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Last year, when I combined all of catalog price files into one spreadsheet, there were 6914 items in the spreadsheet. A small number of these items are duplicates. Some items are listed in the Personal Shoppers catalog and then again in some of the specialty catalogs like Spring & Summer and the Office catalog. I didn't think it was worth the effort to scan through a 7000 row spreadsheet and delete at most a few hundred duplicates.
The Amway items price file contained 1,418 items. When I deleted all of the sales aids and catalog items available through the Regional Distribution Centers (RDCs), that left 721 items. In many cases, the cleaning products that Amway manufactures come in two or more sizes.
During a five year period, I heard many different speakers show the plan in the Britt Organization. Even when I was a gung-ho distributor, I thought it was strange that the number of products and companies always seemed to be different. I have heard numbers ranging from 5000 goods and services to 15,000 and the number of companies range from 400 to 2000.
I have also heard many distributors claim that Amway deals with most of the Fortune 500 companies. Fortunately, there is an easy way to verify this.
Fortune 500 magazine is accessible over the internet. From their web-site you can download the current Fortune 500 and the Fortune 1000 list as an Excel spreadsheet. They don't charge you for doing this, so I would highly encourage you to get this list.
In November of 1996, I downloaded the Fortune 500 list and then I deleted the companies that Amway could not possibly be involved with, IE utilities, banks, brokers, insurance companies, other retailers, industrial equipment manufacturers, construction firms, oil refiners, health care providers, railroads, aerospace companies, mining companies, etc. This exercise left a pool of only 190 Fortune 500 companies that COULD be involved with Amway. I admit that I might have deleted a few companies, such as a bank, broker, or insurance company that Amway is associated with. But that number would have been very small. If there was any doubt, I left the company in the pool.
Of the companies that were left, it would be very surprising if Amway marketed products from all 17 chemical manufacturers, 20 electronics and electrical equipment manufacturers, 18 forest and paper products companies, 12 industrial and farm equipment manufacturers, 16 metals and metal product manufacturers, 9 pharmaceutical companies, and 12 telecommunications companies. Some of these 104 companies and the other 86 could very well market their goods or services through Amway, but not all of them.
Amway certainly deals with quite a number of name-brand products. But they won't even release the number of companies they deal with, because it is constantly changing. (Go ahead -- ask them. I did)
So what companies does Amway deal with? Good question. I did what no self-respecting Amway distributor would do. Over a several week period in April and May 1997, I checked out the Personnal Shoppers, Spring & Summer, Health & Fitness, Office, and Major Appliance catalogs to find out what corporations Amway buys products from and write them down! I did not have access to Amway's Great Midwestern Steak, Amagift, Christmas, or any other catalog. So the companies that are listed in these catalogs may or may not be listed here.
First off, since this was a manual search, I will admit that I may have inadvertently left out a few companies. Also, in many cases Amway does not list a manufacturer of the product in the catalog. This is especially true of some of the office supply items, furniture, and house-hold items.
Next, just because you have access to a particular company, that does not mean you have access to that companies entire product line. In most cases, Amway only purchases a few items from that companies product line for resale to their distributors.
Finally, these are the companies that Amway deals with in their U.S. catalogs. If you take a tour of Amway's Global Village, you will find that they list the products that are sold in most countries.
If you take this tour of Amway's Global Village, you can tell that the statement "Wouldn't it be smart for a company to sell their product through Amway and have access to 2.5 million distributors world-wide?" cannot possibly be true! Typically, when Amway opens in a new country, they start off with a limited number of Amway's core-line cleaning products and then gradually expand the number of products. Sometimes that includes products that are offered in the United States and sometimes not.
