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Feb.20
2014

Scientific leadership

On a daily basis, more than 900 Amway scientists, engineers and technical professionals are responding to market demands by devising products that closely fit an infinite variety of customer needs and desires.  Their accomplishments are truly amazing.

The company’s Research & Development Distinguished Scientific Leadership Society is built to acknowledge individuals within this group, people with a longstanding record of scientific and technical excellence during their Amway career.

It is the R&D division’s highest level of technical recognition. Earlier this month three new members were inducted:

Donald J. Pusateri — Don has been involved with more than 70 plant concentrates and dehydrates featured in Nutrilite™ products today.  His technical excellence has resulted in 35 patents, six publications and multiple Amway awards.

Richard C. Roth, Ph.D. — Rick has a distinguished record of leadership in the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers and the American Society for Testing and Materials, serving as the chair or secretary on a variety of committees.  He has earned 26 publications, four trade secrets, two patents and numerous Amway and industry awards.

Ron J. Sharpe — Ron has brought many high-performing, new technologies to Amway as an Open Innovation Scientist, filling the beauty pipeline with discoveries that help to fuel ARTISTRY™ Intensives Skincare Renewing Peel and Youth Xtend.  Ron is recognized as an industry expert in Open Innovation and has seven publications, four patents and multiple industry and Amway awards.

The three inductees join four others who were recognized last year to make up the society’s seven-person membership.  Thanks to the work of these individuals and their colleagues, Amway R&D continues to use the power of science to help people live better lives. Congratulations to the inductees!

Feb.14
2014

Two words

Customers first.

Leadership and passion.

Knowledge and expertise.

Those are just a few of the words that describe Amway’s Bob Hamilton, THE go-to person for policies and regulations in the home care and beauty products industries.

“His practical approach is highly valued by regulatory professionals worldwide,” says Dr. Nico Raczek, Amway global director of regulatory policies.

What else makes Bob stand out? “Good science, and products that are safe for our families as well as our communities are primary motivators for Bob,” says Terri Gaskey, who leads our quality assurance and global technical services.

Few were surprised when Bob received a prestigious distinguished service award from the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) for his decades of science-based policymaking.

Two more words? Sweat equity.

“He has worked tirelessly over many years to strengthen the work we do on behalf of the industry,” says Ernie Rosenberg, ACI President & CEO. “We could never say ‘thank you’ enough for all that he has done.”

Those two words are the perfect way to begin.

Feb.10
2014

Early intervention

At Amway, we have an award-winning internship program that immerses students in the business world, giving them real projects and opportunities to learn from seasoned colleagues and executives.

Our Amway Business Owners also have access to free, extensive training to help ensure a successful start.

So, what about our new employees? They are not left out. The Early in Career Group at our World Headquarters was started in 2010 for anyone new to the Amway company. Regular meetings and social functions help them network, meet new people and expand their knowledge outside their own department.

They focus on professional development, leadership opportunities or volunteering events.

While it’s focused on helping new employees “connect, collaborate and grow,” veterans are welcome, too. In fact, they often use the group as a resource to tap fresh points of view.

Company executives, like Amway Chief Sales Officer John Parker, say fostering the group is “critical to the future of the company.”

“One of the great things about EiCG is that it keeps Amway entrepreneurial,” Parker said. “We’re a big company, a big business, lots of employees, and any big company like that ends up with silos.

“It’s those individuals that are part of the EiCG network that are the future leaders and the future of the business.”

Check out what some of the group members have to say in this video.


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Feb.07
2014

It’s a fact

Amway is a business built on relationships, powered by excellent products and guided by the principles of entrepreneurship and free enterprise. It is an organization of one-on-one connections, that has ultimately connected many parts of the world.

That impact has led many to seek additional information about Amway. Our answers are often guided by the Amway Media Guide, a trusted source inside the company for facts and figures that help quantify the organization’s size and scope in some way.

While the guide is developed with the news media in mind, we thought it would be of interest to others as well — including you. So here it is. Enjoy!

Feb.04
2014

More than a number

When Amway releases its annual sales, people focus on the big number,  sales of USD$11.8 billion for 2013, another record for the company.

But we measure our accomplishments in smaller terms – the individual successes of a lot of ones, twos and threes.

Ones, such as Patrice Deibert of the U.S., who has built a thriving Amway business in Japan.

Twos, including Vladimir and Elena Sidorov of Russia, who found an outlet for their entrepreneurial spirit in Amway.

And threes, like Minnie Wen, Li Man Bong and Roy Li of Hong Kong, each of whom started a promising career but wanted more control over their future.

Millions of people like Patrice, Vladimir and Roy are achieving their potential through their Amway businesses.

That’s why our annual sales are more than a number.  They represent the collective achievements of our business owners all over the world, supported by our more than 21,000 employees.

