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ForeverGreen Worldwide Corporation Appoints New President, Europe and COO
MLMNEXT   2015-10-04 18:57:23   0   0

LINDON, Utah, ForeverGreen Worldwide Corporation (FVRG), a leading direct marketing company and provider of health-centered products, announced today the appointment of Tomasz Stanislawski as the President, Europe.

Stanislawski's brings 21 years of successful direct selling industry experience, previously working at Herbalife, Vision International, PartyLite and most recently served as COO at Vemma, Europe overseeing the Company's business in 29 markets across the European Region. His extensive experience includes developing and strengthening operations, sales, marketing and international expansion.

 "I am delighted to join ForeverGreen in the given time, ahead of the November Europe Launch in Munich. We are ready to bring our vision, products and business opportunity across all countries in Europe. I am committed and excited to steer the Company to new heights," commented Stanislawski.
Along with his experience in direct selling, Tomasz earned a Master's Degree in Trade from Warsaw School of Economics, and speaks three languages, English, Russian and Polish being his mother tongue.

Blake Schroeder, the current President, Europe, will take on the role of COO at ForeverGreen. Previous to joining the Company last year, Schroeder acted as legal counsel and European President for a major direct selling company and was involved and responsible for growing several international businesses in that company.
"Blake's experience and knowledge have been a tremendous factor to the growth in Europe. We are looking forward to his expertise contributing to the organization as a whole after seeing his success in the European region," remarked CEO Ron Williams on Schroeder's new role.
For more information on ForeverGreen's products, visit

ForeverGreen Worldwide Corporation develops, manufactures and distributes an expansive line of all natural whole foods and products to North America, Australia, Europe, Asia, Africa and South America, including their new global offerings, PowerStrips, SolarStrips and BeautyStrips. They also offer their new North America weight-management line Ketopia, along with Azul and FrequenSea, whole-food beverages with industry exclusive marine phytoplankton, a line of hemp-based whole-food products, immune support and weight management products, Pulse-8 powdered L-arginine formula, 24Karat Chocolate.
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This press release contains certain forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that certain statements in this release are "forward-looking statements" and involve both known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors. Such uncertainties include, among others, certain risks associated with the operation of the company described above. The company's actual results could differ materially from expected results.

ForeverGreen Worldwide Corporation
Craig Smith, +1-801-655-5500
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Oriflame eyes Rs 1,000 cr revenue from India
MLMNEXT   2015-10-04 18:50:11   0   0

Oriflame, which will complete two decades in India this year, markets 400 products in the country. It has branches in 18 cities.

Swedish direct-selling cosmetics brand Oriflame is aiming to generate Rs 1,000 crore in revenue from India in the next fiscal year as it sees strong growth in demand in tier-II and III cities. 

Oriflame India, the wholly-owned subsidiary of the company, reported revenue of over Rs 600 crore in 2014-15. 

"In the last 5-7 years, these towns and cities have really come up strongly," said Prachi Mohapatra, senior manager-brand & communciation, South Asia, at Oriflame India. "There is strong word-of-mouth communication. People are getting exposed to more brands than before and these are not only limited to brands that are advertised." 

The company said its distributor base is also expanding fast in smaller towns and cities. "Distributors in these towns and cities grow multiple times faster than in bigger cities. We support women having their own business and disposable income, which is why we are growing strongly in tier-II and III cities and towns," said Mohapatra. 

According to the company, 95% of its distributors in India are women. 

Oriflame, which will complete two decades in India this year, markets 400 products in the country. It has branches in 18 cities. 

Earlier this year, the company entered the wellness segment with vegetarian products, customised especially for the Indian market. "India has been a really huge market for us. We are investing a lot to customise products across wellness, skin care and colour cosmetics categories here," added Mohapatra. 

With two factories in India, Oriflame aims to produce at least 80% of its products in the country. The company is also working on expansion plans but it did not disclose the investment it intends to make here.

