The cookware lab might just be one of the most fun places at Amway World Headquarters in Ada, Michigan. The lab is actually 10 kitchens in one, simulating authentic home cooking conditions in Japan, China, Europe and North America.
Amway employees from around the world helped select typical appliances from their countries or regions. The power supplies also are designed to mirror those found in homes in our global markets. That’s how we ensure cooking with iCook™ (sold in the Americas, Europe and several Southeast Asian markets) and AMWAY QUEEN™ (sold in Japan, Korea and Greater China) cookware is one of the healthiest ways to cook anywhere.
The lab is the domain of Principal Engineer Sue Hoff, who has been cooking up innovative cookware designs for more than half of our 50-year cookware history. You can ask Sue nearly anything about preparing food for optimal nutrition. Not only does she know a lot about our nutrient-preserving VITALOK™ low-moisture cooking method, she also knows about nutrients themselves as she started her Amway career in food and beverage product development.
Employees with knowledge and experience spanning two or more product lines are common here. That’s a big reason why you can have confidence in Amway as your single source for brands that help you create a healthy home environment for your family, from safer cleaning to optimal health.
That’s because he has seen first-hand at Amway how opportunity and hard work can help change people’s lives dramatically, creating personal freedom that opens the door for a positive future.
In his role as chairman of the US Chamber of Commerce, Steve speaks about the importance of economic freedom – how it spreads prosperity, drives healthy competition and inspires incredible business innovation.
His message? That free enterprise fosters self-reliance, motivation, dignity and happiness. It inspires people to tap their potential. Armed with those skills and that confidence, they can do more and be more than they ever imagined.
Hard work and success, he says, are critical components for a strong, dynamic economy.
A successful Research & Development department starts with the right group of people: the right combination of education, knowledge and experience. Those people also need to thrive in a collaborative environment and have a real connection with the customer.
Last month, 7.26 million people in the United States alone relied on two paychecks to cover their financial desires. For some, it was to help pay off credit card debt. For others, it was to save for vacations and holidays. And still for others, it was because they started their own business before leaving their full-time current jobs.
Maybe it’s because direct selling is borderless. The top five markets in 2012 were the United States, Japan, China, Brazil and Korea; and overall global direct sales increased 5.4 percent from $158.3 billion in 2011 to $166.9 billion in 2012.
No matter the reason, the data proves what Amway and our Amway business owners have always said: Our business model is as relevant today as it was in the 1950s. We’re proud of that. And next year, we have a feeling we’ll be reporting global growth along the very same lines.
If you drive past the Amway World Headquarters today, you will see 57 United States flags lining the front of campus to commemorate Flag Day.
On most other days, the poles display the state of Michigan flag and 56 international flags representing the many countries in which we do business. (We operate in more than 100 countries and territories, but local regulations allow us only 57 flagpoles. So we make sure to rotate them regularly.)
“People driving by Amway find it really special to see the street lined with American flags. They’ll honk their horns to show their patriotism,” said Kammie Van Oosten, team leader of Ada Facilities Buildings and Grounds.
Van Oosten’s team of about 10 employees raise, lower and change flags as needed all while adhering to strict protocol for displaying the American flag through storms and sunshine. In addition to Flag Day, the flags are switched out on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day or other appropriate occasions.
There is a strict protocol for the American flag, but the facilities team treats every flag with the same respect. “We have important rules we follow at all times,” Van Oosten said. “One is that the flags must never touch the ground. This can be very difficult in bad weather.”
Flag Day is a U.S. holiday, but you don’t have to be in the U.S. to honor your flag. Share a picture of your country’s flag using #AmwayFlagDay on Twitter or Instagram. We look forward to seeing them!
We welcomed more than 200 Founders Council members and other attendees to our World Headquarters this week, and we did it in grand style. Check out some of the photos on our Amway Facebook page. And if you missed the live stream of their arrival courtesy of our Amacam, the replay is available here. Watch for more coverage in the weeks to come!
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.
Earlier this year, when the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations (WFDSA) announced its new Global Statistical Report, our industry celebrated documented growth in both the number of direct sellers worldwide and the sales dollars they generated.
But the good news goes even deeper. According to a WFDSA blog post, written by Amway Consumer & Market Insights Lead Judy Jones, sales for our industry were up in all major regions. In Asia, they were up by 12 percent. In Europe, 4 percent; and in the Americas, 11 percent.
Sixteen of the the industry’s top 22 countries reported sales growth in 2011.
Two new countries entered the list of those reporting annual retail sales over $1 billion USD: Turkey and Indonesia.
Three of the top five direct selling markets are categorized as emerging economies, including Brazil. This shows the propensity for direct selling to bring citizens to higher levels on the economic ladder.
Certainly, the numbers tell an optimistic story – but it’s not the whole story. For that, the WFDSA publishes socioeconomic impact studies, covering the contributions our industry makes to the betterment of individuals, families and 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.