its $10 billion offer for larger rival Avon Products Inc., an attempt to convince investors that its unsolicited approach is credible.

TWO SENTENCED TO OVER 30 YEARS IN PRISON IN ONLINE PYRAMID SCHEME - April 12, 2012

A California man and his business partner were sentenced Thursday to more 30 years in prison for stealing millions of dollars from investors in a pyramid scheme and through the sales of phony stock.

ATTORNEY GENERAL KAMALA D. HARRIS ANNOUNCES SENTENCING FOR PHONY ONLINE REWARDS SCHEME - April 12, 2012

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced today that two men were sentenced to more than 30 years in state prison for stealing millions of dollars through an illegal pyramid scheme and phony stock sales.

HUGE PYRAMID SCHEME CRACKED IN GUANGXI - April 12, 2012

Police said on Wednesday that they cracked the largest pyramid scheme in South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, according to a report in People's Daily.

AVON: THE RISE AND FALL OF A BEAUTY ICON - April 11, 2012

Exclusive: As CEO of Avon, Andrea Jung made bad bets and missed opportunities. Now she's been replaced - and the 126-year-old company has a second bidder lining up.

CAN JOHNSON & JOHNSON'S SHERILYN MCCOY TURN AVON AROUND? - April 9, 2012

Avon Products Inc. (NYSE:AVP)'s appointment Monday of Sherilyn McCoy to replace Andrea Jung as CEO brings some stability to the beleaguered direct-sales beauty company, but analysts say one person is unlikely to cure Avon's legal and organizational problems, which threaten its stock price and sales growth.

BE WARY OF INVESTMENT SCHEMES THAT GUARANTEE VERY HIGH RETURNS - April 9, 2012

Retail investors, who are scared of equity market volatility but not satisfied with returns from bank fixed deposits, often fall prey to dubious schemes, which promise them the moon.

COTY KNOCKS ON BRAZIL'S DOOR - April 5, 2012

As Coty Inc. fights to win over Avon Products Inc., the prize it has in mind is Brazil.

TUPPERWARE'S BEAUTIFUL PLAN - April 5, 2012

Tupperware Brands Corp., the maker of plastic food containers, has a surprising path to sales in Latin America: perfume and skin cream.

CORRECTED - AVON CEO'S COMPENSATION FELL 23 PCT IN 2011 - April 4, 2012

Avon Products Inc Chief Executive Andrea Jung earned 23 percent less compensation in 2011, failing to earn a bonus because of what the world's largest cosmetics seller called a "challenging" year.

AVON EX-CEOS PUSH ALUMNUS FOR POST - April 4, 2012

Three former Avon Products Inc. chief executives are lobbying the beauty company to put a former senior executive at the helm, saying it needs a leader with direct-sales experience to move beyond a string of poor financial results and failed restructurings.

COTY SAID TO FLIP FROM SELLER TO AVON BUYER - April 3, 2012

For months, perfume maker Coty Inc. tried to sell itself to Avon Products Inc. (AVP) (AVP) with little progress, according to people with knowledge of the situation. By February, Coty’s board had finally lost patience.

COTY'S BID FOR AVON CAME AFTER TALKS DID NOT RESULT IN DEAL - April 2, 2012

In announcing its $10 billion unsolicited bid for Avon Products Inc., Coty acknowledged that it had sent three letters to the cosmetics giant last month seeking to begin talks about a deal.

DIRECT SELLING CONTINUES TO GROW IN EUROPE - April 1, 2012

Direct selling continues to perform strongly in Europe, despite the global economic crisis. Statistics compiled by Seldia and the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations (WFDSA) show a growth in sales in the European Union of 8.1 percent in 2010. The total sales volume has increased from €10.7 billion to €11.6 billion. The 2011 figures are not yet known, but we have signals that direct selling remains resilient in most markets.

SUPER PAC DONORS BY THE NUMBERS - March 28, 2012

(CBS News) This week, the latest numbers on political fundraising were released, and super PACs, independent groups which are able to raise and spend unlimited amounts of cash, were once again a big part of the story. CBS News tabulated who the biggest donors are and to which groups they gave.

A RETAILER THROWS A PARTY FOR CATALOGS - March 28, 2012

PartyLite has built a digital catalog for various consumer devices.

FOR BRAZIL, BEAUTY IS SERIOUS BUSINESS - March 28, 2012

As Brazilians get richer, so do their tastes. That's certainly true for their consumption of beauty products.

SUPPLEMENTAL LIFE - March 27, 2012

During a Dateline NBC episode that recently aired on the increase in supplement use by Americans, I was intrigued to look into this social health phenomenon further.

MOST DIRECT SELLERS DON'T EARN A LIVING THROUGH SALES - March 26, 2012

Earlier today we introduced you to Maggie Clark, an independent salesperson for the wickless candle maker Scentsy. Clark says she earns about $1,200 a month on her business. That is well above the median income for someone in the direct selling industry.

AMWAY CHARTS NEW COURSE - March 24, 2012

With record breaking 2011 sales topping $10.9 billion and double-digit growth in nine of its top 10 markets across the globe and an innovative manufacturing line that will produce its Nutrilite products gearing up, Amway is on a proverbial roll. And that’s how Steve Van Andel, 56-year-old chairman of the Ada-based company, likes it.

DIRECT SALES COMPANIES SAW SPIKE IN SELLERS DURING RECESSION - March 20, 2012

One of Idaho’s fast growing companies is Scentsy. They sell wickless candles and personal care products. It’s a direct sales company, meaning independent consultants sell products largely through home parties (think The Pampered Chef).

CONVICTION IN MLM SCAM AN UPHILL TASK - March 22, 2012

The absence of specific laws governing multi-layered marketing (MLM) businesses is likely to hound the prosecution in court rooms even though the Rajasthan police has booked the directors of Goldsukh Trade India and others in the case under Indian penal code for committing offence of fraud, cheating, criminal breach of trust and criminal conspiracy which may prove tricky to be established in the criminal court.

SUIT ALLEGES AVON PAID TO KEEP OFFICIAL QUIET IN BRIBERY PROBE - March 21, 2012

An amended lawsuit filed by shareholders of Avon Products alleges a former head of internal audit threatened to provide securities regulators with evidence of bribery at the cosmetics seller, but then extracted a larger severance package in 2006 in exchange for his silence.

VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS PROVIDE HEALTHY GAINS FOR HERBALIFE - March 20, 2012

Fitness, medicine and wellness in general are hot topics on the Web. Many folks visit sites like WebMD, Diagnosispro.com and others to diagnose their ailments or just improve their way of life.

FEATURE - AVON LADIES SEE NEED FOR COMPLETE COMPANY MAKEOVER - March 16, 2012

Avon Products Inc's next chief executive officer will face a litany of challenges. One of the biggest will be to re-energize the iconic "Avon Ladies," the company's diminished and often demoralized army of U.S. sales representatives.

LEGALZOOM CO-FOUNDER TALKS WOMEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP - March 15, 2012

While diapers and women's shoes might not be the first thing on Brian Lee's mind, they are top of his list when it comes to starting a business. As a co-founder of LegalZoom, he's moved from the rather dry business of legal documents to working with celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Jessica Alba on their latest ventures.

ARE MOMMY BLOGGERS THE NEW AVON LADY? - March 14, 2012

Every child probably has the same memory of being shooed to another room while the adults have a "party." The hostess set out cookies and drinks, your mother’s friends came over and someone stood in the front of the room and proceeded to extol the virtues of a product.

HERBALIFE EXPANDS R&D DISCLOSURE: GREENBERG - March 14, 2012

Last week, I knocked Herbalife for claiming it does a bunch of R&D, but not disclosing the amount it spends on it.

HOW TUPPERWARE KEEPS BUSINESS FRESH AND PROFITS HIGH - March 14, 2012

Trendy companies like Apple and Facebook may dominate the headlines, but a lot of traditional businesses that have been around for decades have been successfully navigating the bumpy economy and finding new ways to make money.

MANNATECH LAUNCHES PRE-REGISTRATION PROCESS IN UKRAINE, RUSSIA AND BELARUS - March 6, 2012

Mannatech, Incorporated(NASDAQ: MTEX), the leading innovator and provider of nutritional supplements based on Real Food Technology ® solutions, launched its Pre-Registration process on February 18, 2012 in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus.

AVON WITHDRAWS ANIMAL TEST CLAIMS FROM WEBSITE AFTER COMPLAINTS - March 6, 2012

Avon has been forced to withdraw claims its cosmetics aren’t tested on animals.

QUESTIONING HERBALIFE'S 'RESEARCH': GREENBERG - March 6, 2012

When a company brags about the amount of research it does, you would expect to “research and development” broken out as an expense somewhere in its SEC filings.

THIRTY-ONE GIFTS FOUNDER SHARES SUCCESSES, LESSONS FROM RAPID EXPANSION - March 1, 2012

As Cindy Monroe started Thirty-One Gifts LLC, she visited other direct-selling leaders to see how the business was done.

AMWAY FOUNDING FAMILIES ENDORSE ROMNEY - February 28, 2012

The DeVos and Van Andel families, two of the most powerful and wealthy lineages in Michigan Republican circles, have endorsed presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Politico reports.

AMWAY APPOINTS IOANA ENACHE TO LEAD ROMANIAN SUBSIDIARY - February 28, 2012

Direct sales company Amway appointed Ioana Enache general manager for its Romanian operations. Enache joins the direct sales outfit, replacing George Popescu, who left to be manager of the European sales department within Atlas.

THE UPS AND DOWNS OF THE FULLER BRUSH CO. (FORTUNE, 1938) - February 26, 2012

This question, well considered, well worded, from time to time turning up among the want ads of papers in a hundred cities means that the Fuller Brush Co. wants men for a business that last year grossed $10,000,000 and this year will gross more.

CRUELTY FREE? AVON AND ESTEE LAUDER UNDER FIRE AS PETA REVEALS COSMETIC BRANDS 'ORDERED ANIMAL TESTING' - February 22, 2012

Peta is calling on supporters to boycott Avon and Estée Lauder after discovering the cosmetic giants are paying for animal testing.

PYRAMID SCAMS UNDER FTC PROBE - February 21, 2012

A 20-year-old university student in Seoul received a phone call from an old high school friend last summer, offering him an opportunity for easy work with big paychecks.

MARY KAY'S PINK MANSION LISTED FOR SALE - February 21, 2012

The former home of the founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics is exactly the color you would expect: A soft shade of light pink. Mary Kay pink, to be exact.

VANDERSLOOT RESPONDS TO ALLEGATIONS OF THREATENING MEDIA - February 21, 2012 

Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot is in the national spotlight amidst accusations that he threatens journalists to make negative reports about him go away.

INSIDE THE AMWAY SALES MACHINE - February 15, 2012 

LAS VEGAS—Holly Chen is a former first-grade teacher, just over 5 feet tall, with a taste for sequins. You wouldn't know it by looking at her, but this 68-year-old grandmother is one of the most prolific salespeople on Earth.

THE REPUBLIC OF COLOMBIA JOINS MAX INTERNATIONAL - February 13, 2012

The year 2011 was certainly an exciting year for everyone at Max. Your successes have been amazing throughout all six nations: United States, Canada, Philippines, New Zealand, Australia and Singapore.

JEANS PARTIES LATEST SHOP-AT-HOME TREND - February 13, 2012

This is not your mom’s Tupperware party.

FEDS PRESENT AVON BRIBERY EVIDENCE TO GRAND JURY - February 13, 2012

An investigation by federal prosecutors into possible bribery by Avon Products (AVP) has moved to a new stage. The prosecutors, who are examining a 2005 internal report at the company that indicated it may have broken anti-bribery laws, recently presented...

AMWAY CHALLENGES BIGGIES, BEATS NIVEA, L'OREAL IN SIZE - February 10, 2012

NEW DELHI: Direct selling company Amway now outsells several mainstream brands in select segments. Amway's Nutrilite protein powder, for example, is far ahead of rivals like Wockhardt's ProtineX, while its supplement pill Nutrilite Daily is neck-and-neck with Ranbaxy's heavily advertised Revital and its Glister toothpaste is on the heels of Dabur Red.

FORBES EARNINGS PREVIEW: AVON PRODUCTS - February 9, 2012

Leading up to Avon Products‘ (AVP) announcement of its fourth quarter earnings on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 analysts have become more wary as expectations have fallen over the past month to earnings of 51 cents per share from earnings of 53 cents per share. 2/09/12

INDIA TO BE LARGEST MARKET FOR HERBALIFE - February 8, 2012

In the next four years, India will emerge as the largest market for US-based Herbalife, the $ 2.7-billion global nutrition and direct-selling company, according to its managing director (Asia-Pacific) William M Rahn.

