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Rich DeVos Jay Van Andel
Ada, Michigan, United States
Steve Van Andel (Chairman) Key people Doug DeVos (President) Al Koop (Chief Executive) Russell Evans (CFO)
USD 8.4 billion (2009) 13,000
Headquarters in Ada, Michigan Amway is a direct selling company, and manufacturer that uses multi-level marketing to sell a variety of products, primarily in the health, beauty, and home care markets. Amway was founded in 1959 by Jay Van Andel and Richard DeVos. Based in Ada, Michigan, the company and family of companies under Alticor reported sales growth of 2.3%, reaching US$8.4 billion for the year ending December 31, 2009. Its product lines include home care products, personal care products, jewelry, electronics, Nutrilite dietary supplements, water purifiers, air purifiers, insurance and cosmetics. In 2004, Health & Beauty products accounted for nearly 60% of worldwide sales. Amway conducts business through a number of affiliated companies in more than ninety countries and territories around the world. It is ranked by Forbes as one of the largest private companies in the United States and by Deloitte as one of the largest retailers in the world.
Amway® (Quixtar®) (Team of Destiny®) (TEAM®) (Network 21)
and does business with such giants as Coca-Cola and MCI (bought by Verizon). Amway proponents are fond of asserting that their products are of the highest quality. Here is a description from an Amway distributor as to how it works. It goes like this: If I buy $200 of stuff from Amway this month. known as your "upline. and cosmetics. In Amway. water purifiers.Amway is the largest multi-level marketing (MLM) organization in the world. and we each buy $200 of stuff from . It is a multibillion dollar a year company based on the sale of products as varied as soap. Income is generated by sales of products by the distributor plus "bonuses" from sales of his or her recruits and their recruit-descendents. I'll get a 3% bonus check (3% of $200 = $6)." Every distributor in turn tries to recruit more distributors. If I share the opportunity with nine others. vitamins. one is recruited as an "independent" distributor of Amway products by buying a couple of hundred dollars' worth of the products from the one who recruits you. their company is very large (several million distributors and several billion dollars in annual sales).
it is not an illegal pyramid.] Amway defenders take offense at describing this method of sales and recruitment as akin to a pyramid or chain letter scheme. Quixtar can pay each IBO directly. I'm responsible for paying the bonuses of the people right below me . they each were responsible for $200 and will get $6. [April 7. After I reach the 25% bonus level there are other bonuses that kick in. 2004. It is true that MLM as practiced by Amway is not an illegal pyramid scheme.Amway this month. I get $240. not on signing people up or having lots of people (Bob Queenan. Amway has lots of .so I keep $186. Amway has been taken to court for being an illegal pyramid and the courts have ruled that since Amway does not charge people either for joining Amway or for the privilege of recruiting others as distributors.$54 . Illegal pyramids and chain letters have no product. I found nine people who wanted to buy at a discount and get a bonus for doing it. but I'm responsible for $2000. Gary Elliot Murway writes: Please correct: distributors/IBOs no longer need to pay downline bonuses. moving me to the 12% level. personal correspondence). but they're all based on the volume of product flow. I make more because I did more. However.
My upline combines my order with others and calls Amway directly. The actual practice gets fairly complicated. from cosmetics to water filters. Here is how Bob Queenan. In my actual case. so I order through my upline. While my product volume is low. the legal pyramid There are several distinct aspects of MLM schemes that justify calling them legal pyramid schemes. Amway would normally ship direct to the upline. but get direct shipments from Amway. . cited above.household products: from laundry detergent to vitamins. and we'd all go over and pick up our products. describes it: Now we get into the actual mechanisms. I live too far away from my upline to make that practical. Amway is a legal pyramid scheme. it makes sense to combine my order with other orders to reduce the paperwork that Amway has to deal with. One is the aspect of the chain or line of distributors whose income depends primarily not on their own sales of Amway products but on sales made by others whom they've recruited. So the way I order from Amway is to call my "upline" and place my order.
