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Ernst & Young announces DePaul Industries’ President & CEO Dave Shaffer is the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Award winner in the Pacific Northwest Region

This prestigious award recognizes DePaul Industries' and Shaffer's entrepreneurial excellence in the Services category of the competition Ernst & Young LLP today announced that Dave Shaffer, CEO of DePaul Industries, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Award in the Services category in the Pacific Northwest Region. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate ...

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Google Digs Up Old Direct-Sales Nexus Strategy

Google plans to take another shot at direct sales for its line of Nexus phones -- Android Smartphone’s that offer an unadulterated strain of the mobile OS. The plan would cut carriers out of the distribution loop, and it's similar to something Google tried years ago. That plan flopped. This time, Google will have more manufacturers as partners and more devices, but will consumers accept unsubsidized prices? ...

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Herbalife Announces Share Repurchase Agreement

Just days after announcing a record first quarter of $964.2 million in net sales—a 21 percent increase over the prior year period—global nutrition giant Herbalife entered into an agreement with Merrill Lynch International to repurchase $427.9 million of Herbalife’s common shares. The move came on the heels of a three-day stock slide after short-seller David Einhorn raised a few unusual questions during the ...

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Belcorp Receives “Best Place to Work” Recognition

Belcorp International, which placed 10th on the 2011 DSN Global 100 ranking of the top direct selling companies in the world, was recently recognized by the renowned organization Best Place to Work® as one of the Top 25 best multinationals to work at in Latin America. The company, which develops and sells products in skin care, fragrance, makeup, body care and hair care through a network of 850,000 Independ ...

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TNI Name Change Official “Morinda Bioactives”

Tahitian Noni International (TNI) announced in January that they would be accelerating the pace of innovation and greatly expanding their business focus in 2012 and would be changing their name to Morinda Bioactives (Morinda) at their International Leadership Conference in April. The announcement is official. Tahitian Noni International is now Morinda Bioactives. “From the beginning, we’ve been more than ju ...

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Direct Selling’s Billion Dollar Markets

The World Federation of Direct Selling Associations (WFDSA) recently released its Global Statistical Report after compiling the data for the year 2010. Although a comparison with the prior year shows several significant changes, it’s to be noted that a portion of the increases reported from 2009 to 2010 is due to changes in the collection of data. However, there are still some wonderful growth stories in th ...

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Waiora Facing Zeolite Potency Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit was filed last week against nutritional supplement company Waiora. The suit alleges that Waiora's supplement, Natural Cellular Defense (NCD), contained only a fraction of the stated amount of zeolite from 2004 to September 2011. The complaint claims "blatant misrepresentation on the part of numerous parties, which manufactured, marketed, and sold a product to the general public under ...

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Advocare Challenges Banned Substance Claim

The London Olympics less than 300 days away, athletes and companies like AdvoCare, a premier health and wellness company based in Dallas, are expecting the strictest anti-doping policies ever implemented in high-level competition. AdvoCare has prepared for the challenge by investing in extensive product testing to ensure its products are free of banned, performance enhancing substances and maintain their ex ...

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Vemma Teenager Reaches Platinum Brand Partner

For college student and Vemma Platinum Brand Partner Kailey Warren, Verve offers a powerful way to jump-start a career. While many students her age are vaguely considering the future and flopping from one major to the next, she’s working hard and is focused on creating a strong, positive organization of Vemma Brand Partners. Vemma has become part 1 of her plan A. “I want to be a personal trainer, but there ...

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Ding-dong…AVON-skaya Calling

Even though the US pioneer of direct selling has done very well in some other emerging markets, it has struggled in Russia to cope with tough competition, logistical difficulties and the big swings in the roller-coaster economy. When Avon arrived in the early 1990s Russia seemed like a dream market for the US group which takes credit for inventing the direct selling of cosmetics more than a century ago. Rus ...

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