USANA HEALTH SCIENCES' CEO DISCUSSES Q4 2011 RESULTS - EARNINGS CALL TRANSCRIPT - February 8, 2012

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the USANA Health Sciences Fourth Quarter Earnings Conference Call on the 8th of February, 2012.

WHY WOMEN ARE TO BLAME FOR THE "PINK GHETTO" OF ENTREPRENEURS - February 8, 2012

“Women: stop making start-ups about fashion, shopping and babies,” wrote Venturebeat’s Jolie O’Dell on Twitter a few months back. “At least for the next few years. You’re embarrassing me.”

AT STELLA & DOT, HOSTESSES WITH A PERCENTAGE - February 8, 2012

On a recent Friday night, a dozen women gathered in a Chelsea apartment for a direct-sales soiree.

HOW STELLA & DOT USES IN-HOME SELLING TO ENABLE DIRECT COMMUNICATION WITH CUSTOMERS - February 6, 2012

Despite co-founding the successful WeddingChannel.com, Jessica Herrin found herself re-evaluating her personal and entrepreneurial priorities.

HUGE PYRAMID SCHEME CRACKED IN GUANGXI - April 12, 2012

Police said on Wednesday that they cracked the largest pyramid scheme in South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, according to a report in People's Daily.

FDA TARGETS HOMEOPATHIC WEIGHT LOSS PRODUCTS - February 6, 2012

Agency says there's no proof the remedies work, and associated diet may cause harm

NEW AMWAY BOSS SEEKS TO RETURN SALES GROWTH TO DOUBLE DIGITS - February 3, 2012

The new managing director of Amway Thailand, the country's leading direct-sales operator, yesterday outlined aggressive plans to boost growth this year into double digits against the total market growth of 7-8 per cent.

DR. SHAWN TALBOTT NAMED MONAVIE VP OF RESEARCH & PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT - February 2, 2012

MonaVie is pleased to announce that Dr. Shawn Talbott, a well-known scientist and expert in metabolism, weight loss, sports nutrition and human performance, has been appointed the company's new Vice President of Research and Product Development.

THIRTY-ONE GIFTS ANNOUNCES LAYOFFS - February 2, 2012

A central Ohio company growing so fast it expanded to Easton Town Center 16 months ago announced Thursday the layoffs of 182 employees, including 92 in Johnstown.

AVON FIRES VICE CHAIRMAN - January 31, 2012

Departure Is Latest Fallout From Probes Related to Alleged Bribery, Disclosures

AMWAY RESPONDS TO REPORTS OF MONEY LAUNDERING PROBE IN INDIA - January 26, 2012

As newspapers report that Amway's operation in India is under investigation by that country's government for money laundering, the Ada-based multi-level marketing company says its unaware of any formal probe.

NEWAYS COMPLETES RESTRUCTURING - January 19, 2012

Neways Enterprises, a worldwide leader in dietary supplements and personal care products, announced today that it has completed a comprehensive out-of-court restructuring, allowing the company to significantly reduce its debt.

SAC, Z SAID TO BE NEAR DEAL FOR GOLDEN GATE'S NEWAYS UNDER RESTRUCTURING - January 13, 2012

Creditors SAC Capital Advisors LP and Z Capital Partners LLC are poised to take control of Golden Gate Capital Corp.’s Neways in a restructuring that would allow it to avoid bankruptcy, said people with knowledge of the talks.

THIRTY-ONE GIFTS THRIVES IN JOHNSTOWN LOCATION - January 11, 2012

If pride in your location can be shown through inspiring architecture, Thirty-One Gifts has shown its Johnstown pride and so much more.

ONET: NOT ALL PYRAMIDS MAKE MONEY FOR EGYPT - January 5, 2012

Ahram Online explores controversial 'direct-selling' scheme that has become increasingly popular among Egypt's would-be entrepreneurs

BBB NAMES TOP TEN SCAMS OF 2011 - January 4, 2012

Better Business Bureau investigates thousands of scams every year, from the latest gimmicks to schemes as old as the hills.

JUNG'S OUTSIDE SUCCESSOR MAY SHAKE 'ENTRENCHED' AVON CULTURE - December 24, 2011

Replacing Avon Products Inc.’s Chief Executive Officer Andrea Jung with an outsider may inject fresh energy into a company where the leader and much of her board have served for more than a decade.

MEET THE CHANGE MAKERS: AVON CALLS FOR A GREEN MAKEOVER - December 22, 2011

The first "Avon Lady" started knocking on doors in New Hampshire back in 1886, selling beauty products directly to her friends and neighbors.

ARE COSMETICS RECESSION-PROOF? MARY KAY THRIVES IN BAD ECONOMIC TIMES - December 14, 2011

Thousands of women were recognized for expanding their businesses at the Mary Kay Cosmetics Career Conference's awards nights in Dallas this past summer because, contrary to almost everything else in the current economic downturn, lipstick sells in tough times.

WORKING IS 'BETTER FOR MOTHER'S HEALTH' THAN STAYING AT HOME - December 13, 2011

Mothers with jobs tend to be healthier and happier than those who stay at home during their children’s early years, it has been found.

DIRECT SELLING DEFIES RECESSION - December 12, 2011

Unemployment is at its highest level for fifteen years and no-one is expecting much good news when the latest figures come out on Wednesday.

AVON'S INVESTMENTS FALL SHORT - December 8, 2011

Avon Products Inc.'s struggles around the world have tended to obscure a nagging problem: the door-to-door beauty retailer is nearly always short on spare cash.

LETTER BOMBS? - UNPRETTY PICTURE OF AVON -  December 3, 2011

A ranking of CEO letters to shareholders puts the direct-selling company in its bottom candor quartile. Among the cited woes are obfuscation and confusion.

MAKEUP GIANT MARY KAY RAMPS UP SOCIAL, MOBILE EFFORTS - December 2, 2011

Direct Seller Is in Talks With Shops to Pitch Social-Media Biz; Plans Rollout of Customizable Web Tools Next Year

'GOLD PARTIES' A POPULAR NEW TREND IN TOUGH ECONOMY - November 29, 2011

Gold. It seems to be the magic word of this weak economy.

NEW WARNING FOR DOOR-TO-DOOR SELLERS - November 28, 2011

ANNOYING salespeople who ignore "do not knock" signs would be charged and fined under a proposed change to consumer law.

THE AVON LADIES OF BANGLADESH - November 20, 2011

Female villagers are starting to escape poverty by selling cosmetics and health products in their communities, an activity that challenges traditional roles, but the scheme has been criticized.

HOW "JUST LOOKING" CUSTOMERS GENERATE SALES - November 17, 2011

Who is your most valuable consumer?

POLICE TO TRACK ONLINE ACTIVITIES OF MLM COMPANIES - November 16, 2011

Promoters of virtual companies like Speak Asia earned crore of rupees using the internet. The authorities are now planning to develop a system to alert people about dubious activities of MLMs.

NUTRITION FIRM CLAIMS DRAW SKEPTICISM - November 15, 2011

A nutritional supplements company is marketing high-end vitamins, energy drinks and fat-blocking powder from its new headquarters here, but one nutritionist calls its claims "gobbledygook."

EARNING EXTRA CASH WITH DIRECT SALES MADE EASIER WITH SOCIAL MEDIA, TECH GADGETS - November 13, 2011

"Most of the parties that I do, about 80 or maybe even 90 percent, are all online parties," says Jessica Hunt, a Scentsy independent consultant.

DING-DONG! AVON MAN CALLING - November 13, 2011

Avon Ladies have been knocking on British doors since the 1950s, selling cosmetics and perfumes. But this year has seen the rise of the Avon Man, as the increase in unemployment has encouraged far more men to take up door-to-door selling.

TIMES CHANGING AT AVON AS MORE MEN SIGN-UP TO BECOME DOORSTEP SELLERS - November 12, 2011

Direct-selling and cold-calling firms are taking up some of the slack from a slowing economy – with a growing number of men and full-time workers joining the sector.

DOING GOOD DOOR-TO-DOOR - November 11, 2011

Chuck Slaughter brings an Avon business model to bear on basic health services in sub-Saharan Africa

AVON - FALLEN BEAUTY? - November 9, 2011

While the stock market had rebounded powerfully from its October woes (as if nobody seems to think Europe poses any problem anymore), Avon (NYSE: AVP) had sunken almost to a low not seen since it tanked in early 2009, when the world was suppose to be ended by the financial tsunami.

HOW J. HILBURN MANAGED TO EXPAND ONLINE - November 8, 2011

Last week, we profiled a dilemma facing J. Hilburn, a Dallas clothing company that uses direct sales and multilevel marketing to sell custom shirts and other menswear.

GENERATION JOBLESS: FROM IVIED HALLS TO TRAVELING SALESMAN - November 8, 2011

You don't need a college degree to sell insurance for Aflac Inc., but college graduates are flocking there, desperate for income in the rough job market.

WATKINS CEO EMPHASIZES VALUE OF AN INCLUSIVE TEAM MENTALITY - November 6, 2011

Mark Jacobs has been involved in business since he was 5 years old. He ran his first department at age 11, staffing a gift stand at the Grain Belt Brewery, which his family owned.

MEN'S CLOTHING FIRM WANTS TO EXPAND INTO ONLINE SALES - November 2, 2011

Using a direct-sales and multilevel marketing model similar to that of Avon, J. Hilburn sells clothing that is custom fit using measurements taken by company sales representatives, known as style advisers, who make house calls and who share in the profits of other sales advisers that they recruit.

HERBALIFE'S CEO DISCUSSES Q3 2011 RESULTS - EARNINGS CALL TRANSCRIPT - November 1, 2011

Herbalife Ltd. (HLF) Q3 2011 Earnings Call.

NEW STRATEGIC CHALLENGES FOR FRAGRANCE - November 1, 2011

According to Euromonitor International, the fragrance market rebounded quite strongly from the 2008 global financial crisis, fueled by upbeat demand in emerging markets—notably Brazil and Russia.

A NEW PAMPERING CULTURE FUELS OPPORTUNITY IN MEN'S GROOMING - November 1, 2011

The global retail market for men’s grooming products is forecasted to reach $31 billion in 2011, according to data from Euromonitor International.

ZAMBIAN KING HONORS NU SKIN FOR HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS - October 31, 2011

Chewa King Kalonga Gawa Undi of Zambia honored Nu Skin Enterprises and its independent distributors Friday for their humanitarian efforts that have benefited his people.

TAKING THE 'AVON' WAY TO REACH 'THE LAST MILE' - October 31, 2011

There has been a lot of talk lately about tackling the "last mile" of health care delivery in the developing world.

CALLING FOR AVON TO MAKE A CHANGE - October 30, 2011

A good look in the mirror might help Avon’s management. Andrea Jung, the chief executive of the $8 billion cosmetics company, has twice failed to turn it around.

5 RULES OF MARKETING TO WOMEN - October 28, 2011

There's a shortlist of mistakes companies and brands typically make when trying to sell products to women.

AVALLA, LLC PARTNERS WITH NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND FINANCE - October 28, 2011

Through NECB's Corporate Partnership Program, Avalla now offers online business degree programs to its independent Consultants.

AVON'S JUNG UNDER SCRUTINY AS SEC STARTS NEW INVESTIGATION - October 28, 2011

With the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission probing Avon Products Inc. (AVP)’s dealings with analysts, Andrea Jung may be facing the toughest challenge of her 12-year tenure as chief executive officer.

WOMEN LEADERS IN THE WORKPLACE: THE21ST CENTURY - October 27, 2011

It has been widely reported that for the first time in history, women are less than a percentage point away from making up the majority of the national workforce.

HOW TO MAKE MONEY FROM DIRECT SELLING - October 25, 2011

 Home selling has shaken off its old-fashioned image and a new generation of entrepreneurial sellers are handsomely topping up their monthly income.

FRIENDS AND FAMILY CASH IN, SHOP AND SOCIALIZE AT LATEST HOME PARTIES - October 25, 2011

For a recent party at her Hasbrouck Heights home, Dina Schmeer decked out her living room in Halloween decorations and stocked the dining room table with finger food.

UNLIMITED POTENTIAL FOR DIRECT SELLING OF COSMETICS IN AFRICA - October 19, 2011

In modern times direct selling is the personal presentation and sale of products directly to consumers away from a fixed retail location, usually in their homes or at their jobs.

PAINTING THE TOWN PINK TO RAISE MILLIONS - October 18, 2011

The ninth annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, which took place this weekend in New York, was big business.

FROM TUPPERWARE TO TOYS - October 17, 2011

In the 1950s, the Tupperware company created its now-famous “party plan” to sell its wares.

SCENTSY'S PROFITS CONTINUE TO RISE SHARPLY - October 11, 2011

Scentsy grew from a tiny endeavor in a Utah home basement to a worldwide, multi-million-dollar company, quickly capturing the attention of consumers and the business world alike.

