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.
Every single day, someone launches their Amway startup. They are entrepreneurs. They want to control their own destiny. They are difference-makers.
But unlike many others who are attempting to set their own course, these entrepreneurs are backed by an $11.8 billion company. One supported by 21,000 people who are working hard to make that individual startup a success. These entrepreneurs are supported by more than 1,000 patents, 15 manufacturing sites, 75 R&D and quality assurance labs and a distribution network that is nearly unmatched in the world of business.
We want to bring that story to life. That’s why we have launched Amway Startup — a news site dedicated to telling the story of the backroom that supports Amway startups all around the world. From stories on scientific excellence and new products to beauty and nutrition, Amway Startup will be your source for detailed coverage of the fuel that helps power Amway startups globally.
So, check it out here, and tell us what you think.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Amway’s manufacturing expansion is well under way. The seven-site, $375 million project is geared toward building an infrastructure that will continue to provide quality nutrition, beauty and home products to the world for decades to come.
Recent visitors to construction sites in the U.S. states of California, Washington and Michigan have seen great advancements, as have visitors to the Tamil Nadu, India site. While there are several months left before these projects begin manufacturing products for consumers, the visible progress is exciting.
And, you don’t have to be on the ground to see the progress. Photo albums of some of the sites are updated regularly, allowing everyone to track the developments. New photos have recently been added to the albums for Buena Park, California, and our new tablet and soft gel facility down the street from our World Headquarters in Michigan.
As work progresses, we’ll soon add photos of our other projects, including China and Vietnam.
It is an exciting time at Amway, as we grow to meet growing demand worldwide.
Nutrilite Founder Carl Rehnborg’s research is coming full circle.
It was the early 1920s, while Rehnborg lived in China, that he made the connection between overall health and a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
He noticed it in people, and he noticed it in cows. That observation was key to developing what is now the world’s number one selling vitamins and supplements brand.
Last week Dr. Sam Rehnborg, Carl’s son and president of the Nutrilite Health Institute, went back to China to attend a groundbreaking for a new research and development facility in Wuxi, China.
The Amway China Botanical Research Center will focus on traditional Chinese medicine, conducting research on organic farming and the health and beauty benefits of the extracts from Chinese herbal medicine.
The center will be built on 115 acres and include a research lab, a high-end greenhouse and a section that will be open to the public to demonstrate our “Seed to Supplement” method and our organic farming practices.
Part of the ceremony included burying a timecapsule with the placement of the cornerstone. That time capsule is slated to be opened on the 100th anniversary of Nutrilite. So, check back in 2034! Check out a few more photos from the event at our Nutrilite Facebook page.
Successful aging means preserving your capacity to function and enjoying good health. Your nutritional status is a key predictor in that.
A diet for successful aging begins with nutrient dense foods. This helps maintain a healthy weight and provides vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. It also limits the amount of added sugars, refined grains and saturated fats.
So, what should be on your plate? Here are five tips:
- Fill half with fruits and vegetables: Strive for at least five servings of fruits and veggies daily. That’s easy to do when half your plate is filled with brightly colored vegetables like tomatoes and broccoli or deeply-colored fruits like berries. Produce packs in vitamins, minerals and fiber but also phytonutrients that may help slow the aging process.
- Fill one-quarter with lean proteins: Good examples are fish, poultry, lean beef, low-fat dairy products, beans or tofu.
- Fill one quarter with whole or enriched grains: Fortified cereals, brown rice, whole wheat pasta and whole grain breads are good choices.
- Choose your drink wisely: Fluids like water and low-fat milk should be your primary beverages.
- Consider supplements: The vast majority of adults do not meet 100% of their nutrient requirements. Consider a broad-based vitamin and mineral supplement as well as antioxidants, phytonutrients, calcium, magnesium and vitamin D.
Aging is unavoidable, but by choosing your foods and supplements wisely, you can do your best to age successfully!
After years of meeting at the Nutrilite Center for Optimal Health in California, last week Nutrilite’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) held their annual meeting, for the first time, in Ada, Michigan, home of Amway’s World Headquarters.
“Each year we look for new ways to interact with our SAB, and this year hosting the board in Ada allowed them to see the full range of our scientific capabilities and research on the campus of our World Headquarters,” said Dr. Keith Randolph, technology strategist for the Nutrilite Health Institute. “It also provided a forum to discuss ways to bridge the science behind our nutrition and beauty products.”
While in Ada, the nine esteemed international scientists toured onsite research labs, engaging with our scientists. Our researchers presented current and future work, while the board offered insight to the latest trends in nutrition science. The work of our scientists, along with the SAB’s guidance, results in the creation of effective and innovative products to meet the needs of our Amway Business Owners and consumers across the world. One could say it’s a meeting of the minds.
For Nutrilite, the science behind our products started nearly 80 years ago when our founder, Carl Rehnborg, discovered how the compounds that occur naturally in fruits and vegetables — called phytonutrients — help us achieve our optimal health. Today at Nutrilite, opportunities are fostered by actively bringing our scientists and our advisors together to forge the future of product innovation.
See more photos from their visit at our Nutrilite Facebook page.
Last week we told you about our Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action, which will expand Amway Charity Foundation’s Spring Sprouts Kitchens program by 2,000 additional kitchens to serve a total of 1 million hungry children in rural China.
Audie Wong, president of Amway China and executive vice chairman of the Amway Charity Foundation, spoke about that project at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting last week. Now he does the same in a blog published on the Clinton Foundation website.
“I’ve lived and worked in China most of my life, and have witnessed firsthand the country’s economic rise,” Wong says. “But when I travel to village schools across rural provinces, quite another story is revealed. There I meet the children who have been ‘left behind.’”
To much of the world, China is a symbol of prosperity. Yet beyond the industrialized cities, in China’s rural provinces, children are suffering from malnutrition.
“We can help solve the malnutrition problem in a systemic and sustainable way,” Wong wrote. “The Spring Sprouts Kitchen program works to do this by equipping village schools with kitchens so that children can enjoy warm meals with fresh foods such as vegetables, meat, and eggs, providing much better and more balanced nutrition.
“But the children can’t wait, so we work with urgency. With more support we can impact millions of the world’s malnourished children. As the great statesman Abraham Lincoln said, ‘No person stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.’”
To read Wong’s entire blog, visit the Clinton Foundation’s website.