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January 01, 2011

News in Brief

News in Brief, January 2011

Market America Acquires Shop. com

Market America announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the business of, the comparison-shopping engine. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. and will continue to operate as separate websites through a transition period, while integration of the benefits of each company began immediately. Market America’s headquarters will remain in Greensboro, N.C., while’s facilities in Monterey and Pasadena, Calif., and London, UK, will continue without disruption. The combined entity will have in excess of 650 employees.

The acquisition will combine’s strength in technology and merchandising with Market America’s personal shopping experience.

Market America is a product brokerage and Internet marketing company that specializes in one-to-one marketing. With more than 6 million customers and 180,000 shopping consultants worldwide, the company has generated more than $3.4 billion in accumulated retail sales. Headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., the company was founded in 1992 by president and CEO James Ridinger and employs more than 600 people globally, with international operations in the United States, Canada, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia and the Philippines.

Direct Selling Companies Donate $16.5 Million to Today Show Toy and Gift Drive

The Direct Selling Association announced that 41 direct selling companies donated a total of more than $16.5 million in products and cash to the Toy Drive. Of the participating companies, at least 10 were featured in their own spots on the Today show during the holiday season. In seven years of participation, DSA member companies have donated more than $70 million in products, services and cash to the Toy Drive.

Participating companies donated items from books, stuffed animals and fashion accessories to clothing and toiletries for children and families across the country.
Companies from the smallest, newest member applicants to the largest, most established companies participated in this effort. Donations ranging from a handful of products to more than $7 million in products were received.

The following direct selling companies donated products to this year’s Toy Drive:

  • 4Life
  • Aloette
  • Amway
  • Arbonne
  • Avon
  • Barefoot Books
  • Blessings Unlimited
  • Cookie Lee
  • DeTech
  • Dove Chocolate Discoveries
  • Earth’s Elements
  • Essential Bodywear
  • Freelife
  • GiGi Hill
  • GNLD
  • Gourmet Coffee Stations
  • Jockey Person to Person
  • lia sophia
  • The Longaberger Company
  • Mary Kay
  • Neways
  • NSA
  • Nu Skin
  • Oxyfresh
  • The Pampered Chef
  • PartyLite Gifts
  • Pink Papaya
  • Scentsy
  • Senegence
  • Shaklee Corporation
  • Stampin’ Up!
  • Stella & Dot
  • TARRAH Cosmetics
  • Team National
  • The Southwestern Company
  • Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry
  • Vantel Pearls
  • Vollara
  • Willow House
  • DSA is the national trade association of the leading firms that manufacture and distribute goods and services sold directly to consumers. Among its more than 260 direct selling members are companies selling via a party plan method and in the traditional person-to-person style.

    Nu Skin Marks Donation of 200 Millionth Meal

    Nu Skin Enterprises Inc. announced that more than 200 million meals have been donated to malnourished and hungry children around the world through its innovative social enterprise program, the Nourish the Children initiative. The result is more than 100,000 hungry children now are being nourished every day. Nu Skin distributors, customers and employees purchase and donate nutrient-dense VitaMeal as part of this humanitarian initiative the company introduced in 2002.

    Nourish the Children facilitates ongoing VitaMeal purchases, donations and distribution by uniting the strength of a for-profit initiative with the company’s global distributor network of 785,000 entrepreneurs and a humanitarian cause.

    Nu Skin Enterprises Inc. is a global direct selling company operating in 50 markets worldwide with a salesforce of more than 785,000. The company markets premium-quality personal-care products under the Nu Skin® brand, science-based nutritional supplements under the Pharmanex® brand, and technology-based products and services under the Big Planet® brand.

    Mannatech’s MannaRelief Donates to Fundacion Vamos Mexico

    Mannatech Inc. donated its PhytoBlend powder dietary supplement to MannaRelief through Mannatech’s Give for RealSM program. More than 5,000 children in 52 orphanages across four Mexican states received the Mannatech product through MannaRelief and its partnership with Fundacion Vamos Mexico.

    Mannatech’s Give for Real program is a unique ‘donation-through-consumption’ initiative designed to help consumers and social entrepreneurs meet the needs of underprivileged children around the world. The donation by MannaRelief to former Mexican President Vicente Fox’s and Marta Sahagún de Fox’s charity marks the first major donation made through the program. Mannatech and MannaRelief presented the product to Fundacion Vamos Mexico at a Dec. 7 press conference outside the Vicente Fox Center in Guanajuato, Mexico.

    Mannatech Inc. is a global wellness-solutions provider of innovative, high-quality, proprietary dietary supplements, skincare products, and weight and fitness products sold through independent associates and members worldwide.

    USANA to Sponsor Visa Women’s Ski Jumping Team

    USANA Health Sciences Inc. announced it will be the official health supplements supplier of the Visa Women’s Ski Jumping Team. The team that continues to compete on the Continental Cup circuit and has been fighting for inclusion in the Olympic Winter Games has persevered on limited funding.

    Ski jumping is the only discipline in the Olympic Games that does not allow women to participate.