UTAH STOCKS HAMMERED BY THIRD QUARTER MARKET DECLINE - October 10, 2011

The sell-off in the stock market during the third quarter took its toll on Utah’s 27 largest publicly held companies.

BARRY MINKOW TO BEGIN SERVING SECOND PRISON SENTENCE FOR FRAUD - September 21, 2011

Federal prison authorities order two-time fraud convict Barry Minkow to begin serving his five-year sentence at the Federal Medical Center in Lexington, Ky., instead of a minimum-security work camp in Alabama.

MARY KAY TO INVEST $25 MILLION IN CHINA, SOON ITS LARGEST MARKET - September 19, 2011

Mary Kay Inc., the cosmetics seller famous for rewarding top sales agents with pink Cadillacs, plans to invest $25 million to build a distribution center in China, soon to be its largest market.

FINANCE DOESN'T STOP FOR STAY-AT-HOMES - September 17, 2011

Whether in or outside the workforce, it's still necessary to plan ahead.

PRE-PAID LEGAL CHANGES NAME TO LEGALSHIELD  - September 13, 2011

Oklahoma company's new owners choose new name as part of rebranding strategy.

READY TO START YOU OWN BUSINESS? TIPS FOR GETTING STARTED - September 12, 2011

Many women find that owning their own business gives them tremendous confidence. It helps you take control of your finances, set and reach goals, and enjoy the satisfaction of accomplishing what you set out to do.

REMEMBERING THE WORLD BOOK DAYS - September 7, 2011

To many who sold it, the World Book Encyclopedia is much more than an outdated textbook stowed away in a relative’s basement.

DING-DONG! OVER 50S DOORSTEP SELLER NUMBERS SOAR - September 5, 2011

Next time you answer the front door to a doorstep salesman, there's a big chance it won't be some spotty-faced kid trying to persuade you to change energy suppliers, it'll be a neatly-presented over 50 with a story to tell and a product to sell.

IS THIS THE FUTURE OF RETAIL? - September 1, 2011

SHOPBOX, the newest addition to DeKalb Market, a temporary mall in Brooklyn comprised of shipping containers, has its products on display, with no clerks to be found.

THE LONG SEARCH FOR FULL-TIME WORK - September 2, 2011

The longer one has been out of work, the harder it is to find a new job. New unemployment figures out Friday from the Labor Department are likely to point to continued pain in August.

SOCIAL SELLING: 'IT'S A JOB, NOT A PARTY' - August 31, 2011

Tory Johnson reports best practices when choosing to work in direct sales.

JAFRA COSMETICS CELEBRATING 55 YEARS IN BUSINESS - August 24, 2011

A skin care and beauty company based in the Conejo Valley is celebrating 55 years in business.

AMWAY TO BUY ORGANIC FARMS IN INDIA - August 23, 2011

Amway India, a dietary supplements, health and beauty company, plans to buy organic farms in India.

Q&A: MARCUS SANDSTROM & SHARMILI RAJPUT, ORIFLAME - August 21, 2011

Leading direct selling Swedish beauty company, Oriflame, which has completed 15 years in India, has extensive investment plans to expand its manufacturing base in the country.

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH RICK GOINGS - August 20, 2011

As Rick Goings, chairman and chief executive officer of Tupperware Brands Corp became more successful, he began to think about making a difference in life.

BECOMING BELLY FRIENDLY: NEW MATERNITY TRAINING PROGRAM LAUNCHES - August 19, 2011

One-of-a-kind prenatal program promises to boost business

THE BACKUP PLAN - August 18, 2011

What happens when you graduate into a world with no jobs?

MLM COMPANIES TRY FOREX DEALS, COMMODITIES TRAINING PACKAGES TO LURE NEW MEMBERS - August 18, 2011

Even as multi-level marketing (MLM) schemes such as Speak Asia and Tycoon Empire International Ltd are under the regulatory scanner, numerous such schemes continue to target gullible investors.

DIRECT SELLING IN 2010: SALES INCREASE TO $28.56 BILLION AS CHANNEL CONTINUES TO PROVIDE INCOME FOR MILLIONS - August 18, 2011

The Direct Selling Association (DSA) today released its annual Growth & Outlook Survey, headlined by an increase in estimated retail sales for the direct sales channel which, even in tough economic times, provides a source of income for millions of Americans.

WOMEN MORE LIKELY TO WORK MULTIPLE JOBS - August 18, 2011

Part-time employment allows more caregiving time but fewer benefits.

AVON TO INCREASE INDIA ACTIVITY - August 18, 2011

Avon has said it will strengthen its presence in India and expand its product range.

TYCOON EMPIRE LAUNCHES NEW MLM PLAN DESPITE POLICE PROBE - August 17, 2011

Another multi-level marketing company, Tycoon Empire International, has duped investors of thousands of crores of rupees under the pretext of promising 10% monthly guaranteed returns on investment.

STELLA & DOT JEWELRY REDEFINES SOCIAL SHOPPING - August 17, 2011

Avon has been calling since 1886. Tupperware parties were introduced shortly after World War II. The Mary Kay Cosmetics empire, which still rewards top sellers with cars, first revved up in 1963.

RODAN + FIELDS® DERMATOLOGISTS WINS THE DIRECT SELLING ASSOCIATION AWARD - August 16, 2011

The Excellence in Salesforce Development Award is presented annually to the direct selling company that has implemented an innovative salesforce development program with demonstrated results.

LOCAL SALESWOMAN EARNS 17TH MARY KAY CAREER CAR - August 14, 2011

It’s quite a high achievement for a Mary Kay saleswoman to earn one of the company’s pink Cadillacs, let alone 17.

TURKEY'S EAST-WEST ECONOMIC DIVIDE IMPACTS GROWTH POTENTIAL - August 12, 2011

Turkey's buoyant growth since 2002 has failed to erase the country's regional disparities.

DESIGNER JEANS EXCITE AT-HOME PARTY MARKET - August 8, 2011

Move over purse parties, the latest bling is coming from behind

HOUSE PARTIES PUSH PRODUCTS - August 6, 2011

Forget buying television commercials. Never mind the pop-up ads, and nix the campaigns on the sides of buses.

BEWARE OF THE MULTI LEVEL MARKETING PREDATORS - August 5, 2011

Shobha Dayal (name changed to protect identity), 47, was working as a treasury manager with a bank. A friend sold her the ‘Gold Quest’, a multi-level or chain marketing scheme which deals in selling gold coins.

GOLD PARTY RAGES ON - August 5, 2011

But now, the 32-year-old founder of My Gold Party, is watching one of the world’s most volatile exchanges rise and fall every day, and it has not been dull

STUDENTS EARN MONEY SELLING EDUCATIONAL BOOKS - August 4, 2011

To morning commuters on busy Division Street, it could look like a tribal dance complete with jumps, hoots and hollers and rhythmic clapping.

THE COMPANY THAT CUTS BOTH WAYS - August 2, 2011

On a late afternoon in June, seven dressed up 18- and 19-year-olds sat nervously in an unadorned waiting room on upper State Street.

IDA SEEKS REGULATORY FRAMEWORK FOR DIRECT SELLING INDUSTRY - August 1, 2011

Concerned over frauds worth Rs 1,000 crore committed by some multi-level marketing and money chain companies in Kerala, the Indian Direct Selling Association (IDSA) today urged the Union government to formulate a regulatory framework governing the direct selling industry.

PRE-EMPTIVE STRIKE: 'DO NOT SOLICIT' LIST - July 31, 2011

A couple of years ago, Chuck Thorne was contemplating how little he enjoys answering a knock at his door, only to be confronted by a sales pitch.

CELEBRITIES TURN OUT FOR LIA SOPHIA JEWELRY - July 27, 2011

Lia sophia, the direct-sales jewelry brand that has a strong celebrity following, held an intimate event Tuesday night in the back courtyard of the Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood.

SELLING SOLAR LAMPS DOOR-TO-DOOR POWERS AFRICA'S FEMAIL ENTREPRENEURS - July 27, 2011

Solar Sister gives startup funds--and a $500 "business-in-a-bag"--to door-to-door solar saleswomen, illuminating villages and offering exceptional economic benefits to communities.

RENEWABLE ENERGY, NETWORK MARKETING AND REGULATORY WOES - July 21, 2011

A renewable energy network marketing organization is facing regulatory issues.

MINKOW GETS FIVE YEARS FOR LENNAR SHARES FRAUD - July 21, 2011

Barry Minkow, a former Wall Street con artist who went on to build a reputation as an anti-fraud fighter, was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday for a securities swindle targeting U.S. homebuilder Lennar Corp

THE PINK LADIES: MARY KAY'S TOP LAWYER KEEPS MAKEUP MAVEN'S MEETINGS LOOKING GOOD - July 26, 2011

The flashy pink Cadillac symbolizes ultimate success for Mary Kay Inc. beauty consultants.

FACIAL PARTY - July 20, 2011

The story is as old as Avon. A salesperson slips into your social sphere, and the “social” invitations follow.

INCREASED FOCUS ON EMPLOYEE MISCLASSIFICATION - July 20, 2011

The Department of Labor is updating the record-keeping regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

AMWAY CORP. CO-FOUNDER JAY VAN ANDEL HONORED IN BRONZE - July 20, 2011

Amway Corp. co-founder Jay Van Andel cast a large figure across West Michigan's landscape

NU SKIN BREAK GROUND ON $85M CENTER IN DOWNTOWN PROVO - July 19, 2011

As Nu Skin broke ground on its new $85 million Innovation Center on Monday, business leaders and local officials expressed hope the development will have a global effect.

DIRECT SELLING ENABLES OVER-50S TO SUPPLEMENT INCOME - July 18, 2011

The Direct Selling Association says that a growing number of older people are opting to take on flexible part-time work.

SILPADA CONFERENCE BRINGS SILVER RUSH TO KANSAS CITY - July 18, 2011

Kansas City is about to experience a silver rush — a rush to see new Silpada Designs Inc. jewelry, that is.

GRILLING UP GROWTH - July 17, 2011

Barely a year out of college, Nick Beste already has topped $1 million in sales with his pioneering company, Man Cave Worldwide, which stages Mary Kay-style home parties for men.

THIRTY-ONE GIFTS GROWTH NOTED AT CONFERENCE - July 15, 2011

Johnstown-based company Thirty-One Gifts made a big impact in central Ohio during its eighth annual national conference.

IT TAKES WORK TO FIND LEGITIMATE WORK-FROM-HOME OPPORTUNITIES - THEN SUCCESS - OR FAILURE- IS ALL IN YOUR HANDS - July 16, 2011

When Alan Mater found himself laid off from the lens grinding company where he worked near Lewiston, Pa., he didn't waste a lot of time looking elsewhere for work.

WOMAN REGRETS PURCHASE FROM DOOR TO DOOR SALESMAN - July 14, 2011

It's an old fashioned way of making a sale but today, there are still door to door sales people showing up in the Bay Area.

FOOD LABELING IN EUROPE - July 14, 2011

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the European Union (EU) agency tasked with food safety risk assessment, has been hard at work in recent years evaluating food health claims.

THE FIVE PS FOR BUSINESS SUCCESS - July 13, 2011

Looking to start your own business? Direct selling could be a way to achieve this goal with flexible hours and low initial investment.

DEPUTIES SAY DOOR-TO-DOOR SALES IN SPARTANBURG CO. ARE LEGIT - July 13, 2011

Spartanburg County deputies said a door-to-door saleswoman that has raised the eyebrows of some parents recently is legitimate.

DOOR-TO-DOOR SALESMAN BANNED FROM THIRD TOWN - July 13, 2011

A door-to-door salesman’s peddler’s permit was revoked Monday, after Killingworth Resident Trooper Matthew Ward received a complaint about the salesman around 8 p.m. Saturday.

AMWAY REACHES $1 BILLION IN MONTHLY SALES FOR THE FIRST TIME - July 13, 2011

One month, $1 billion in sales: Amway today announced it had reached that milestone for the first time in its 51-year history during June.

BRIC: CONTINUED DOMINATION OF GLOBAL BEAUTY SALES - July 13, 2011

Most of the major international beauty companies are focusing on expanding their presence in Brazil, Russia, India and China—the BRIC markets—and it’s easy to see why.

MULTI LEVEL MARKETING (MLM) SCHEME LIKELY TO BECOME NATIONAL ISSUE - July 13, 2011

Investors of the whole country including investors from this state who had invested their hard earned money to Multi Level Marketing (MLM) schemes of Best Genius Limited, a Malaysian based company is likely to reach the ears of the national leaders making it a national issue.

MOVE OVER, MARY KAY - July 12, 2011

Founded by three Colombian men named Alberto who joined forces in Miami, Zumba is a dance-inspired workout taught at gyms, schools, and yoga studios all over the world.

