Ocean City, Maryland, Friday, May 13, 2022 – Market America Worldwide | SHOP.COM’S 2022 Mideast Regional Convention (#MAMERC2022) was held from Friday, May 6 to Sunday, May 8 at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland. With a multitude of key leaders slated to take the stage, including Motives Director of Field Development Lisa Martin, Director of WebCenters Jason Pelland, TLS Director of Sales Melanie Nelson, Mideast Regional Director, Don Martin as well as a number of the company’s distributors, known as UnFranchise®Owners (UFOs), most attendees were excited to hear from Market America Worldwide President & COO, Marc Ashley. When Ashley took the stage, he was energized and ready to share what he called “a tossed salad” of news and information regarding how the company got its start and what the company’s current priorities were today. He also gave in-person and virtual attendees a first look at new products planned to be unveiled at the company’s 30th anniversary celebration –– Market America Worldwide | SHOP.COM’s 2022 International Convention (#MAIC2022), to be held in Greensboro, North Carolina, at the Greensboro Coliseum from Thursday, August 11 through Sunday, August 14.
While thousands of UnFranchise Owners are aware that the company was founded in 1992, Ashley said the idea behind the company was first made clear by a man whom Ashley called “a serial entrepreneur” who shared his vision during an interview with a local newspaper.
“We’re getting ready to celebrate our 30th anniversary, but actually, the beginning thought process of Market America | SHOP.COM didn’t start in 1992. The thought of Market America started back in 1984 by this guy, a serial entrepreneur who could never work for someone else. The person I’m talking about is JR Ridinger (Founder, Chairman & CEO of Market America Worldwide | SHOP.COM). This guy is always thinking light years ahead of everybody,” said Ashley. “On June 17, 1984, in a newspaper article, this guy is quoted saying, ‘Other network marketing companies take too much volume and too many people. In 1959, you could make a profit that way. Not anymore.’ Now, look at this quote (from JR). ‘Computer marketing is the coming thing. In five years, home computers will be commonplace, and people will order products by computer.’ These quotes are from 1984. There wasn’t internet at this time or home computers or online shopping. Look at what he says next. ‘The next step will be setting up customers for computer shopping. When that market segment opens up, we’ll be there.’ This is an article from 1984. Is that incredible? That’s eight years before Market America was founded in 1992,” said Ashley.
Ashley spoke about the business beginning in an 800-square-foot home in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he spent weekends boxing up and selling products with his family rather than spending weekends out on the town with friends. He also talked about what the focus for Market America has been over recent years.
“While many companies, including Market America, suffered supply chain issues, labor shortages, manufacturing delays, slower delivery times and increased product pricing and delivery costs, we made sure we met UFO’s and your customer’s demands. We did this by being fluid, flexible, agile and proactive. We spent tens of millions of dollars to increase our staffing levels and inventory levels so supply chain issues wouldn’t disrupt our UFOs’ businesses. While others were profiteering off the demand for certain products, including price gouging, we absorbed these costs because we saw UFO businesses growing,” said Ashley.
“Today’s UFOs are now the exclusive providers of best-in-class products in billion-dollar industries that help address almost any individual’s concern. That’s because a multitude of Market America-exclusive products help address life’s daily challenges,” said Ashley.
Finally, Ashley decided he would let everyone in on a recently launched product along with a few products that would not be unveiled until #MAIC2022 during the company’s 30th-year celebration event.
“We have just introduced our hottest and first-ever designer tea. It’s called Shopping Annuity®Balance Belly Tea, which is a balanced herbal blend to support debloating with healthy skin and digestion benefits. It is also comprised of a variety of botanicals such as lemon balm to calm the nervous system, cardamom to promote better digestion with de-bloating properties, fennel to kick start the signal for digestion and de-bloating and dandelion –– a detoxification botanical with skin and digestion properties. This tea is considered vegan, gluten-free and caffeine-free and has no GMO,” said Ashley.
Unexpected to all attending, Ashley announced four products set to be unveiled at #MAIC2022. Many within the company had not been informed of these newcomers:
- An advanced digestive health product ideal for metabolic and brain health, immune function, weight management and GI (gastrointestinal) support.
- A health supplement for teens that includes three natural ingredients designed to support positive emotional balance, calm and a feeling of relaxation while under mental worry, in addition to other benefits.
- A rebranded and expanded Market America pet healthcare line with the first two new items being a pet product with CBD and a pet digestive and liver health product.
- New Shopping Annuity®apple cider vinegar + ginger gummies to help support digestion. Apple cider vinegar and ginger are two ingredients used for centuries for weight, skin health and digestion.
“The bottom line is the company is always listening to you and always looking for new ways to simplify, streamline and standardize the day-to-day operations of your UnFranchise Business,” said Ashley. “Coming here this weekend was just like a taste of us getting together. We’re going to have the biggest event ever to help you connect and build your UnFranchise Business. We’re truly one team with one dream. The 30th Annual International Convention in Greensboro, North Carolina, will be like no other. You are going to see and experience things from the moment you walk into the event. You’re going to see people showcasing Cirque du Soleil style performances as well as other live entertainers throughout the entire event. There will be product demos and product samples, celebrities and a freedom celebration and gala on Saturday night, with a trade show on Sunday. I just can’t wait to see you there,” said Ashley.
For more information on attending the Market America Worldwide | SHOP.COM International Convention from Thursday, August 11 through Sunday, August 14, UnFranchise Owners can purchase tickets through www.unfranchise.com. All others can call 800 232-8590.
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About Market America Worldwide | SHOP.COM
Market America Worldwide | SHOP.COM is a global e-commerce and digital marketing company that specializes in one-to-one marketing and is the creator of the Shopping Annuity. Its mission is to provide a robust business system for entrepreneurs while providing consumers with a better way to shop. Headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, and with eight sites around the globe, including the U.S., Market America Worldwide was founded in 1992 by Founder, Chairman & CEO JR Ridinger. Through the company’s primary, award-winning shopping website, SHOP.COM, consumers have access to millions of products, including Market America Worldwide exclusive brands and thousands of top retail brands.
Further, SHOP.COM ranks No. 55 in Digital Commerce 360’s 2022 Top 100 Online Marketplaces, No. 80 in Digital Commerce 360’s 2022 Top 500 & 1,000 Online Retailers, No. 10 in the 2022 Digital Commerce 360 Top 500 Online Retailers Primary Merchandise Category: Mass Merchant and ranked 19th in Newsweek magazine’s 2021 Best Online Shops. The company is also a two-time winner of the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics, joined BBB National Programs as a National Partner in 2022 and was ranked No. 15 in the Business North Carolina Top 125 Private Companies for 2021. By combining Market America Worldwide’s entrepreneurial business model with SHOP.COM’s powerful comparative shopping engine, Cashback program, Hot Deals, ShopBuddy®, Express Pay checkout, social shopping integration and countless other features, the company has become the ultimate online shopping destination.
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