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California AB5 Sets Dangerous Precedent

California AB5

On Tuesday, California lawmakers passed Assembly Bill 5, which would provide new wage and benefit protections to workers at so-called gig economy companies. The 29-11 vote now sends it back to the state Assembly for final approval. AB5, as it is also called, has drawn staunch opposition from on-demand delivery and ridesharing companies like Uber…

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Tupperware Brands’ PONDS Wins Fast Company Design Awards

Fast Company Design Awards

Tupperware Brands has been honored in Fast Company‘s Innovation by Design Awards for 2019 in the categories of Design Company of the Year and Best Design in North America. “The Tupperware brand has long been synonymous with iconic kitchen products, but Tupperware is far more than meets the eye,” said Asha Gupta, chief strategy and marketing officer at…

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Nature’s Sunshine Enters CBD Market

CBD market

Nature’s Sunshine Products, Inc. recently announced that it will enter the CBD market with a full line of hemp-derived CBD products. Scientists at the company’s Hughes Center for Research and Innovation have developed a series of proprietary products containing whole spectrum hemp extracts containing naturally occurring CBD that deliver targeted levels of phytocannabinoids to trigger…

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Plexus Donates Over 1,700 Backpacks to Non-Profits

Plexus Donates Over 1,700 Backpacks

Plexus Worldwide recently announced that it is donating 1,735 backpacks to several local non-profits focused on helping children thrive. The donations will benefit local groups that work directly with Phoenix-area children to ensure they have everything they need to start the school year off well-prepared. The donations included: 780 to Arizona Helping Hands 450 to The Salvation…

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Coty and Younique to Part: Will Focus on their Respective Strengths

Coty and Younique announced a mutual decision to terminate their partnership. Coty Inc. acquired 60 percent of the fast-growing beauty brand in 2017 for approximately $600 million in cash. According to a statement released from Coty, given the different nature of the companies’ business models and the need for a strong and specific focus to…

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U.S. Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) Visits Direct Selling Association Member Princess House’s Distribution Center

Virginia Foxx

United States Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) visited the 60 employees at the Princess House Distribution Center located in Rural Hall, NC. The Direct Selling Association, national trade organization for the direct selling industry, works with members like Princess House—and executive leaders such as Connie Tang, Princess House CEO and DSA Vice Chairman—to identify opportunities to meet their elected…

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Plexus Worldwide Welcomes Kim Drabik as Director of Government Relations

Kim Drabik

Plexus Worldwide is pleased to announce the addition Kim Drabik to its leadership team as the Director of Government Relations. In this new corporate role, Drabik will be responsible for driving strategy that moves good public policy, stakeholder engagement involved with local, state, federal and global government affairs. “Kim brings established and well-known direct selling industry…

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Workplace Culture: How to Encourage Collaboration

Workplace Culture

Company culture is about more than everyone getting along or creating a fun environment to work in, says Monica Eaton-Cardone, COO and co-founder of Chargebacks911 and CIO of Global Risk Technologies. The culture of an organization, she says, is about the way in which people work together to propel the business forward. All companies must define their culture…

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Morinda/New Age Announces Expansion Plans; CEO Rings Nasdaq Closing Bell

Morinda/New Age

Morinda/New Age (NASDAQ: NBEV) recently announced that it plans to expand operations into three regions: Africa, Europe and Latin America. “We call this new initiative Project: White Spaces, and it begins today,” said Chief Commercial Officer Kelly Olsen. “We see white spaces in every market, and we will seek the best leaders in the industry…

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Vistra Energy Announces Agreement to Acquire Ambit Energy

Vistra Energy

Irving, Texas-based Vistra Energy (NYSE: VST) announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Ambit Energy for $475 million plus net working capital in an all-cash transaction. Following the closing of the transaction, Vistra’s share of the ERCOT residential market will grow from approximately 25 percent to approximately 32 percent and an industry-leading 26…

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