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Mar.31
2014

“Simply Rich”

Rich DeVos believes that he has achieved much in his life for one simple reason  – focusing on helping others succeed.

“Looking back at 88 years of life, I believe one principle rises above the others,” he writes in his fifth book, “Simply Rich:  Life and Lessons from the Cofounder of Amway.” “People who achieve the highest levels of success are those who place their focus on other people rather than themselves.  I have succeeded only by helping others succeed.”

In “Simply Rich,” the co-founder of Amway shares the story of his remarkable life, from his humble beginnings to his success as a global business leader, and what he learned along the way.  Listen to Rich talk about the inspiration for the book in this trailer for “Simply Rich.”


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“Simply Rich” is available from the Howard Books division of Simon & Schuster and can be found online or in stores starting April 1.  Other titles by Rich DeVos include “Believe!”, “Hope from My Heart” and “Ten Powerful Phrases for Positive People.”

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.21
2014

International relations

The Amway Insider has brought you several stories about the Georgetown University Leadership Program, known more commonly as GULP.

The partnership between Amway, Georgetown and the Japanese Times daily newspaper brings Japanese professionals to Washington D.C. and Grand Rapids, Michigan, to get a primer on the American political system and see public-private partnerships in action.

In D.C., they visit prominent attractions and meet with well-known political insiders — most recently former White House Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove. In Michigan, they meet with local politicians, including Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell, and visit local attractions, such as Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.

Now, over at the Amway Newsroom, we have an in-depth look at the whirlwind program, its history and its impact. The session is only a week long, but Georgetown officials say they can do a lot in that week.

James V. Parenti, senior associate dean for Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies, called GULP “the most energetic international engagement we have (at Georgetown).”

And GULP Principal Instructor Bradley A. Blakeman said the value of education is not judged in time, but in content.

“We can be flexible and nimble and entrepreneurial enough to create programs for a student body that only visits for a week,” Blakeman said. “But the content will last a lifetime.”

Read more at the Amway Newsroom and see a photo album of their recent trip at the Amway Facebook page.

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.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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Nov.27
2013

Four corners

Earlier this month, all four Amway regional presidents sat down to chat with employees at Amway World Headquarters about their corners of the world. They shared insights, initiatives and compelling stories about local corporate citizenship efforts and Amway Business Owners (ABOs).

In Southeast Asia, Jim Payne uses his 30+ years of experience with Amway and time-tested relationships to lead several countries in which Amway already holds a top market share position. He highlighted Amway’s appeal to those under age 35 in Vietnam, one of our newest markets. He told a story of a Japanese ABO who lost half of her family and downline distributors during the 2011 tsunami. The loss motivated her to rebuild her business to the Diamond level in only three years, using her income to support and help rebuild her still-struggling community.

Greater China Regional President Gan Chee Eng, focused on China’s Amway Charity Foundation, which was recently named one of the Top 10 Most Transparent Foundations in China. The foundation was featured during this year’s Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) annual meeting, where its Spring Sprouts Kitchen project was highlighted as one of CGI’s Commitments to Action.

With 30 countries, 26 languages, 19 currencies and 11 time zones, Europe/India/Africa Regional President Samir Behl describes his region as having three advantages: diversity, complexity and opportunity. He shared that there are more women than men in Russia and they live longer. In addition to the societal impact of this, he (only half-jokingly) said this could contribute to a huge demand for beauty products such as ARTISTRY YOUTH XTEND.

Last, but certainly not least, in the home region of our headquarters – the Americas – Tanios Viviani says he lives for hearing, and telling, our ABO stories. The Americas president recently attended an event in the United States where he met a Costa Rican native who had left his parents and moved to Mexico to find success, promising not to return until they could be proud of him. After many years and he returned as a Diamond level ABO and was able to tell his mother that “Amway was [his] graduation in life.” That ABO now supports his family with his business. Tanios knows there are others like him capable and willing to do the same and says his region will do more than its part to ensure the Amway opportunity is relevant to future generations.

Across the miles and the 100-plus countries and territories where the Amway opportunity can be found, these four men brought their markets to life and connected our employees in Ada, Michigan, with the ABOs they support all over the world. 

Nov.20
2013

Today is the day

We’ve been planning all year and Amway Universal Children’s Day is finally here. Our friends in other timezones already have been busy with their projects.

