Tuesday, September 4, 2007

QUIXTAR: Moving Product

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Moving Product
Tuesday, September 04, 2007 by Ray Alexander

It probably goes without saying that Quixtar offers a business opportunity that allows people to have a business of their own based on product sales and sharing the opportunity with others who will do the same. As some have said that Quixtar's products can be difficult to sell, I want to talk a minute to talk about product sales, and what Quixtar is doing to make product sales easier than ever before. This is a good follow-up to previous discussions about the target audience (Not Wal-Mart And Never Want To Be, 8/31).

Quixtar IBOs are obviously adept at selling product, as Quixtar is one of the largest retailers on the web. Quixtar Independent Business Owners (IBOs) generated more than $1.118 billion in product sales at www.quixtar.com in 2006, the fourth consecutive year in which the company surpassed the billion-dollar mark. Quixtar also has been ranked for the past four years by Internet Retailer magazine as the top online retailer in the Health & Beauty (H&B) category, placing 22 nd overall based on web-generated sales.

While Quixtar has experienced great success in selling product, the premium pricing for some products can make it a challenge. Nutrilite® Double X® , for example, is a top-quality multivitamin. It requires some education to help a customer understand its benefits and why it's worth a higher price than a cheaper multivitamin they might be able to pick up at their corner drug store.

The Artistry® Time Defiance Skin Care System, for another example, is not intended to compete with other skin care brands on the basis of the lowest price. It's designed to appeal to those who are knowledgeable about skin care and looking to make an investment in their skin. It may take time and education to help a customer make the decision to purchase.

While we stand behind products that require a higher level of knowledge and commitment on the part of the customer, Quixtar is committed to making it easier than ever for IBOs to sell products. We are focusing efforts on Health, Skin Care, and Gift as areas of retail specialization. We're working to provide everything an IBO needs to sell these products. This starts with products consumers want to buy, includes merchandising resources and training that help IBOs attract customers, and is supported with integrated consumer programs, events, and advertising.

To support these retailing initiatives, in 2007 we are launching a number of new products and newly packaged and priced versions of existing products, such as:
· The new Nutrilite Daily Multivitamin 90-day supply (as opposed to the 180-day supply). At just 12.5 cents a day, customers can easily compare Daily to popular competitors, while still getting the natural plant benefits that set Nutrilite apart.
· The new Nutrilite ClearGuard™. Helps balance histamine production, and a clinical study found it helped to support clear noses in three days or less. Rhodiola and Carb Blocker in new Blister Pack packaging to make it easier to start a selling conversation.
· Sampler packs for ClearGuard and Protein Bars to help IBOs attract potential customers with attention-grabbing products that are highly experiential.
· Inexpensive Artistry lip and hand products that support "Purse-to-Purse" selling.
· Simply Nutrilite, an integrated line of natural, nutrient-rich snacks and drinks, launched on September 1, 2007.
· Artistry Essentials, a new simplified line of skin care and cosmetics launching in November 2007. The products are specifically designed to meet the needs of today's woman who wants to care for her skin and enhance her natural beauty, yet doesn't have the time, expertise or patience for overly complex products and routines.

In addition to supporting IBO retailing efforts with product initiatives and merchandising support, we are also rewarding and encourage retail sales like never before. New IBOs can receive free shipping on orders of selected products over $75 and the opportunity to earn $50 each month for their first full three months in the business. The $50 is earned by generating 150 PV each month, including at least 50 PV from retail sales to non-IBOs. Additionally, to reinforce the value of customer sales Quixtar is offering a PV uplift and free shipping for non-IBO customer orders of selected products over $75.

I think it is obvious ... there is a lot happening within Quixtar, and selling product is getting easier every day.


Anonymous said...

What? Are you kidding me!?
Bottom line - Wholesale prices that they offer are still well above retail prices! My dog food costs 318% more than I would buy it retail somewhere else! And that's their wholesale price! This is a joke!

