Amway China – Colourful Life

Over on Beth Dornan's Inside Quixtar Blog, there's been a number of posts and a deal of commentary about how Amway should go about advertising to help IBOs. Should there be a focus on products? A focus on the business opportunity? Who would make a good corporate spokesperson?

Here's a promotion from Amway China. I don't understand a word of it, but I'm sure you'll agree it certainly looks positive!


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Amway UK & Ireland – Why only BWW and N21?

There's been some speculation about what Britt WorldWide and Network TwentyOne have been singled out in the action by the UK DTI and not other groups such as IBS. Mlmleads.eu has the answer -

Amway have today explained why some of the UK independent organizations are been pursued in court by the DTI Department of trade and industry and some not.

It would appear the DTI can only take the directors of Limited companies to court. They cannot take individual business owners who are not a limited liability company. BWW (Britt Worldwide) and N21 are both limited companies.

Many mlm and networking marketing blogs have been speculating why? We hope this explanation enlightens the public and indeed organizations who are giving the impression they are whiter than white.

From www.mlmleads.eu

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Amway UK & Ireland – latest news

Early this week mlmleads.eu  posted a report on the Amway leadership symposium held last weekend in the UK. The meeting was the first time that Amway had sat down with local leadership to discuss the allegations against Amway, Britt WorldWide (BWW) and Network TwentyOne (N21). Others in attendance have confirmed to me that the mlmleads post is a fair reflection of the meeting, with IBOs being shocked about the seriousness of the matter – Amway was actually ordered to shut down – and Amway being somewhat shocked about the way IBOs reacted – as the entrepreneurs they are, and not as "Amway reps".

The original DTI submission to the court was apparently some 5 pages long, despite this the court told the DTI they needed to actually specify what it was they were claiming Amway, BWW and N21 had done wrong. They've now  wittled their case to 5 pages, but one "insider" tells me it is still rather lacking in specifics. What was in the previous 5 pages? Based on other court cases I've seen, I wouldn't be surprised if a large part of it consisted of essentially unsubstantiated printouts from "critics" websites and testimonials from folk who submitted them after encouragement from those same critics websites. I'm wondering if perhaps IBOs with a positive view and experience of Amway should also be encouraged to contact the DTI? If you get the urge, here's who to talk to -

Mr. Cliff Callaghan
Tel: 2 7215 3338/351
Director & Deputy
Inspector of Companies, Companies Investigation Branch,
DTI
VB 77, 1 Victoria Street,
SW1H ONN
[email protected]

Folk like Amway critic Scott Larsen and anti-mlm zealot Robert FitzPatrick have been urging people to send complaints to the DTI for several years, which means poor old Mr Callaghan has probably been getting a heavily biased view of how we operate. Time for another side of the story?

One issue that arose in the mlmleads post is that of refunds for cancelled meetings. In an early post, the site states that BWW IBOs are still awaiting refunds. When Amway first emailed IBOs about the situation, their letter assured IBOs refunds would be made for all cancelled meetings. I read that as Amway saying they would be backing these refunds, but a system insider pointed out to me the letter nowhere said Amway would be giving the refunds! He was right. Amway backed off any support for refunding the systems for the cost of cancelled seminars. It seems that even Amway UK boss Ben Woodward was confused about this!

Network TwentyOne tells me refunds are available on request and have already been made to many IBOs, and I've received a copy of a BWW voicemail assuring their IBOs that refunds are on the way for them as well. You can listen to Bill Britt and other BWW leaders talking about that here. My apologies for the poor audio quality.

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more to come ….

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Quixtar -> Amway changes – Bill Britt responds

I've received a copy of an audio ("kate") message Bill Britt has sent out to his organization this week in response to the announced changes of Quixtar becoming Amway and other potential changes including additional and increased bonuses. Click on the play button below to listen to.

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Apart from the obvious comments regarding the name changes and bonuses, there was one additional thing that struck me about Bill Britt's message. Regarding keeping up to date with information, he said something along the lines of "i'm sure you can get it on the blogs on things". Why was this interesting? Well, many critics of Amway and Quixtar, and in particular critics of the various "systems", including some IBOs, have expressed their opinion that the "system leaders" would be threatened by the launch of the corporate blog sites, and that they would "hide" them from their IBOs.