    In addition to sponsoring the Visa Women’s Ski Jumping Team, USANA demonstrates its commitment to sports by sponsoring teams and organizations such as the Women’s Tennis Association, US Speedskating, USA Luge and many others.

    Women’s Ski Jumping USA is a 501c3 nonprofit foundation that supports the Visa Women’s Ski Jumping Team and promotes the sport for women internationally. It is a primary goal of WSJ-USA to have women ski jumpers worldwide recognized for their accomplishments and be allowed to compete in the Olympic Winter Games.

    USANA develops and manufactures high-quality nutritional, personal-care and weight-management products that are sold directly to preferred customers and associates worldwide.

    Avon Launches Avon Voices

    Avon Products Inc. launched Avon Voices, its first-ever global online singing talent search for women and songwriting competition for men and women, in celebration of its 125th anniversary. Avon invited people from more than 60 countries, along with its 6.2 million independent sales representatives, to ignite a global movement through music.

    A renowned judging panel of music industry leaders from around the world includes: Fergie, six-time Grammy award winner; Diane Warren, legendary songwriter; Natasha Bedingfield, Grammy nominated singer/songwriter; Delta Goodrem, Australian Artist of the Decade; Lea Salonga, Filipina singer and actress; Russian sensation Valeriya; Ivete Sangalo, Brazil’s biggest pop star; Sheila E., Grammy-nominated female percussionist; David Pack, Grammy award-winning singer/composer and music producer; and Maia, Colombian singing star.

    Highlights of the yearlong program will include travel to exciting destinations for nearly 200 global contenders to receive professional coaching and Avon makeovers, and the recording of performance videos. The goal of the Talent Search is to find two talented singers—one, an Avon representative—who may have the opportunity to record a professionally produced album.
    Avon, the company for women, is a leading global beauty company, with more than $10 billion in annual revenue. As the world’s largest direct seller, Avon markets to women in more than 100 countries through more than 6.2 million independent Avon sales representatives.

    Nu Skin Named Best Company to Work For by Utah Business

    Utah Business magazine recognized Nu Skin as being a “Best Company to Work For” in the larger company category for the second year in a row. Nu Skin was highlighted for its generous employee benefits and its uplifting, enriching culture that unites its worldwide employee force.

    As part of its mission to improve lives, Nu Skin’s culture is a key component of employee satisfaction. Employees multiply their efforts by combining their donations to make a difference around the world through the company’s Nourish the Children initiative, the nonprofit Nu Skin Force for Good Foundation, as well as local outreach efforts.

    For example, the annual Nu Skin Force for Good Day is an opportunity for employees to be engaged in a humanitarian project for our community. Other opportunities include participating in the United Way Sub for Santa program and Day of Caring. Nu Skin employees also fill a weekly shift serving lunch at the Provo Food and Care Coalition.

    Utah Business magazine surveyed the state’s top public and private companies in an effort to distinguish those that recognize there is more to a job than just money. Benefits and company policies were outlined by a company representative, and employees from each company were surveyed to see if the company truly made the grade. Nu Skin was named a best company to work for in the larger company category.

    Nu Skin Enterprises Inc. is a global direct selling company operating in 50 markets worldwide with a salesforce of more than 785,000. The company markets premium-quality personal-care products under the Nu Skin® brand, science-based nutritional supplements under the Pharmanex® brand, and technology-based products and services under the Big Planet® brand.

    Private Quarters Gives Warmth

    Private Quarters has donated more than $2,200 in bedding, bath and other items to the Minot, N.D., Domestic Violence Crisis Center in recognition of one of its consultants’ sales performance. The company provided robes, slippers, towels, totes, sheets, blankets, soaps and assorted other items to the center as part of its “Share the Comfort” event.

    Private Quarters is the premier direct seller of luxury bedding, bath and spa products. Founded in 2004 by executives from the former Strouds Linens retail stores, Private Quarters has become the fast-growing direct seller of hotel-quality bed and bath essentials. Private Quarters products are available through comfort consultants throughout the country.

    Regal Ware Product Named Consumers Digest “Best Buy”

    The American Kitchen™ by Regal Ware Stainless Steel round cake pan has earned Consumers Digest’s “Best Buy” rating for 9-inch round cake pans. The rating was revealed to Regal Ware President & CEO Jeff Reigle in a Dec. 10, 2010, letter from Consumers Digest publisher Randy Weber.

    On average, the Consumers Digest Best Buy rating is awarded to fewer than 3 percent of the competing models in any given product category. The article will appear in the February 2011 issue of Consumers Digest.

    Based in Kewaskum, Wis., Regal Ware Worldwide is the premier manufacturer of high-quality stainless steel cookware in the United States. Regal Ware’s product offerings include stainless steel cookware and cast-aluminum cookware available through both direct selling and retail sales channels, and drinking-water-treatment systems for the home.

    4Life Research Announces New Patent

    4Life Research announced that the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) has awarded the company a Composition Patent that protects the composition of the 4Life Transfer Factor Cardio formula until 2025. This is the company’s sixth worldwide patent; 4Life has numerous international patents and dozens of patent applications pending.

    4Life has offices on five continents to service a global network of independent distributors.