which is filled with money saved by not paying middlemen. Why not just go to your local store . but yes.so do they. Do I profit if my distributors buy more? Yes. for the products they buy. I combine the orders and send them to Amway. Is my bonus from their money? It's from the bonus pot.Do I sell to other distributors? No. Am I missing something here? Haven't the distributors become their own middlemen? Aren't the distributors selling to each other? Isn't income mainly generated by recruiting new members to the organization? Isn't Amway Corporation the big winner in this scheme? An Amway customer is not just buying a detergent. Do other distributors order their products through me? Yes. I do -. I write a combined check to Amway. but is recruited into being a minister of a faith with a complicated bookkeeping scheme. Do I get money from my distributors? Yes. we all buy direct from Amway. I do.
however. will do the same. who's invited you over for coffee to tell you about a great opportunity. or who knows someone you know. hopefully. Perhaps you will become an agent yourself. the agent (distributor) who sold you the soap or vitamins makes money. The new recruit is drawn into the system not primarily by the attractiveness of selling Amway products door to door." What justifies MLM schemes is the high quality of their products. Yet. I am not going to try to keep up with the specific dollar amounts in sales and the number of distributors. Do the numbers add up? [Note: the data used in the following paragraph is outdated. What entices the recruit. etc. Either way. the distributors will learn to talk about little else than the product and its "quality. The products seem secondary to the process of recruitment. Odds are good that you'll either buy something out of politeness or a genuine need for soap or vitamins.and buy soap. but by the opportunity to sell Amway itself to others who. If you become an agent (distributor) then part of every sale you make goes to your recruiter. not the products themselves. The current . is likely to be the attractiveness of making money from others' sales. you ask? Because the agent is someone you know.
the average distributor makes $700/yr.] According to Amway.068 worth of Amway goods himself and also has expenses such as telephone bills.333/yr. "The rest is either personally consumed or sold to other distributors. their annual sales amounts to about $7 billion and there are 3 million distributors. up from $7. when the sales force was over 3 million. If 30% of that is profit.Amway Global website does not give the numbers needed to determine how much the average distributor makes. but the average distributor buys $1. Wikipedia claims that sales for 2008 were $8. but the facts are clear. gas. "The average active distributor sells only 19% of his products to non-Amway affiliated consumers. Klebniov claims that the average income is $780." In the United States. publicity material and other expenses to expand the business. Most people who get involved in Amway will not make money. the average distributor's sales amounts to about $2. Thus. No such labels are required in other countries." according to Klebniov. the Federal Trade Commission requires Amway to label its products with the message that 54% of Amway recruits make nothing and the rest earn on average $65 a month. .1 billion the year before. motivational meetings.2 billion.
Amway folk do resemble religious devotees in some respects. They have great faith in their company. They attend seminars and meetings that are reminiscent of revivalist meetings. The majority of the wealth of the tiny number of top-ranked distributors in this country comes not just from the sale of Amway products but from selling motivational materials and organizing seminars and rallies for the people below them (Thompson). There is nothing particularly unique about this in the history of business. particularly those in 'the system'. (Note: the numbers in the paragraph are from 2005-2006. and the hope for wealth and early retirement. devotion and hope that the foot soldiers have. are likely to end up losing money. where the power of . its products.Far from boosting their incomes.) Is Amway a cult? Critics of Amway have compared it to a cult whose main product is Amway itself. the vast majority of those who become Amway distributors. Amway has made a very few people very rich while paying its foot soldiers more in inspiration than in cash (Thompson). What is unique is the faith.