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Oriflame India opens office in Siliguri
MLMNEXT   2015-10-04 18:48:35   0   0

Oriflame India has opened an office in Sevoke Road, Siliguri with the aim to familiarise both consultants and consumers of its range of beauty products and income opportunities. Oriflame India sales director Pradnya Deshpande and senior area manager Partha Kalita were among those present during the opening on Thursday. Deshpande said: “We have now come up with our 21st office in India. We decided to set up an office in Siliguri keeping in mind the requirements for our products in the eastern part of the country. The east is the leading market for us. I am confident that going forward, we will further expand our consumer base and make Oriflame India an even more attractive business proposition for our consultants. We look forward to our growing presence in this region.” (EOIC)

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Jeunesse Names Meredith Berkich President of North America
MLMNEXT   2015-10-04 18:47:21   0   0

Jeunesse Global, a fast-growing marketer of nutrition and personal-care products, has appointed industry veteran Meredith Berkich as President of its North American business.

Berkich began her 25-year direct selling career as a field sales leader, before taking on leadership roles at a succession of companies. In a statement, Jeunesse describes Berkich as “equal parts strategist and enthusiastic coach,” a testament to her focus on strategic planning and salesforce development.

“We are pleased and excited to welcome Meredith to the Jeunesse family. Her knowledge and expertise will be of great value as we continue to develop our presence in the region,” Chief Visionary Officer Scott Lewis said in a statement.

Founded in 2009, Florida-based Jeunesse operates in 100 markets worldwide. The company reported annual revenue of $419 million, earning it the No. 38 rank on the DSN Global 100.  In March, Jeunesse announced the acquisition of MonaVie, another prominent health business in the direct selling space. Looking to consolidate the two businesses and accommodate rapid growth, Juenesse has purchased a 130,000-square-foot building near its existing Orlando-area headquarters.

“This company’s compelling vision, high level of integrity, and appreciation for the salesforce fully align with my core values,” said Berkich. “I am eager to contribute to the growth of this incredible community and add value to countless lives across the globe.”

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Sebi's biggest penalty: PACL told to pay up Rs 7,269 cr for duping investors
MLMNEXT   2015-09-24 19:04:39   0   0

Mumbai - In its biggest ever fine, regulator Sebi today imposed a penalty of Rs 7,269.5 crore on PACL Ltd and its four directors for illegal and fraudulent mobilisation of funds from the public, saying the company deserves "maximum penalty" for such large-scale duping of the common man.

The penalty follows another order by Sebi last year wherein PACL was asked to refund Rs 49,100 crore it had collected through illicit schemes over a 15-year period.

The refund order was also upheld last month by the Securities Appellate Tribunal, where PACL had filed an appeal.

In its latest order today, Sebi said that PACL made huge illegal mobilisation of money, leading to consequent profit to the tune of over Rs 2,423 crore in a short span of less than one year.

In a strong-worded order, Sebi said, "Keeping in view the entire facts and circumstances of the case... there can not be a better case than this which deserves the maximum penalty".

Seeking to send a strong message to the securities market at large that such violations would not be viewed lightly, Sebi said, "In the recent past, the country has suffered a lot in the hands of entities who indulge in such illegal money mobilisation under various schemes, wherein hard earned money
of the common man has been duped".

"Thus, imposition of deterrent penalty is the need of the hour," Sebi said, while adding that its Prevention of Fraudulent and Unfair Trade Practices Regulations provide for "severe to severe penalties" for dealing with such violations.

Under Sebi norms, it can impose a penalty of Rs 25 crore or three times of the profit made by indulging in fraudulent and unfair trade practices and in the present case the regulator has imposed a fine equivalent to three times of the illicit gains.

Sebi said that its probe revealed that PACL and its four directors -- Tarlochan Singh, Sukhdev Singh, Gurmeet Singh and Subrata Bhattacharya -- had mobilised funds from the general public through illicit collective investment schemes including in the name of purchase and development of agriculture land.

PACL and its directors have been told pay the amount to Sebi within 45 days.

The company was running a land purchase scheme, where it was raising money from public to buy land. In the guise of selling agricultural land, it collected Rs 49,100 crore from 5.85 crore customers over a period of 15 years by promising them that the investments in the schemes of the company are
highly profitable.

This is the biggest-ever amount, as also the largest number of investors, so far involved in a case found to be running illegal money pooling scheme.