DIRECT SELLER RANKS SWOLLEN BY OLDER WORKERS - July 12, 2011

Direct Selling Association reports 29% rise in number of sellers aged 50 and above who 'enjoy the social side' of the work.

BELIEF IN A MISSION: AVON MARKS 125 YEARS - July 13, 2011

Operating through 6.5 million representatives in more than 100 countries is definitely an advantage for Avon.

BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR SOUTHWESTERN IN TIGHT SUMMER JOB MARKET - July 11, 2011

It’s been a tough couple of years to find a summer job. But a Nashville-based publisher still can’t get enough help from college students.

USANA HEALTH SCIENCES IS NOW AN FDA-REGISTERED FACILITY - July 11, 2011

USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (NYSE: USNA) today announced it has obtained the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's "Drug Establishment Registration," allowing the company to manufacture over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and holding it to a standard well above what is required of a dietary supplement manufacturer.

TRUTH BEHIND PYRAMID SCHEMES - July 10, 2011

Pyramid Schemes come in diverse guises and names. Ponzi and Multi-level Marketing are two of them. Both of them are simple yet very effective pyramid scams.

PAPERLY RECOGNIZED BY THE DSA FOR PARTICIPATION IN ITS CODE OF ETHICS COMMUNICATION INITIATIVE - July 6, 2011

Paperly LLC, the only direct seller focused exclusively on personalized stationery and paper-related gifts, was recognized at the Direct Selling Association’s 2011 Annual Meeting (DSA.org) for its participation in the DSA's Code of Ethics Communication Initiative.

AMWAY LOOKING TO INVEST RS 450 CR FOR EXPANSION IN 2 - 3 YEARS - July 5, 2011

Amway India, direct selling FMCG company is looking to investment of Rs 450 crore in the next 2-3 years in India, as part of the company’s expansion plan.

MEN ACCUSED OF RUNNING A PONZI SCHEME PLEAD NOT GUILTY - July 2, 2011

Two men accused of running a Ponzi scheme have pleaded not guilty.

TOP-UP YOUR PENSION WITH A PART TIME JOB - June 30, 2011

MILLIONS of struggling pensioners are being forced back to work just to survive and pay their bills.

AVON: GREAT BRAND, MESSY BUSINESS AND SEEMINGLY UNDERVALUED SHARES - June 29, 2011

Weak profits of late have driven down the shares of Avon Products (AVP) far enough that, based on historical results, they’re looking cheap. Trading above $35 last fall, Avon shares are off sharply and trail the market’s recent performance.

DIRECT SALES COMPANIES DRAW LOCAL WORKERS - June 26, 2011

The Avon Lady turned 125 years old this year and has been holding her own in tough economies.

KERALA GETS TOUGH WITH MONEY SWINDLERS AND MLM COMPANIES - June 24, 2011

Kerala, said to be the country’s most literate state, is flooded with numerous ‘get-rich-quick’ or ‘earn-huge-return’ schemes offered by money swindlers.

GOING STRAIGHT TO THE CUSTOMER - June 23, 2011

Amid the ever-growing dominance of shopping malls in the country’s retail landscape, direct selling continues to be a very viable option to reach consumers and make that sale

MARKET AMERICA'S AMERICAN DREAM MACHINE - June 23, 2011

JR and Loren Ridinger made a fortune, won celebrity friends, and built a multilevel marketing empire by selling their most valuable asset: Themselves

NEWAYS CREATES INSTITUTE OF HEALTHY LIFESTYLES - June 20, 2011

Reaffirming the company's commitment to delivering science-based products for a healthy lifestyle, Neways announced the realignment of its scientific teams into a synergistic new organization called the Neways Institute of Healthy Lifestyles.

IS IT A BANK OR IS IT MARY KAY? - June 20, 2011

Multi-level Marketing (MLM) is a marketing strategy whereby sales persons not only receive compensation for sales they make directly but also generate income from the sales of other people recruited to join the organization.

MANNATECH OPENS ITS DOORS TO FOUR NEW EUROPEAN COUNTRIES - June 14, 2011

Mannatech, Incorporated (NASDAQ: MTEX), the leading developer and provider of nutritional supplements and skin care products based on Real Food Technology® solutions, officially opened office headquarters last Saturday in four new countries across central and eastern Europe, including the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland and the Republic of Ireland.

P & S JEWELLERY LTD TAKES TO MULTI-LEVEL-MARKETING - June 14, 2011

Indian diamond jewelry manufacturer P & S Jewellery Ltd., is going the multi-level marketing (MLM) route to promote its ‘Tahira’ brand of jewellery.

PYRAMID SCHEMES: DAYLIGHT ROBBERY - June 12, 2011

Pyramid marketing companies are looting the public easily, while the government watches. Many countries have banned them outright

XYNGULAR - MLM SUPERHERO REPORTS RECORD SALES OF $1.5 MILLION FOR MAY 2011 - June 7, 2011

Xyngular a hot new health and wellness company has begun to make its mark in the network marketing industry.

DIRECT SELLING EXECUTIVES FROM AROUND THE WORLD SHOW "Y WE CARE" ABOUT MIAMI-DADE'S TEENS AND TWEENS - June 4, 2011

When hundreds of company executives gather in Miami for the 2011 annual convention of the Direct Selling Association, they will do more than take in the Florida sunshine and discuss their direct selling businesses.

TOP 10 MISTAKES DIRECT SELLING COMPANIES MAKE IN SOCIAL MEDIA - May 2011

Here’s a revolutionary thought: The direct selling industry invented social marketing.

STRICT REGULATION OF MULTI-LEVEL MARKETING LIKELY - May 28, 2011

The dubious business model of multi-level marketing (MLM) companies, where sales agents recruit customers to join their distribution army, has come under the government’s scanner.

MILLIONS OF INDIANS CAUGHT UP IN COMPANY'S ALLEGED FRAUD - May 27, 2011

Tripta Chandrashekhar trusted the man who asked her to invest her savings in Speak Asia Online. Their mothers were friends.

MONAVIE'S TOP GUY: THE RICHEST MULTILEVEL NETWORKER OF ALL - May 27, 2011

Brig Hart found evangelical Christianity and success in multilevel marketing at the same time.

MORE TURN TO DIRECT SELLING FOR INCOME - May 23, 2011

Direct Selling Association of Malaysia expects its collective revenue to exceed RM3.6bil this year, representing an increase of about 5% from a year ago

TVI EXPRESS, YET ANOTHER SPEAK ASIA? - May 23, 2011

The MLM company promises five-star travel packages on joining and lucrative compensation fees up to Rs4.5 lakh on its direct selling model

SONS OF AMWAY FOUNDERS TO BE INDUCTED INTO WEST MICHIGAN BUSINESS HALL OF FAME - May 21, 2011

Two men who emerged from their fathers’ long shadows to help lead direct sales giant Amway to become a global powerhouse will be inducted into the Junior Achievement West Michigan Business Hall of Fame on Tuesday

AMWAY NORTH AMERICA #1 IN ONLINE HEALTH & BEAUTY SALES FOR EIGHTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR - INTERNET RETAILER - May 20, 2011

Amway Independent Business Owners (IBOs) have once again earned the company the top spot in online Health & Beauty (H&B) sales.

FLAMELESS CANDLES - May 20, 2011

The Scentsy History: From a Sheep Farm to One of the Fastest Growing Companies in the US Today This article is written by Lisa Murdock Independent Scentsy Consultant scents2buy.com

MT EXPERT'S TEN TOP TIPS: HOW TO SELL LIKE THE EXPERTS - May 20, 2011

We asked the Direct Selling Association’s Paul Southworth for his top tips on getting started in sales

GOVERNMENT PROBES ONLINE SURVEY COMPANY SPEAK ASIA FOR PONZI SCAM - May 19, 2011

Indian authorities have launched an investigation into Speak Asia, an online survey company that has collected hundreds of crores from users by promising huge payments for filling its surveys

MCA ORDERS PROBE INTO SPEAK ASIA - May 18, 2011

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has ordered a probe into market research agency Speak Asia after media reports unearthed shady workings of the firm.

INDIAN MLM AND NETWORK MARKETING SCAMS - May 18, 2011

GOLDQUEST, QUEST NET, QI GROUP, Quest, SCAM

USANA HEALTH SCIENCES ANNOUNCES PLANS TO EXPAND OPERATIONS TO THAILAND - May 18, 2011

According to the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations (WFDSA), Thailand is the world's 13th-largest country in terms of retail U.S. dollars generated from direct selling and Asia's 5th-largest market for direct selling, with estimated sales of more than $1.5 billion.

HOW TO AVOID 'GET-RICH-QUICK' SCHEMES AND SCAMS - May 18, 2011

There are no free lunches, no easy money. Yet people often become victim of ‘double-your-money’ or ‘earn-lifetime-income’ schemes. Here’s how to identity and avoid such MLM schemes.

MONEYLIFE FOUNDATION SENDS REPRESENTATION TO PM, FM AND RBI URGING BAN ON MLM SCHEMES - May 18, 2011

Moneylife Foundation urges the PM and others to completely ban MLM companies in India or bring these companies under the regulation of either RBI or SEBI. Moneylife was the first to expose the Speak Asia online survey scam on 8 October 2010.

AVON CELEBRATES 125TH ANNIVERSARY IN MEXICO CITY - May 18, 2011

Chairman & CEO Andrea Jung and Rosa Maria Salazar Continue Avon’s New $2 Million Commitment to End Violence Against Women

GROUP THERAPY ... FOR THE GIRLS - May 17, 2011

Online shopping might be convenient, but it's no substitute for a night on the town in the comfort of your own home, finds Julie Jacobson

TIENS BIOTECH GROUP (USA) REPORTS FIRST QUARTER RESULTS - May 16, 2011

Revenue for the first quarter of 2011 was $13.1 million, compared to $11.4 million for 2010.

ALLIANCE BOOTS SEES RAPID OVERSEAS WHOLESALE GROWTH - May 16, 2011

UK pharmacist Alliance Boots has seen double-digit sales growth for the year, driven by its international business.

PRODUCT INNOVATION AND WIDER DISTRIBUTION DRIVE BRAZILIAN COSMETICS MARKET - May 15, 2011

Increased disposable income, constant concern over personal appearance and continuing product innovation and a wider distribution reach is driving growth in the Brazilian beauty and personal care market, according to Euromonitor International, with the market valued at $37.4bn in 2010 after 14 percent growth in 2009.

HOME PARTIES STILL A GOOD SALES MODEL - May 15, 2011

Long ago, way back before we all had computers and could spend hours shopping from our desks, people would have parties to sell things like makeup, fancy plastic containers and snazzy kitchen tools

NUTRACEUTICALS: RIDING THE HEALTHY LIVING WAVE - May 13, 2011

FMCG, Pharma majors eye a bigger share of the growing dietary supplement market

THOUSANDS OF PART TIME JOB OPPORTUNITIES UP FOR GRABS - May 12, 2011

AS part of our Get Britain Working campaign, we have searched the UK for part-time opportunities and found 87,823 vacancies.

ARE YOU CONSIDERING A DIRECT SELLING OPPORTUNITY? - May 6, 2011

Millions of people in the U.S. and around the world find that direct selling fits their unique lifestyle.

MAX INTERNATIONAL VS. KEN DUNN: JOINT SETTLEMENT ANNOUNCEMENT - May 4, 2011

Joseph Voyticky and Dave Bagley, Co-CEOs of Max International, LLC (“Max”) and Ken Dunn (“Dunn”) jointly announced today that they have settled all disputes between them on mutually agreeable terms.

LATASIA WORKS FOR WORKING MOTHERS - May 4, 2011

Returning to the workforce after having children or being laid off may mean making less than when previously employed, according to reports in the New York Times and U.S. News.

AVON'S PROFIT MORE THAN TRIPLES; SHARES GAIN - May 3, 2011

Avon Products Inc., the world’s largest direct seller of beauty products, said Tuesday its first-quarter profit more than tripled as demand rose across different product categories from fragrance to personal-care products.

SEARS TUMBLES ON FORECAST; AVON RALLIES - May 3, 2011

Retail stocks were off to a mixed start Tuesday, with Sears Holdings Corp. leading the sector’s decliners after the company projected a first-quarter loss amid lower sales at both Sears department stores and the Kmart discount chain.

LIA SOPHIA SAYS DIRECT SELLING OFFERS PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL SATISFACTION - April 26, 2011

Fashion Jewelry Direct-Seller Says National Small Business Week Should Inspire Women to Explore the Benefits of Business Ownership

DIRECT SELLING OFFERS FLEXIBILITY AND FINANCIAL FREEDOM - April 26, 2011

For more than 100 years, direct selling companies have offered independent representatives the ability to purchase products at wholesale prices and earn a profit by selling them at retail prices.