by and large Amway devotion seems harmless enough. While there have been some accusations of persecution of those who have left the flock. brochures. Graham Baldwin of the United Kingdom compares an Amway motivational meeting to a revival or cult meeting. Instead of a parade of souls healed by faith. there was the .positive thinking replaces (or is accompanied by) faith in Jesus. there was a powerful doctrine that frowned on television. newspapers and other 'negative' influences. Amway faithful are treated to testimonials of early retirement with plenty of money. Amway doesn't seem to differ much from other zealous big corporations which preach positive thinking about the business of business in endless motivation seminars and retreats. among other things (Klebniov). The former university chaplain tries to help people break away from religious cults with his program called "Catalyst." Soon after one of his broadcasts. tapes. There were the huge monthly meetings at venues like Wembley Conference Centre where he and thousands of other followers were worked into a passionate frenzy then told to go out and find as many new recruits as possible. he got a call from a man who explained how the group he had joined a year earlier was slowly taking over his life. books.
the wealth of their company. The ministers of the faith work their magic by constantly calling your attention to the quality of their products. their concern with ethics. Meanwhile.strict dress code and advice on how to bring up children and relate to loved ones. having seen the television show featuring Baldwin. He wanted advice on making a possible break. you do not notice that the products are secondary to the process of recruiting new distributors of those products. You do not notice that the . It's something called Amway" (Thompson). and the numerous testimonials of the faithful who have passed through the valley of death and have arrived on the mountaintop with buckets of gold. the man now alleged that he was being subjected to mind control techniques and being manipulated by those above him. However. "It's not a cult. To some of Amway's critics. the claim that they don't have to pay the middleman or advertising costs. Amway may look like a religious cult. there was the fear that to quit would mean giving up hope of a happy future. but to others it just looks like a shell game. It's not a religion. their association with Coca-Cola or MCI. Baldwin asked which cult the man was in.
no one promised great wealth with little work. doing forms. the chances of all or most distributors making such wealth are absurdly small. dissidents are not allowed to give their testimony at revival meetings. You do not notice that many costs. You do not notice that even though some people make a decent or more than decent living exclusively through Amway.wealth and associations of the company are irrelevant to its promises of wealth to the millions of distributors recruited. and driving personal vehicles to deliver or pick up products. advertising. The shell game gets even more complicated because when it is pointed out that most people who are Amway distributors either lose money (they buy more products from Amway than they sell) or make a very modest income. the ministers of the faith don't respond honestly and directly by saying that that is what should be expected from such a system. And of course you never hear the testimonials of those who feel cheated by Amway. such as mailing. Those who fail do so because they are . are picked up by the distributors themselves. Instead they claim that no one said you would get rich quick at Amway. handling. You do not notice that while the leaders talk about ethics they are stimulating resentment and greed.
"Everyone assumed that the phones were tapped. She was roughed up in Chicago. and that Amway had something on everybody. he says he and his family received threats for years after his resignation. This apparently branded him a traitor. They don't devote enough time to their distributorship and recruitment. "It was a Big Brother organization.failures." says Engel today. Amway's attitude toward any insider critical of the organization has bordered on paranoia. after she was told to ." In 1983 Engel's former secretary. The failures need motivation! the dissidents Paul Klebniov writes that Former distributors and Amway officials say that like many movements based on a cult of personality. he resigned over a disagreement with DeVos and Van Andel [the founding fathers of Amway] on how to run the Canadian operations. They don't work hard enough. Edward Engel was Amway's chief financial officer until 1979. was helping the Canadians in their investigation of the company. Dorothy Edgar.
" Engel. who picked her up after the incident. Kerns' expose prompted the "Phil Donahue Show" and "60 Minutes" to run uncomplimentary pieces on Amway. Donald Gregory. sales plunged an estimated 30% in the early 1980s. There was extremely bad publicity in 1982 when a former distributor. quit to write a damaging expose called "Fake it Till You Make It. They are not responsible for what the founders or "uplines" do. In 1984. says he started to write a book on Amway. the vast majority of Amway distributors are probably decent people who believe in the quality and value of Amway products and who are in it to make money in a legal and ethical way. with it. Amway's recruitment dropped off. but the company obtained a gag order against Gregory in a Grand Rapids court" (Klebniov). says he believes her story." Kerns charges that Amway used private detectives to follow him and rough him up. They are not making wild promises about making millions of dollars with just a few . Amway would not comment on the incident. Philip Kerns. Even so. another former Amway insider."stay away from Amway.
