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!


Sold on eSpring

Congratulations, Amway Business Owners, you’ve made another Amway brand number one on the planet!

Thanks to you, eSpring is now the world’s largest-selling brand of home water treatment systems according to a Verify Markets study of 2012 global sales. It’s also the number one selling brand of water treatment systems in the Asia region – and in the individual countries of Taiwan, Malaysia and Thailand.

The study included systems sold through retail channels as well as through direct selling. With so many options for getting drinking water, why do so many consumers prefer eSpring?

One reason is that our eSpring system reduces more than 140 potential health-effect contaminants to deliver clean, safe drinking water. It also is certified by NSF to reduce more individual contaminants than any other carbon filtration and ultraviolet (UV) light treatment point-of-use system in the world.

People also love eSpring because of the smart technology that other water filtration systems don’t have: electronic monitoring that tells the user when it’s time to change the filter cartridge, and eCoupled™ wireless power technology that safely and efficiently assures that people are getting high-quality, clean water every time. That gives consumers peace of mind.

From water and air purification to products for safer cleaning, you can have confidence in Amway as your source for brands that help you transform your home for healthy living.


Earned recognition

Sri Soekarmoen McCarthy, a member of our global public relations team, recently spent some time with our friends at Amway Thailand. This week she shares her stories with us at The Amway Insider

On November 10, I attended a gala dinner as formal as the Oscars!

Men in suits and women adorned with formal evening dresses filled a large room in one of Bangkok’s largest convention centers. More than 1,500 people attended the event organized by the Thai Direct Selling Association to honor top distributors from 30 local and foreign direct selling companies in the country, including Avon, Giffarine and Amway.

Amway Business Owners Pongsak and Porntip Ajjimarangsee, Samran Unyuang and Niramol Werojnakul, and Worapop and Titiporn Thawong were among those who received recognition.

Amway selected the winners based on more than just the bottom line. They were also selected based on their compliance to the Rules and Code of Ethics set but the company and the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations.

Kittawat Ritteerawee, general manager of Amway Thailand and president of the TDSA, presented the awards along with other executives from each direct selling company. Government officials from the agency that oversees the direct selling industry and members of the media were also invited.

I was privileged to sit at the same table with the Amway Business Owners who won the award. Prior to joining Amway they were educators, engineers or health care professionals.

Worapop grew up with parents who were Amway Business Owners, while his wife, Thawong, worked as medical doctor in a clinic. The Ajjimarangsees both have doctorate degrees from prestigious universities.  And Unyuang was on the staff at a local health clinic while his wife, Werojnakul, was a nurse before they joined Amway.

Regardless of their background, they all found success with Amway. Congratulations to our ABOs!


Thailand bound

Sri Soekarmoen McCarthy, a member of our global public relations team, recently spent some time with our friends at Amway Thailand. This week she shares her stories with us at The Amway Insider.

After flying nearly 20 hours and more than 10,000 miles across the ocean from Ada, Michigan, I arrived in Bangkok, Thailand, for a visit to the headquarters of Amway Thailand.

I went to attend the first Public Relations Conference for the regions of Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand and had the privilege to meet with a small group of Amway Business Owners to hear about their success stories.

We also attended an event with the Thai Direct Selling Association where three top-selling distributors from each company in the country were recognized.

Amway established its operation in Thailand in 1987. Operations started with a small office: 10 employees and a few lines of Amway products.  Jim Payne, president of Amway Asia Pacific Regions, was the first general manager of Amway Thailand. He has fond memories of the market, often joking about the size of the office. (It was so small, there was only one bathroom for the entire staff, he said.)

Twenty five years and four office moves later, Amway Thailand has about 1,000 employees across the country. Its new headquarters has three buildings sitting on four acres and Amway Business Owners sell the full array of nutrition, beauty and home products.  A five-floor office building is accented by a beautiful plaza and a multilevel parking garage.

Amway is the largest direct selling company in the country. Our executives are active members of the Thai Direct Selling Association and were among its founding members. Amway Thailand General Manager Kittawat Ritteerawee is the current president of Thai DSA.

Amway’s commitment to support local communities is reflected in many programs run by the Amway One by One Campaign for Children, including providing books to children in remote areas through its Flying Book and Mobile Library campaign.

See photos of my trip at our Amway Facebook page. More to come, stay tuned!


What’s in a name?

Ada and Diamond Pornjaded from Thailand are the next generation of Amway. That’s not a typo; their names really are Ada and Diamond. The two were recently in Grand Rapids representing their parents, Dr. Witat Pornjaded and Jintana Pornjaded, at the 2013 Amway Founders Council meetings.

