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“Innovation”

Mar.24
2014

Fuzz buster

The amazing scientists in the Amway laundry care lab love inspiration, and when they hear from Amway Business Owners about a particular laundry challenge, they get inspired.

Take, for example, the challenge of keeping black and dark-colored cotton clothing looking vibrant and new, wear after wear. Machine-washing cottons causes fuzzing, pilling and dye transfer that can make these items look faded and old long before their time.

The R&D team began looking for ways to help consumers extend the appearance of their newer dark cotton items in one economical and easy-to-use laundry solution.

The team developed a detergent technology that preserves the appearance of dark cottons, and even improves the appearance of many dark cotton items that look faded from previous washings in other detergents.

The technology is used in SA8 Black Concentrated Liquid Laundry Detergent with Bioquest formula exclusively from the Amway Home brand. It is now available in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and is expected to be available in Japan and Europe later this year.

When our laundry products help consumers wear their clothing longer, families save money–and it helps slow the flow of these items into the waste stream. That’s a double win! Read more about the product at Amway Startup.

Mar.17
2014

Scientific excellence

Researchdevelopmenttesting – the power of science is a key ingredient in the success of Amway.

That’s why we launched AmwayScientificExcellence.com, a site that details the work of our talented professionals, including 900 scientists, engineers and technical specialists.

They are the fuel behind our products. And they are the fuel behind our innovation, which is visible in the more than 1,000 patents held by the organization. It is prominent in the partnerships established by our open innovation scouts, and it is proof positive that the company’s products perform under the most stringent conditions.

All that combined makes for a robust function of scientific excellence that arms our global distributor base with quality, top-line products that are in demand in more than 100 countries and territories.

So check out our new site and see some of the stories of the people who help advance the organization and its products every single day.

Feb.26
2014

From start to finish

Vertical integration. Seed-to-supplement. Supply chain. Regardless of what you call it, Amway controls much of the process (and, in several cases, the entire process) when developing and manufacturing high quality nutrition, beauty and home products for the world.

By controlling as much of the process as possible, Amway is able to have heightened oversight of product quality – from the core ingredients that serve as the source of the products, to the manufacturing of goods in our 15 manufacturing facilities, to the complex delivery systems that allow millions of Amway distributors in more than 100 countries and territories to secure goods close to home or ship directly to the ultimate consumer.

The source/make/deliver process that Amway has built is truly unique. It is a point of pride for the company, its employees and Amway Business Owners and it is detailed in a new website called AmwaySourceMakeDeliver.com.

The site helps to chronicle some of the many reasons why customers who buy Amway products from Amway Business Owners continue to make the company a trusted part of their daily lives.

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!

Jan.22
2014

Home technology

Did you ever wonder how Amway, which got its start selling soap and nutrition products, became a number one seller of home technology products?

Last year, eSpring became the  world’s number one selling brand of home water treatment systems according to Verify Markets study of 2012 global sales, while ATMOSPHERE is the world’s number one selling brand of home air treatment systems according to Verify Markets study of 2011 global sales.

That’s quite an accomplishment in just over 50 years. And it was a concerted effort. In the last 20 years, we grew our research and

development team from those specializing in cleaning, cosmetics and nutrition to include more than 100 scientists researching home technology.

It’s a wonderful story of innovation, dedication and “Aha!” moments that you can read at the Amway Global Newsroom.

Jan.08
2014

Scientists as scouts

Last week we told you about our amazing Open Innovations team.

Need a refresher? Open Innovation is a non-traditional approach to new product development that has been used at Amway since 2005. It’s built around the idea that new technologies can come from beyond the four walls of a laboratory.

This video does a great job of explaining it and highlights one of their success stories: the red caviar concentrate used in our Youth Xtend Ultra. Check it out!


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Dec.30
2013

Open Innovation

For some Amway scientists, their “lab” might be a farm in Asia, the halls of academia, fjords in Norway, a trade show in France or a TED talk in New York.