To them, we say thank you, and congratulations on another amazing year.

Feb.01
2014

A Simple Stat

According to the Amway Global Entrepreneurship Report, there is a clear answer to what motivates people toward entrepreneurship: Independence from an employer is a more important driver than income.

Amway works in more than 100 countries around the world to establish or maintain cultures and regulatory environments that value and support entrepreneurship. And most importantly, we do this by offering would-be entrepreneurs a low cost, low risk way to get one step closer to the independence they crave.

Jan.29
2014

24-7 Convenience

Amway Business Owners can now get more than a Slurpee or a plate of fish and rice to go at Thailand’s more than 7,400 7-Eleven stores.

ABOs may also pick up Artistry Youth Xtend or an eSpring filter, thanks to a new agreement that allows them to ship their Amway orders to nearby 7-Eleven stores for pick up.

Amway has partnered with Dynamic Management, part of CP All, the franchise operator for 7-Eleven in Thailand, to make the convenience stores a 24-hour distribution channel for ABOs.

The arrangement allows ABOs and customers to receive their products faster and more conveniently, according to Kittawat Ritteerawee, managing director of Amway Thailand.

ABOs and their customers can place orders online or by phone and designate the nearest 7-Eleven store for pickup.  A three-stage SMS notification lets the ABO know when the order has shipped, when it has arrived at the designated 7-Eleven and when the customer has picked up the order.

Ritteerawee estimates the new service will reduce order wait time by one or two days. It will also make the convenience stores that much more convenient!

Jan.27
2014

Courage, coaching and CEO’ing

Open a closet or cupboard door in many homes around the world and odds are you’ll find at least one product from General Mills, Campbell Soup, Coca-Cola, L.L. Bean or Fisher Price. And the leaders of these companies have much to teach us: about transformation, innovation, big data, culture, philanthropy and purpose.

That’s why Robert Reiss, Forbes columnist and longtime host of The CEO Show, brings these leaders on air, and asks them the tough questions about their personal management styles, how they have reinvented their industries, and how to develop best practices while upholding their own values. His show airs weekly and is syndicated in full or in segments in 85 U.S. cities.

The recent interview that Reiss did with Amway Chairman Steve Van Andel and Amway President Doug DeVos went live on the show’s website last week. It was an excellent opportunity to amplify Amway’s story, share the entrepreneurial spirit and drive behind direct selling, and have an important conversation about the role of entrepreneurs — people like our Amway Business Owners — in healthy,  growing economies.

In the final minutes of the interview, Reiss asks both men for the advice they have for anyone considering becoming an entrepreneur. Said Steve, “You have to just jump in and try something. It doesn’t always work, but it doesn’t matter. Just keep trying.” Doug added, “Get connected with mentors and other people who’ve done it. . . everyone thinks it’s about money. It’s not. It’s about people and it’s about connecting with others who can give you encouragement. . . ”

Courage and coaching. To us, that sounds about right.

Jan.20
2014

Nov. 20: What a day

It’s been two months since the Amway Universal Children’s Day on Nov. 20, but we still marvel at the impact it had.

More than 15,000 volunteers worked on 300 projects in 57 countries that resulted in more than 100,000 children being helped.

Jesse Hertstein from our global One by One team puts it best: “It’s not just one day of volunteering. It’s really a demonstration of our commitment … to help children in every community we do business in. Not just today, but on into the future.”

Here’s a collection of some of the amazing things accomplished in our 24-hour global celebration focused on making a difference.


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Jan.14
2014

Under the pepper tree

Imagine you’re sitting under the giant pepper tree in Lakeview, California, (shown here in our 80th anniversary logo) with Nutrilite founder and visionary Carl Rehnborg.

As employees, distributors and visitors often did, it was the place to find Carl; to read, talk and discuss the important topics of the day.

Our 80th year of Nutrilite certainly deserves the center of our attention. With many plans in the works, we’re reflecting on our roots, saluting eight decades of amazing growth and focused on our future.

Through his groundbreaking scientific work, Carl was a pioneer in nutrition research. A keen observer, he discovered and unlocked the power of plant-based nutrients, now called phytonutrients. His introduction of Double X, likely the first multivitamin/multimineral supplement marketed in North America, is still our flagship product.

Today, thanks to Amway Business Owners across the globe, we are ranked as the #1 direct selling company in the world, and Nutrilite is the world’s No. 1 selling brand of vitamins and dietary supplements.

What’s next? There’s so much more. We’re building on new inspirations, meeting product demand with new farms and facilities, and leveraging new research and products for the future – all to drive scientific discovery, to unlock the power of phytonutrients and to help people achieve optimal health.

And this year we celebrate all that with special events across the world. We’ll tell you about them here and on Facebook and Twitter. You can search for all our anniversary coverage by using the hashtag #nutrilite80. We look forward to sharing our celebration with you all year long.