In August last year, Sebi had ordered the immediate closure of unauthorised collective investment schemes run by PACL and refund investors' money within three months.

Besides, the capital markets regulator had said it was initiating further proceedings against the company and its directors for fraudulent and unfair trade practices, as also for violation of Sebi's CIS Regulations, among others, as per a direction from the Supreme Court.

While the company maintained that it was not running any illicit scheme and was in fact engaged in the business of sale and purchase of land.

Sebi first issued a notice in November, 1999, to PACL, alleging that it "was operating CIS, wherein the funds of the investors were pooled and utilised towards the cost of land, registration expenses, developmental charges and other incidental expenses."

The case later went to courts, while the Supreme Court passed an order in February 2013, directing Sebi to determine whether the business of PACL fell within the purview of CIS or not, and accordingly take further action in accordance with the law.

Promoters and directors of PACL have been involved with the Pearls group and the PGF group, among others.

Following Sebi's order, PACL had approached Securities Appellate Tribunal. The tribunal, last month, upheld the markets regulator's order against the company.

Further, PACL was directed to comply "with directions contained in the impugned order of Sebi dated August 22, 2014 within a period of three months."

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TYRA Beauty to Expand Direct Selling Business
MLMNEXT   2015-09-24 18:59:01   0   0

Tyra Banks is looking to build America’s next top beauty brand with help from a salesforce of “Beautytainers.” Following a beta test of direct selling through her TYRA Beauty brand, the model, talk show host and entrepreneur is opening enrollment for more independent sellers to join the business.

“I’m charged with shaking up the world of direct selling and want future entrepreneurs like you with that same passion to revolutionize the beauty industry,” Banks states in her open call to potential sellers on her website. “We wanna transform how people see, use, buy and SELL makeup.”

Banks launched the fully self-funded cosmetics venture in October 2014. TYRA Beauty markets face, eye and lip products priced from $18 to $63.50 and offers TYovers, Banks’s version of a makeover. After initially selling the products online, the edgy brand also began signing on independent sales reps, called Beautytainers, in March of this year. During the pre-launch phase, the inaugural group of 200 sellers multiplied to more than 1,000.

This week TYRA Beauty is opening its doors to entrepreneurs across the U.S., Women’s Wear Daily reports. Participants can enroll for $59 and receive online training through a program called TYRA-U. They also have multiple options for growing their businesses, whether through the brand’s version of home parties, called TYover Shows, or social media platforms.

Anita Krpata, former Global Vice President Field Development for Stella & Dot, is heading up the direct selling operation as TYRA Beauty General Manager, while Evacheska DeAngelis Barton, who also hails from Stella & Dot, is charged with training and development as Senior Director Field Development.

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QNET announces Martina Hingis as brand ambassador
MLMNEXT   2015-09-24 18:52:06   0   0

(MENAFN Press) Tennis ace to be the new inspirational face of QNET 

DUBAI, UAE, 20th September 2015 : Former women's world number one tennis star, Martina Hingis has become the new Brand Ambassador of Asian Direct Selling Company, QNET. She was officially introduced to thousands of jubilant QNET members at the annual V-Convention UAE 2015 held at the Hamdan Sports Complex here. 

Martina will also be representing QNET brand in India and will be participating in certain sporting activities, during the time she will be playing for Champions Tennis League, later this year in India.

As a brand ambassador, Martina, 35 will play a leading role in enhancing QNET's brand aspiration value through her ambassadorship in presenting the brand, products and promotional activities. She will be wearing the QNET logo on her attire during all her tennis tournaments as well as endorsing various products marketed by QNET. 

The partnership marks yet another important step in QNET's sports marketing efforts, linking hard-work and determination with network marketing. The company strongly believes that the drive, passion, teamwork and individual skills of sports mirrors that of its business and one which is also vital to the progression of people and organizations. 

Martina said "it's a great honor to be associated with a global brand like QNET whose presence in more than 100 countries speaks volumes of its strength and popularity. I am very excited to be a partner in this journey."

"I always believed in winning and becoming a champion. Without that inspiration, you can't come out and play and compete at a higher level. I always felt like I had one of the best volleys in the world, one of the best backhands in the world, so you got to believe in something if you want to win," she said to thunderous applause and standing ovation from the QNET family.

