WeWork Debacle Changes the Gig Economy Game; Public Direct Sellers Continue to Slow.   WEWORK IMPLOSION SIGNALS THE END TO BLANK CHECK FINANCING FOR GIG ECONOMY For the past several years, growth in the U.S. Direct Selling market has appeared to plateau after decades of posting mostly consistent, mid-single-digit kind of growth rates, even during…

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Here we are at the beginning of a new decade, a time of renewal, a time to look forward. And what better way to start off the year than to honor 17 women founders from all different backgrounds. Their entrepreneurial spirit and drive for excellence in achievement has created companies whose monthly revenues exceed $50…

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Our channel needs to resist complacency by continuing the vitality, curiosity and focus of a startup. Jeff Bezos has written a letter to his shareholders each year since the company’s inception. These letters outline Amazon’s long-term mission, culture and values. His 2017 letter, however, stood out more than the others for me. Bezos defined what…

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year

The year 2019 will go down as one of the biggest sea change years in the history of our channel. Our cover story this month will cover the events that impacted our channel the most: pressure from regulatory bodies, continued competition from alternative income opportunities, a hot new ingredient makes its debut, and finally, customer…

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Experience Management

Building a brand isn’t just about creating great products. Today’s consumer is bombarded with an ever-increasing selection of merchandise, and while more choices can be valuable, too many choices ultimately lead to what behavioral psychologists call “decision fatigue.” Search after search on Amazon for the perfect product makes the brain tired and ultimately decreases the…

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DSA

Today we find ourselves facing an inflection point—one driven by online retailers and a new set of opportunities for the American workforce. We know we need to pivot, but moving away from that which is familiar does not mean that we do so alone. The DSA’s power of Association ensures us all that, as we…

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CID

The recent FTC actions against Advocare and Neora underscore how critically important it is for direct selling to avoid becoming ensnared in an FTC investigation Neora’s recent lawsuit challenging the FTC’s enforcement authority is a welcome and needed response to what appears to be increasing regulatory overreach and efforts by the FTC to improperly legislate…

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DSA

As President of DSA, it is my job to evaluate and report on cases like the recent Federal Trade Commission announcement regarding AdvoCare dispassionately and to analyze the impact on the direct selling channel and assist our members in charting a course forward. Nonetheless, it is difficult for me to believe the investigators got all…

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Facebook parties

There are only two ways to scale; more consultants or more parties—and Facebook parties will help you with both. There are so many ways to reach your consumer nowadays, including a Facebook party. In 2018, the number of Facebook Live broadcasts reached 3.5 billion, and the people who updated a status on Facebook reached 25…

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Public Direct Sellers: Why We Have “Regulatory” and “China” as Risk Factors; Stocks Feeling the Pain China deteriorates substantially, and it’s not geopolitics  Business in China for the publicly traded Direct Selling stocks slowed substantially in the Q2 due to the government’s crackdown on direct selling nutrition companies earlier in the year. The most exposed…

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