Anonymous said...

It appears that Quixtar/Access Business Group is doing more than just helping IBO's move product.


Contract Manufacturing is an excellent way to bring your product to market quickly and efficiently if you need something more. More capacity. More capabilities. More technical expertise.
With Access Business Group, that's just what you'll find - expert solutions in product development, sourcing, manufacturing and distribution. Leverage our contract manufacturing services when your product cycle hits its peak. Because we're part of an integrated services organization, we can deliver a little extra capacity for your company - or a lot more. It's up to you.
Access Business Group Contract Manufacturing Highlights:

3,000 employees

More than 500 different products

256-acre complex in Michigan with seven main facilities

500,000 square feet of agribusiness manufacturing in California

7,283 acres of organic farms in US, Brazil and Mexico

400 scientists and engineers

65 R&D and QA labs worldwide

Access Business Group produces hundreds of skin care and pigment shaded products - production so varied that our set-up crew handles more than 250 changeovers each month. By combining computerized and manual color matching technologies, Access Business Group can precisely formulate your products to meet demanding color standards. Three 1,500-gallon custom-designed vacuum mixing vessels are used to process high viscosity products.

More than 50 machines on 13 cosmetics packaging lines systematically fill a variety of bottles, jars, tubes and trays. At Access Business Group's cosmetics plant, you'll find three single-head and two twin-head IWKA® tube fillers, Shibuya® "Flexible Puck" line, Kugler dual process filler for high and low viscosity products, Liquid Hot fill, Weckerle® automated rotary lipstick packaging equipment, Mateer® loose powder filler and three pressed-powder filling rooms.
Cosmetics Highlights:

Size: 200,000 square feet

Estimated Capacity: 150 million units, 100 million lbs.

Total SKUs produced: 2,000

Products: Blush, deodorant sticks, eye shadow, lipstick, mascara, toothpaste, mouthwash, and skin-care creams, lotions and gels

Personal Care
The Personal Care plant at Access Business Group is your entrée to some of the most advanced manufacturing techniques available worldwide. Products like shampoo, conditioner and body lotions are carefully processed in 750 to 8,000 gallon scrape-wall turbine pre-mix, mixing and holding vessels - then bottled individually in 40 mL to 1-liter containers through five automated packaging lines.
Personal Care Highlights:

Size: 145,000 square feet

Estimated Capacity: 75 million units, 60 million lbs.

Products: Body lotion, creams and rinses, foaming bath products, shower gels, hand soap, shampoos, conditioners

Over 6 billion tablets and 40 million food bars are processed yearly in our FDA-certified and licensed pharmaceutical plant in Buena Park, California. Apply our resources - advanced blenders, stainless steel mixers, and Kikisui® and Manesty® presses - to produce and package your nutritional products in a variety of bottles, blisters, pouches and trays.

You can also leverage Access Business Group's FDA-certified and licensed concentrate processing facilities in Lakeview, California. Complete with a fully functioning pilot plant, this site also features patented Heat Pasteurization processing to manufacture popular powdered drinks and nutritious meal supplements.
Nutrition Highlights:

Size: 500,000 square feet

Estimated Capacity: 6 billion tablets, 40 million food bars, 100 million pouches, 10 million canisters

Products: A-Z vitamins, herbal supplements, meal replacement and weight reduction food bars, powdered drinks and meal supplements

Soap Powder
Based on years of soap-making expertise, Access Business Group has pioneered the continuous-modified process - spraying blended powders with active ingredients to ensure consistent distribution and a more concentrated product. Using this process, Access Business Group can produce 8,500 to 30,000 pounds of powder products per hour. Our conventional batch mixing system is efficient, too - producing 10,000 to 15,000 pounds every 60 minutes. You also can select packaging options ranging from 30 grams to 100 pounds: Bag-in-the-Box cartons, kegs, plastic bottles and sample pouches.