Yet here we have the leader of one of the largest US-based systems talking as if he actively encourages BWW IBOs to read these blogs. Sounds like yet another MYTH BUSTED.

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Amway UK & Ireland – Is this the problem?

As you probably know, Amway , Britt WorldWide , and Network 21 are currently involved in a dispute with the Department of Trade and Industry in the United Kingdom (see other posts on the situation here)

In order to gain more understanding of the issues, I’ve been studying the United Kingdom law about what they give the unfortunate name of “pyramid selling”. The relevant legislation is Statutory Instrument 1997 No. 3. Now, like most legislation, it’s not written in such a way as to make it easy for untrained folk to understand, however a “plain english” warning that is included in the legislation is quite straightforward. You’ll find this warning on the Amway Europe and Amway UK & Ireland websites as well  as Amway literature and the literature and websites of virtually every MLM company with operations in the UK. It says -

1. It is illegal for a promoter or a participant in a trading scheme to persuade anyone to make a payment by promising benefits from getting others to join a scheme. Continue reading

Quixtar IBOAI confirms they were not consulted

There's been some discussion on the forums about how much the corp has consulted with IBO leaders about the decision to revert to the Amway name in North America. Well, today the IBOAI, the group of IBO leaders that is elected to represent IBOs, has confirmed they were not consulted about the move. From www.iboai.com

IBOAI Board Reacts to Alticor Transition Plans

Alticor Inc., parent company of Quixtar Inc., has announced major business transformation plans. Alticor Inc. has confirmed the transformation with various media including the Associated Press (AP). According to the AP story, “Direct-sales giant Alticor Inc. will phase out its Quixtar Inc. label during the next 1 1/2 to two years and rebuild its Amway Corp. brand in the United States and Canada.” The story cites a memo from company Chairman Steve Van Andel and President Doug DeVos distributed to U.S. employees last week, which explained: “The realities of a crowded and competitive global marketplace have made us realize that we need to 'fly one flag' to put significant resources behind establishing one opportunity brand wherever we do business. That brand will be Amway, in North America and all over the world."

The timing of this business transformation is projected to take place within the next 18-24 months.

Your Board Shares Your Surprise

You should know this news came as a shock to us, too, in the form of a surprise announcement at a Founders Council meeting a few days ago. We were not consulted ahead of time and were not part of the decision. We are sorting through the details and trying to figure out how this affects all of our businesses.

Please rest assured that the IBOAI remains an active advocate for all IBOs. We work tirelessly and proactively to maximize your opportunities for success. We will continue to protect and promote your interests and will remain in close contact with you as more details of the transition become available.

We encourage you to send us your comments!

We understand the confusion this may cause and are in discussions with the Corporation over the transformation. We encourage you to send us your thoughts and concerns via e-mail at pr@iboai.[email protected].

I encourage all Quixtar IBOs to let both the corp and the IBOAI  know what they think about the decision. The log files of this site indicate that they review this site on a daily basis as well, so you may also want to Post a comment below or Discuss this post on Amway Talk

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CAN

This Sunday is Father's Day in many countries around the world. A day dedicated to commerate fathers and forefathers.

Below is a story that has been reproduced many times around the 'net, it's an article from Sports Illustrated about a father that many have described as "Father of the Century". Now that we're in to the 21st century, I think he's well and truly father of this century as well. His son too is someone we can all learn from, with his simple catchcry -

CAN

Read the story, then watch the video at the bottom. I recommend you don't watch it until you have read the story. I also recommend you have tissues handy, you're going to need them. It's a story of courage and hope that is hard to believe. But it's also a story of CAN.

My best wishes to all the father's around the world, keep up the good work. CAN

[From Sports Illustrated, By Rick Reilly]

I try to be a good father. Give my kids mulligans. Work nights to pay For their text messaging. Take them to swimsuit shoots.

But compared with Dick Hoyt, I suck.

