In today’s post, I want to share some awesome Amway facts.
Before I begin his article, I must tell you that I am not affiliated in any way or form with Amway except for the occasional products I use.
I am simply writing this for your education and enjoyment.
If you type Amway into your search engine, you will find a variety of material both positive and negative.
Personally, I find Amway to be a great multilevel marketing company. It’s by no means perfect, but it is a multi-BILLION dollar company that has been around almost 60 years now.
As with any business, there are a few bad apples in the barrel.
Therefore, I have decided to provide you with some facts about Amway.
If you are considering becoming an independent Amway representative or a customer, these facts may help you make your decision.
These are the top 45 Amway facts.
They are listed in no particular order.
1: Amway Is The Global Leader
Amway leads the way in the direct selling industry.
At the end of 2014, Amway reported sales revenues of $10,800,000,000.
With those astronomical figures, independent Amway representatives surely made excellent paychecks.
As long as you follow a plan of action and work hard, you can have a highly successful Amway independent business and get your piece of these huge revenues.
2: The 8 Amway Primary Global Research And Development Centers
In an effort of finding new products that are environmentally friendly and helpful for humans, Amway has 8 primary research and development centers.
They are located in:
Buena Park, California
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
These centers have many scientists employed always searching and testing possible products that Amway business owners can offer their customers.
Amway was founded in 1959 by Richard DeVos and Jay Van Andel.
These entrepreneurs had originally started Ja-Ri Corporation in 1949 importing goods from South America to resell.
They attended a Nutrilite seminar and changed Ja-Ri to a Nutrilite distributor company and managed to attract many distributors, but the stability of Nutrilite gave them concerns.
So they formed the American Way – Amway to protect their distributors by finding more products than just Nutrilite.
Along with Nutrilite, they also sold Frisk; an organic cleaner that would later become L.O.C. when Amway purchased the rights.
4: European Water
In Europe, Amway sells more of their eSpring Water Purifiers than any other competitors.
These systems are point-of-use water supply systems.
Europeans are extremely satisfied with the Amway eSpring water systems.
71% of the Amway Independent Distributor business owners are women.
When women discovered they could own a business and still take care of their family, they jumped at the Amway opportunity.
Many of today’s women still want that same benefit of being home with their children, but still owning and managing a business.
Amway empowers women.
Are you an Amway empowered woman?
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6: Is Amway In Your Home?
In the United States, 22% of households own a least one Amway product.
If you have never tried any Amway products, I highly suggest you at least try some.
While some prices may seem high, you need to understand that many Amway products are concentrated and you do not need to use nearly the amount you would of store brands.
7: Amway Is Completely Global
Amway has independent distributors in over 100 countries worldwide.
Amway has even entered countries where many other United States companies are not welcome.
Amway expanded into Australia in 1971.
Headquarters are in Melbourne and this is the Amway Australia website: https://www.amway.com.au/en/
Amway expanded into Europe in 1973.
They have offices in Ireland, the United Kingdom and more European countries.
You can now find Amway all throughout Europe, and this is the Amway Europe website:
Amway expanded into Japan in 1979.
Headquarters are in Tokyo and this is the Amway Japan website: http://www.amway.co.jp/
11: Latin America
Amway expanded into Latin America in 1985.
The primary headquarters are in Monterrey, Mexico, but they have spread all throughout South America and the Caribbean.
We have a large Amway outlet here in Puerto Rico.
Amway has become very popular in Latin America.
You can see the Amway Latin America website here: http://www.latinamway.com/
Amway expanded into Thailand in 1987.
The primary headquarters are in Tak, Thailand.
You can visit the Amway Thailand website here: https://www.amwayshopping.com/amwayshopping-frontend/shopping/contentPage?pageKey=amway.welcomepage
Amway expanded into China in 1995.
In 1998, direct selling was banned in China, so Amway began operating a retail store.
China did change the laws and in 2006, Amway received a license for direct selling in the country.
Independent distributors in China cannot make commissions from down line sales.
The headquarters are in Guangzhou province and you can see the Amway China website here: http://www.amway.com.cn/default.html
Amway expanded into Africa in 1997.
The headquarters are in Cape Town, South Africa.
You can see the Amway Africa website here: http://www.amway.co.za/Content/Section?PageCode=ZAAmwayHomeBrand
Amway entered India in 1998.
In 2013, the CEO and Managing Director of Amway India was arrested by Kerala police with charges of running a pyramid scheme.
He was released on bail he next day.
He was again arrested in 2014.
He served 2 months in jail, but Amway was not affected.
They have had their share of legal troubles in India, but it seems they are now well accepted there.
The primary headquarters in India are in West Bengal, and this is the Amway India website: http://www.amway.in/store/
Amway also expanded into Scandinavia in 1998.
The headquarters are in Kiska, Sweden, and the website can be visited here: https://www.amway.se/en/
In 2003, Amway made their way into Ukraine.
The headquarters are in Kiev, and the website is: https://www.amway.ua/en/
Amway entered Russia in 2005.
The headquarters are in Moscow and you can view the Amway Russia website here: https://www.amway.ru/en
Last but not least, Amway entered Vietnam in 2006.
They have been recognized as a top employer in Vietnam.