Access Business Group's extensive bar soap production line takes your soap powder from a blender to individually sealed cartons - ready for sale. Quick and efficient, we can manufacture small 40-gram hotel bars to 150-gram family-size bars - up to 120 units per minute.

Powder Highlights:

Size: 160,000 square feet

Estimated Capacity: 60 million units, 150 million lbs.

Total SKUs produced: 268

Products: concentrated powder laundry detergents and additives, household cleaner, automatic dishwasher detergent and bar soap

Dozens of stainless steel mix and hold tanks create a total capacity of more than 1 million liters of liquid soaps, laundry detergents and household cleaning products of varying viscosities. Access Business Group uses a recipe-based programmable logic control system to precisely mix up to 8,000-gallon batches. A radio-frequency system tracks each lot of raw materials throughout production, verifying consistent material usage from one batch to the next.

Four main packaging lines in more than 230,000 square feet of manufacturing space fill containers from 1.5 ounces to 55 gallons, or 50 mL to 200 liters. At Access Business Group, you can rely on net-weight-filling technology for precise packing volumes to meet your product specifications.
Liquids Highlights:

Size: 230,000 square feet

Estimated Capacity: 85 million units, 130 million lbs.

Total SKUs produced: 350

Products: household cleaners, liquid detergents and soaps, and shampoos and conditioners

Access Business Group is one of a few select contract manufacturers with the experience and equipment to safely and reliably produce volatile aerosol products - using Isobutane, Propane and Dymel 152A gases.

For aerosol products, leverage the capacity of Access Business Group's five production lines - two that run at high speed - as well as our PLC interface control system. In addition to tinplate and aluminum aerosol cans, our 85,000-square-foot aerosol plant also fills plastic bottles, glass containers and small foil pouches for your contract manufacturing needs. Batch sizes can range from 200 to 3,000 gallons.
Aerosols Highlights:

Size: 85,000 square feet; also 33,000 square foot gas tank farm

Estimated Capacity: 55 million units, 45 million lbs.

Total SKUs produced: 400

Products: Car care, personal care, roll-on deodorant/antiperspirant, household cleaners, laundry products, air fresheners, nail polish, perfume and cologne

Catalog Printing & Marketing Materials

Produce your catalogs, publications and marketing materials using the pre-print and print production services at Access Business Group. All under one roof, you'll find fully integrated print services including web, sheetfed, fulfillment, polybagging, bindery, folding cartons, corrugated and pressure sensitive labels - as well as a full complement of digital pre-press services for content management.

Fine Printing Highlights:

Size: 56,000 square feet

General Printing: 189.6 million

Copy Center impressions: 25 million

Products: catalogs, standard and personalized publications, collateral marketing support material

Package your products manufactured right at Access Business Group - or talk to us about a packaging-only solution. Either way, Access Business Group can improve quality while reducing your costs and turnaround time. Choose from cartons, pressure-sensitive labels and corrugated shipping cases - or select a custom-designed and engineered option for unique personal care, cosmetic or POP/POS packaging.
Packaging Highlights:

Manufacturing: 90,000 square feet

Folding cartons produced:
89 million

Corrugated cartons produced:
19 million

Cosmetic cartons produced:
11 million

1.725 million square feet of distribution space

14.7 million packages processed yearly

Supporting one of the Top 10 online shopping sites

Count on Access Logistics to deliver your orders from our warehouse floor to your customers' loading dock door - or consumer direct.

Access Logistics L.P. is a complete solutions enterprise dedicated to logistics and fulfillment service - operating distribution centers across North America. Applying 45 years of experience, we serve a variety of industries and interest groups including retailers, fundraising organizers, education and workplace uniforms.

In addition to our logistics expertise, you benefit from Access Logistics' transportation services - bringing you extremely cost efficient shipping. You also can tap into our call center capabilities, advanced in-house data systems, quality inspection and return processing expertise. At Access Logistics, it's all about you - and providing you with excellent service.

