Ideally, the news industry and fact checking go hand in hand.
In the 1930s, having a full-blown fact checking department was a badge of honor for any newspaper or magazine and today, German weekly Der Spiegel (The Mirror) has the world’s largest operation dedicated to getting the story straight.
The United States Direct Selling Association (DSA) understands that finding valid information on how direct selling contributes to the strength of an economy isn’t always easy. But those who try will find new videos linking direct selling to economic recovery and underscoring the industry’s unique value in a marketplace crowded with product options.
As DSA spokespersons note, “You can imagine the echoing effects . . . ” of an industry where millions of people are either earning a few extra dollars to help their families or are building truly large businesses. Not to mention all of the people involved in inventing, manufacturing, transporting and otherwise supporting direct selling businesses around the world.
These are the facts. We wanted to share them, and we hope you will, too.
Last week marked the fifth annual Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups, bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and improve the human condition. Global Entreprenership Week is recognized in 120 countries.
From the Dutch government’s recognition of the important role played by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in its country to 17 connection meetings between Latina entrepreneurs in Argentina, Mexico, Colombia and Chile, each participating country designs local and regional events to inspire others and help them explore their own potential.
Magazines on store shelves whose covers light up. A cereal box that transmits its nutritional data to your mobile device. Even a container of soup that can heat itself with no stovetop or microwave.
Those are the examples of the power of Fulton Innovation’s eCoupled Printed Electronics, which earned the company yet another award. They were named a Silver winner in the Best New Product of the Year category in the Best in Biz Awards 2012.
Fulton used conductive ink, printed electronics and its innovative wireless technology to demonstrate how the packaging and printing industries can transform everyday objects, creating new levels of engagement.
When the specially printed magazine or cereal box are on an eCoupled-enabled shelf, they can light up or transmit data on command. And when a user pulls the tab of the soup container and sets it on an eCoupled-enabled countertop, the contents will heat to low, medium or high, depending on the user’s preference.
A true reflection of the prestige beauty of the ARTISTRY brand, our packaging team has captured the elegance and innovation of two very luxurious ARTISTRY products. Taking home Honorable Mention in the Health & Beauty category was ARTISTRY Creme L/X Eye. The ARTISTRY Escape to Paradise Spring and Fall 2012 Color Collections won the Silver award in the Color Collections category.
It’s a cliché, but it’s true: You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
Amid strong growth in the direct selling industry, Amway President Doug DeVos wrote about the importance of that first impression in the current issue of Direct Selling News.
“As we look to share our businesses with even more people around the world, the first impression is always the most important and the most lasting,” he said.
That is why ethical business practices are so important. Amway is proud to be a member of the Direct Selling Association, which features a powerful Code of Ethics emphasizing the importance we place, as an industry, on ethics.
“The expectation is that distributors can rely on leaders in their organizations to uphold the highest levels of honesty, integrity, responsibility and accountability,” DeVos said. “At the same time, consumers should be able to trust that people in this industry possess strong principles, moral character and sound judgment.”
The distributors who won Amway Europe’s Home Demo Contest this year had an experience they won’t soon forget – including being treated like movie stars while they filmed their winning demonstrations.
But they’re not the only ones: Our research scientists at our World Headquarters won’t forget the Home Demo Contest, either.
“What we saw in the distributor Demo Contest was innovation of applications,” Amway Senior Research Scientist Bob Faber said. “And those innovative applications and innovative uses of product shed new light on what we need to be … in the R&D environment, concentrating on in the future.”
Faber and other researchers praised distributors creativity, imagination and innovation. Watch the video to see the story behind the contest and how much fun – and educational — it was for our researchers.
If success is judged by the numbers, the China & Korea Joint International Phytonutrient Symposium held in Bejing last month exceeded expectations.
More than 300 people attended when organizers anticipated 200. Among them was our team from Nutrilite, including Keith Randolph, the Nutrilite Health Institute’s director of research and development, who presented the latest findings on the antioxidant paradigm.
The one-day event was a lively packed house of scholars and professors, all of them focused on nutritional science and phytonutrient research. Plenty of Q&A took place between the audience and speakers after every presentation.
The speakers presented their interpretations of Randolph’s presentation articulated the fact that we are at a turning point in understanding the role antioxidants play in the body, while identifying the importance of phytonutrients in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli: Specific phytos turn on switches in our cells that enable our bodies to fight oxidative stress.
The symposium played an extra key role in China, where the Chinese Nutrition Society is reviewing whether to institute a daily recommended intake, or DRI, for phytonutrients. The conference presentations gave them a better understanding of the role of antioxidants and the emerging phytonutrient science.
The event was hosted by China Nutrition Society and the Korean Society of Food Science and Technology and sponsored by Amway China Ltd and Amway Korea. Participants are already looking forward to next year’s symposium.
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.