Mr. The average Amway distributor is undoubtedly not like James Vagyi." If those six find six who find six who find six. tells potential recruits that the minimum income is about $9.000 a month [700. the lead recruiter in Hungary. Amway has spread its ever-replicating roots into countries such as Hungary and Poland. Vagyi says to a group of potential recruits.hours of work a week to their friends. Richard DeVos: "Ethics and caring for people are the fundamentals of Amway's business. Amway comes to Hungary Now that capitalism has come to many former communist nations in Europe. Still. isn't this true in every business? Aren't there always a few bad apples who give the whole group a bad reputation? . Mr. "If 10 million people were persuaded for 40 years to build socialism in Hungary. But apparently some distributors have cynical views of ethics and the only people they seem to really care for are themselves.000 forints]. James Vagyi." Maybe. you can each find six people to do this. you will be rich in no time. Vagyi shows his audience a videotape that ends with a message from Amway's co-founder.
A handful were wealthy distributors of Amway Corp's products. the rest wanted to be. The meeting began with a prayer and a Pledge of Allegiance.000 enthusiastic people gathered for a rally in Richmond. talking about how much freedom and independence the Amway opportunity has given them. The video "features couples who live in enormous detached houses and have luxury cars. Furthermore. there is no doubt most Amway meetings are not like the one described by Paul Klebniov: One weekend this summer over 12. Va. who had arrived in their Cadillacs and Mercedes. flaunting expensive furs and jewelry. the crowd cheered. On stage. The narrative tells how the company is built on "ethics and integrity" and how it has helped "thousands improve the quality of their lives" (Thompson). With the introduction of each of these role models. . Bill Britt. Nor do they follow the example of Michael Aspel who used a curious recruitment video in London. introduced the other top distributors.Is the appeal to greed or to need? It isn't very likely that the majority of Amway's distributors follow Vagyi's example. the master Amway distributor who organized the rally.
is that they inevitably encourage unscrupulous people to defraud the gullible into thinking that with a little hard work they can become rich beyond their wildest dreams.e. seminars.. The really big money is in selling motivational materials.. However. Does Amway encourage fraud? The answer is No. aimed at motivating a person to think positively. The real money is in recruiting people into Amway. not by selling Amway products but by selling the concept of Amway and "inspirational materials" such as books. Critics argue that while it is possible to make a decent living selling Amway products. one of the main criticisms made of Amway and other MLM organizations. i. These unscrupulous people become rich themselves. Amway World Headquarters Ada.Stories such as Klebniov's inevitably lead to the question. Michigan . etc. tapes. hope. a realistic person should not expect more than a supplement to one's income from selling the products.
Amway News Despite the distractions of being temporarily shutdown in the state of Andhra Pradesh because of a marital dispute. DeVos Category Archives: Amway India 16.Amway's two founding fathers. 2007 | Posted in Amway India.6% growth for Amway India January 15th. Amway India has reported . Jay Van Andel and Richard M.
and all of the Business Owners that are associated with . personal care. home tech and insurance.6%. This is [.] Our Values Vision Inspiring people to live better lives. Our Values Amway has established some simple shared values that unite the entire company.. cosmetics. To deliver exceptional quality products to urban and semi urban homes in the areas of nutrition and wellness.. Mission To provide the best business opportunity.spectactular sales growth for 2006. home care. Amway India sales for 2006 are reported at Rs 738 crore (US$168 million) compared to revenues of Rs 633 crore in 2005 ± growth of 16.
We believe that these values guide our actions and help us to achieve everything we are capable of without compromise or harm. Trust Building reliability and dependability for self by displaying commitment. obligations and other activities. loyalty. We are committed to behave at all times in accordance with the ethical practices of the organization. honesty. Integrity We will uphold the highest personal and professional integrity which demonstrates honestly. confidentiality and consistency in all actions. Transparency .Amway. respect and high ethical standards in all our responsibilities.