Tour our state-of-the-art Distribution Facilities online, or contact us. We're ready to begin developing your logistics and fulfillment solution today.

Produce your catalogs, publications and marketing materials using the pre-print and print production services at Access Business Group.

All under one roof, you'll find fully integrated print services including web, sheetfed, fulfillment, polybagging, bindery, folding cartons, corrugated and pressure sensitive labels - as well as a full complement of digital pre-press services for content management.

Creating and Improving Products
Our focus:

Helping you create the best new or improved product in the global marketplace

From creating formulas, packages and processes (that leverage identified core technologies), to substantiating promotional claims, our expert scientists can help your new and differentiated products come to life - and existing products find longevity in continual improvements. At Access Business Group, we know how to deliver on time, on profile and on budget.

The full-service research and development team at Access Business Group can help you formulate and launch concepts for exciting new products, as well as substantiate promotional claims for your existing products. Count on us, too, to help extend the life of your products through continuous improvement.

Access Business Group's respected team of R&D experts earns national and international awards for product packaging, process innovation, quality and technology. Beyond gaining knowledge, we share it - one of the best ways to stay on the cutting edge. Our research has been published in 200+ publications and we foster strong relationships with 75 universities to encourage even more innovation. And as active members of more than 85 trade associations, we take a leadership role in helping create and set higher industry standards.

Our focus

Ensuring customer satisfaction through proactive programs

Monitoring and evaluating product quality, supplier performance, manufacturing processes and global field service

Know that our scientists, chemists and microbiologists closely monitor quality - from incoming components and materials, through the manufacturing process, and out into the field around the world. Access Business Group manages proactive programs for extensive product testing, supplier evaluation and certification, and global field monitoring. We ensure that your company's specifications - and our own strict quality standards - are securely met.

Is it possible that while claiming that the IBO cannot have other interests and cannot compete with Quixtar or its affiliates that they can in fact compete any and every way they want to?

Is this fair?
Is it honrable?
Is this unfair business practices?
Competing with your very own business owners?

You decide where the integrity in this issue is.

Quixtar says it is protecting ALL IBO's. How can they say such a thing when they are in fact COMPETING against ALL IBO'S?

Anonymous said...

Quixtar has immensly helped my product sales by giving me false customers. Way to go. I see your character and integrity is as full as a classroom in the middle of summer.

Q'Reilly said...

IBOs BOUGHT over a BILLON dollars worth of your overpriced products in order to qualify for bonuses! State the facts. By your own admission, only 3.4% of that volume was marked as RETAIL sales. The products are being consumed by the network.
Check this out...I got started as an IBO and bought this #2 pencil for $15. I know, I know. You can get it at the store for .15 cents, but let's not talk about that. If you get started as an IBO, and buy a $15 pencil for yourself, and then convince a bunch of other saps to do the same, you can get rich!
Most logical people would think that sounds like a pyramid...cause it is! The big Q would say that "the quality of that pencil should make it very easy to sell to your freinds and family...in fact...if you are having problems selling, maybe you need us to do some sales training for you...stay tuned we are lining that up."

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Jessman said...

Ditto :) to everything said (I should be careful using that word the Altihore/Quixtarfish/Scamway) people own that word like they own me!
Here are a couple more thoughts. $1.1 billion is inflated, if they had to post what was actually paid for the products its more like $800 mill. I believe by April because they won't be on track to do $1.1 billion again in '08 this will be what happens. The new spinster they just hired or Jimimus Painumus in my glutimus maximus will come out in April or May and say "We have made unprecedented (they love that word) progress in launching SCAMWAY global, and feel, along with the month to month (pay no attention to the gun pointed at my head) IBOAI board that now is the time to fold Quixtarfish and move ahead into the unlimited future of SCAMWAY Global.
I'd put money on that in VEGAS.