COMPETITION HEATS UP IN ONLINE SURVEY SPACE WITH ENTRY OF DOMESTIC MLM COMPANIES - April 25, 2011

The online survey fraud is spreading like wildfire in India, as more MLM companies announce ‘get-rich-quick’ schemes, promising over four times on ‘investments’.

WOMAN WHO CHEATED 28K CITIZENS WAS DUPED BY COUPLE - April 24, 2011

Najma Pathan, who ran a multi-level marketing (MLM) scheme in the city, has been accused of duping over 28,000 citizens.

CELADON ROAD HONORS ECO-CONSCIOUS CELEBRITIES WITH EARTH DAY GIVEAWAY - April 22, 2011

Celadon Road celebrates its third anniversary and Earth Day with the presentation of eco-friendly and organic products to some of Hollywood's most environmentally-conscious celebrities.

NETWORK MARKETING IS BOOMING IN CRISIS-HIT ECONOMY - April 21, 2011

You work whenever you feel up to it. You earn as much as you want. If the sales are great, you may be rewarded with a solid gift for your splendid performance.

JAFRA TO START LOCAL MANUFACTURING; EYES ENTERING MASS MARKET - April 21, 2011

US-based beauty and cosmetics firm Jafra today said it will start manufacturing some of its products in India as it gears up to enter the mass segment in line with a global strategy to tap opportunities in fast growing emerging markets.

ORIFLAME TO ADD 350 NEW PRODUCTS, 20 BRANCHES - April 20, 2011

Oriflame India, the Indian arm of the £1.5 billion Swedish cosmetics maker Oriflame, plans to add 350 new products this year and open more than 20 company- owned new branches in the next five years in India.

DIRECT SELLING IN PHILIPPINES IS VIBRANT - April 18, 2011

In the country, some 26 direct selling companies distributing cosmetics, nutritional supplements, and apparel compete with the ever-expanding number of brands lining store shelves.

DIRECT SALES GROW IN POPULARITY DURING DOWN TIMES - April 17, 2011

Can Avon, Amway and Mary Kay rescue people caught in the economic downturn?

BLYTH INC: BLYTH, INC. ANNOUNCES INCREASEIN VISALUS SCIENCES INVESTMENT - April 15, 2011

Blyth, Inc. (NYSE: BTH), a leading multi-channel designer and marketer of home fragrance products, home decor products and household convenience items, today announced that it has closed on the second phase of its acquisition of ViSalus Sciences and now owns 57.5% of the company.

ROD COOK RECEIVES A FIRST EVER HUMANITARIAN AWARD FROM THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NETWORK-MARKETING PROFESSIONALS - April 15, 2011

The National Association of Network-Marketing Professionals, Inc. created the prestigious Humanitarian Award with Rod Cook in mind.

HOW TEAMS AND MLMS CAN BENEFIT FROM VOICE BROADCAST SOLUTIONS - April 14, 2011

The introduction of VoIP-based communication solutions has helped create new opportunities for sales teams and multi-level marketing (MLM) companies.

DIETARY SUPPLEMENT USE KEEPS RISING, FEDERAL SURVEY SHOWS - April 13, 2011

Vitamins and other dietary supplements continue to gain in popularity in the United States, according to a new government survey released Wednesday.

CRAMER'S MAD MONEY - AVON, YOU'VE NEVER LOOKED SO BAD - April 11, 2011

The best business model in the world is not enough to overcome an incompetent CEO, and even a cheap stock is not worth buying if the CEO has a proven track record of failure," said Cramer.

DIRECT SELLING SECTOR TO CONTRIBUTE RM7.5 BLN TO ECONOMY THIS YEAR - April 7, 2011

The Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism expects the direct selling industry to contribute RM7.5 billion this year and RM10 billion next year to the country's (sic) economy.

AWARD-WINNING SINGER FERGIE AND AVON CHAIRMAN & CEO ANDREA JUNG HOST "AVON BELIEVE WORLD TOUR" CELEBRATING WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT - April 6, 2011

Today Fergie, six-time Grammy-award winning artist and Avon spokesperson, joined Andrea Jung, Avon Chairman and CEO, to celebrate the company's 125th Anniversary in New York's Madison Square Garden with 5,000 Avon Representatives.

FORMER CEO OF GLOBAL DIRECT SELLING COMPANY JOINS DOTERRA AS A LEADING DISTRIBUTOR - April 6, 2011

doTERRA announced today that it has accepted an Independent Product Consultant Agreement from Eric Larsen, former CEO of a large global direct selling entity with more than 500,000 independent distributors and 700 employees operating in more than 30 markets.

NU SKIN ENTERPRISES ANNOUNCES RECORD FIRST QUARTER REVENUE AND UPDATES ANNUAL GUIDANCE - April 6,2011

Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: NUS) today announced that it expects to exceed previous company guidance by posting first-quarter revenue of approximately $395 million, a 9 percent improvement over the prior-year period.

AMWAY SETTLES LOS ANGELES LAWSUIT BY AGREEING TO REPLACE $20 MILLION IN GIFT CARDS - April 6, 2011

Amway has agreed to redeem more than $20 million in gift cards to settle a lawsuit claiming they improperly included a redemption date.

REGAL WARE ANNOUNCES PROMOTIONS - April 4, 2011

Carlos Perez has been appointed president of Kitchen Fair, a direct-to-consumer division.

DIRECT SELLING FIRMS GO OFF THE BEATEN TRACK - April 4, 2011

Ad campaigns, brand ambassadors, in-film promotions – direct selling companies are doing all they can to attract eyeballs in a market that is getting increasingly crowded.

LOCAL MARKETING FIRM BEING INVESTIGATED, SUED - April 5, 2011

Lexington-based Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing continues to come under fire from officials around the country who allege it is operating an illegal pyramid scheme.

DIRECT SELLING FIRMS GO OFF THE BEATEN TRACK - April 4, 2011

Ad campaigns, brand ambassadors, in-film promotions – direct selling companies are doing all they can to attract eyeballs in a market that is getting increasingly crowded.

ORIFLAME SIGNS WOMEN'S TENNIS WORLD NO. 1 CAROLINE WOZNIACKI - April 3, 2011

Oriflame, a fast-growing beauty brand, today announced a sponsorship agreement with Caroline Wozniacki, the world’s number 1 women’s tennis player.

REGULATORY MAZE CRAMPS DIRECT SELLING - March 19, 2011

Direct selling may be a relatively new sector in India but the pace of its growth is highlighting the need for a regulation.

AMWAY CALLS FOR REGULATION OF DIRECT MARKETING SECTOR - March 13, 2011

BADDI: India's largest direct selling company, Amway India, has called for regulation of the fast-growing sector.

ACTION 9: COUPLE HAS PROBLEMS WITH PHONE AFTER BUYING FROM THIRD PARTY - March 10, 2011

Ralph Melvin said he and his wife bought new BlackBerry cell phones last May as part of their membership in a multilevel marketing company.

GOLDQUEST PYRAMID SCAMMERS ARRESTED IN IRAN - March 9, 2011

The Iranian security forces have arrested 30 suspects in connection with Goldquest, a controversial network marketing company which has allegedly defrauded thousands of people worldwide.

MARY KAY SURVIVES RETAIL SLUMP - March 2, 2011

WHILE retailers are calling for an end to tax breaks that encourage customers to buy online, the direct-sales retail channel is booming.

WORKPLACE WELLNESS PROGRAMS HAVE DOUBLE BENEFIT: HEALTHIER EMPLOYEES, LOWER HEALTH CARE COSTS - February 27, 2011

One of the busiest places at Amway Corp. during the lunch hour is its two-floor fitness center, where the offerings are a veritable wellness buffet.

GOLD PARTIES ON THE RISE IN THE HEARTLAND - February 22, 2011

Tupperware is so yesterday; today's hottest party is gold.

AMWAY PARENT GROWS TO $9.2 BILLION IN 2010 - February 18, 2011

The world's second-largest direct selling enterprise, Amway works with more than 3 million distributors who sell the company's branded products, including NUTRILITE® vitamin, mineral and dietary supplements, ARTISTRY® skincare and colour cosmetics, and eSpring® water treatment systems.

STATE OF SUPPLEMENTS: UTAH MULTILEVEL MARKETING - February 18, 2011

MonaVie CEO Dallin Larsen took the stage in Orlando, Fla., last month and got to work.

STATE OF SUPPLEMENTS: ELUSIVE WEALTH, STRONG LURE - February 18, 2011

Lured by the promise of wealth, thousands of Utahns every year become "distributors" of the pills, potions and lotions multilevel marketing companies in the state make.

MAKERS SAY THEY HAVE RESULTS TO PROVE SKIN CARE PRODUCT WORKS - February 18, 2011

If you used your skin care on only half of your face, would you notice a difference on that side?

MULTILEVEL MARKETING OR 'PYRAMID?' SALES PEOPLE FIND IT HARD TO EARN MUCH - February 10, 2011

With the "tape of the week," the "book of the month," the seminars, rallies and conventions Jim Wittlich and his wife, Lori, paid for, the couple spent thousands of dollars in the two years they were Amway distributors.

WEBSITE CAN HELP SAVE MONEY ON UTILITIES - February 9, 2011

Md. Agency Represents Consumers' Interests

MANY IN MULTILEVEL MARKETING SALES FIND IT HARD TO EARN MUCH - February 7, 2011

With the "tape of the week," the "book of the month," the seminars, rallies and conventions Jim Wittlich and his wife, Lori, paid for, the couple spent thousands of dollars in the two years they were Amway distributors.

DIRECT SALES PROVES ATTRACTIVE TO LONG-TERM JOBLESS WORKERS - February 5, 2011

It looked like a party: 400 people, mostly women, cheering, clapping and springing from their seats.

FROM JOBLESS TO HOME-BASED BUSINESS: A TOUGH SELL - February 3, 2011

Millions of Americans have lost their jobs in the past three years, and some of them are looking to replace the lost income with home-based businesses.

PRIVATE EQUITY FIRM TO ACQUIRE PRE-PAID LEGAL SERVICES IN $650M DEAL - January 31, 2011

A private equity firm has agreed to buy all outstanding shares of Ada-based Pre-Paid Legal Services Inc., the firms announced today.

MANATECH STARTS MEXICAN OPERATIONS - January 27, 2011

Texas-based Mannatech’s Mexican operations started on January 24, as the company looks to leverage the country as a gateway to Latin America.

SORRY, MADAM, THIS LANE IS CLOSED WHILE WE DO IT AMWAY - January 15, 2011

An army of top Chinese sales staff hits town, writes Vanda Carson.

AMWAY'S $20 MILLION EXPANSION PLAN MOVES FORWARD IN ADA TOWNSHIP - January 14, 2011

Amway is moving ahead with a $20 million plan to expand its manufacturing capacity and add jobs now that it has cleared the first hurdle in securing tax abatements for the project.

DISTRIBUTORS RAISE QUESTIONS ABOUT TRIVANI'S CLAIMS - January 9, 2011

Occasional corporate donations are one thing, but fully funding a charity with sales from a for-profit sister company is unheard of, say the founders of Springville-based Trivani Foundation and Trivani International.

MORE AND MORE UNEMPLOYED TAKING REFUGE IN HOME-BASED BOON - January 8, 2011

The recession has caused many people to lose their jobs. As the job market shrinks, scores of people are looking to home-based business opportunities to make ends meet.

DIRECT SALES: GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY OR HYPE? - December 22, 2010

Selling door-to-door can be big business. We explore the pros and cons.

ROAD TO RECOVERY: MORE PEOPLE SELLING AT HOME - December 17, 2010

Selling things like Tupperware and Avon for extra income isn't anything new. But the stalled economy has motivated a lot more people to get into the direct-selling business and start holding at-home retail parties.

FIRM'S NEW MONIKER MAY BE ITS TRUMP CARD - December 7, 2010

After partnering with the Donald, the former Ideal Health takes off.

FORTUNE, OR MISFORTUNE? STATE LOOKING INTO POSSIBLE PYRAMID SCHEME - December 4, 2010

State Attorney General investigating consumer complaints against Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing.

USANA SALES UP BY 40% - November 28, 2010

MANILA, Philippines-Usana Health Sciences, manufacturer of Essentials™ health supplements, posted a 40-percent increase in sales in the third quarter.

SIMPLYFUN OFFERS "SMART" GIFT CHOICES - November 18, 2010

Direct Seller's Games and Activities Help Children Learn While They Play

IT'S (TUPPERWARE) PARTY TIME TODAY AT GRAND WAYNE - November 13, 2010

Tupperware is the original social network, its top official says.

WICK, WAX AND WONDERFUL - November 11, 2010

9-to-5 jobs can't hold a candle to this factory work.