And the more than 4,000 employees at our World Headquarters kicked off their work at midnight, building bikes for Elves & More of West Michigan, decorating lunch bags for Kids’ Food Basket and filling hygiene kids for victims of Typhone Haiyan in the Philippines via International Aid.

Want to know what’s happening in your part of the world? Check out our Instagram map where Amway employees and business owners and upload photos of their activities using #AmwayOnebyOne.

Even our spokespeople got involved. Check out what they had to say at our Amway One by One blog and keep up on all our global activities at AmwayOnebyOne.com.

We want to say a big “Thank you!” to all of our employees and business owners across the globe who helped us reach the milestone of helping 10 million children in the first 10 years of our Amway One by One Campaign for Children.

Jun.21
2013

Playgrounds Rule!

Pool splash fights, campfire sing-alongs, cabin scary story time, nature hikes, new friends… summer camp is one of my favorite memories from when I was in school. But imagine if your camp didn’t have a playground.

Indian Trails Camp, located 6 miles west of Grand Rapids,  provides individuals with disabilities camping experiences all year long. But their playground consisted of a rocker, bike track and tire swing. That changed last week thanks to a seven year partnership between KaBOOM! and Amway.

It took the 300 volunteers (200 Amway volunteers/100 community volunteers) only six hours to build a playground with multiple swings, slides and climbing structures that are sensory-friendly and accessible for campers of all skill levels. (The timelapse video below condenses the build into 30 seconds.)

The Amway-KaBOOM! playground builds are special because the volunteers consists of employees from our manufacturing and logistic plants. They have limited opportunity to volunteer during the year because they have to keep production lines going. But for KaBOOM! builds, Amway shuts down the lines for the day so they can take off their safety glasses and pick up rakes, shovels and hammers to make difference in their community.

The Indian Trails Camp playground is the 15th that Amway and KaBOOM! have built in Michigan, the 11th in the Grand Rapids area and the first designed specifically for children with special needs. See a great a photo album on our Amway Facebook page, too!


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Written by Austin Langlois

Jun.19
2013

World Leader

Entrepreneurship.  Partnership.  Free enterprise.  Themes that have guided Amway since its inception, each serves as a hallmark of the world’s largest business federation – the United States Chamber of Commerce.

Today, the two organizations will strengthen their connection, as Amway Chairman Steve Van Andel begins a one-year term as the chairman of the U.S. Chamber.

We are proud of his leadership role in this prestigious organization – a position he held once before, from 2001 to 2002.

Steve’s belief that business leaders need to share their experiences and knowledge was a lesson he learned from his closest role model. His father, Amway Co-Founder Jay Van Andel, also served in 1979-80.  They are the first father-son duo to hold the chairman position – not only at the U.S. Chamber, but also at Amway.

That legacy of leadership is an excellent example for us all.

[Photo by Ian Wagreich, U.S. Chamber]

Jun.13
2013

People Mover

In Amway’s home state of Michigan, USA, residents know The People Mover as the railway that runs, elevated, along a 2.9-mile loop in Detroit’s central business district. But at this week’s Direct Selling Association Annual Meeting, completely different breeds of “people movers” took the stage. 

 First, DSA President Joe Mariano kicked off the Celebrate What’s Right theme with some exciting news:

  • U.S. direct sales are up 5.9% year-over-year
  • Research shows that 14% of U.S. households have at least one direct seller
  • People are two times more likely today than they were five years ago to consider becoming a direct seller
  • In the state of Montana, DSA members are exempt from the registration and renewal requirement with the Security Commissioner’s office by virtue of their existing commitment to DSA’s self-regulatory requirements

Wow!  

Then, keynote speaker Daniel Pink presented research insights and memorable takeaways from his book “To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others.” Pink believes that the best way to move others is to be yourself, a message that hits home in the world of direct selling, where people of every background can – and do – achieve.  

The DSA also welcomed new members, other companies that commit to the organization’s ethical business practices such as Sozo and Jillian Chase; celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Direct Selling Education Foundation; presented the 2013 Ethos Awards (Amway won in the Technology Innovation: Mobile Technology category.); and named incoming board members and committee chairpersons.  

The meeting’s final keynote speaker was 20-year National Geographic photographer and movie producer DeWitt Jones, who photographed the child above. Jones used his extraordinary photographs to illustrate balance, inspiration and answer-finding. His words and images were incredibly moving – as much so as the DSA parties, presentations and people themselves.