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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China

What will be the impact of China’s 100-day action on the direct selling channel going forward? Time will tell. When Direct Selling News released its Global 100 list of the top direct selling companies in the world in June, one country was conspicuously underrepresented. China, the second largest direct selling market, had only one company…

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DSN Global 100

Changes in the global environment for direct selling companies are happening rapidly on all fronts. Shifting consumer expectations, tighter regulations, increasing digital demands and new competitors are forcing us to examine ourselves inside and out—question who we are, what we’re about and how we want to move forward. We can shrink from these challenges, or…

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Douglas M. Lane, CFA, is a securities analyst with more than 20 years of experience covering companies that employ the direct selling business model. He leads a boutique equity research firm, Lane Research, focusing on those companies. His website is www.laneres.com, and he can be reached at doug@laneres.com. The six publicly traded direct selling companies…

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