With Martina donning QNET colors, the company is confident it will be inspirational for the younger generation globally as she is considered as one of the star icons among the world tennis fraternity and the sports world in general.

Mr. J.R Mayer, Managing Director of QNET said "QNET stands for its commitment towards the highest quality products to its customers and firmly believes in innovation, excellence and consistent quality. We are glad to associate with Martina Hingis who epitomizes quality and depth of work, thus personifying the QNET brand. We are indeed very proud and privileged to have such a globally admired and respected personality as our Brand Ambassador." 

QNET has partnered with several prominent sporting names; of them being its current partnership with the Manchester City Football Club (MCFC) as the Official Direct Selling Partner and a similar partnership previously with the Marussia F1 Team. QNET, over the last 17 years has offered a dynamic product portfolio, well conforming to its product positioning of 'Start Living with QNET products'.



Martina is the winner of two US Open Grand Slams titles, 2015. These are four in mixed doubles in total and eleven in women doubles). It is a historic win with both mix and doubles in Wimbledon and US open in the same year. In 2015, Martina also became the first Global Ambassador for the International Tennis Hall of Fame."

Martina was born in Kosice, Slovakia. Brought up in Switzerland, she began playing tennis at an early age and made her professional debut just after turning 14. She was 15 years and nine months old when she won the 1996 Wimbledon doubles title with Helena Sukova, making her the youngest Grand Slam champion of all time. The following year, she became the youngest singles Grand Slam tournament winner of the 20th century after her victory in the Australian Open, and the youngest-ever world No. 1 when she replaced the injured Steffi Graf.

Martina went on to win the Wimbledon and U.S. Open singles championships that year, and defended her Australian singles crown in 1998 and 1999. She also starred in doubles, notching four championships at the Australian Open, two at the French Open and Wimbledon, and one at the U.S. Open. Altogether, she spent 209 weeks in the top spot of the WTA rankings.

Injuries forced her retirement in 2003, but she returned to competitive tennis at the start of 2006 and won the Australian Open mixed doubles title (with Mahesh Bhupathi of India) and the Italian Open. She received the Laureus World Sports award for comeback of the year in 2006.

After retiring again in 2007, Hingis returned to professional competition once again in 2013, this time strictly as a doubles player. She won the 2014 Miami Open alongside Sabine Lisicki, and reached the final of the U.S. Open that year with Flavia Pennetta. In early 2015, she teamed with Leander Paes to claim the mixed doubles championship at the Australian Open.

The Swiss star returned to tennis in recent years as a coach and now is back playing, perhaps with an eye to competing at next year's Rio Olympics.

Already a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame on the merits of her "first" career in the sport, Martina teamed with Sania Mirza of India to win the Wimbledon women's doubles final at the All England Club in July this year. She went to capture a double after partnering India's Leander Paes to mixed doubles success.

Martina Hingis and Leander Paes have continued along their winnings ways, picking up their third Grand Slam title of the year with victory in the mixed doubles final of the US Open 2015.

About QNET
About QNET: QNET a prominent Asian direct selling company provides a wide range of life enhancing and luxury products that are offered through its proprietary e-commerce platform to customers and distributors in more than 100 countries.The company also has some 60 offices and agencies worldwide, and more than 50 stockists, apart from localized operations or franchisees in a number of countries. In UAE QNET operates from 3 locations, offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi as well as a logistics hub in Mussafah.Established in Hong Kong in 1998, QNET is a member of the Direct Selling Association of Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines. QNET is also a part of the Hong Kong Health Food Association and the Health Supplements Industry Association of Singapore among others. Recently QNET became member of United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Network- the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative. QNET is active in sports sponsorships around the world, including football, badminton and more, due to the company's strong belief that the drive, passion and teamwork of sports mirrors that of QNET. QNET signed a new and exciting partnership with Manchester City Football Club (MCFC), as its official direct selling partner for three years.For more information, please visit the QNET website at 

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India Considering Single Agency To Lead Ponzi Investigations
MLMNEXT   2015-09-24 18:47:39   0   0

An Indian inter-ministerial group evolving a legal framework to protect investors against frauds by ponzi operators is now working on how a single agency can take lead in investigating cases most of which are spread across states.

