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    September 26, 2016

    Tupperware India, uplifting impoverished women

    The economic plight of women continues in many places around the world. Women often work in what is called the informal sector—working for cash, off the books—and are thus economically dependent on others (UN Women). While some in the informal sector choose their work based on social and other preferences... Read more ›

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    September 19, 2016

    Why women choose direct sales

    Many companies don’t talk about the emotional reasons people join a company. Companies talk a lot about the material reasons—you need a house, you desire more money or you want a new car. Anything you can touch or see is a material reason. But people move to action based on emotion, and when you can tap i... Read more ›

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    September 8, 2016

    Female executives in direct sales

    There are not enough women in the upper echelons of direct sales corporations. If you look at photos of the company’s executive teams, you’ll see that they will do things like putting an assistant in the picture so they’ll look like women are involved, when really they aren’t. I know—I’ve seen it.... Read more ›

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    August 29, 2016

    Recognizing Women

    Sixteen years ago, when we started the DSWA, women made up about 50% of the industry’s sales force. Today we are closer to 75%, and we’ve actually been as high as 78% in the last couple years. Although the gender ratio in direct sales skews female more than other industries, it has not always been what yo... Read more ›

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    August 22, 2016

    FTC Demands Customers. How Will You Comply?

    The Herbalife settlement is out. We’ve had time to examine its contents. We have compared this settlement with last year’s Vemma case. Several of the particulars the FTC went after in each case are similar. One similarity—the focus on customers—is daunting. The FTC wants most of your sales to be made ... Read more ›

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    August 13, 2016

    The Case for a Chief Compensation Officer

    In the August issue of Direct Selling News, InfoTrax Systems Vice President of Commissions Operations, Kenny Rawlins, makes a compelling argument for the inclusion of a chief compensation officer (CCO) on the executive team of every direct selling company. Last year’s Vemma injunction and the recent Herb... Read more ›

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    August 1, 2016

    Ackman’s crusade against Herbalife—in plain English

    The recent $200 million Herbalife settlement leaves us with some open questions about how Herbalife will do in the stock market and what Bill Ackman will do with his short position. In case you’re not entirely familiar with the concept, a short position is when a broker sells you a stock that they do not... Read more ›