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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.

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.

WHAT WILL IT TAKE FOR THE SUPPLEMENT INDUSTRY TO COMPLY WITH  GMPS? - July 19, 2012
On Monday, July 16, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)  filed an injunction against New York–based supplement manufacturer Kabco Pharmaceuticals Inc. for repeatedly violating supplement good manufacturing practices (GMPs).

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.

DIRECT SELLING COMPANY EXPANDS TO BEAUTY SUPPLEMENTS  - July 15, 2012
DIRECT SELLING brand Avon, is expanding into new territory in the country, focusing on not just making women feel beautiful from the outside with its existing cosmetic and apparel lines, but also from the inside

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.

HERBALIFE TO SET UP PRODUCTION UNIT IN INDIA - July  5, 2012
Direct selling company Herbalife India is planning to set up a manufacturing facility for its nutritional products in the country.

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.

VISALUS: THE SOCIAL NETWORK MEETS NETWORK MARKETING  - June 20, 2012
If you build it they will come. It's not just a line from Field of Dreams. It's the truth. People want something to believe in and give them identity.

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.

AMWAY LAUNCHES REGIONAL SERVICES CENTER - June 15, 2012
KUALA LUMPUR: Amway, the global direct-selling company, has invested RM8 million to set up Amway Business Services Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd (ABSAP), a regional shared services centre.

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.

DIRECT SELLING GOES FROM FACE-TO-FACE TO WALL-TO-WALL - May 28, 2012
To leverage on the potential of social media, many direct selling  companies in the country will soon launch their marketing strategies  based on popular social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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.

SENATE STRIKES DOWN DURBIN'S DIETARY SUPPLEMENT  AMENDMENT - May 24, 2012
The U.S. Senate on May 24 voted to table an amendment that would have introduced new requirements for dietary supplement manufacturers—requirements the industry identified as unnecessary red tape.

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 2011DSN 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.

IS YOUR NATURAL BEAUTY BRAND READY FOR NEW COSMETICS  LEGISLATION? - March 28, 2012
Does the FDA have authority to ensure your baby’s bubble bath is free from carcinogenic ingredients like formaldehyde? If FDA found harmful levels of such ingredients in a product, could it enforce a recall? In 2012, if a company decided to include arsenic in face cream, would it have to notify the FDA first?

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.

WHY WOMEN ARE THE MOST POWERFUL BRAND AMBASSADORS IN THE WORLD - March 19, 2012
Last December I wrote of the need for more brand ambassadors. The need, as I surmised it, was based on a finding from a study conducted by Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council and Lithium, a social media tech firm.

NUTRISYSTEM THREATENS ALTICOR OVER NAME - March 16, 2012
The parent company of Amway is fighting back after threats of a lawsuit.

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.

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