Category Archives: Amway News

Ron Puryear has died

PURYEAR[1]Spokane newspaper, The Spokesman-Review, has reported that Amway Founders Crown Ron Puryear, founder of World Wide Dream Builders (WWDB), has died.

Ron & Georgia Lee Puryear joined Amway in 1971 when Ron was working as a bookkeeper and Georgia Lee as a waitress. Within six months they were making enough that Georgía Lee could quit her job. Ron was able to do the same in 1974.

They eventually established WWDB, aka World Wide Group,  one of the most successful Amway organisations in the world. He is survived by his wife Georgia Lee Puryear and son Jim Jr and their Amway network of thousands of Platinum and above Amway business owners around the world.

Amway revenues drop 12% to $9.5billion

Primarily due to the weakening Chinese economy and unfavourable exchange rates, Amway’s revenues dropped to $9.5 billion in 2015. 70% of the top 20 markets saw growth, including, notably, Amway’s oldest market, the United States. Older markets such as South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Malaysia also experienced growth, as did Latin America.

No figures were reported for Western Europe or Australasia. Russian media reported a 5% drop in that market.

The top 10 markets for Amway in 2015 were China, South Korea, United States, Japan, Thailand, Russia, Taiwan, Malaysia, India, and Ukraine.

15 consecutive months of growth for Amway North America

Carl Miller in the comments shared this recent info from Amway North America  –

What a remarkable year!

The Americas region lead the Enterprise in growth and will close the year with double-digit growth in 13 out of 15 markets, becoming the fastest-growing region in Amway. In partnership with you, we achieved record high numbers of Platinums and first-year Platinum requalifiers in all three subregions, in addition to major increases in average IBO income and the number of Diamonds.

In November, Amway North America (ANA) impressively marked 15 consecutive months of growth and higher IBO productivity. In addition, launches of Artistry® Men and Hydra-V and the Nutrilite Restage were all well received.

Latin America Spanish (LAS) saw 24% growth and celebrated the 30th anniversary of Panama – Amway’s first country in Latin America – and the 25th anniversary of Mexico. LAS also saw the successful launches of Satinique and Artistry® Color, and Little Bits™ was introduced in four countries.

Brazil exceeded sales and COI targets for the second year in a row – its best results in over a decade! The subregion also achieved its highest Platinum count in 10 years and awarded its first-time ever Triple Diamond pin. Additionally, Amway Brazil was the proud sponsor of the NBA Global Games in Rio with the Orlando Magic. The highlight was the community outreach event where Amway and NBA Cares donated a new basketball court to the children of Comunidade Cruzada São Sebastião.

The Americas region also had the honor of Dr. Sam visiting all three subregions to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Nutrilite. We rounded out the year with a focus on a Founders’ Fundamental – Family – when more than 7,700 IBOs and their guests from across the region gathered together in the Amway Center in Orlando to celebrate Family Day.

Alone, each of these accomplishments is impressive. Together, they are a testament of achievement few, if any, companies in our industry can match. Above all, they reflect the immense leadership and hard work that you bring to your Amway™ business every day. We are stronger because of your dedication. I am very grateful for your efforts and very proud of your performance.

As you look back over the year, I hope that you’ll take great pride in your accomplishments.

My sincere best wishes to you and your families for the holidays. I am excited about the future and confident that, together, we are entering the new year strongly positioned, renewed in spirit and determination, and prepared for more progress and success.

Have a blessed holiday season and a prosperous, healthy, and happy new year.

Candace Matthews

Thanks for the tip, Carl!

The Nutrilite Story

TheNutriliteStoryI’ve just finished reading The Nutrilite Story by Dr Sam Rehnborg. What a great read! It not only tells of the origins of Nutrilite and Amway, but the entire multi-level marketing industry and the nutrition and nutritional supplements industry. It’s fascinating, and the life story of Carl Rehnborg is worthy of a movie – more than once I was close to tears, a classic story of someone getting knocked down and getting back up again and again in the pursuit of their dreams.

