Insurance Journal  Jun 22  Comment 
Dallas-based independent insurance broker RHSB has added Austin January, Dan Rupper and John Sanders as assistant vice presidents. January, AVP employee benefits, is an experienced employee benefits consultant proficient in several functions of...
Financial Times  Jun 15  Comment 
Cosmetics company’s shares have dropped more than 80% since 2012
Wall Street Journal  Jun 14  Comment 
Avon Products Chief Executive Sheri McCoy is expected to step down, according to people familiar with the matter, after her effort to turn around the beleaguered cosmetics seller faltered.
Channel News Asia  Jun 14  Comment 
SeekingAlpha  Jun 14  Comment 
Insurance Journal  Jun 13  Comment 
Fidelis Group Holdings LLC (FGH), with its subsidiary Continental Underwriters Ltd., has hired Lynn Blaine as assistant vice president to support the expansion of the group’s marine portfolio. Blaine is based in Houston. She has more than 30...
Motley Fool  Jun 12  Comment 
First-quarter results didn't meet investors' expectations.
New York Times  Jun 10  Comment 
Professional volleyball player April Ross has one of the fastest and most accurate jump serves in the world. Watch up close in 360 degrees as the AVP New York City Open runs through this weekend in Manhattan.
Benzinga  May 10  Comment 
Jim Cramer said on CNBC's Mad Money he wouldn't sell Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT). He thinks there is more room on the upside. Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE: AVP) missed a quarter badly, said Cramer. He advised his viewer not to buy more. He...


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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