AMWAY CHINA CHAIRWOMAN: DANCING WITH DRAGON REQUIRES GIVE AND TAKE - November 10, 2010

Planning to do business in China? Prepare to dance. Waltz, actually. You know: Step forward, step sideways, step back, repeat with a little spin.

SOME COMPANIES HELP EMPLOYEES STAY HEALTHY - November 10, 2010

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Today's jobs require little activity. And the result is that workers are heavier than ever, which can lead to a host of costly health problems for employers and employees alike.

CONSUMER PROTECTION TARGETS SELLERS, DISTRIBUTORS OF KIRBY VACUUMS IN STATE - November 8, 2010

HARTFORD - The Department of Consumer Protection is seeking legal action against ten sellers and distributors of Kirby vacuum cleaners in the state.

FAIR TRADE CRAFT SALE BENEFITS SURVIVORS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING - November 7, 2010

SANTA CRUZ -- Tightly woven baskets from Rwanda, ornamental painted eggs from the Ukraine and delicately decorated dolls from Afghanistan were just some of the items at the Rising International Fair Trade Craft Sale on Saturday at the organization's main office on Potrero Street.

MEDIFAST PUTS WEIGHT BEHIND EXPANSION OF OWINGS HILLS HQ, CLINICS - November 5, 2010

Baltimore County weight loss company Medifast Inc. plans to expand into a third corporate center in Owings Mills, which it hopes to use to support its rapidly growing network of weight-control clinics.

AMWAY SUBSIDIARY SETTLES LAWSUIT - November 4, 2010

Quixtar accused of running pyramid scheme

MONAVIE, AMWAY SETTLE NASTY LEGAL DISPUTES - November 2, 2010

Two multilevel marketing companies, Utah-based MonaVie and Amway of Michigan, have settled acrimonious lawsuits. Each was claiming the other made false statements about its products and companies.

DREAMWEAVER - November 2, 2010

With a Midwest charm and worldy smarts, Tami Longaberger helped propel her family's well-liked Ohio basket company into a national success.

REGAL WARE: FOOD, FUNDS RAISED FOR LOCAL FOOD PANTRIES AS PART OF REGAL WARE'S "CELEBRATION OF A CENTURY" - October 28, 2010

The combined efforts of employees at Regal Ware Worldwide headquartered in Kewaskum, Wisconsin, resulted in $6,947.55 and 2,879 pounds of food being donated to 2 local food pantries.

AVON PROFIT, SALES FALL SHORT OF ESTIMATES - October 28, 2010

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) - Avon Products Inc., the world's largest direct seller of beauty products, on Thursday reported lower-than-expected third-quarter profit, as sales dropped in North America.

SCENTSY MAKES SENSE IN A WEAK ECONOMY - October 28, 2010

MERIDIAN -- The city of Meridian is home to a company with a rags-to-riches story that sounds like it came straight from the pages of a fairy-tale.

A JOURNEY INTO THE MAN CAVE WITH NICK BESTE - October 28, 2010

Nick Beste, the 23-year-old CEO of Man Cave, is an inspiring example of an entrepreneur who found success during the recession.

PRE-PAID LEGAL CONSIDERING BUYOUT OFFER - October 26, 2010

Ada, OK-based Pre-Paid Legal disclosed a $60 per share buyout offer on Monday.

STELLA & DOT'S JEWELRY PARTIES DAZZLE - October 25, 2010

Jessica Herrin, founder of the jewelry company Stella & Dot, has found a way to bring together e-commerce, social networking and direct sales, while at the same time helping women work from home on their own schedules.

MLM COMPANY MAXFOREX ALTERS NAME AND WEBSITE WITHOUT INFORMING ITS 'INVESTORS' - October 21, 2010

MLM company MAXFOREX has changed its name and website to 'Dream Worldwide', leaving many of its 'investors' high and dry.

DIRECT SALES OR PYRAMID? MULTILEVEL FIRM MAKES ENEMIES, MILLIONAIRES - October 18, 2010

LEXINGTON, Ky. --Marie Richardson of Daytona Beach, Fla., has never been as excited about a business opportunity as she is about her new work for Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing.

MULTILEVEL MARKETING SALES REPS URGED TO SIGN UP OTHERS - October 15, 2010

Most everyone's come in contact with a multilevel marketing company at some point.

FORTUNE HI-TECH: AMERICAN DREAM OR PYRAMID SCHEME? - October 15, 2010

Fortune Hi-Tech: American dream or pyramid scheme?

PRE-PAID STOCK SLUMPS ON WEAK SALES, RECRUITMENT FIGURES - October 5, 2010

Shares of Pre-Paid Legal Services dived Monday after the Ada company disclosed sharp decreases in new customers and sales people.

WORKING FROM HOME - October 3, 2010

Direct sales reps say their economy is just fine.

AVON, OTHERS AGAINST PEDDLER-LICENSE PLAN - September 30, 2010

If Phoenix slaps licensing requirements on door-to-door peddlers, the move could hurt thousands of self-employed workers who sell products from Avon, Tupperware and similar companies.

IS IT A LEGITIMATE OPPORTUNITY OR A PYRAMID SCHEME? - September 29, 2010

Millions of people have found success in direct selling for companies using a multi-level compensation plan.

MARKETER THIRTY-ONE GIFTS SCRAMBLES FOR EASTON LEASE AHEAD OF HOLIDAYS - September 27, 2010

A fast-growing direct-sales gifts marketer is taking over the former Victoria's Secret Direct distribution center at Easton as it scrambles to keep pace with its 15,000 home-based sales agents in time for the busy holiday season.

SCHOOL MOTHERS BUY INTO JOBS AT DIRECT SALES FIRMS - September 26, 2010

The beginning of the new school term has seen an 11% jump in job applications to direct-selling companies as mothers seek to make money while their children attend classes.

SECRETS OF DIRECT SALES SUCCESS UNCOVERED - September 13, 2010

Direct Sales Is $28 Billion Industry

A LATIN AMERICAN IMPORT, HERBALIFE NUTRITION CLUBS SPROUT - September 9, 2010

STOCKTON - The modest storefront on East Main Street is much like a handful of others that have opened up throughout Stockton - mostly in Spanish-speaking neighborhoods - over recent months

GROWING UP DEVOS: THREE GENERATIONS TALK ABOUT HUMBLE BEGINNINGS OF AMWAY, MANAGING FAMILY AND WEALTH - September 9, 2010

HOLLAND -- Helen DeVos says it wasn't easy living with a new business growing from her basement.

BILTMORE ANNOUNCES BILTMORE INSPIRATIONS, NEW DIRECT SELLING PARTY PLANNING BUSINESS - September 7, 2010

The Biltmore Company, in Asheville, N.C., is excited to announce Biltmore Inspirations, its first introduction into the direct selling industry where consultants will offer Biltmore products in a home party environment.

ACN WELCOMES REPRESENTATIVES TO HOMETOWN FOR TRAINING EVENT - September 3, 2010

More than 20,000 people from every corner of the globe will be networking with other business owners, learning more about the direct selling process, listening to key business-building advice and celebrating others' accomplishments at ACN's upcoming International Training Event.

MEET AMERICA'S FASTEST-GROWING COMPANY - September 1, 2010

Jere Thompson Jr. of Ambit Energy on how he rose to the top of the 2010 Inc. 500.

DIRECT SELLING INCREASES IN POPULARITY DESPITE RECESSION - September 1, 2010

The number of people working in direct selling has risen by 22 per cent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2010, according to the Direct Selling Association (DSA).

AVON AD CAMPAIGN TARGETS WOMEN WHO WANT TO BE BOSS - August 29, 2010

AVON, the cosmetics giant, stepped up its efforts to recruit more women wanting to work for themselves by launching a second wave of television adverts last week.

PARTYLITE SMACKDOWN: SO-CALLED BARBECUE LEADS TO $2 MILLION LAWSUIT - August 26, 2010

A lawsuit filed in federal court this week argues that a St. Louis woman should pay $2 million for damages incurred by a barbecue she held in her home

AMWAY FOR LAW TO REGULATE DIRECT SELLING COMPANIES - August 22, 2010

Baddi, Himachal Pradesh: US-based FMCG firm Amway India, which is on an expansion spree, has sought a law for regulating direct selling companies' activities to ensure fairplay.

HUNT SAYS AGELOC HAS BEEN A 'BLOCKBUSTER' FOR NU SKIN: VIDEO - August 10, 2010

Truman Hunt, chief executive officer at Nu Skin Enterprises Inc., discusses the outlook for his company and business growth.

AVON PROFIT RISES, HELPED BY EMERGING MARKETS - July 29, 2010

Avon Products Inc., the direct-seller of beauty products, said second-quarter profit doubled, both because of a restructuring charge in the year-earlier period and strong demand in developing markets from Brazil to South Africa, which helped offset a decline in the U.S.

HEALTHY COFFEE STARTS TO ROLL OUT GLOBAL MLM PLATFORM - August 17, 2010

Healthy Coffee OTC:HCEI has started to roll out a huge MLM platform that will see global sales explode.

REGAL WARE: AMERICAN KITCHEN BY REGAL WARE REWRITES THE RECIPE FOR SUCCESSFUL HOLIDAY BAKING AND CANDY MAKING - August 12, 2010

Holiday baking and candy making are time-honored traditions, but when your hard work results in overcooked or unevenly browned baked goods it can really "burn your cookies!"

LEADERSHIP TRAINING GAINS URGENCY AMID STRONGER ECONOMY - August 2010

Fearing a shortage of qualified managers as business picks up, some companies are bolstering leadership-development efforts.

BEER, BRATS, BROS CALL FOR BIG BUSINESS - July 27, 2010

The parties already exist for make-up, sex toys and Tupperware. But now, there is a buying party for men: Man Cave Worldwide "meatings."

FTC ENDS INVESTIGATION OF PRE-PAID LEGAL - July 19, 2010

The Federal Trade Commission's three-year investigation into the marketing practices of Pre-Paid Legal Services Inc. is ending without any action against the company, Pre-Paid said Tuesday.

8 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE BECOMING A DIRECT SELLER - July 17, 2010

The possibilities are limitless for enterprising individuals who can figure out the right product and the right company to choose.

FOOD GROUP WELCOMES REVIEW OF CONSUMER LAW - June 15, 2010

The Food and Grocery Council has welcomed the release of a discussion document on plans to review and rationalise consumer law.

YTB IS 'ILLEGAL PYRAMID SCHEME,' CLAIMS NEW CLASS ACTION - June 15, 2010

A group of multi-state plaintiffs filed a putative class action lawsuit against YTB International and its officers, charging the company is operating an illegal pyramid scheme.

MURKY COVERS: UNSCRUPULOUS SCHEMES TO SELL INSURANCE PRODUCTS CONTINUE UNABATED - June 2, 2010

More and more dodgy schemes to sell insurance policies keep crawling out from the woodwork. But a number of insurance companies have preferred to maintain a deafening silence on these devious activities.

ZER01 SLAPPED WITH $43 MILLION JUDGMENT - May 25, 2010

Global Verge, a multilevel marketing firm, has won a US$43 million judgment against Zer01, the company that once promised to deliver an unlimited voice and data cell phone service.

JUDGE DENIES DEFAMATION CLAIMS AGAINST MELALEUCA - May 12, 2010

The chief executive officer of Idaho health-care products maker Melaleuca Inc. is claiming vindication after a state judge dumped claims by the company's former chief salesman that he had been defamed.

NOW, MULTI-LEVEL MARKETING TO ENTICE INVESTORS IN FOREX TRADING - May 10, 2010

Maximus Trades Inc (MAXFOREX), a Mauritius-based company which provides a trading platform in foreign exchange through an e-portal, is encouraging high-risk investment through an MLM model.

INSURANCE BROKING FIRM OFFERS ASTRONOMICAL REWARDS UNDER MLM SCHEME - May 6, 2010

Jeevan Suraksha, an insurance broking firm that has tied up with various leading insurance companies, is actively running an MLM scheme in general and life insurance products.

MANNATECH BEGINS COUNTDOWN TO LAUNCH OF BUSINESS IN MEXICO - May 5, 2010

Direct Sales Leader of Science-Based Solutions Announces Official Launch Date and Pre-Launch Activities for Mexico.

AVON'S PROFIT DROPS, HURT BY CHARGES; SALES UP - April 30, 2010

No. 1 direct seller of beauty items Avon Products Inc. said Friday that its first-quarter profit fell 64%, hurt by restructuring charges and a currency devaluation in Venezuela, as demand in Latin America and Europe picked up.

KY. COMPANY TO PAY NEARLY $1M SETTLEMENT IN MONT. - April 23, 2010

A Lexington, Ky.-based company has agreed to pay nearly $1 million to settle an allegation that it was operating a pyramid scheme in Montana.

