The Direct Selling Association (DSA), a lobbying group for the MLM industry, reported that in 1990 only 25% of DSA members used the MLM business model. By 1999, this had grown to 77.3%.[28] By 2009, 94.2% of DSA members were using MLM, accounting for 99.6% of sellers, and 97.1% of sales.[29] Companies such as Avon, Electrolux, Tupperware, and Kirby were all originally single-level marketing companies, using that traditional and uncontroversial direct selling business model (distinct from MLM) to sell their goods. However, they later introduced multi-level compensation plans, becoming MLMs.[25] The DSA has approximately 200 members[30] while it is estimated there are over 1,000 firms using multi-level marketing in the United States alone.[31]
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Mit der Untersuchung von Network-Marketing befassen sich nur wenige Kammern und Hochschulen. In der Regel sprechen sie Warnungen gegenüber unseriösen Geschäftspraktiken aus. So informiert die IHK Stuttgart über spezielle Formen und deren Abgrenzung zu illegalen Geschäftspraktiken,[3] während die Handelskammer Hamburg Kennzeichen unseriöser Netzwerk-Marketing-Unternehmen herausarbeitet.[1]
누스킨 엔터프라이즈 Nu Skin Enterprises는 1984 년에 설립된 미국 다단계 마케팅 회사입니다. Blake Roney, Steve Lund, Sandie Tillostson 및 Nedra Roney가 설립했습니다. 본사는 미국 유타 주 프로보(Provo)에 위치하고 있습니다. 회사는 미국에서 시작되었지만 1990 년 캐나다에서 첫 번째 운영을 시작했습니다. 그리고 1 년 후, 누스킨(Nu Skin)는 홍콩에서 영업하면서 아시아 영업을 시작했습니다. 회사는 또한 1996 년 뉴욕 ​​증권 거래소에 상장되었습니다. 현재는 최대 직접 판매회사 중 하나이며 2014 년 현재 5,000 명의 직원을 보유하고 있습니다.
It was not until August 23, 2005 that the State Council promulgated rules that dealt specifically with direct sale operation- Administration of Direct Sales (entered into effect on 1 December 2005) and the Regulations for the Prohibition of Chuanxiao (entered into effect on 1 November 2005). When direct selling is allowed, it will only be permitted under the most stringent requirements, in order to ensure the operations are not pyramid schemes, MLM, or fly-by-night operations.
The Federal Trade Commission warns "Not all multilevel marketing plans are legitimate. Some are pyramid schemes. It's best not to get involved in plans where the money you make is based primarily on the number of distributors you recruit and your sales to them, rather than on your sales to people outside the plan who intend to use the products."[23]
Beim klassischen Direktvertrieb werden in der Regel firmeneigene, spezialisierte Außendienst-Mitarbeiter eingesetzt (Eigenpersonal). Diese verkaufen direkt an den Kunden unter Ausschaltung von Zwischenhändlern. Die Mitarbeiter im Netzwerk-Marketing sind ein wachsendes Netz aus selbständig und selbstverantwortlich handelnden Laien (Fremdpersonal), die haupt- oder nebenerwerblich als Wiederverkäufer bzw. Vermittler arbeiten. Im Vergleich dazu ist die Zahl der Außendienst-Mitarbeiter im Direktvertrieb gering, weshalb beim Direktvertrieb der Kostenanteil des Vertriebs niedriger ausfallen kann.[2]
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