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January 31st, 2007 @ 2:10 pm…

The mood is good

We just released our sales numbers for 2006.

Overall, we are in full swing:

  • We weathered an expected decline in China, though after earning a direct selling license there in December, we are all smiles for 2007.
  • In 45 of our 57 markets, sales were up. Europe and Latin America did very well for us. Japan dipped a bit, and the rest of Asia rocked.
  • Back home, we surpassed $1 billion in sales for the fourth straight year.

Looking back, we’ve been pretty busy. Buying Gurwitch, airing ads, launching products, naming the Arena, capping off the JW, charging your iPod…it’s a lot of work.

Now–back to work.

Filed by: Corporate Communications

Posted in: Alticor, Amway, Quixtar, Access Business Group, Product Lines, Artistry, Nutrilite, Michigan Governor's Race, Miscellaneous, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Amway Arena, JW Marriott Grand Rapids, Hotels, Fulton Innovation, eCoupled, Innovation

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January 25th, 2007 @ 6:06 pm…

Ordering the courts

A hallmark of U.S. culture: Everybody’s entitled to their own opinion. Like the gentleman who wrote us the other day to complain that the Orlando Magic weren’t giving guard J.J. Redick enough playing time, and could we please do something about it. Sir, we’re sorry, but we only bought rights to the name that goes on the Orlando arena, not the names of who gets to play in it.

Another hallmark, one we’re less enthused by: Unlike other parts of the world, pretty much anybody in the U.S. can take anybody else to court at any time, for any reason. Played fairly, that’s healthy for a democracy. But there has also emerged a class of lawyers who take lightning-strike-odds longshots at corporations, hoping to strike it rich, or, more likely, be paid to go away. That’s how we classify a new California lawsuit that makes a bunch of inflated claims about how we do business. In the US we look and say, “Ah. The trial lawyers are at it again.” If you’re outside the U.S., you might not understand that the steamy language is practically campy — but it is.

We’ll do fine in court. At least as well as J.J. Redick.

Filed by: Corporate Communications

Posted in: Alticor, Amway, Quixtar, Miscellaneous, Amway Arena

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January 18th, 2007 @ 3:18 pm…

All charged up

While the wireless world was aflutter over last week’s mobile revolution, we quietly announced our own in a manner of speaking.

Our newest venture, Fulton Innovation, launched eCoupled, a new technology for powering electronic devices without using wires. Motorola, Visteon, Herman Miller and Mobility Electronics are all on board, just to name(drop) a few.

We must admit, it is impressive to watch.

Filed by: Corporate Communications

Posted in: Alticor, Fulton Innovation, eCoupled, Innovation

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January 12th, 2007 @ 9:00 am…

Hip to be satisfied

Quixtar ranked fifth in ForeSee’s annual index of online retailers, tied with Old Navy and Apple.

Meaning: we’d better start producing more TV spots with trendy, toe-tapping 20-somethings.

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Posted in: Quixtar

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January 11th, 2007 @ 4:57 pm…

One suite view

Count’em: 256 feet. At that height, you can see how well Grand Rapids has grown.

And talk about feet. Hundreds more helped to top off the JW Marriott Grand Rapids.

Downtown GR has reached new heights…and we couldn’t be prouder.

Filed by: Corporate Communications

Posted in: Alticor, Grand Rapids, Michigan, JW Marriott Grand Rapids, Hotels

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December 27th, 2006 @ 11:07 am…

Gerald R. Ford

Long before he became so important to U.S. history, back when our company was just a start-up, Gerald R. Ford was our Congressman, our neighbor, and our friend.

We remember him coming out to Ada to turn a shovel at groundbreakings. Accepting a glass of orange Active-8, fresh from an industrial mixer, and clinking cups with Jay Van Andel and Rich DeVos, our fathers and co-founders. And, on his last visit, telling stories at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel about how he used to court his wife, Betty, in the ballroom that now bears their names.

But most of all, we remember vividly the stories of our dads stopping in to visit President Ford in the Oval Office now and then, just to catch him up on news from home.