TUPPERWARE PRESERVES GROWTH IN EMERGING MARKETS - April 23, 2010

Tupperware broke out on Wednesday more than 11.5% on a very bullish first-quarter earnings report.

AMWAY LEVERAGES DISTRIBUTION NETWORK TO SELL INSURANCE PRODUCTS - April 21, 2010

The firm, which is into ‘network selling’, has tied up with Max New York Life Insurance Co Ltd and Royal Sundaram Alliance Insurance to market insurance products via a subsidiary, through its more than four lakh distributors.

AVON HAS PLAN TO REVIVE U.S. SALES -ANALYSTS - April 15, 2010

Avon aims to reduce non-beauty item sales in United States.

RELIANCE INSURANCE AGENT INVOLVED IN CHAIN-MARKETING SCHEME - April 19, 2010

Hyderabad-based Jeevanseva Infotech is actively engaged in chain-marketing a personal accident policy in Amravati, Mumbai and Pune.

LEGITIMATE AGENT RUNS MLM SCHEME UNDER A MURKY COVER - April 16, 2010

Team Life Care Co, an authorized corporate agent of Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance, is carrying on a multi-level marketing scheme under a sister entity called TLC Insurance (India) Pvt Ltd, in open violation of the law.

AVON SUSPENDS FOUR EXECS IN CHINA BRIBERY PROBE - April 13, 2010

Avon suspended four executives pending an internal investigation of bribery allegations in China, sending its shares down 8 percent

SLOW ECONOMY FAILS TO PUT A CREASE IN ETERNAL DESIRE TO LOOK YOUNG - March 29, 2010

Direct selling company, Nu Skin does well in the down economy.

INDIAN WOMEN GETTING 'EMPOWERED' WITH DIRECT SELLING - March 28, 2010

Direct selling is becoming a viable career option for Indian women.

YTB NAMES SAUNDERS TO BOARD, BOOSTS VAN PATTEN'S PAY - March 8, 2010

 YTB International, Inc. names Burt Saunders to the board of directors.

PRE-PAID FOUNDER TO RETIRE IN APRIL - March 4, 2010

Harland C. Stonecipher is stepping down as Founder and CEO of Pre-Paid Legal in April, 2010.

COMPANY CLAIMS RECORDING CAR TAGS CAN LEAD TO PROFIT - February 11, 2010

Narcthatcar.com claims representatives can earn cash by collecting license plate numbers.

YTB CFO CLAGG RESIGNS - February 4, 2010

John Clagg, CFO of YTB International resigns.

 BBB ISSUES WARNING - February 4, 2010

The Better Business Bureau issues a warning to consumers to keep an eye out for a Jacksonville scam that urges people to make money by collecting license plate numbers.

KEY SUSPECT ARRESTED IN NATION'S LARGEST MULTILEVEL FRAUD CASE: POLICE - January 31, 2010

A key mastermind to the largest multilevel marketing fraud in Seoul is captured.

MAN CAVE SALES PARTY, MAN'S WORLD BREAKTHROUGH - January 29, 2010

MLM companies that are geared toward men.

BBB WARNS CONSUMERS OF ILLEGAL PYRAMID SCHEMES - January 28, 2010

The Better Business Bureau warns consumers about being victimized by illegal pyramid schemes during the recession.

DIRECT APPROACH WORKS FOR AVON - January 13, 2010

Direct sales works for Avon and many other direct selling companies.

AVON'S LITTLE SISTER IS CALLING - January 13, 2010

Avon’s pilot program, Mark, helps students pay off student loans.

DIRECT SELLING INDUSTRY WITNESSES BLAZING GROWTH - January 12, 2010

Despite difficult economic times, the direct selling industry reports excellent growth.

UPDATE 1 - TUPPERWARE SAYS VENEZUELA MOVE WON'T HURT '10 VIEW - January 12, 2010

Tupperware reports that Venezuela’s devalued currency won’t hurt its 2010 earnings.

HOW TO MAKE A MILLION IN YOUR PAJAMAS - January 8, 2010

Home-based business owners and distributors find success working from home.

YTB FACES NEW MLM LEGAL CHALLENGE

YTB International faces a class action lawsuit alleging it is operating as an illegal pyramid scheme.

SELL OLD GOLD FOR CASH - January 5, 2010

Selling gold through direct sales – Is it worth it?

PARTY ON - December 17, 2009

Representatives find selling more simple through direct selling during hard economic times.

AMWAY TO BEEF UP PRESENCE IN DIRECT-SELLING MARKET - January 20, 2010

Amway is looking to beef up its sales overseas.

SELLING SUCCESS - December 28, 2009

Gulf News presents the success of Mary Kay representative Debbie Parsons.

'DOUBLE YOUR MONEY' FRAUD: EOW MOVES AGAINST FIRM - December 28, 2009

Direct selling fraud is on the rise in India.

DIRECT SELLING FLOURISHES IN CHINA - December 25, 2009

Direct selling is on the rise in China.

GOLD IS THE NEW TUPPERWARE AND YOU'RE INVITED TO THE PARTY - December 21, 2009

The gold party is the new success in direct selling.

NORTH DAKOTA SHUTS DOWN FIRM LINKED TO MILES - December 17, 2009

The North Dakota Attorney General’s Office has shut down a Kentucky-based multilevel marketing company, Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing.

DIRECT SALE IN COSMETICS GROWS - December 17, 2009

Direct selling and cosmetics products grow as people look for ways to gain economic security in the recession.

AVON CALLING: MORE US WORKERS TRY DIRECT SALES - December 16, 2009

Many Americans are filling the income void by jumping on the direct selling bandwagon.

MAN CAVE PARTIES SCORE WELL - December 13, 2009

Direct selling isn’t just for women.

MARY KAY REPRESENTATIVES OFFERS "CARE PACKAGES" FOR TROOPS - December 14, 2009

Mary Kay representatives donate hygiene packages to troops.

MORE TURNING TO AT-HOME BUSINESSES - December 14, 2009

More people are turning to network marketing during hard economic times.

ZER01 MOBILE FACES LAWSUIT FROM FORMER PARTNER - December 15, 2009

Zer01 Mobile faces lawsuit from former partner from Global Verge.

RECESSION-PROOF: ADULT NOVELTIES POPULAR AS INVESTMENT IN RELATIONSHIP - December 13, 2009

Adult novelties stated to be recession proof in direct selling model.

SPORTS STARS LEND THEIR NAMES TO MULTI-LEVEL CHARITY SCHEME - December 8, 2009

Give for Life proves to be a multi-level marketing charity scheme.

PLAYING INTO VANITY: UNDER THE RADAR - December 4, 2009

Nu Skin capitalizes on vanity.

MARY KAY'S PINK DOING GREEN ALSO CREATES JOBS - November 19, 2009

Mary Kay is teaming up with the Citizen’s Development Center in Dallas to recycle used cosmetic compacts.

NEWBURY VITAMIN COMPANY GETS BOOST WITH DONALD TRUMP AS PARTNER - December 3, 2009

Massachusetts based vitamin company gets a boost from Donald Trump.

MLM HOME BASED BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCED AS GVO MALAYSIA LAUNCHES ONLINE RESOURCE CENTER - November 20, 2009

Global Virtual Opportunities Malaysia launches online MLM package for would-be entrepreneurs.

DIRECT SELLING ASSOCIATION OFFERS TIPS TO COLLEGE STUDENTS SEEKING EXTRA INCOME THIS HOLIDAY SEASON - November 21, 2009

The DSA offers advice to college students.

PRE-PAID SEES STOCK'S VALUE FALL - November 20, 2009

Prepaid Legal Services stock’s fall due to the FTC’s concerns that the business made misleading claims about its identity theft products.

JUDGE VALIDATES KEY MANNATECH PATENTS - October 7, 2009

Mannatech announced today that it has secured a second injunction in its ongoing efforts to protect its patented glyconutrient products Ambrotose® complex and Advanced Ambrotose™ formula.

LIFEVANTAGE PLANS TO CUT COSTS - October 7, 2009

LifeVantage plans to cut costs and focus on expanding direct selling channel

HARD TIMES DRIVE MANY TO DIRECT SALES CAREERS - October 8, 2009

 More Americans are turning to home selling amid the economic downturn.

EEOC SUES MANNATECH - October 13, 2009

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Mannatech under allegations of firing a disabled employee.

 CHINESE POLICE FERRET OUT PYRAMID SCHEME SUCKING 1 BILLION YUAN - October 13, 2009

Hong Kong Link World International Sci-tech Ltd. is accused of acquiring one billion in illegal funds.

THINKING OF TRYING DIRECT SALES? - October 19, 2009

Direct sales isn’t for everyone.

 LOOPHOLES IN DIRECT SELLING ACT TO BE PLUGGED - October 22, 2009

The loopholes in the Direct Selling Act in Malaysia are to be closed.

XANGO TO SPONSOR 3 OPERATION SMILE TRIPS - October 22, 2009

XanGo is sponsoring three Operation Smile trips abroad.

 XANGO SEMINAR BOOSTS DISTRIBUTORS - October 23, 2009

In Salt Lake City, Utah, distributors are receiving a boost of confident amid the recession from XanGo seminar.

UNEMPLOYED FIND RELIEF IN ... TUPPERWARE? - October 25, 2009

Home selling thrives in recession  - Direct selling companies thrive during recession which began in 2007.

 SOUTH CONTRIBUTES MOST TO DIRECT SELLING - October 27, 2009

The south of India contributes the most to direct selling.

HOW DO YOU SAY "PINK CADILLAC" IN MANDARIN? - November 17, 2009

 The American company Mary Kay is thriving in China.

AHEAD OF THE BELL: DIRECT SELLERS UPGRADED - October 9, 2009

The difficult economy is giving direct sellers the upper hand.

BBB HELPS DETERMINE IF DIRECT SELLING IS FOR YOU - October 5, 2009

The Better Business Bureau offers some questions for potential distributors to ask themselves in order to determine if direct selling is for them.

LONGABERGER HIRES NEW PRESIDENT - October 2, 2009

Longaberger hires Robin Crossman, a 20-year veteran in the direct sales industry, as the new company president.

CONSUMER'S EDGE: PYRAMID SCHEME OR LEGITIMATE MULTILEVEL MARKETING? - October 3, 2009

Amerireach.com LLC was sued by a half-dozen Tampa Bay-area residents after they claimed the company was operating as a pyramid scheme.

SALLY BEAUTY PAYS $61M FOR SCHOENEMAN - October 2, 2009

Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc’s subsidiary company has purchased Schoeneman, a company with 500 employees and 100 direct sales consultants.

HARD KNOCKS IN DIRECT SALES - October 4, 2009

As more people decide to migrate into direct selling competition among distributors rise.

BODY MAGIC: GET RICH, GET THIN -- OR GET REAL? - September 1, 2009

A Nevada based undergarments company holds sought after convention.

BBB: RED FLAGS FLY WITH INTERNET OFFER - September 6, 2009

The Better Business Bureau warns that iJango is operating as a pyramid scheme.

MAKE YOUR LIFE ONE LONG PARTY - September 14, 2009

Direct selling companies offer a variety of products and startup fees enabling the individual to earn extra cash within their budget and interest.

FOUNTAIN HEALTHY AGING INC ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE NATURAL PLANET USA - September 14, 2009

Fountain Healthy Aging, Inc. announced in September that it will be acquiring entired issued stock of Natural Planet USA.

HERBALIFE OFFICES EARN LEED CERTIFICATION - September 15, 2009

Herbalife’s new offices at L.A. Live in downtown LA earned the company the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.

LIVETHESOURCE(TM) HOSTS COMPANY LAUCH EVENT - September 16, 2009

livethesource (TM) Hosts Company Launch Event While Supporting The Brent Shapiro Foundation's in the Sofitel Hotel in Beverly Hills.

TIENS SAYS IT'S NOT A PYRAMID SCHEME - September 20, 2009

TIENS, a Chinese company that sells medical products, states that it operates within the law.

BBB WARNINGS UNFOUNDED, IJANGO EXECS CONTEND - September 24, 2009

iJango denies the allegations of running an illegitimate business.

MAN CAVE: PARTY SALES FOR THE RED-MEAT CROWD - September 30, 2009

Man Cave is a recently launched direct selling company catering to men who enjoy cooking on the barbeque.

DIRECT SALES PROVE RECESSION-RESISTANT FOR SPRINGS WOMAN - September 26, 2009

Colorado Springs woman brings in $250,000 a year as a distributor.

AMWAY PLANS AD BLITZ, BRICK & MORTAR PRESENCE - August 4, 2009

Amway plans changes for its 50th year in business.

DIRECT SALES POPULAR TO FILL INCOME VOID - August 11, 2009

To make ends meet, women are turning the hobbies and fun into cash.

JOB WOES BOOST DIRECT SELLING - August 12, 2009

During the economic crunch, people all over the world are turning to direct selling to boost their supplemental income.

