BLOG ARCHIVE FOR: April, 2009

Apr.27
2009

Spring cleaning for your skin

Artistry’s beauty brand manager Barb Alviar appeared on April 17’s edition of “Take Five & Company” on WZZM-13/ABC in Grand Rapids to show viewers how to bring winter skin out of hibernation.

The All Dolled Up blog highlights the interview and even offers some simple tips to “spring clean your beauty routine.”

Apr.24
2009

ArtPrize – World’s largest art prize created by Rick DeVos

Editor’s Note:  This post was originally published on the Interns Expose Amway blog.

For those who missed the “World class” DeVos announcement last night, I’d like to inform you of the upcoming ArtPrize that will be held in Grand Rapids from September 23 through October10th 2009 (which just happens to be my birthday) ArtPrize was created by Rick DeVos and invites artists of all kinds from around the world to

participate in an unprecedented competition that will award nearly

one-half million dollars to prize winners, including $250,000 to the

artist who receives the most public votes.

“It’s time to reboot the conversation between artists and the public.

ArtPrize will be a celebration of art, design, and innovation that will

bring artists and the public together like never before,” said ArtPrize

creator Rick DeVos.

Basically, the city of Grand Rapids will be transformed into one HUGE art gallery with a goal to bring artists and the public together. Registration ends on 7/31/09 so visit the website and learn more about this fascinating event!

Visit the website:   http://www.artprize.org/

Watch intro video:     http://www.vimeo.com/4292901

Watch on YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/artprizeGR

Join the Facebook:    http://www.facebook.com/pages/ArtPrize/73607267339?v=wall&viewas=15302222

Keep up on Twitter:   http://twitter.com/ArtPrize

Flickr Photostream:   http://www.flickr.com/photos/artprize

Apr.24
2009

Amway of Australia and Adam Gilchrist score big for kids

Known as “Gilly” in the wildly popular sport of cricket, Adam Gilchrist has teamed up with Amway of Australia to provide special needs children with modified bikes, a program we blogged about last month.

Even ESPN picked it up. Gilly is that good.

Over to Jesse Hertstein and Kevin Lowe on our “One by One” blog for more details.

Apr.23
2009

Interns Expose Amway: Segment Two, The Cosmetics Plant

Editor’s Note:  This post was originally published on the Interns Expose Amway blog.

Well, if there is one thing I never thought I would do as an intern, it is crawling into a large metal tank! However, at least I can say I am gaining more and more unique experiences each day and that I exposed yet another job that must be done at Amway in order to keep the company so successful!

In this next segment, I carefully and with great skill, attempt to sneak into Amway’s Cosmetics Plant where Amway’s skincare and cosmetics products are made. Though my gumshoe instincts are not yet up to par, I learn a lot taIking with Marshall – Group Supervisor, Cosmetics Process.

P.S. Please note I did undergo the OSHA-required confined space entry training prior to entering the tank and was under constant supervision from a trained supervisor. There is specific training necessary for all employees who enter confined spaces. So we were sure to be safe while having fun!

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Apr.23
2009

Nutrilite leads in vitamin, mineral and dietary supplement sales

Nutrilite is the world’s leading brand of vitamin, mineral and dietary supplements, based on 2008 sales—not just via direct selling, but across all sales channels.

For the record, this also marks the seventh straight year we can make this claim, based on third-party research.

Now that’s a healthy dose of news in any market.

Apr.21
2009

Intern Introduction Video

Editor’s Note:  This post was originally published on the Interns Expose Amway blog.

Hey there!

I am glad to see everyone is enjoying the Interns Expose Amway blog!

Before the launch of the blog, we gathered all of the interns to get their photos taken for the Opportunity Zone. These photos are the little bubbles that show next to each author’s post so you can see what they look like.

During the photo shoot, we thought it would be fun to get a little impromptu introduction from each of the interns, and Kevin and Sara, so you can see and hear why they are so excited to write about their experiences for you on the Interns Expose Amway blog. Enjoy!

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Apr.20
2009

Looking back and forward

Editor’s Note:  This post was originally published on the Interns Expose Amway blog.

I’m approaching my first year anniversary as an intern here at Amway and it’s making me a little nostalgic. I’ve had the opportunity to work on so many projects throughout the supply chain, I thought y’all (did I mention I grew up in the South?) would like to hear about some of the projects completed and underway to help make our business run even smoother.

Last summer I began working on a project to help my department measure our performance more effectively to make sure we are supporting our IBOs to the fullest. I got to work with lots of interesting people from all over the company including the IT team, Supply Chain Analysts, and Planning. Our IT department is great and helps us with everything related to our information and technology transfer. The Supply Chain Analysts analyze (go figure) the supply chain to make our operation as efficient as possible. The Planning department is tasked to make sure all the Amway products from Scrub Buds to Artistry are sent all over the world to different markets. Note: I’m a little partial to Scrub Buds since they are one of the products I plan :) .

Currently, I am working on an exciting and fun project on Employee Engagement. We want to make sure that our employees are happy working here and that they want to work here at Amway. Although, I must say so far we’ve been doing something right since we have many employees who have been with the company 30 years or longer. The Engagement project focuses on health and wellness and encourages employees to be active and have a little fun. Some of the activities planned for the summer include a field day, fitness challenge, and perhaps a Wii Challenge. It’s refreshing to work for a company that values our health and well being and continuously strives to make Amway an excellent place to work. Check back for pictures from our Fitness and Health project, I’m sure it will be a blast!