Central agencies like CBI are capable of taking up inter-state investigations. But they can only be handed over cases either on the request of the state governments or orders of a court.

Description: this in mind, the inter-ministerial panel is now learnt to be focusing on how ponzi-related cases be handed over to an agency without waiting for court order or state government's recommendation.

Various options are being considered, said sources in know of the development.

The committee is mandated to work out a new set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to be followed by the government for central and state law enforcement agencies for probing ponzi schemes.

A ponzi scheme is a swindle in which quick return on an investment is offered. Major such scams being probed by CBI, Income Tax and other investigating agencies include those relating to Rose Valley and Saradha chit fund wherein investors lost about Rs 15,000 crore and Rs 2,500 crore respectively on false promise of good returns.

The panel has been set up to ensure proper enforcement of regulatory framework for multi-level marketing companies, non-banking finance companies, and companies running collective investment schemes.

Many entities have registered themselves as chit funds but are found to be raising money illegally through fraudulent schemes or ponzi schemes by promising high returns.

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Oriflame looks to expand revenue and distributor base in India through tier II and III cities
MLMNEXT   2015-09-24 18:41:02   0   0

Oriflame is looking to generate an additional Rs400 crore in revenue from India over the next fiscal year, thanks to strong growth in tier II and III cities. The Swedish direct sales company reported revenue of Rs600 crore in 2014-15 and is aiming to achieve Rs1000 crore in 2015-16, according to a report published by the India Times.

“In the last five to seven years, these towns and cities have really come up strongly,” said Prachi Mohapatra, Senior Manager-Brand & Communication, South Asia at Oriflame India. “There is strong word-of-mouth communication. People are getting exposed to more brands than before and these are not only limited to brands that are advertised.”

According to Mohapatra, the company’s distributor network is expanding rapidly in smaller cities. “Distributors in these towns and cities grow multiple times faster than in bigger cities. We support women having their own business and disposable income, which is why we are growing strongly in tier-II and III cities and towns.”

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MLMNEXT   2015-09-16 18:26:13   0   0

DubLi Network, the world's largest ecommerce direct selling company and network for Cashback shopping, today announced that its annual event for Business Associates and partners, DubLi Summit 2015, will take place Sept. 18-20, 2015 at the Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai. This global event brings together Independent Business Associates, partners and special guests from over 30 countries to unveil innovations in Cashback shopping for worldwide shoppers, and new network marketing tools that enable unprecedented levels of success for DubLi Business Associates.

"This years' DubLi Summit marks an important milestone for our company as we are able to showcase strategic innovations and developments that we have been quietly working behind the scenes on for the last few years," said Michael Hansen, Founder of DubLi. "The Internet and mobility are changing the way that network marketers grow their businesses, and are big reasons that our ebusiness model has thrived for over twelve years. We are at the forefront of new education, marketing and customer-facing tools that will continue to transform the DubLi value proposition for Business Associates and consumers, and we look forward to unveiling these strategies and tools in Dubai."

One of the features of this year's DubLi Summit is the multi-part keynote that will be given by legendary network marketing trainer Tom "Big Al" Schreiter where he will share specifics behind his long-lasting success and unique training methodologies that have helped him to build one of the largest, active databases in direct selling history and assemble a 100,000 plus distributor organization in less than two years that has done over a billion in sales. Click here, to see Mr. Schreiter addressing DubLi Business Associates ahead of DubLi Summit 2015.

DubLi Summit 2015 will also showcase important milestones in the company's 12-year history and discuss its future strategy for growth. The event will feature technology updates behind the upcoming launch of the enhanced shopping portal, DubLi Network's primary product and a series of professional development sessions from industry and company leaders designed to train and educate DubLi Network Business Associates and help them grow their businesses.

"By offering critical training and education, the annual DubLi Network Summit has become a significant event that sets the stage for growth for the rest of the year," said Mr. Hansen. "By attending, Business Associates acquire new skills and renewed levels of motivation that help them build their teams, generate new leaders and create momentum in their businesses."