Confused?

It’s all about Open Innovation, a non-traditional approach to new product development that has been used at Amway since 2005. It’s built around the idea that new technologies can come from beyond the four walls of a laboratory.

Our Open Innovations team canvasses the planet for what team leader David Groh calls “the game-changers” – things like plants, proteins and prototypes with the potential to transform existing Amway products … or trigger completely new ones.

“We find some pretty amazing technologies out there,” Groh says. “But the bottom line is whatever we bring home and pitch as ‘product potential’ must meet the needs of our customers.”

They have had several successes, too. You can read more about their exciting work at the Amway Global Newsroom.

Nov.01
2013

Unleash the power

You may be familar with Satinique, as it has been part of the Amway brand porfolio since 1963. But now, there’s a new Satinique in town.

Making its fall 2013 debut, we’ve revamped and reformulated this complete collection of haircare, treatment and styling products featuring patented technology and botanicals with proven results that make bad hair days a thing of the past.

The key to Satinique lies with its patented Enerjuve technology. Developed by Amway scientists, Enerjuve is a positively charged complex of strengthening lipids, creatine and smoothing 18-MEA (amino acids). The Enerjuve positive charge counteracts hair’s naturally negative charge. The results are quite literally, a new movement in hair.

“Amway’s deep commitment to scientific innovation elevates Satinique to be among the best haircare brands on the market,” explains Maud Pansing, vice president global beauty. “We’ve raised the bar in the category with technology and performance in the formulations that truly make a diffrence to the health of hair – inside and out.”

Complete with custom fragrances and color-coded packaging, Satinique is poised to unleash the power of hair.

Oct.25
2013

Extend youth

We sat down with Dr. Paul Seehra from ARTISTRY Research and Development and asked him to explain the difference between ARTISTRY Youth Xtend and ARTISTRY Youth Xtend Ultra. Here’s what we learned:

ARTISTRY Youth Xtend products are targeted to women beginning to see the first signs of premature skin aging in the form of fine lines, wrinkles and dehydration – around age 25+. With a combination of ingredients and technologies aimed at reprogramming the future of skin (by targeting the youth proteins called Sirtuins), our YOUTH XTEND collection is designed to forestall the appearance of age and promote the look of youth longer.

ARTISTRY Youth Xtend Ultra, however, is designed for the more advanced signs of aging such as loss of elasticity and firmness – and the yellowing effect that comes with age. It works to help clear the natural repair pathways that have accumulated, in layman’s terms – ‘junk’ – making way for the skin to function more efficiently. Red Caviar Concentrate, the key ingredient in the collection, has been shown to help clear these pathways. Once cleared these pathways make way for real anti-aging benefits to take place efficiently and effectively.

So, which Youth Xtend collection is right for your skin?

 

Oct.21
2013

Hard working, earth-friendly

What do coconuts and citrus have to do with cleaning your home, washing dishes and doing laundry?

Well, for our cleaning and laundry care products that are made with BIOQUEST FORUMLA™ technology, these natural materials are the building blocks to powerful performance while also caring for the environment.

Key ingredients derived from coconuts, citrus fruits and minerals clean away dirt, grime, grease and dust without adversely affecting the health of people or the planet (when used as directed).

Want some more reasons to like our products made with the BIOQUEST FORMULA?

  • They are biodegradable, so the they break down and decompose into elements found in nature.
  • They are gentle for use on a wide range of fabrics or surfaces.
  • And they are dermatologist tested, where appropriate.

They’re also concentrated, which brings another list of earth-friendly benefits:

  • They are made with less water.
  • Customers use smaller amounts for effective cleaning.
  • Less packaging is required, meaning waste is reduced.
  • And the smaller packages weigh less, reducing the amount of fuel needed to transport them.

That’s quite a list. Do you have anything to add? Leave a comment and let us know!