While we like to talk about the science behind our products — and there’s a lot to say — the real story is about our experts who stand behind the science.
To be precise, our company employs 800 scientists, engineers and technicians, responsible for more than 950 patents granted and 850 pending, who work at 65 labs around the world.
In tandem with well known global partners and highly regarded scientific leadership, our talented R&D, QA and Analytical Sciences team builds and refines a strong product portfolio.
In collaboration with our manufacturing and marketing teams, they discover, develop, test and help deliver more than 450 nutrition, beauty and home products to Amway distributors and their customers worldwide.
Check out this video from our Research and Development team to find more about the people — behind the science — behind our products.
“NUTRILITE™ is integral to the future of Amway as the world’s number one selling vitamin and supplement brand.” said Amway Chairman Steve Van Andel and President Doug DeVos in a joint statement announcing the expansion.
The new facilities are an investment designed to support Amway distributors and their customers, ensuring we’re able to meet demand for NUTRILITE products for years to come.
Said one distributor: “By the time we leave today, we’ll be friends with another group of people somewhere else in the world – which is absolutely wonderful.”
And earlier this spring, Amway China brought its top 15,000 distributors from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan to Laguna Phuket in Thailand. The visit was estimated to help the local economy by bringing an influx of $2.5 billion baht in cash; providing temporary jobs to 300 students; and hiring hundreds of local transport and catering employees.
When our distributors enjoy their well-deserved rewards, they aren’t the only ones positively affected.
Nearly 100 eager interns will be on-site with us for the summer, and started arriving earlier this month.
The interns will work in 16 different internal divisions and 70 departments, in both the Amway World Headquarters and the Nutrilite facility in Buena Park, California. These internal divisions range from supply chain management to marketing to human resources. They come from 33 different colleges and represent 58 majors.
While we routinely hire interns every summer, our approach was slightly different this time around. Interns were hired based on projected future positions within departments, to help create a pipeline for talent, geared toward converting interns into full-time employees.
I’m one of those interns and will be sharing my experiences – as well as those of other Amway interns – with you here at The Amway Insider.
During a preview and personal tour of the future garden site, they shared their stories and suggestions for the first official tea ceremony with David Hooker, president and CEO at Frederik Meijer Gardens.
“While it’s a business and we talk about sales numbers and growth, what we’re really excited about is the people in our business … our business owners from around the world who make Amway what it is,” he said during an interview with a dozen journalists from Turkey who visited Amway World Headquarters.
“This is an exciting time to be part of the Amway business,” Doug told the journalists, adding the distributor force behind the company is what it makes it unique. “We’ve had great business performance in the past few years, especially last year, and we’re proud to be part of a vibrant and growing industry.”
Some of the best online videos are designed by people who might not be experts with a camera, but who have unlimited imagination and enthusiasm.
We’ll uncap some of that creative talent in Europe, where we’re celebrating the first anniversary of our Amway Home brand with a call for original video demonstrations.
Video entries are due today for this pilot program. The videos are made by and star our distributors, as well as Amway Home laundry, dish or surface products. To date, more than 160 videos are contenders. [Update: The final number of entries totals more than 220.]
It’s a simple idea, but one that could have far-reaching potential. Our research shows that a home care demonstration increases sales volume, and improves both distributor and customer engagement.
Our Research and Development team will help judge the winning entries, based on novelty, simplicity and relevance.
We can’t wait to meet the winners later this year. Not only do they each earn a trip for two to Amway World Headquarters, they’ll also perform in their own demos, which will be professionally produced.
Yesterday, the top leaders in the Amway business departed Portofino, Italy and returned to the 14 countries from which they hail. It is our hope that the following words, which appeared in the customary take-home packet, remain with them and are meaningful to all readers of the Amway Insider:
“Where we go tomorrow, well, that’s really up to all of us, isn’t it? We are all the current caretakers of the Amway business, and we have an awesome responsibility.”
That responsibility – to fellow members of Amway, family members, friends and strangers alike, communities and countries – can be seen, heard and most importantly, felt in the videos created to honor the seven new members of Founders Council in 2012.
In one of the videos, here and embedded below, a former film editor expresses that responsibility in his terms: “We would interview, shoot, and edit programs. When something wasn’t right, we could always rewind. But we can not rewind and restart in life.”
That was his reason for joining Amway – for saying “arrivederci” to editing and hello to a business opportunity with endless potential.
When we say we’re a company built on values, we mean it.
Freedom. Family. Hope. Reward.
Those are our Founders’ Fundamentals that are embedded, literally, in stone in front of our World Headquarters in Ada, Michigan.
These principles, along with our corporate values and mission, provide a solid foundation for all our business operations, from our dealings with distributors to the leadership positions our executives hold within their communities.
Disclaimer: The authors of these blogs are Amway employees. The opinions expressed here are not necessarily reviewed in advance by anyone but the individual author. These opinions do not necessarily reflect the view of Amway or any other person or company.