This year has landed us all amid events larger than any of us as individuals, community members, and businesspeople might have imagined, not the least of which is the galvanized awareness of inclusive diversity and equity issues across the country. Years ago, thoughtful industry leaders established the DSA Diversity and Empowerment Committee as a permanent…

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These past weeks, we have seen the nation begin to reopen. Retailers, restauranteurs, and a wide variety of businesses are attempting new approaches to accommodate customers who have entirely new expectations. Yet, for direct sellers, the wind is at our back: the global health crisis did not close the channel. Rather, direct selling companies have…

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The U.S. labor market is rapidly evolving. Despite 50-year lows in unemployment, wages have remained stagnant when adjusted for inflation over the past 50 years, and household debt (including student loan, medical, and credit card debt) has reached record levels ($13.5 trillion). Within this context, DSA commissioned a study by Ipsos, a global leader in…

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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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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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Pop-Culture

Avon, Mary Kay, Amway and countless more brands: direct selling is an integral part of the American consciousness. It’s not surprising references to us show up in popular culture all the time. I’ve seen direct selling featured in movies and TV shows dating back decades. Media often refer to direct selling by focusing on flexibility…

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California Governor

Direct selling faces exciting times: a wider range of businesses have come to recognize our channel’s strategic advantages—its ability to forge unrivaled relationships between consumers and the individual direct sellers who bring the promise of our brands to life. As the channel’s reputation elevates, our companies are steadily attracting executive talent from some of the…

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Direct Seller Independence Act

Your Support for Preserving the Direct Seller Independence Act Technological advances have transformed the consumer experience, and a few taps on a smartphone app can make all manner of daily responsibility faster, easier and often more affordable. There’s no doubt about it: while tech has ushered in a revolution in the delivery of goods and…

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Direct Seller Independence Act

In 2011, the Houston Astros were a struggling franchise with a new general manager, Jeff Luhnow. Some thought he was an unusual choice—he had more of a business background than a successful baseball resume. Jeff introduced high-tech tools and analytics and combined data with baseball IQ. In four years, they played in the post-season after…

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U.S. DSA

Well, I can’t quite say yet publicly, as they are still being refined and digested by the Direct Selling Association Research Committee. But we will be revealing and discussing industry performance at the upcoming DSA Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas June 3-5. And it will be a hot topic. Direct selling, like many businesses, and…

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