Their excitement for the Amway business is evident and contagious. “We are a product of the (Amway) product,” Ada proclaims with a beaming smile. “Teens today want their own business and they enjoy the freedom that this business gives them.”

That’s pretty wise advice from a 19-year-old that just qualified Platinum.

Twenty-two year old Diamond (also Platinum) shares his own insight. “Find a good teacher, and be willing to study hard,” he said. “You can’t build this business by sleeping in. You have to be motivated — build it fast, and then you’ll have more time to enjoy the better things in life.”

From their playful banter, it’s quite apparent that there’s not much sibling rivalry here. Ada and Diamond confess they weren’t pressured into the business by their parents.

“We saw them doing the business together and having a good time,” Ada said. “They’re always so optimistic and dedicated to finishing what they started.”

It’s quite apparent that a rich legacy is being created. So, where do their names come from? Mom was pregnant with Diamond when Dr. and Mrs. Pornjaded qualified Executive Diamond. And Ada is named after the hometown of Amway’s World Headquarters.

Ada laughs when she admits that uses her name as a calling card for her business. “All the time people ask me, ‘Why are you named Ada?’” she said. “It’s from Amway. Have you heard about the business?”


One cup at a time

Amway, our distributors and customers  support the communities in which we do business in many ways, including promoting  local crops and products, such as coffee. 

Amway Thailand got into the coffee business in the late 1980s, when the Royal Family established the Doi Tung and Doi Kam Foundation to address deforestation  by helping farmers use sustainable methods to grow crops. 

Amway was among the first companies to support  the cause by offering  Amfee Roasted Coffee, a top seller for Amway Thailand last year. 

Amway Indonesia  partnered with a government agency to help small business owners sell local products through the UKMWAY program.  Today  Gayo Java Blend coffee beans are brewed in homes all over Indonesia.

Each time our customers  enjoy Amfee Roasted or Gayo Java Blend coffee, they  help support local farmers – one steaming cup at a time.


Making the world a better place

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Did you know that Amway employees and distributors have volunteered more than 2.5 million hours to make the communities where they work and live a better place?

Read about our ongoing efforts around the world in the 2011 Amway Global Corporate Citizenship Report published today, or in the Amway One By One blog.  That blog, by the way, was recently honored as the “Best Corporate Social Responsibility” blog by PR News.


An inspiring story

Our distributors and employees throughout the world take great pleasure in the experience of giving, especially when it benefits children.

That’s why Amway Thailand has written a new chapter in its longstanding support of children’s literacy.

Thanks to the launch of The Flying Book, generous donors can use handheld devices to track the books they give as they ”fly” to remote destinations across Thailand – into the hands of underprivileged children.

The app for Flying Book (or Nok Nung-sue) also encourages people to vote for their favorite books. Based on these votes, the Top 100 books will be sent to libraries across the nation.

Read more about The Flying Book at Amway One by One.


More reasons to celebrate

From Bangkok to Hanoi, we have several reasons to celebrate this month.

Recently, we posted about Amway Thailand’s 25th anniversary celebration. Today, we’d like to share news about a special event that’s particularly signficant for our distributors and customers in Vietnam. 

Amway just opened a new office and training center in the Cau Giay district of Hanoi.  Distributors in northern Vietnam now have a common place to learn about our company, bring their prospective customers to the Amway shop that opened last year, and share news about our brands, products and business opportunity.

Amway President Doug DeVos proudly joined Amway Vietnam’s executives, distributors and employees in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. As the newest Amway market, Amway Vietnam has achieved great milestones in just four years. We are proud of their strong sales, growing distributor network and attractive facilities that showcase the power of our brand.

That’s indeed another reason to celebrate.


Reasons to celebrate

Amway President Doug DeVos was on the road this weekend, visiting Thailand for our affiliate’s 25th anniversary celebration.

During Amway Thailand’s National Convention in Muang Thong Thani near Bangkok, more than 40,000 distributors gathered to celebrate their success in their Amway businesses as well as the affiliate’s milestone.

Doug was there to not only commemorate the achievements of the employees and distributors at Amway Thailand, but also to pay tribute to Preecha Prakobkit, who is retiring as Amway Thailand’s managing director this year. 

Preecha led Amway Thailand to become one of Amway’s top markets during his 23 years with the company. Always innovating, he explored new ways to connect with distributors and customers, in recent years using social media personally and professionally.

A major milestone, an incredible career and the success of many - definitely reasons to celebrate!