It’s available on your tablet, phone or PC as an ebook for kindle from Amazon or for nook from Barnes and Noble. Recommended!


Amway wants me to shut down Amway Wiki

Update: A reader informs me that Amway’s Business Conduct & Rules department and Amway’s Legal department are not related. To be clear the letter I received was from Amway Business Conduct & Rules so I’ve edited the article below accordingly.

Years ago there was a website called Quixtar Wiki. It was run by Amway and Quixtar critics and they filled it essentially with criticism and anything negative they could find about the Amway and Quixtar businesses, and some stuff that was just plain made up. Any time you searched for a Diamond’s name, it would rank near the top of Google’s listings. So, if you invited some prospect to come to a seminar to listen to a successful Amway achiever, they’d google the person’s name and end up on a virulently anti-Amway website.

Good stuff, eh?

So nine years ago I started Amway Wiki, which would give a true picture of the business. I wouldn’t hide the negative – court cases, divorces, terminations, whatever – that kind of information is there too. But so is all the positive stories of the thousands of Diamonds around the world. Today, if you invite one of your prospects to a meeting to hear from an Amway Diamond, and they google the name, odds are AmwayWiki will be at or near the top of the pile – and people will get a positive view, the truth.

Today, AmwayWiki gets around 50,000 page views a month, from thousands of people around the world. They get a perspective on Amway written by hundreds of editors from around the world, mostly (I assume!) Amway IBOs themselves.

I personally rarely edit AmwayWiki.  Indeed, I no longer even own it (or this site for that matter). AmwayWiki was just one of a number of web properties I packaged as a deal in exchange for shares in a company that owns a variety of websites.

Every now and then though, someone from Amway corporate around the world has emailed me and asked if I can make some changes to an article. It’s an open wiki, so they could actually edit it themselves – as can anyone else – but I usually help and make the changes. Sometimes it’s to correct errors, sometimes it’s because they’re concerned there’s too much Line of Sponsorship (LOS) information in the article.  LOS data can be valuable to competitors to Amway who may try to raid entire Amway lines and convince them to move companies.  In acknowledgement of this, since the beginning of Amway Wiki I set a guideline that (except for exceptional historical cases) only Diamond and above achievers should be listed. No Emeralds, Platinums, or others. Occasionally people put this information in, and if I become aware of it, I delete it.

There are now thousands of articles on Amway Diamonds from around the world. I think I’ve written or contributed to only a handful. During the week I received a phone message from Amway legal Rules & Conduct department asking me to contact them about the wiki. I emailed them but it appears there is something wrong with Amway’s email setup as two of my addresses were rejected and the third I received no response from.

So today my US upline who handles my business there sent me a scan of a letter I’d received. They want me to delete all of the Diamond pages, or disable the website entirely. Previously when they’ve requested smaller changes they’ve threatened to cancel my IBOship if I don’t comply.

One wonders if Amway Legal has ever read How to Win Friend’s and Influence People!

So, Amwayites around the world – what do you think should happen to Amway Wiki? Give me your thoughts in the comments, and perhaps let your local Amway office know as well.

Amway North America proposes biggest changes to compensation plan in 25 years

Amway LogoAt the recent North American Diamond Club, Amway announced a proposal for significant changes to the basic compensation plan in Amway’s oldest market. Probably the most obvious change is the removal of the 3% and 6% bonus brackets, combined with halving the group volume requirements for 9% down to 300PV.

Replacing the 3% and 6% bonus levels will be a tiered “rewards” system offering discount coupons on Amway purchases the following month. For generating 100-149PV IBOs will earn a $10 discount, for 150-199PV $20 and for 200-299PV, $30. This program is similar to one introduced in Amway Europe a couple of years ago, where IBOs receive a 10€ discount coupon to use the following month. Unlike North America, however, the 3% and 6% bonuses remain (albeit at the higher volume levels of 200 and 600 points). Continue reading Amway North America proposes biggest changes to compensation plan in 25 years