Avon Products, Inc. is a US cosmetics, perfume and toy seller with marketsin over 135 countries across the world.
It was founded in 1886 by a 28-year-old David H. McConnell who soldbooks door-to-door and gave out perfume to entice women to buy hisbooks.
It started with California Perfume Company (CPC) in New York. As thecompany grew, he hired his first representative, Mrs. P.F.E. Albee.
In October, 1939, the company was changed officially to Avon Products,Inc. The company was taken to public in 1946.
Now, Avon Products is a multi-level marketing company. Avon uses bothdoor-to-door sales people ("Avon ladies," primarily and a growing numberof men) and brochures to advertise its products.
Avon's fastest growing markets today are in China and Russia.