I should be receiving my next project that I will work on over the summer in the next couple weeks. I’m looking forward to finding out about other areas of the company and having a new challenge. It constantly amazes me how we are always looking for the next project or process to work on to make us even better. I think it’s the drive to never settle and always keep improving that makes us the company we are.  What do you think makes Amway the company it is today? Is it our core values? Is it the opportunity Amway provides? I’d love to hear your thoughts on what makes us who we are.

Apr.16
2009

Drink water out of a box?

Editor’s Note:  This post was originally published on the Interns Expose Amway blog.

When I first heard about this, I couldn’t help but imagine pouring a bottle of water into a small brown box and attempting to drink it before it soaked through the cardboard. However I have stumbled across yet another simple, sustainable, and beautifully innovative design.

Part sustainable water company, part art project, part philanthropic project, and completely curious, Boxed Water Is Better is a boxed water company. It started with the simple idea of creating a new bottled water brand that is kinder to the environment and gives back a bit – it shouldn’t be bottled at all, but instead, boxed.

Boxed water is far from drinking water in a small brown box as I originally imagined. Picture in your head milk or orange juice cartons (you know, the kind you used to make a bird feeder out of when you were a kid.) Boxed water was publicly launched Friday, March 13, 2009 at the Grand Central Market located in downtown Grand Rapids, MI. Boxed Water doesn’t have the “B-Lenium” benefits of NUTRILITE sports drinks that help replace fluids and electrolytes, but follows in the same enviornmentally friendly direction Amway upholds.

Learn more about this movement at http://boxedwaterisbetter.com/hello/

Apr.15
2009

Social butterflies

The heart of today’s business world is aflutter with social media. You could even say “a Twitter.”

Not too far from our world headquarters, the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is featuring its annual spring butterfly exhibit, where visitors may freely mingle with approximately 6,000 butterflies of all sizes and species.

How might Meijer Gardens build some buzz around the event? Like butterflies, they get social. They regularly blog and are on several social networks such as Flickr, Facebook and Twitter.

And good for Meijer Gardens: Earlier today, comscore blogged that Twitter traffic in the United States increased by 131 percent in March to 9.3 million visitors. Twitter has 5-10 million active users (current estimates vary and Twitter keeps you guessing), far more than the “maybe a million” figure conjectured last year. Who wouldn’t want in on that?

We tweet, sure. You can officially follow us at @amwaymediablog, @amwayglobal, @amwaycanada, @amwayeurope, @artistrybeauty and @nutrilitehealth. When we broke the news that famed Chinese Olympic hurdler Liu Xiang will keep running for Team Nutrilite, or that many of our European markets launched new e-commerce sites and charitable efforts for UNICEF, we did so via Twitter.

Back on Facebook, home to 200 million active users, we are building presence for our exclusive E. Funkhouser New York cosmetics brand as well as Nutrilite’s Every Kick Counts campaign, starring global soccer phenom Ronaldinho. Even our “MoBEs.”

Sure, we’re on YouTube. Yes, the Opportunity Zone. Our hotel properties even joined the party, recently rewarding guests whenever they rate their stay on certain social networks. Said Chad LeRoux, director of corporate marketing for Amway Hotel Corp.:

“If you’re not engaged in this social media arena or arenas relative to your business, then you could be missing out on key opportune things that you may not be aware of that the populace is talking about. If you made this small tweak or modification to the product, it will enhance that product experience and thus create more-favorable opinion out there about you in those social media arenas, which in turn increases business.”

Of course, you can always find us here on this very blog, subscribe to our RSS feed and find us on Technorati, FriendFeed…the list goes on.

We hope our friends in the media are listening. Oh, and if you’re in town, we’ll drive you down to see the butterflies. Better make it fast: the exhibit winds down in two weeks.

Apr.14
2009

Finding and Keeping Great Talent

Editor’s Note:  This post was originally published on the Interns Expose Amway blog.

My name is Kevin Douglas, and along with Sara Gonzalez, we make up the College Talent Acquisition team at Amway. The name “college talent acquisition” is long, and it looks great on a business card, but it means so much more than “finding” talent.

For me, it also means keeping the best of the best! It’s one thing to seek and find great college talent as interns, co-op students, or recent graduates. We go a step further and inspire them to stay and contribute to our growth initiatives while allowing them to fulfill their career aspirations and personal goals right here.

Sara and I accept the challenge! And this company has proven time and again that paths to success – which is what we’re really all about – are available all around us. I’m proud to work here because, at Amway, our employees are our most important asset! We’re looking for people with the following qualities, and so if this describes you, apply for an internship today:

  • Passionate people who are excited about what we do and who we are
  • The ability to innovate. We want to achieve breakthrough results, and want you to help!
  • The ability to inspire others, and to self-motivate
  • A desire to deliver results, executing on their plans and objectives with excellence

We hope you’re enjoying the Interns Expose Amway blog and video series, and that you’ll watch our video (below) about all of the cool things we do to build a true community amongst our interns. And finally, please reach out to us via the comments section with any questions about what it’s like to intern here, and how we’re committed to helping you kick off an amazing career!

Kevin and Sara

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