Editor’s note: 2019 marks Amway’s 60th anniversary. We’re celebrating with a series of blogs highlighting the company’s history, milestones, products and legacy. Join the conversation by leaving a hashtag comment on each blog. Published comments will be entered into a drawing for free products in our Amway through the Decades Giveaway*!
The new millennium saw Amway break a sales record for the company’s home tech division and the acquisition of the XS™ Energy brand, which continues to fuel the company’s growth with younger consumers.
Innovation drives growth
Amway began selling cookware under the Queen brand in 1963, a few years after Rich DeVos and Jay Van Andel launched the company. Water treatment and air treatment systems joined the company’s home tech line in the 1980s.
Driven by continuous improvement and innovation, in the early 2000s those products evolved into the brands sold today: iCook, eSpring and Atmosphere. By the end of 2010, after expansion into several new markets, Amway’s global home tech division topped $1 billion in sales—a company milestone.
Meanwhile, two Amway Independent Business Owners (IBOs) were working on their own innovations. In 2002, David Vanderveen and Scott Coon founded XS™ Energy in California, an energy drink company selling sugar-free energy drinks loaded with B vitamins.
“We saw the trend of functional drinks,” Scott said. “And being active in the Amway business, we were always looking for more energy to get more work done.”
A year later, Amway saw the trend, too, and became the exclusive distributor of XS Energy drinks, rocketing them to success.
David remembers someone asking him a few years after launch if he and Scott had predicted their early success. At the time, XS had become Amway’s number one product in the U.S. by volume and sales.
“I said something like, ‘We are IBOs, and we believed in the possibility that we had something special and a unique way to support other IBOs with XS,’” David recalled. “’So, in one way we dreamed it was possible. But to see it actually happen, and so fast, was humbling, surprising and exciting beyond our expectations.’”
The XS effect
Amway opened up markets for XS products. And XS, with a focus on fun, adventure and wildly successful launch parties, infused Amway with energy and authenticity attractive to younger consumers.
“XS has made Amway more innovative and creative. The edginess of the brand, and the talented people behind it, has rubbed off,” Amway North America Managing Director Jim Ayres said. “On the other hand, our expertise has made the XS product line more profitable and sustainable. It’s been a great partnership.”
Amway acquired the brand outright in 2015. Since then XS has nearly tripled its business through strong partnerships with IBOs and Amway affiliates around the world, David said. They expanded beyond energy drinks into the growing market of sports nutrition and are always working on new ideas.
“With a focus on digital, young leaders, tightened budgets and growth, we plan to continue to drive innovation and out-of-the-box thinking at Amway,” he said. “I think we continue to demonstrate that well.”
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