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January 01, 2018

News in Brief

News in Brief, January 2018

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Tupperware Brands Announces Sale of Beauticontrol Assets to Youngevity

Tupperware Brands Corp., based in Orlando, Florida, and Youngevity International Inc., based in Chula Vista, California, announced they have reached an agreement whereby Tupperware Brands will sell BeautiControl assets to Youngevity, an omni-direct lifestyle company.

 As part of the deal, Youngevity will integrate BeautiControl’s salesforce into its company, marketing BeautiControl branded products, as well as the other brands in Youngevity’s extensive product portfolio. Youngevity will also market BeautiControl branded products to its existing member base. Tupperware will earn a royalty based on future sales of
the BeautiControl salesforce, and sales of the BeautiControl product line by the existing Youngevity members.

 “We couldn’t be more pleased to reach this agreement with Youngevity,” said Rick Goings, chairman and CEO of Tupperware Brands.

“We feel Youngevity’s 20-year history and impressive track record make them the ideal company to welcome BeautiControl into its family of brands,” Goings added. “The agreement will allow BeautiControl’s salesforce to again be able to purchase many of the products that they and their customers love. As part of Youngevity, the BeautiControl product line will have an even wider audience through its existing members, and by joining Youngevity the BeautiControl salesforce members will be able to enjoy a terrific direct selling earning opportunity.”

Scentsy Partnership Benefits Habitat for Humanity

Scentsy, a seller of personal and home fragrances based in Meridian, Idaho, has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to raise money for the organization that builds homes for families in need.

Scentsy created a scented-wax warmer called Built With Love, which was released in September 2017. The company will donate $9 from the sale of each one to Habitat for Humanity through September 2018.

In December, a team of top Scentsy executives spent a morning working on a Habitat for Humanity home that is under construction in Garden City, Idaho. There were 12 people from Scentsy working on the home, including the company’s owners and founders, Heidi and Orville Thompson. The home is going to a family originally from Eritrea, Africa, that recently became U.S. citizens.

Habitat for Humanity works alongside families to build homes—and the stability that comes with them—from the ground up. More than 9.8 million people around the world have been served by Habitat for Humanity since 1976. Approximately 1.8 million people volunteer annually to help Habitat for Humanity assist families in need, and 70 countries benefit from Habitat for Humanity’s mission to build simple, affordable housing.

Direct Sellers Donate to NBC’s TODAY Show Toy Drive

The TODAY Show Toy Drive, a project of the TODAY Show Charitable Foundation Inc., worked to make its 24th Holiday Toy Drive its most successful ever—and several direct selling companies helped to aid that effort.

According to The TODAY Show, every 29 seconds a child in the United States is born into poverty. These children have limited access to food, medical care and basic human services. The toy drive is designed to provide gifts and essentials for impoverished children and teenagers up to age 18 nationwide, as well as gifts that children are able to give their parents.

This year, a number of direct selling companies supported the NBC morning program’s toy drive campaign. While there may be more, we are aware of these companies:

  • Amway made a contribution of $25,000;
  • Arbonne made a $250,000 charitable product donation;
  • New Avon donated $331,00;
  • Mary Kay Inc. made a $3 million donation;
  • Stampin’ Up! made a $1.3 million product donation;
  • Thirty-One Gifts made a $4.5 million product donation; and
  • USANA made a $25,000 million product donation.

Since it began in 1994, The TODAY Show Toy Drive has helped more than 4 million underprivileged children, distributing about $450 million in donations to more than 180 organizations across the United States and to U.S. military bases abroad.

SimplyFun Supports Children in Need

SimplyFun LLC, a publisher of educational board games, made a $500,000 product donation this holiday season to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. This donation of games was distributed to children and families in need during the holidays to help fulfill the Toys for Tots commitment to ensuring every child in need receives a Christmas gift.

“Finding a present under the tree on Christmas morning is an experience every child deserves,” said retired Marine Colonel Ted Silvester, vice president of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. “Simply Fun has certainly done more than its fair share to help us bring that joy to children whose families have suffered so much. With their generous support we will be able to fulfill the Christmas holiday dreams of thousands of less fortunate children who otherwise might be forgotten.”

SimplyFun has also donated an additional $160,000 in games to the My Stuff Bags Foundation. This donation will contribute to the mission of the foundation to support children in crisis, including support for foster children in transition.

Herbalife and Tasly Holding Group to Form Joint Venture

Global nutrition company Herbalife Nutrition has entered into an agreement with Tasly Holding Group, a Chinese healthcare corporation, to form a joint venture.

This is the initial step toward the formation of a joint venture, pending approval by the Chinese regulatory agencies.

The purpose of the joint venture is to combine Tasly’s portfolio of formulations, patents and clinical studies, with Herbalife Nutrition’s scientific, regulatory and commercial development expertise to develop and market consumer health products. Herbalife’s network of independent distributors also has an opportunity to bring the resulting products to the global market.

“We are honored to form a joint venture with Tasly, a leading developer of health products and services in China,” said Herbalife CEO Rich Goudis. “Our philosophies of improving the wellness of our communities are completely aligned, and we expect this new joint venture will significantly expand the distribution of important nutrition products around the globe.”

Wendy Lewis Receives Gold Stevie for Lifetime Achievement

Jeunesse Global, based in Lake Mary, Florida, and its Founder and COO Wendy Lewis were honored at the recent 14th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business, taking home a total of eight Stevie Awards during the event held in New York.

Jeunesse garnered a Grand Stevie Award—the program’s highest honor—for placing third among the top five award-winners in the competition. Lewis was honored for her decades of business success with a Gold Stevie Award for Lifetime Achievement in Business. She also received four Silver Stevies for Female Executive of the Year, Female Entrepreneur of the Year, Women Helping Women and Woman of the Year.

Additionally, the company received the Gold Stevie Award for Community Involvement Program of the Year for its nonprofit foundation Jeunesse Kids as well as a Silver Stevie Award for Company of the Year.

“It’s a privilege to be recognized among the amazing women and companies who have been honored in the Stevie Awards for Women in Business,” Lewis said.

The Stevie Awards were created in 2002 with the name taken from Stephen, which is derived from the Greek for “crowned.”  The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are some of the world’s top honors for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees and the organizations they run. All individuals and organizations worldwide are eligible to submit nominations.

Melaleuca Pays $2.8 Million in Longevity Bonuses to 230 Employees

Melaleuca, the Idaho Falls, Idaho-based wellness company, recently rewarded 230 employees who have reached landmark anniversaries this year by giving them $2.8 million in loyalty and longevity bonuses during the company’s annual meeting. These bonuses were distributed to 180 employees from Idaho Falls and Rexburg, Idaho; 45 from Knoxville, Tennessee, three from Hawaii and two from Puerto Rico.

Melaleuca pays $5,000 on a five-year anniversary, $10,000 at 10 years, $15,000 at 15 years, $20,000 net (which is a total payment of $33,000) at 20 years, $25,000 at 25 years and $30,000 at 30 years.

In total, Melaleuca has paid $23 million since instituting the program in 2007. This bonus is for all full- and part-time employees, regardless of position or pay level, and an employee’s length of service is the only qualification.

This year, 28 employees received $25,000 checks; 16 received a $20,000 net check ($33,361); 27 received $15,000 checks; 88 received 10,000 checks; and 71 received $5,000 checks.

“It’s our goal that all Melaleuca employees will retire as millionaires,” Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot said.

VanderSloot created the loyalty and longevity bonus program so every employee who spends their career with Melaleuca can have in excess of $1 million in the bank when they retire from Melaleuca.