Category Archives: Amway News

Amway Average Incomes 2012

Amway North America has a new Business Opportunity Brochure (BOB) out and it has some new statistics on average incomes.

Average Highest
Q12 Platinum $55,042 $190,264
Founders Emerald $135,664 $838,533
Founders Diamond $590,928 $2,945,820

One interesting thing is that the percentage of all IBOs reaching these levels has also increased – Continue reading Amway Average Incomes 2012

Amway Sales – Top 10 Countries 2012

Country Sales (USD$m) Growth
China $4,385 +1%
Japan $1,185 +2%
Korea $885 +2%
United States $861 +5%
Russia $629 +19%
Thailand $568 +10%
India $493 +7%
Taiwan $340 +8%
Malaysia $263 +8%
Ukraine $150 +7%

source: Amway Europe Leadership Training Seminar 2013

 

India Police continue harassment of Amway India

In news out today, Amway India CEO William Pinckney and two company directors, Sanjay Malhotra and Anshu Budhraj, have been arrested, charged, and remanded in custody for 14 days. This continues a pattern of what can only be called police harassment in the Indian states of Kerala and Andhra Pradesh. Details have been hard to come by, but the charges apparently result from 4 complaints lodged against Amway in the Wayanad district of Kerala. Amway had reportedly been aware of, and co-operating with police regarding one charge, but the arrest resulted from three other complaints. According to the Times of India, the known charge was from a 2011 complaint and –

Vishalakshi alleged that Amway agents collected Rs.3.5 lakh from her for products sold by the companies and asked her to add more members to the chain. As she could not add more members, she sought a refund but the agents refused

3.5 lakh rupees is over US$6500!!! I’ve been unable to discover when this offence was alleged to have occurred, but clearly this is pretty bizarre, and if true it’s clear some Amway business owners (including, I would suggest, this woman!) have seriously abused the Amway business model.

Amway was apparently dealing with this issue and had already received “anticipatory bail” for the executives. The current arrests are apparently related to new complaints. And that’s where it get’s really bizarre –

The three complainants — Jafar, T Ashraf and P Hareendran — had alleged that in 2002 Amway India attempted to collect money from them with the intention to deceive them by involving them in a money-chain scheme.

This “offence” allegedly occurred more than a decade ago (!!!) and indicates that someone merely “tried” to collect money and deceive them. Yes, that’s right – three company executives of a multi-billion dollar multi-national award winning company have been arrested and thrown in jail because three people claim that, more than a decade ago, someone tried to recruit them in to Amway, and they believe Amway is illegal and in violation of the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Scheme.

Sorry, India, but this is shameful.

Indian contacts have suggested to me that the problem may be that Amway India is not corrupt and refuses to pay the bribes that local officials typically demand. Corruption is, unfortunately, rife in India, with most Indians reporting they have had to pay bribes to officials (including police) in order to get normal tasks completed.

Amway India IBOs should keep the story of Amway Korea in mind. In 1993, David Ussery, general manager of Amway Korea, was arrested, interrogated, and then held in jail for a week, with various allegations made against Amway. Eventually the charges were dismissed, and today, Korea is Amway’s third biggest market. In 2011 the Korean Government named Amway one of the 30 most successful foreign companies in the country.

update: sources tell me the Amway executives have been granted bail

Amway tops the DSN Global 100 as world’s biggest direct selling company

For the first time, Amway has topped Direct Selling News’ “Global 100” list of the world’s top direct selling companies. With sales of US$11.3billion in 2012, Amway passed Avon, which dropped to second at $10.7 billion. Herbalife was a distant third at $4.1billion. The top 10 are –

  1. Alticor (Amway) $11.3B USA
  2. Avon Products, Inc. $10.7B USA
  3. Herbalife Ltd. $4.1B USA
  4. Vorwerk Co. KG $3.3B Germany
  5. Natura Cosmeticos SA $3.2B Brazil
  6. Mary Kay Inc. $3.1B USA
  7. Tupperware Brands Corp. $2.6B USA
  8. Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. $2.2B USA
  9. Oriflame Cosmetics SA $2.0B Luxembourg
  10. Belcorp Ltd. $1.9B Peru

Great video from Nutrilite and Kurt Warner!

You may know that Kurt Warner is two time winner of the NFL Most Valuable Player award, and also winner of a Superbowl MVP award. What you might not know is that in 2010 he won the Bart Starr Award for “outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community”. While people like Howard Megdal may be clueless about Amway (see my post a couple of days ago!), people like Kurt Warner are not, which is why he’s a spokesperson for Amway’s Nutrilite brand.

He’s also got a great sense of theatre!


Amway 2012 – by the numbers


  • $11.3 Billion in Sales
  • Sales Increased 12 of the Last 13 Years
  • All Top 10 Markets Grew
  • $3.5 Billion in Bonuses & Incentives
  • 55,264 New Pin Qualifiers
  • 18,982 New Platinums
  • 53,200 Incentive Trip Qualifiers
  • 2.5 Million Volunteer Hours
  • More than $166 Million Donated
  • Nutrilite is the World”s #1 Selling Vitamin & Dietary Supplements Brand
  • Artistry is Among the Worlds Top 5 Largest Selling Premium Skin Care Brand
  • eSpring is the World’s #1 Largest-Selling Brand of Kitchen Water Treatment Systems
  • Atmosphere is the World’s #1 Largest-Selling Brand of Residential Air Treatment Systems
  • More Than 21,000 Employees Globally
  • More than 1,000 Patents Granted and 800 Patents Pending
  • More Than 900 Scientists and Technicians
  • 65 R&D Labs
  • Amway Paid Out More Bonuses & Cash Incentives to Its Distributors and Business Owners Worldwide Than Any Other Direct Sales Company
  • More People Renewed Their Amway Business Than Any Other Direct Selling Company in the World.