About is a global leader in online shopping and Cashback rewards to customers worldwide. DubLi is emerging as a leading ecommerce platform offered through network marketing, currently serving customers in more than 120 countries. E-shoppers can browse through different categories, which feature international and local brands, travel, coupons, discounts and vouchers. DubLi has adapted its multilingual and multi-regional ecommerce platform to serve 12 international markets in local language and currency to strengthen its global ecommerce presence and encourage sales in its countries of operation. Depending on the market, features the world's most popular brands including, Walmart, Nike,, Zalando, Groupon and Expedia.

Since its founding by Michael Hansen in 2003, DubLi has offered entrepreneurs the opportunity to create their own distributor organization by joining the direct sales company, DubLi Network ( The global network of independent distributors generates traffic and the resulting sales to as well as markets a variety of memberships.

DubLi and DubLi Network are subsidiaries of Ominto, Inc. and are headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

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Centralised Regulator For Direct Selling Industry Needed: IICA
MLMNEXT   2015-09-15 17:14:26   0   0

There should be a centralised regulatory mechanism and a mandatory registration process for all direct selling entities operating in the country, a study by Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) says. The IICA works under the aegis of India’s Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

The whitepaper on regulation of direct selling in India, called for setting up of a centralised regulatory mechanism to redress the regulatory uncertainty existing in the country.

It also recommended a mandatory registration process for all such entities in the country, on the lines of the mandatory SEBI registration for all schemes soliciting investments.

"Registration for players in the direct selling industry should be done through the proposed central regulatory body for the industry," it said.

The study also called for drafting clear definition of direct selling "so that law enforcement agencies could easily differentiate between legitimate direct selling activities and the illegitimate ponzi/pyramid schemes".

"Legislative reform in the direct selling arena is necessary in order to identify advanced ponzi/pyramid schemes, clear up regulatory uncertainty and also to ensure protection of both direct sellers and consumers," the whitepaper said.

At present, India has no dedicated legislation in the arena of direct selling.

Direct selling entities are mostly regulated by individual states under several laws like the Contracts Act, the Consumer Protection Act and the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act, which enacts a ban on ponzi schemes and fly-by-night operators.

There has been instances of consumer grievances against some of the direct selling companies.

Though modern direct selling was initiated in India around the 1980s when small Indian firms like Eureka Forbes recruited direct sellers to sell its vacuum-cleaners door- to-door, the industry picked up steam following the entry of leading international players in this field such as Amway and Avon in the 90s.

The direct selling sector, which offered self employment opportunities to as many as 96.3 million people in the country as of 2013, is projected to be worth USD 34 million by 2019-20. Women comprise almost 58.3% of the direct selling industry in India.

The direct selling industry in the country is mainly a channel of distribution for health and wellness products, cosmetics, consumer durables, water purifiers and life insurance.

Considering the rapid growth of disposable incomes and the rise of middle class in India, there is likely to be a huge increase in demand for direct selling goods in future, contingent on a favourable regulatory environment, the whitepaper noted.

Globally, while countries like Singapore and Malaysia have dedicated legislation on direct selling, countries like the US have state-specific statues or federal laws on pyramid schemes to protect consumer interests.

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Another Big Name in QI’s Closet
MLMNEXT   2015-09-15 17:12:28   0   0

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--QI Group of Companies, the parent company of QNET, was recognized as a member of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Network and as one of the latest signatory organizations of the UNGC – the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative.

“everyone has the potential to do extraordinary things.”

QI pledged to adopt sustainable and responsible business practices under a United Nations initiative at the 2015 International CSR Summit held in Singapore recently.

The UNGC is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. QI partook in this initiative to show their commitment to good practice for sustainable business and social success and development.

Mr. Joseph Bismark, Group Managing Director of the QI Group of Companies, accepted the certificate from Ms. Ursula Wynhoven, General Counsel, Chief, Governance and Social Sustainability.

"Being a registered member of the UNGC is an honor and a privilege. It very much is in alignment with the QI Group’s commitments to improve its function in areas including human rights, labour rights, the environment and anti-corruption,” said Mr. Bismark.

One of the other benefits of this engagement is the opportunity to adopt a globally recognized policy framework for the development, implementation, and disclosure of environmental, social, and governance policies and practices.