We will develop networks and build long term alliances with internal and external customers.We will promote a culture of openness and mutual trust by interacting objectively and without underlying personal interests. with a wide range of stakeholders. encourage and support individuals and teams who contribute. Partnership We will collaborate across boundaries and find common ground by sharing ideas and resources. Service Orientation We are committed to serve our customers to fulfill their needs by focusing efforts on discovering and thereby meeting stated and unstated requirements. Recognition We are committed to honor. .
you not only build your own business network but also enable others to build one of their own. By passing your sales and marketing knowledge to your developing team. It allows you to build your business through retailing products and sponsoring other people who. to the success of the organization. The core of the Amway Sales and Marketing Plan's income opportunity is the sale of quality . The Amway Sales and Marketing Plan has been operating for over 40 years and is available in over 80 countries and territories around the globe. in turn.through their behavior and actions. can retail products and offer the business opportunity to others. low start-up cost business opportunity that is open to everyone. Sales and Marketing Plan The Amway Sales and Marketing Plan is a low risk.
As your Amway business grows. In creating a marketing strategy for the Super Concentrated Cleaning System.AMWAY products to retail customers. The following objectives for the brand were set: y to increase distributor profitability and productivity by providing a new and exciting business opportunity to optimise consumer convenience and value through enhanced product differentiation with this exclusive and revolutionary cleaning system to provide innovative and unique products to enhance the image of Amway Home Care. . y y y Established in 1959 by Jay Van Andel and Richard DeVos Amway now operates in more than 80 different countries. Amway needed to set out the key objectives it wanted to achieve. The Amway Sales and Marketing Plan does not compensate anybody for simply recruiting others as Amway Business Owners. but lets take a quick look at what business growth strategies Amway teach. the rewards you earn grow in proportion. This Direct Selling Company enables more than 3 million people to own independent businesses. Click here to download the ASMP Brochure Marketing strategy A strategy is a plan of action designed to achieve the goals of the organisation.
when following ALL techniques mentioned above most people will struggle. suffer. make a list of all people you know.'Old School' Marketing Strategies: These are not much different from nearly any other MLM's . flyers. Trying to grow such important business . As a matter of fact. attend 'neverending' meetings. talk to strangers on the streets. and fail in network marketing industry. let people know about this business opportunity and the prospects will just jump aboard and join your business. hand out free samples.. seek 'help' from your Upline.. business cards. However..try products. trying to grow MLM business today by targeting your 'warm market' RUIN more relationships than you ever believed is possible.
You should ALWAYS lead with product or service. business cards or by simply attending meetings will also take a tremendous amount of your time.with the help of flyers. magazines. or no results. the fact is that with right training and education anyone can build their own Amway business and operate it from home. To really get ahead with this opportunity you would have to search for a different Amway marketing strategy and work on developing marketing systems that targets the masses and helps present your product and services to a wider audience. money and effort. 2. However. usually with very little. You must learn how to find your TARGET MARKET (people that already . and NOT with business opportunity. Few guides to consider: 1.
3.have needs. and focus on your marketing campaign. 4. a support and a good advice whenever you need for it. for products or services). To get the absolute best results out of your marketing campaign you must learn to leverage 3 main tools. You must have a system to follow. To Summarise: Nowadays 'Old school' methods works hardly for anyone. internet and the power of written word (copywriting). wants. that are available for most of us today telephone. You must always try become more effective through your own personal development. and promoting to . These are absolutely mandatory if you want to grow your Amway business from home. or desires. 5.
To maximise it's potentials and create a solid.html#ixzz0txFHm0SK Under Creative Commons License: Attribution . build-to-last Amway organization you would have to search for different marketing strategies from those taught by Amway. Read more: http://www.friends and family.articlesbase. and then develop your own marketing skill-set.com/homebusiness-articles/amway-marketingstrategy-039old-school039-doesn039twork-or-does-it1517042. learn how to grow and expand in knowledge. or handing out free samples are tactics not much effective for the average modern day distributor.
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