QUOTE AND NEWS
Motley Fool  Jun 6  Comment 
Investors bailed on the beauty specialist as its sales and profitability worsened in the first quarter.
CNNMoney.com  May 18  Comment 
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Channel News Asia  Mar 27  Comment 
U.S. cosmetics maker Avon Products Inc has reached an agreement with Barington Capital to nominate the investor's chief executive officer, James Mitarotonda, to its board in exchange for avoiding a proxy contest, a filing on Monday showed.
Wall Street Journal  Mar 26  Comment 
Avon Products Inc. disclosed Monday it plans to cede a board seat to an activist investor as part of a deal that will help the struggling beauty company avoid a proxy fight.
Insurance Journal  Mar 13  Comment 
Kenneth A. Distel of Avon, Conn., was re-elected president of the Professional Insurance Agents of Connecticut Inc. (PIACT), at the association’s Annual Convention held March 8-9 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. Distel is...
Insurance Journal  Mar 12  Comment 
Janet Selnes has been named assistant vice president – broker distribution for Merrill, Wisconsin-based Church Mutual Insurance Co. Selnes joined Church Mutual in 2003 as a regional representative and was promoted to division manager in 2012....




 

Avon (NYSE:AVP) makes beauty and personal care products, including various types of cosmetics - lipstick, eyeliner, mascara, basically anything that would make a wonderful Mother's Day gift - apparel and accessories, and home and decoractive products. Avon's products face intense competition, from companies like Estee Lauder Companies (EL) and Revlon (REV), in all of its markets from both global and regional mid-end brand personal care products. To combat competition and improve brand recognition in US and global markets, Avon launched a Turn-around Plan in that included strategic initiatives to reduce costs, increased advertising spending, improve product quality, and improve sales profitability.

While the majority of Avon's competitors distribute their products to resellers such as department stores, drugstores, or cosmetic stores, Avon sells its products solely through its direct-selling channel of independently-contracted Active Sales Representatives and through its online website. However, the company's direct-selling business model is at risk for incurring more costs due to Representative dissatisfaction and global legal restrictions. Due to the company's reliance on its direct-selling business model, earning potential and satisfaction of its Representatives and maintaining its business model are essential for the company's success in global markets.

Company Overview

Avon produces and sells consumer packaged goods worldwide through its direct selling boutique store channel and its online channel.

Business Segments

Avon's revenues come from three main categories:

Business Growth

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