SPLASH ALLOTS P200M TO PROMOTE NEW SKIN WHITENER - August 13, 2009

Splash Corp promotes new skin whitener cream through direct sales.

MONAVIE LANDS ON INC.'S TOP 500 LIST - NO. 1 IN FOOD AND BEVERAGE CATEGORY - August 13, 2009

MonaVie lands several top ratings on Inc.’s Top 500 List.

FUBON SECURITIES SIGNS DEAL WITH KELTI - August 15, 2009

Kelti’s success in the Chinese market leads to proposed expansion.

DIRECT SELLERS TRY TO CASH IN - August 17, 2009

Direct sellers attempt to become millionaires.

ORIFLAME TO LAUNCH 400 NEW PRODUCTS, TREBLE BIZ IN 5 YEARS - August 17, 2009

With Indians growing more beauty conscious, Oriflame plans to add 400 new products to its India market.

MANDURA'S AMAZING GROWTH SENDING SHOCKWAVES THROUGH NETWORK MARKETING COMMUNITY - August 18, 2009

Many distributors are leaving their downlines in favor of Mandura’s compensation plan opportunity.

HOW I DID IT: DALLIN - September 1, 2009

Dallin A. Larsen with MonaVie explains how he made his company into a multi-billion dollar business.

YOUR TURN: READER REACTION TO STORIES ABOUT FAMILY FINANCES AND MULTILEVEL MARKETING PLANS - July 19, 2009

Readers submit financial family stories, including those about multilevel marketing.

AMWAY'S CANDACE MATTHEWS IS BLACK ENTERPRISE MAGAZINE'S CORPORATE EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR - August 25, 2009

Black Enterprise magazine places Amway’s Candace Matthews as Corporate Executive of the year.

KEEN GRADUATES SELL DOOR-TO-DOOR - August 26, 2009

Avon reports higher interest from college graduates in direct sales.

DSWA'S SUCCESSFUL COACH EXCELLENCE SCHEDULES NEXT SESSION - August 27, 2009

DSWA announces the next session of the Coach Excellence School for direct selling professionals.

EAGER TO ANSWER QUESTIONS, USANA BRING IN INTERVIEWER LARRY KNIGHT - August 29, 2009

Usana Health Sciences eagerly invites Larry King to ask questions about the company’s distinction between multilevel marketing and a Ponzi scheme.

MARY KAY INDEPENDENT SALES FORCE SURGES TO MORE THAN 2 MILLION MEMBERS - July 14, 2009

Company Celebrates Achievements During Annual Seminar - The Dallas Business Wire reports Mary Kay's seminar in Dallas will celebrate the company's growth of over two million independent representatives.

MORE CHOOSING DIRECT SELLING AS A RESULT OF AGGRESSIVE MARKETING - July 13, 2009

The Star Online reports that direct selling is used as a supplemental income during down times.

TURN DIRECT SELL PASSION INTO CASH - July 6, 2009

ABC News offers quick tips to making cash as a direct selling consultant.

NEW BOOK BACKS AUSTRALIAN MUMS "HAVING A GO" - July 22, 2009

Moms in Australian place aside outdated suspicion of direct selling companies in order to cash in at the bank, a new book reports. Industry statistics included.

AMWAY SETS TO OPEN SHOWROOMS - July 22, 2009

In order to get closer to consumers, Amway in India is gearing up to open showrooms across the country.

A PLAN OF ACTION - July 22, 2009

Network marketing companies do well in economic downturns.

MY VINTAGE BABY ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECT SALES MARKETING CONCEPT - July 23, 2009

My Vintage Baby, a clothing retailer, announces the launch of its new direct selling program with 18 sales representatives.

SILPADA DESIGNS INCREASES LUSTER DESPITE TARNISHED ECONOMY - July 23, 2009

Silpada Designs, a relatively young direct selling company, focuses on engaging and retaining highly focused representatives.

THE RISE OF ALTERNATIVE JOB MARKETS - July 24, 2009

The falling economy offers new opportunities for those willing to take matters into their own hands.

MANNATECH EXPANDS IN EUROPE - July 24, 2009

The direct selling company, Mannatech, plans to expand to Austria, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden in September.

AMWAY WANTS LEGISLATION ON DIRECT SELLING - July 26, 2009

Due to several direct selling schemes in India, Amway is hoping new legislation will give legal direct selling companies a stable and long-term climate in which to operate.

FRAUD SCHEME SHADOW OVER DIRECT SELLING - July 27, 2009

Illegitimate pyramid schemes threaten legitimate direct selling companies.

GRADUATES GO DOOR TO DOOR FOR A CAREER - July 26, 2009

With the limited availability of full time lucrative jobs, many college graduates are turning to direct selling.

LIFEVANTAGE ANNOUNCES PRELIMINARY UNAUDITED FOURTH QUARTER REVENUE - July 27, 2009

 LifeVantage announces a net revenue increase of 1.6 million.

AVON CALLING: FOR MORE SALES REPRESENTATIVES - July 28, 2009

Avon, and many other large direct selling companies, are turning up the heat for new recruits, and it’s working.

DIRECT SELLERS LOOK FOR LAW, ETHICS CODE - July 27, 2009

India’s direct selling industry regulators are pushing for legislation and ethics code to protect consumers.

HOW TO MAKE MONEY IN THE EVENING - July 31, 2009

Direct selling helps people make money in the evening or while the children are asleep.

EXPLORING SOME START-UP BUSINESS OPTIONS - July 27, 2009

No matter what product you are interested in, the direct selling industry has something for you.

GRADUATES TAKE THE DOORSTEP CHALLENGE - July 28, 2009

Graduates choose door-to-door sales instead of launching their careers in the weak economy.

A NEW WOMAN'S NETWORK IS LAUNCHED IN THE DC AREA BY MYLIFECOMPASS.COM - July 28, 2009

New Women’s Network – MyLifeCompass.com –Launches in the D.C. Area at "Discover Your Compass" Opportunity Event and Proceeds Benefit the Center for Human Development

WALLAPA SETS HER AVON GOALS HIGH - July 30, 2009

Wallapa is the first female country manager of Avon Cosmetics in Thailand.

TUPPERWARE PARTIES AND AVON LADIES ARE BACK IN US - July 31, 2009

The recession and the part time work offered by direct selling helps to pay the bills once again in the United States.

THE SALES CYCLE: HOW DO SALES REPS REPRESENT YOU? - July 31, 2009

How does your company treat distributors comparatively to sales representatives?

SKYBIZ PYRAMID SETTLEMENT TO PROVIDE $20 MILLION FOR CONSUMERS - March 23, 2003

In May 2001, the FTC filed suit in U.S. District Court in Tulsa, Oklahoma charging that Tulsa-based SkyBiz and its principals promoted a pyramid scheme with claims of quick riches.  The settlement will provide $20 million for consumer redress and will bar all the defendants from participating in pyramid schemes or misrepresenting the amount of sales, income, profits or rewards of any future business venture.

CAMPAIGN FUNDRAISING, MLM OR PYRAMID? - February 2, 2002

An Associated Press story originating from Mobile, Alabama on February 1 reported that Jim Zeigler, a Republican planning to announce his candidacy for the state auditor position on February 9, was ordered by the attorney general's office to immediately halt his fund-raising campaign, labeling it a pyramid scheme.

WEB SHOPPING MALL CHARGED - January 8, 2002

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported in early January that the U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami is prosecuting a case involving a purported Internet shopping mall that was revealed to be an illegal pyramid scheme.

GIFTING CLUBS HELD ILLEGAL - January 6, 2002

During the past two years, hundreds of "gifting clubs" have been "cracked" as illegal pyramid schemes by authorities in nearly two dozen states, according to an Associated Press article that ran in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in January.

FTC SUES SKYBIZ - June 18, 2001

The Federal Trade Commission has asked a U. S. District Court Judge to halt the unlawful operations of SkyBiz.com, charging that the operation that purports to sell online tutorials on Web-based products is actually a massive illegal pyramid scheme.

FTC v BIGSMART - $5 MILLION SETTLEMENT - March 27, 2001

Operators of an Internet-based business opportunity that promised easy income for investors in an Internet shopping mall network have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that their scheme was an illegal pyramid operation.

EQUINOX SETTLES CASE WITH FTC AND EIGHT STATES - April 25, 2000

Consumers who lost money investing in a pyramid scheme they thought was a legitimate multi-level marketing business, will share in as much as $40 million dollars under the terms of a settlement between the Federal Trade Commission and law enforcement authorities from eight states, and William Gouldd and Equinox International of Las Vegas, Nevada.

FTC SEEKS TO HALT ILLEGAL PYRAMID SCHEME - December 13, 1999

The Federal Trade Commission has asked a U.S. District Court Judge to halt the operation of a vast pyramid scheme promoted in part on the Internet, and to freeze the defendants' assets, pending trial, so they will be available for consumer redress.

MAKING CASH SURFING THE NET IN MLM FORMAT A HIT - October 11, 1999

According to a report broadcast on MSNBC in early October, surfing the Internet may now become a lucrative opportunity.

NU SKIN RECEIVES POSITIVE RESPONSE TO INTERNET INITIATIVES - September 28, 1999

Nu Skin Japan, a subsidiary of Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc., recently launched "Distributor Plaza," an enhancement to its web site that allows its independent distributors to place customer orders for products over the Internet.

FTC, 6 STATES SUE EQUINOX INTERNATIONAL - August 9, 1999

The FTC alleged that the defendants operated an illegal pyramid scheme, made deceptive earnings claims, and provided distributors with the means and instrumentalities to violate federal law.

FTC WINS CASE AGAINST DECEPTIVE ADVERTISING OF "SUPER-FORMULA" - July 19, 1999

SlimAmerica ordered to pay more than $8.3 million in consumer redress; post bonds before engaging in future weight-loss or other marketing activities

MARKETERS CHARGED IN CLAIMS ABOUT LAUNDRY DETERGENT SUBSTITUTE - July 1, 1999

Dallas Marketers of Laundry Detergent Substitute Charged with Making False and Unsubstantiated Claims Agree to Settlement with FTC and Six States

PYRAMID VICTIMS NAILED - June 7, 1999

Three victims who lost money in a major pyramid scheme that was busted in Hollywood last month, have been charged with operating their own scam in Ventura County.

DIETICIANS SUPRESS DIVERSITY IN TEXAS - June 2, 1999

Senate Bill 1525 passed in the Texas Letgislature over the weekend.  Because of last minute amendments, the final version has a substantially different impact than the one studied by the legislators.

MARKET AMERICA RUMOR IS BOGUS  -   May 23, 1999

MLM and direct selling companies have been deluged with inquiries from distributors concerning a recent federal court decision involving Market America. Distributors have reported a rumor circulating on the internet and e-mail that, as a result of the Market America case, MLM companies may not enter into "exclusive dealing" agreements with their distributors. As it turns out, the decision in the Market America case does not stand for this proposition, and distributors have been misinformed.  Actual case - April 15, 1999.

PROCTOR & GAMBLE LAWSUIT AGAINST AMWAY DISMISSED - May 16, 1999

Reuters reports that a federal judge in Houston dismissed a Proctor & Gamble lawsuit against rival Amway Corp. in mid-May.  The suit accused Amway of instigating "false satanic rumors" against Proctor & Gamble that cost the company millions of dollars in lost sales.

MICHIGAN ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE WARNS AGAINST
INTERNET PYRAMID SCHEME
  -  May 2, 1999

According to a report in the Detroit News, participants could be charged with a felony for buying into the program which is being classified as a 'wealth redistribution' scheme.  The promotion boasts that participants can turn $120 into more than $116,000 without selling a thing and goes on to describe an internet based "business" which has been considered by state officials to be an illegal pyramid selling scheme.

AVON PRODUCTS SUPPORTS RESOLUTION OF DIRECT SELLING ISSUE IN CHINA  -  April 16, 1999

Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE:AVP) today welcomed the agreement reached last week between China and the United States to remove all market access restrictions on direct selling in China by January 1, 2003, including the current ban on direct selling imposed last April.

PYRAMID SCHEME NETS ARRESTS IN LOS ANGELES   -  April 27, 1999

The Los Angeles Times reports that five people were arrested at the Hollywood Palladium on April 26 during a meeting of almost 1,000 potential participants in what authorities describe as a pyramid scheme. The five were booked on suspicion of operating an "endless chain", which is a felony according to LAPD Detective Greg Schwien of the Financial Crimes Division.

DISTRIBUTOR WINS DAMAGES AGAINST HERBALIFE   -  November 20, 1998

According to The Arizona Republic, a distributor for Herbalife International Inc. has been awarded $620,000 in damages and the right to future income from her business by a Maricopa County Superior Court jury, after a month-long trial that gained nation-wide attention.

 

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