The Vietnam Amway headquarters are in Ho Chi Minh City, and the website is: http://www.amway2u.com/c1/main.jsp
20: Global Employer
Amway employs over 21,000 people worldwide.
These figures do not count independent Amway business owners, but reflects actual Amway employees.
21: The Best Award
Amway was given the prestigious United Nations Environmental Program Achievement Award.
UNEP recognizes those who are trying to impact the world in a good way environmentally.
22: Global Research
I mentioned earlier the primary Amway Research and Development Centers.
While those are the primary ones, Amway has over 75 research centers around the world.
23: The Purchase Of Nutrilite
Nutrilite supplements was developed by another entity but in 1972, Amway bought control of Nutrilite and in 1994, Amway gained full ownership of this supplement brand.
Nutrilite vitamins and minerals are considered one of the best supplements on the market.
24: Amway Farmers
The Amway Nutrilite brand operates over 6,000 acres of farmland in the United States, Brazil and Mexico.
The produce grown is used in the supplements Nutrilite manufactures.
Nutrilite was the 1st multivitamin and mineral supplement sold in North America.
Many other companies have attempted, with little progress, of copying the Nutrilite vitamin and mineral formulas.
The produce grown on the farms in the U.S., Mexico and Brazil are done so using sustainable and chemical free methods.
Amway depends on Mother Nature and not chemicals to produce the Nutrilite supplements.
Amway has been awarded over 1,100 patents.
Research will raise that figure even higher as time passes.
28: 1979 And The FTC
The ruling in the 1979 FTC investigation on Amway has been the basis of determining illegal pyramid operations since.
The FTC ruled that Amway does not fit into the definition of being an illegal pyramid because:
Distributors do not get paid to recruit
They accept returns of excess inventory
Distributors must have retail sales
Distributors are not forced to buy large quantities of inventory
Amway was found guilty in 2 areas.
They were ordered to stop retail price fixing.
They were also ordered to stop misrepresenting profits and earnings of independent Amway distributors.
29: Grand Plaza
Amway owns the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. http://amwaygrand.com/
Amway owns the JW Marriott Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/grrjw-jw-marriott-grand-rapids/
31: Peter Island
Amway owns the Peter Island Resort and Spa in the British Virgin Islands. http://peterisland.com/
32: Republican Party
Amway has been one of the largest contributors to the Republican Party in the United States.
And Richard DeVos’ son Dick, served as the Finance Chairman of the Republican National Committee.
33: Laura Mercier
Amway owns the popular Laura Mercier line of cosmetics that are sold at top retail outlets. http://www.lauramercier.com/
Amway sponsors the annual Canadian Championship soccer tournament.
The 2016 champions was Toronto FC.
35: Michigan Manufacturing
Amway United States manufacturing is located in Ada, Michigan.
36: Vietnam Manufacturing
Amway Vietnam manufacturing is located in Dongnai Province, Vietnam.
37: Professional Basketball
The DeVos family own the Orlando Magic professional basketball team.
The team plays their home games at the Amway Center in Orlando. http://www.nba.com/magic/
38: eSpring Water
The Amway eSpring Water Purification System is the first to combine UV light technology with carbon filtration so people can have clean water at the point of use.
39: Amway Brands
Amway has or has had a plethora of brands that includes:
Perfect Empowered Drinking Water
Legacy of Clean
Those are the brands I discovered but I believe there may be more.
If you notice any brands I may have missed, please let us know in the comment area.
40: The First Product
The first product offered from Amway in 1959 was L.O.C.
The Legacy Of Clean liquid organic cleaner is still a top selling Amway product.
I have used it and it is great.
41: Professions In China
There are certain people in China that cannot become Independent Representatives of Amway.
If you are a teacher, civil servant or a doctor in China, you cannot have an Amway business.
They can be Amway customers though.
Amway has paid its Independent Business Owners more in performance driven bonuses than any other direct selling company in all history.
Here is a slideshow that shows more on the bonus system at Amway: http://www.slideshare.net/CoryFranek/amway-gi-summary-2015
The original manufacturer of L.O.C. was Atco Manufacturing Company in Detroit, Michigan.
In 1960, Amway purchased over 50% of shares in Atco giving Amway control of the company.
They changed the name of Atco Manufacturing to Amway Manufacturing Corporation.
44: Tops In China
Even with a huge amount of competition in China, Amway is the top health and beauty brand in the country.
There are many health and beauty companies vying for that title, but Amway holds strong.
45: Forbes Rating
Amway was ranked 29th in largest private companies in 2015 by Forbes.
Amway has its share of haters, but I have discovered that when any person or company has great success, many people are in the frame of mind that they “cheated” to get that success.
Amway didn’t cheat.
They followed the American Way… Free enterprise.
They make great products and have a great business structure.
Amway has survived attack after attack and seems to grow stronger from them.
No, I am not affiliated with Amway, but I will say they have many great products.
If you have any comments or questions, you can post them below.
I hope you have enjoyed learning about these Amway facts.
About the Author
Greg Boudonck is a freelance writer and the author of over 50 books. He writes on many different topics, but business subjects are one of his primary areas of writing expertise. See Greg’s biography here.