By some estimates, there are a few thousand companies in the United States that distribute their products or services through direct selling.
As I write this, we just received outstanding news: Nine direct selling companies are ranked among the 2015 Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States.
People are everything in direct selling. Their enthusiasm for sharing products and business opportunities fuels company growth, builds brands and creates lasting legacies.
Can you believe it’s July already? It’s the zenith of summer vacations, with plenty of empty desks and the sunshine and great outdoors calling alluringly to those remaining in the office. But it’s also the midway point for the year, when we have just six more months to make all of our new year’s resolutions come true.
Each year, the Direct Selling News team embarks on an expansive research project designed to identify the 100 largest direct selling companies in the world. It’s a huge undertaking and one that I’m told many said couldn’t be done when DSN first set out on the journey.
On April 8, we unveiled the 2015 Direct Selling News Global 100 list. We were privileged to have several hundred of you in attendance to celebrate with us at the Global 100 banquet in Dallas, and many thousands more followed along online or on social media.
Experience is an unusual word. When you hear it, odds are good that your first thought is of something positive: The trip will be the experience of a lifetime.
I’m thrilled to announce that a significant change is coming to Direct Selling News later this year: We’re moving into a fantastic new headquarters building!
Benjamin Franklin once said, “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” You will find echoes of that idea as you read this edition of Direct Selling News.
I’ve always enjoyed the sense of opportunity a new year brings. There’s just something about turning the first page of a new calendar that seems to add a spark of excitement to the planning process. The key, of course, is harnessing that energy and maintaining it throughout the year.