Amway is an American multinational direct-selling company that uses multi-level marketing to sell a variety of products, primarily in the health, beauty, and home care markets. Its product lines include home care products, personal care products, jewelry, electronics, Nutrilite dietary supplements, water purifiers, air purifiers, insurance and cosmetics.
Amway is an abbreviation for "American Way" and was coined in 1959 by company’s founders, Jay Van Andel and Richard DeVos. Short, unique and easy to remember, Amway has been registered as a corporate name and trademark ever since. Today, Amway is a multibillion-dollar international business representing freedom and opportunity to millions of people in more than 88 countries and territories around the world. Amway generates US $ 10.9 billion (Feb’ 2012) in sales at estimated retail through this global product distribution network. The business is built on the simple integrity of helping people lead better lives. It offers over 3 million Business Owners the inspiration to grow those businesses, and work hard to provide new and better ways for them to achieve their life goals. Amway was ranked No.114 among the largest global retailers by Deloitte in 2006, and No.39, 32 and 28 among the largest private companies in the U.S. by Forbes in 2009, 2010 and 2011 respectively
2. Brief History of Amway
Jay Van Andel and Richard DeVos, friends since school days, had been business partners in various endeavors including a hamburger stand, air charter service, and a sailing business. In 1949 they were introduced by Neil Maaskant (Van Andel's second cousin) to the Nutrilite Products Corporation. Nutrilite...