Eighty-five times he's pushed his disabled son, Rick, 26.2 miles in Marathons. Eight times he's not only pushed him 26.2 miles in a Wheelchair but also towed him 2.4 miles in a dinghy while swimming and Pedaled him 112 miles in a seat on the handlebars–all in the same day.

Dick's also pulled him cross-country skiing, taken him on his back Mountain climbing and once hauled him across the U.S. On a bike. Makes Taking your son bowling look a little lame, right?

And what has Rick done for his father? Not much–except save his life.
This love story began in Winchester , Mass. , 43 years ago, when Rick Was strangled by the umbilical cord during birth, leaving him Brain-damaged and unable to control his limbs.

"He'll be a vegetable the rest of his life;'' Dick says doctors told him And his wife, Judy, when Rick was nine months old. “Put him in an Institution.''

But the Hoyts weren't buying it. They noticed the way Rick's eyes Followed them around the room. When Rick was 11 they took him to the Engineering department at Tufts University and asked if there was Anything to help the boy communicate. “No way,'' Dick says he was told. “There's nothing going on in his brain.''

"Tell him a joke,'' Dick countered. They did. Rick laughed. Turns out a Lot was going on in his brain. Rigged up with a computer that allowed Him to control the cursor by touching a switch with the side of his Head, Rick was finally able to communicate. First words? “Go Bruins!'' And after a high school classmate was paralyzed in an accident and the School organized a charity run for him, Rick pecked out, “Dad, I want To do that.''

Yeah, right. How was Dick, a self-described “porker'' who never ran More than a mile at a time, going to push his son five miles? Still, he Tried. “Then it was me who was handicapped,'' Dick says. “I was sore For two weeks.''

That day changed Rick's life. “Dad,'' he typed, “when we were running, It felt like I wasn't disabled anymore!''

And that sentence changed Dick's life. He became obsessed with giving Rick that feeling as often as he could. He got into such hard-belly Shape that he and Rick were ready to try the 1979 Boston Marathon.

“No way,'' Dick was told by a race official. The Hoyts weren't quite a Single runner, and they weren't quite a wheelchair competitor. For a few Years Dick and Rick just joined the massive field and ran anyway, then They found a way to get into the race Officially: In 1983 they ran another marathon so fast they made the Qualifying time for Boston the following year.

Then somebody said, “Hey, Dick, why not a triathlon?''

How's a guy who never learned to swim and hadn't ridden a bike since he Was six going to haul his 11-pound kid through a triathlon? Still, Dick Tried.

Now they've done 212 triathlons, including four grueling 15-hour Ironmans in Hawaii . It must be a buzzkill to be a 25-year-old stud Getting passed by an old guy towing a grown man in a dinghy, don't you Think?

Hey, Dick, why not see how you'd do on your own? “No way,'' he says. Dick does it purely for “the awesome feeling'' he gets seeing Rick with A cantaloupe smile as they run, swim and ride together.

This year, at ages 65 and 43, Dick and Rick finished their 24th Boston Marathon, in 5,83rd place out of more than 2, starters. Their best Time? Two hours, 4 minutes in 1992–only 35 minutes off the world Record, which, in case you don't keep track of these things, happens to Be held by a guy who was not pushing another man in a wheelchair at the Time.

“No question about it,'' Rick types. “My dad is the Father of the Century.''

And Dick got something else out of all this too. Two years ago he had a Mild heart attack during a race. Doctors found that one of his arteries Was 95% clogged. “If you hadn't been in such great shape,'' One doctor told him, “you probably would've died 15 years ago.'' So, in a way, Dick and Rick saved each other's life.

Rick, who has his own apartment (he gets home care) and works in Boston, and Dick, retired from the military and living in Holland, Mass. , always find ways to be together. They give speeches around the country and compete in some backbreaking race every weekend, including this Father's Day.

That night, Rick will buy his dad dinner, but the thing he really wants to give him is a gift he can never buy.

“The thing I'd most like,'' Rick types, “is that my dad sit in the chair and I push him once.''


For more information about the incredible Team Hoyt, visit their website .

 

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