In 2015, Direct Sales Reached 183.7 Billion in Revenue
When was the last time you recommended a movie or health related tip
or product to a friend, family member or colleague. Millions of people
do this every day – and get paid for it.
What was your take?
The Network Marketing and Direct Sales profession hit a new record high in 2015 with $183.7 Billion in global sales.1
Roughly $73.4 Billion (40%), was paid directly to distributors via commissions. That’s $6.1 Billion per month and $201 Million each and every day – 365 days a year.2
NFL: $13 BILLION Source: CNN
MUSIC: $15 BILLION Source: IFPI.org
VIDEO GAMES: $67 BILLION Source: Fortune
MOVIES (box office): $10.8 BILLION Source: Statista
MOVIE INDUSTRY: $38.3 BILLION Source: The Guardian
ORGANIC PRODUCTS: $91 BILLION Source: Statista
NETWORK MARKETING: $183.7 BILLION Source: WFDSA: Global Direct Selling – 2015 Retail Sales Report.
The Network Marketing and Direct Sales industry profession hit a new record in 2015 with $183.728 Billion in global sales. The U.S. was ranked as the top direct selling market in the world with 20% of worldwide sales, China came in second with 19%, S. Korea third with 9%, followed by Germany at 8% and Japan at 8%. Other counties making their mark was Brazil, Mexico, France and United Kingdom to name a few.
Direct sellers include individuals who are career minded entrepreneurs (full or part-time), building their own business within their respective company.Sales figures are expressed in USD and are estimated retail level and exclude sales tax and VAT with international sales being converted to USD using the exchange rate as of February 2015.
Figures are based on DSA Members only and do not include the entire industry.
HOW BIG IS CARD PROCESSING INDUSTRY? WEELLLL, WIKIPEDIA SAID THIS A LOOONG TIME AGO:
Payment Processing Industry Overview
The payment processing industry provides merchants with credit, debit, gift and loyalty card and other payment processing services, along with related information services. The industry continues to grow as a result of wider merchant acceptance, increased consumer use of bank cards and advances in payment processing and telecommunications technology. According to The Nilson Report, total expenditures for all card type transactions by U.S. consumers were $3.3 trillion in 2007, and are expected to grow to $4.8 trillion by 2012. --
AND IT HAS JUST BEEN GOING UP UP UP EVER SINCE !!
**********Surely that's big enough for even YOU to haul yourself out and help a merchant this week!
Like, oh, say, your favorite restaurant!
EMV Continues to Concern Restaurants (or....DW Agent: TALK TO A LOCAL EATERY TODAY AND GET HIM EMV RELIEF with Digital World free equipment and best service and rates!!)By Lee Holman, Lead Retail Analyst, IHL Group | February 16, 2017
While the deadline had long since passed, these restaurant operators revealed that that prior to EMV becoming buzz-worthy, they were already doing their homework on how best to deal with the mandated liability shift. Operators at the table represented chains ranging from less than a dozen restaurants to nationwide outfits of more than 1,000 locations. These restaurateurs had performed cost analyses and expected value calculations on likely scenarios that were representative of what they might face.
In some cases, the rational decision was to deploy the hardware, software and services necessary to fully meet the deadline and thereby avoid any fees or penalties. Two companies at the table did just that. In other cases, the decision was made to do something other than a full technology deployment. That ranged from doing nothing at all (and happily paying whatever fees/fines/chargebacks were levied) to deploying sufficient technology to mitigate (but not eliminate) the full potential risk. One restaurateur stated the entire level of chargebacks the previous year was considerably less than the tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of dollars necessary to fully meet the liability shift’s requirements.
When discussing the chargeback issue, the restaurant industry professionals mentioned that they were being affected in different ways. For instance, in the case of chains that had yet to be certified as being EMV compliant, some had noticed a spike in chargeback activity, including for lost and stolen cards. This was concerning because retailers and restaurateurs are not supposed to be liable for this type of activity under guidelines. To that point, one restaurateur indicated that even after providing time-stamped video footage of a charged-back transaction that clearly showed the perpetrator, the bank refused to reverse the chargeback.
According to some restaurateurs, this increased chargeback activity wasn’t limited to those who were not yet EMV compliant. Lost and stolen cards are being targeted at restaurants where Chip & Signature is employed, since the card is (typically) still a valid card even though the user isn’t a valid user. Less-than-honest consumers are getting in on the act, as well. If the consumer claims a charge on a valid card by a valid user is invalid, the path of least resistance for the financial institution is a chargeback to the restaurant. Transactions involving large gift card purchases and large dining parties were cited by some of those at the table as being the cause of many chargebacks.
In a move that sounds like it came right out of Joseph Heller’s Catch 22, some retailers and restaurateurs have responded to the fraudulent chargeback activity of the financial institutions in a unique but entirely foreseeable manner. Simply, in clear violation of PCIDSS standards, some retailers and restaurateurs are storing the very Track 2 card data that PCI and EMV was supposed to protect. They are doing this in order to maintain an audit trail in an effort to contest the increasingly fraudulent chargeback activity.
How have the banks responded? This particular discussion occurred within six months of a handful of lawsuits filed on behalf of merchants of all shapes and sizes. Some of the lawsuits are progressing. Restaurants are hoping the outcomes of the lawsuits might provide some relief down the road. At this particular table, the restaurateurs were almost unanimous in feeling that banks and financial institutions did not show much concern about the plights faced by restaurants. This seems to be particularly evident from the bank's willingness to issue chargebacks and their lack of responsiveness to requests for EMV certification. Some operators commented that the banks and card issuers didn’t really show much interest until after lawsuits started getting filed.
Lee Holman also co-authored the IHL Group study titled EMV: Retail’s $35Billion “Money Pit,” published in May 2015.