“These practices will in turn, increase transparency and accountability which are valuable for good corporate governance. This tie-up also provides an excellent platform which binds us with other stakeholders at an international level, especially those with similar objectives," Joseph Bismark added.

The association to UNGC is a lucrative platform to share best and emerging practices and in advancing sustainability solutions in partnership with a range of stakeholders, including UN agencies, governments, civil society, labour, and other non-business interests. It also provides a link to business units and subsidiaries across the value chain with the Global Compact's Local Networks around the world.

“Accessing the United Nations' extensive knowledge of and experience with sustainability and development issues is an opportunity that we are going to maximize,” Bismark further reiterated.

About QI Group

The QI Group of Companies is a multinational conglomerate comprising a dynamic group of businesses with regional offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia and a wide range of subsidiary companies in nearly 30 countries. Please visit for further details.

About Joseph Bismark

A founding Director of the QI Group, Joseph Bismark assumed the role of Group Managing Director in December 2008. A talented, dynamic and versatile leader, Joseph Bismark lives by the adage "everyone has the potential to do extraordinary things." Joseph Bismark has actively pursued an innate thirst for knowledge, and excelled in his various interests as a vedic philosopher, yoga instructor, bonsai master and martial arts enthusiast. Follow him on Twitter @TheDailyGem.

for QI Group of Companies
Kim Smith, +60 3-7956 9888

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Expect clear norms for direct selling; upbeat on India: Amway
MLMNEXT   2015-09-15 17:10:04   0   0

NEW DELHI: Direct selling firm Amway is pinning hopes on government's bringing clarity in guidelines for the sector as the company looks to move on from last year's troubles and treble its turnover to Rs 6,000 crore in the next decade.

The company, whose former chief executive William Pinckney was arrested by police on criminal charges last year, said it was hopeful of the government coming up with rules that distinguishes legitimate direct selling firms from fraudulent ponzi operators in the next six months.

"In the last six months, there have been a lot of engagements with the government. The Ministry of Consumer Affairs has also taken up the issue to bring clear guidelines for the direct selling sector. We are hoping that in the next six months, some sort of guidelines will be in place," Amway India head Anshu Budhraja told PTI.
The direct selling industry has been seeking to separate the sector from the ambit of the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act 1978 without diluting the law against chit funds.

Stating that Amway is bullish on India despite the challenges, he said, "We have a lot of new strategies and growth targets. We are aiming for a turnover of Rs 6,000 crore in the next ten years from Rs 2,000 crore now."

India always has been a key market for Amway and is currently among the top 10 markets for the company globally.

"...but my personal target is to have India feature in the top three markets. I am confident that we can do this over the next five years," Budhraja added.
Amway will enhance local manufacturing when its plant in Tamil Nadu, where it is investing Rs 600 crore, starts production by November. It will also use the country as a regional export base in the near future.

"The launch of the manufacturing plant will give us further edge as we will now be able to manufacture world class products at our own plant. We plan to manufacture all Amway products sold in India at this site," he said.
Even the beauty brand Artistry, which is currently imported, will be locally produced, Budhraja added.

With technology playing a significant role and e-commerce fast growing, Amway is gearing up to tap the segment to boost sales.

"There is a huge opportunity in digital space. We already have a presence but that is in the B2B (business-to-business) space. Our B2B focused website, the online link between us and our distributors, currently contributes almost 35 per cent of our revenues. We are targeting 55 per cent of our revenues from website sales over the next 10 years," Budhraja added.
He also said Amway India has tied up with Microsoft to launch its 'next generation stores' with focus on digital media to reach out to distributors and consumers.

"We are working with Microsoft on this special project. The first such store will be launched in Bangalore later this year," he said, adding that 10 such stores have been planned to be set up in the next 12 months in Delhi, Mumbai and other metros.

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Youngevity International (YGYI) Announces Opening of Singapore Office
MLMNEXT   2015-09-11 10:47:39   0   0

DIEGO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 09/10/15 -- Youngevity International, Inc. (OTCQX: YGYI) (, a global direct marketer of nutritional and lifestyle products and also a vertically-integrated producer of gourmet coffees for the commercial, retail and direct sales channels, announced today the planned opening of its office in the Republic of Singapore.

