Direct selling is a personal business, and for many of the individuals and companies involved, the personal commitment goes far beyond dollars and cents.
In the year 1855, Reverend J.R. Graves started a mail order company selling books, religious tracts and Bibles.
On Jan. 5, Gary Young stood amidst the extreme devastation in Nepal, brought about by a massive earthquake a little over nine months earlier.
Arizona-based Vemma Nutrition Co. had its day in court Sept. 15, making its case and asking Judge John J. Tuchi to lift or modify the terms of the court order that has put a halt to the company’s business.
Five years ago, two moms had an idea: What if we could work with our daughters to create a business that changed the lives of women around the world?
College students are an attractive pool of potential recruits for direct selling companies.
About eight years ago, Texas-based Mannatech Inc. was in a fight for its survival.
It was 1963—Beatlemania was being birthed, Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous speech, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, gasoline was 29 cents per gallon and the average income was $5,807. Most of that income was earned by men in a society where only 37 percent of the workforce was made up of women.
While at Stanford University Medical Center in the early 1980s, Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields forged a friendship for the same reasons most girls do, but they were also drawn to each other for a practical reason—there just weren’t too many women in the program.
The direct selling industry lost an icon on Nov. 10 with the death of Harland Stonecipher, who founded one of the industry’s most unique companies, LegalShield. Stonecipher was 76 years old.