In same cases, I think the brand name of a product is listed instead of the manufacturer. Instead of leaving these out, I went ahead and left them in the list. There are 551 companies/brand names in this list.
|hyGIoncie||Acorn Products Inc||Action Lane|
|Albert Nipon||American Tourister||Amigos|
|Award||AT&T||B & G Pickles in a Pouch|
|Barely There||Bates||Bath Shoppe|
|Bay to Bay||Bebe Bland||Bel|
|Bellsouth||Best Form||Best's Kosher|
|Budge Lite||Bugle Boy||Bumble Bee|
|Bunn-o-Matic||Bunns & Ricker||Burlington|
|Burns & Ricker||Buxton||BBW Plus Size|
|C-Line||Cafe Roma||Caffe Trevisso|
|California Car Duster||Calvin Klein||Campbells|
|Casual Friday's||Caterpillar (work boots)||CatNapper|
|Cobra||Columbia Sports Wear||Conair|
|Danskin||Deer Stags||Denise Austin|
|Docket Pads||Donna Katz||Double B|
|Dr. Scholls||Dress Sports||Duck Head|
|Emerald Farms||Emperor Norton||Endex Checks|
|Essence||Essential Kitchen Helpers||Etienne Aigner|
|Evenflo||Fact Howard||Famous Amos|
|Fast Choice||Fast Track||Fast Track|
|Flag & sail||Flavor House||Florsheim|
|Franklin||French Connection||Frito Lay|
|Frownes||Fruit Twists||FugiColor Film|
|Fuitibbles||FTD||G.H. Bass & Co|
|Gatorade||General Electric||General Mills|
|Grand Plaza||Great Lakes||Grind Master|
|High & Low||Highland||Hitachi|
|In The Mood Entrees||Intermountain Bakeries||Ipanema|
|Izod||Jake & co||Jameson|
|Jeffery & Dara||Jelly Belly||Jennifer|
|Jessica Howard||Jezebel||Jimmy Dean|
|Jockey||John Henry||John Weitz|
|John Weitz||Johnson & Johnson||Johnston & Murphy|
|Jolly Rancher||Jones New York||Jordache|
|Jump-o-Lane||JVC||K & N|
|Killer Bee||King Cobra||Kitchen Aid|
|La Francaise Bakery||Laiglon||Lake of the Woods|
|Laurentis||Lawn Crafter||Le Bra|
|Loctite||London Fog||London Square|
|Louisiana Gold Pepper Sauce||Lovable||Lovepats|
|LA Gear||LA Gear||M.C.D.|
|Members Only||Memorex||Michael Brett|
|Michael Lazardi||Michel Iazardi||Mickey & Company|
|Minolta||Mississippi BBQ Sauce||Mocho Milano|
|Monet||Monster Mat||Mootsies Tootsies|
|Mr. Coffee||Mr. Nature||Mr. Spice|
|Mr. Wheatleys||Muy Fresco||Myonne|
|Natural Ice||Natural Issue||Natural Sport|
|Naturalizer||Nature Select||Natures Favorite|
|Newly Wed||Newmans Own||Nexx|
|Nickels||Nicole||No Touch Tire Care|
|Norelco||Northwest Airlines||Northwestern Bell|
|Ocean Spray||Okla Homer Smith||Olga|
|Ortho||Oscan DeLa Renta||Oxford|
|Pierre Cardin||Pilot Pens||Plantonics|
|Precious Moments||Premier||Pro Shop|
|Quaker||Quality Park Products||Quartet|
|Revere Ware||Riceland||Richard Caruso|
|Royal Velvet||Rubbermaid||Rudy's Farm|
|Sherwood||Shogun Shiatsu||Shower Master|
|Side X Side||Silk Impression||Silken Sheer|
|Smith Corona||Snappy Crackers||Snaps|
|Solar Waist||Sound Creation||Soundesign|
|Sour Power||Southwestern Bell||Spalding|
|Speedo||Spencer & Lowe||Splading|
|St. Thomas||Stanley Bostich||Star Ride|
|Stare Fair||Steel City Mustard Co.||Steins|
|Sweepa||Sweet & Low||Sweet Sue|
|Swiss Beauty||Sylvania||Tabasco Ties|
|Tech-Canvas||Technics||Terra's Red Twists|
|Teva||Texas Twist Pretzels||Texsport|
|Toshiba||Track & Field||Triple Dragon|
|Ultra Wheels||Uncle Ben||Uniden|
|Union Bay||Van Heussen||Vanity Fair|
|Vela Mints||Verdi||Vidal Sasson|
|White Out||White Stag||Wilson|
|Yorx||Yves St. Laurent||Zebra Pencils|