It was less than a decade ago that cosmetic’s direct selling company was the largest and most successful direct selling company in the world, an honour now owned by Amway. This week comes the shocking news that Avon is closing down in Australia and New Zealand.
Direct selling is having significant challenges with rapid changes in technology and having to compete against the likes of Amazon and EBay, and this has been reflected in Amway’s own sales downturns the past 4 years. Something that may have turned around.
Amway Australia seems to be still having some success, with 10 new Platinums and Founders Platinums recognized last month, and recent new Diamonds Patrick and Joyce Mahakkapong and Hemant and Smitha Sahela.
Amway Australia was the first Amway market to open outside of North America. The story goes that Rich DeVos said it was similar enough to America to try out Amway there, but far enough way that if it failed nobody would know! Well, last month Amway Australia celebrated 40 years in business, and while, like all businesses, it’s had its ups and downs, “failure” would not be close to an appropriate description!
I’m unfortunately not able to easily track most Amway Asia markets, but Amway Australia & New Zealand (the two markets merged several years ago) is in my opinion leading english speaking markets in their use of both “old” and “new” media in the past year or so. They’ve been doing innovative videos for years, with many now available on the Amway Australia Youtube channel, but recently things have been going to a whole new level. In the last year or so they’ve launched social media channels such as –
Another interesting feature that international IBOs may find of interest is the Amway logo at the top of the page. I’ve heard that this logo, with four rings or swirls, may be launched worldwide, including North America. The following video from Amway Australia’s youtube channel explains the concept behind it –