Investment in R&D positions company to deliver on founder’s vision of growth. Based in Schengen, Luxembourg, PM-International develops and distributes through its independent sales force of approximately 35,000 distributors (called “Team Partners”) a variety of premium products for health, fitness and beauty through its brand, FitLine®. The company was founded as P.M. Cosmetics GmbH in…

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Proves that work and play aren’t mutually exclusive. Based in Gongju, South Korea, Atomy provides more than 400 products in various categories including nutritional supplements, beauty, fashion and home décor. Founder and Chairman Han-Gill Park first encountered direct selling during a business trip to Australia. Afterwards, he quit his job and became a distributor for…

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If necessity is the mother of all invention, we can expect a mother lode. The direct selling industry has never faced the likes of a crisis that we are all going through with COVID-19. Still, companies are rising to the occasion—sending employees home to work virtually, conducting meetings through video conferencing, holding distance events and…

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This year’s 11 finalists share their thoughts about winning organizations. When you walk into a great place to work, you know it. There’s a buzz around the office—an energy that comes from employees who know where their organization is going, what it stands for, and how they fit into that picture. They’re given the freedom…

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Executive, consultant and author Brett Blake presents the variables every company needs in its turnaround plan. Countless events can contribute to success or failure, but I believe that failure is certain if a company’s leadership doesn’t understand and address key variables during a downturn,” says strategy consultant, speaker and author Brett Blake. Having served as…

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We dive into what we can learn from experiential retail and direct-to-consumer brands. It’s the stuff of every chief marketing officer’s dreams. Imagine you’re a company that generates huge sales from a product that’s still in development. You’ve got a legion of customers who love what you sell and stand for so much that they’ll…

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Customer

Tips for improving the front-end user experience—and other best practices from our gig economy competitors. At the 2019 Direct Selling Association (DSA) Annual Meeting during the Growth & Outlook Breakout Workshop, a DSA Research committee member said, “A startling statistic for our industry is that it takes a customer an average of 13 clicks to…

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VALENTUS

VALENTUSFounded: 2014Headquarters: Sioux Falls, SDTop Executives: Dave Jordan, Founder and CEOProducts: Health and Wellness Beverages When Dave Jordan couldn’t find what he was looking for in direct sales, he started his own company, applying the lessons he’d learned in sports and small business to create a $50 million success story. In an industry based on…

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Sampling

While direct sellers have long known the value of try before you buy, technology is creating opportunities to maximize results. In January, news outlets reported that Amazon was quietly piloting a new ad strategy: free samples based on shoppers’ online activity. The pilot is separate from the Prime Sample Program, a paid subscription service available…

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Global 100 Celebration

Executives, guests join DSN to honor channel’s best at 10th anniversary Global 100 celebration. The annual DSN Global 100 Celebration recognizes the direct selling channel’s proud history of providing individuals from all walks of life with unparalleled opportunities for entrepreneurship and personal development. The event also showcases the impact and growth potential of the $189.6…

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