chuckholmes wrote:Do you like or dislike auto-ship? What are your thoughts about it and how should it be in a perfect world?
I remember in the late 80s when companies first started using autoship. It was touted as a convenience so distributors did not have to think about ordering each month; qualifications for commissions was insured. It was a new way of doing business at the time, and people bought into it.
Unfortunately, it has become a negative over the years, with companies demanding you enroll in autoship to be paid. This is especially disheartening for new distributors, who are testing the products and learning about the company. To put this demand on them makes them uneasy in many cases.
What I have found to be a viable compromise is what is called a backup autoship
. Let the distributor order what they want and need each month, but have a standing order in place for a couple of the company's most popular products just in case life gets in the way and the distributor misses placing an order in a particular month. This practice has worked well in my company over the years.
Bottom line is people don't like being forced to do anything. The last thing our industry needs is a business practice which alienates potential newcomers!