Youngevity International (Singapore) PTE LTD, a wholly owned subsidiary of Youngevity, was formed on March 10, 2015. The company finalized lease negotiations for its Asia-based headquarters on August 17, 2015. The Singapore office is strategically located in the heart of the bustling Orchard Shopping District which is located at the southernmost tip of the Asian continent and at the crossroads of the world's global trading centers.

Singapore's strategic location has transformed it into one of the world's busiest ports and airports boasting a strong Asia Pacific logistics and supply chain manufacturing network supported by 20 of the world's top 25 Third Party Logistic players.

Steve Wallach, Youngevity's CEO, stated, "We are proud to announce the opening of our office in the heart of Asia. We chose Singapore because of its advanced, successful free-market economy, featuring an open and corruption-free environment. Internet access is readily available in Singapore, with a connectivity rate of over 99%. Singapore will be our launch pad into the consumer driven emerging markets of Southeast Asia, China and India."

The build out and customization of the new office began two weeks ago with completion anticipated in early October. A core grouping in excess of 20 products have already been approved for the Singapore marketplace with first products shipments anticipated to leave for Singapore this month. Youngevity International (Singapore) PTE LTD projected soft launch November 1, 2015 with an official opening slated for the first quarter of 2016.

Ben Ho, Vice President of Asia, a Singapore resident, stated, "This is a very exciting time for Youngevity. We are about to strategically open in Singapore which is the gateway to the rest of Asia. We are committed to enhancing the lives of people with the benefits of the products that Dr. Joel Wallach and Youngevity have developed over many years. We look forward to sharing Youngevity's extensive product offering in Singapore and ultimately, throughout the diverse and multicultural residents of Asia."

About Youngevity International, Inc.

Youngevity International Inc. (OTCQX: YGYI) ( ) is a fast-growing, innovative, multi-dimensional company that offers a wide range of consumer products and services, primarily through person-to-person selling relationships that comprise a "network of networks." The Company also is a vertically-integrated producer of the finest coffees for the commercial, retail and direct sales channels. The Company was formed after the merger of Youngevity Essential Life Sciences ( and Javalution Coffee Company in the summer of 2011, and changed its name to Youngevity International Inc. from AL International, Inc. in July 2013. For more information, visit or find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @youngevity

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ASEA Honored As One Of Utah Business Magazine's Fast 50
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SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- ASEA, an emerging global leader in cellular health, has been recognized by Utah Business magazine as the 12th fastest-growing company in the state of Utah.

The Fast 50 program highlights the 50 fastest-growing companies in Utah based on their entrepreneurial spirit, innovative business tactics and skyrocketing revenue growth.

"We are honored that Utah Business has included ASEA on this year's list and recognizes our tremendous growth and commitment to the community," said Charles F. Funke, ASEA Chief Executive Officer. "We are among many great businesses here in Utah, and this award is a direct result of our outstanding Associates and leaders."

Sustaining the momentum, this Fast 50 honor follows ASEA's recognition by Direct Selling News on its DSN Global 100, an exclusive ranking of the top global revenue-generating companies in direct selling. Additionally, ASEA was ranked 49th in Direct Selling News' North America 50, recognizing the most significant direct selling companies in North America.

"In just five years, we have built a strong, sustainable business, both nationally and internationally. We look forward to ASEA's promising future," said Funke.

About ASEA®

ASEA, an emerging global leader in cellular health, is dedicated to providing a sustainable lifestyle by delivering high-quality cellular health products through a principle-based, direct-selling distribution model. Harnessing science, ASEA offers first-to-market products that utilize molecules native to the human body that enhance vital cellular functions. ASEA's cornerstone, patented redox signaling technology boosts the body's natural cellular renewal and communication processes, improving total body health and allowing every system of the body to function better. Currently, redox signaling technology is available in two first-to-market products: ASEA® Redox Supplement, the company's flagship liquid supplement, and RENU 28®, a revitalizing whole-body skin gel. Founded in 2010, ASEA currently operates in 25 international markets. For more information about ASEA products or the accompanying business opportunity, visit

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