Fifteen minutes of Grand Rapids gossip. A brief break from the pressures of the biggest job in the world. Fifteen minutes, maybe, for three guys from West Michigan who knew each other back when to be a little amazed at how the world can call on any of us to serve, and serve well.

We are proud to have known Gerald Ford. He represented every good thing we know about honor, principle, and America.

– Steve Van Andel, Chairman
– Doug DeVos, President

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Posted in: Alticor, Amway, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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December 12th, 2006 @ 11:55 pm…

Spin cycle

This being a blog of the newsy kind, we’re not likely to tout our products here. No, that’s what the marketers do, and they prefer we not mess with their winning formula.

…however, if you’ve got a mess on your hands, do we have a formula that is sure to be a winner with your toughest laundry! Just ask a leading independent consumer magazine!

See? it’s just not our thing. We’ll stick to PR. Promise. Now back to work. Work that, well, gets dirty. And you know how stubborn dirt stains can be…

Crud. Did it again. This is awful. Okay, we’re really done now. Honest. And eco-friendly…

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Posted in: Alticor, Amway, Quixtar

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December 8th, 2006 @ 12:31 pm…

Now, it’s the A-rena

Yes, it is true, the old O-rena, the former TD Waterhouse Centre, the “Arena in Orlando” will become Amway Arena.

No, our licensing agreement will not require Stuff the Magic Mascot to toss samples of SA8 out to fans. Nor will we replace official game programs with reprints of Consumer Reports.

Sure, we know the Magic ownership well; we’re big fans. But what we really like is the idea of our logo going out on worldwide NBA broadcasts, inspiring a little pride in our IBOs all over the world.

No, there will not be a Beth Dornan “bobblehead” fan appreciation night, at least not anytime soon.

And no, you can’t call it “The Soapbox”. Oh, heck, go ahead. It’ll keep the Keep’n Score crew talkin’…

Filed by: Corporate Communications

Posted in: Alticor, Amway, Quixtar, Miscellaneous, Amway Arena

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December 5th, 2006 @ 10:59 am…

China: All systems go!

Today, Amway (China) Co. Limited announced that it received formal approval from China’s Ministry of Commerce to conduct direct selling activities in 24 provinces in China. These include most of the major cities in the more developed provinces and direct municipalities in China.

“We are very pleased that Amway has been granted a direct selling license by the Chinese government. Amway is honored to be given this opportunity,” said Steve Van Andel, chairman of Amway Corporation.

Shortly after the Direct Selling Administrative Regulation was announced in September 2005, Amway applied to be a licensed direct selling company under the new regulations. Modifications were made to the “shop plus salesmen” model which it had used since 1998. Under the new, approved business model, the company will market high quality nutritional supplements, beauty and home cleaning products to Chinese consumers in the provinces of Anhui, Beijing, Chongqing, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Jilin, Liaoning, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanxi, Shanghai, Sichuan, Tianjin, Yunnan, and Zhejiang.

“The direct selling authorization will open a new chapter in the business development of Amway China,” said Eva Cheng, Chairman of Amway (China) Co. Limited. “We will seek to further upgrade the quality of our sales personnel with comprehensive training and educational programs. Our commitment to top quality products and service, and dedication to excellence will be the basis for continued robust growth.”

“We are thankful to the Amway sales personnel and Amway employees for their years of support,” said Doug DeVos, president of Amway Corporation. “We are proud of them, and look forward to working with them to become an exemplary corporate citizen in China.”

Filed by: Corporate Communications

Posted in: Alticor, Amway

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December 1st, 2006 @ 11:35 am…

Slip-slidin’ away

Haven’t forgotten about all of you. In fact, we were thinking about you on our drive in this morning, through a West Michigan ice storm that had cars slewing around like tipsy otters dancing in an over-waxed ballroom. Not that you remind us of otters. Or that you’re tipsy.

Really, we need to work on our similes.

Anyway – just a quick note to promise that we will pick back up with the writing. We’re still newsworthy, you know.

Filed by: Corporate Communications

Posted in: Alticor, Miscellaneous, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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