"Independant" Business Owners' Rules
It has been brought to our attention that some Quixtar Independent Business Owners are actively soliciting prospective IBOs at Barnes & Noble stores, despite clearly stated store policies prohibiting solicitation by store visitors. This practice must be discontinued as it represents a serious threat to the relationships between Quixtar and Barnes&Noble.com as well as to the reputation of the company and the business opportunity."
The fact that the stores have policies discouraging this bothersome practice should speak volumes. For such a Christian valued business, many IBO's certainly lack the ability to respect the wishes of others. These policies or rules are commonly displayed quite prominantly in the store.
"Quixtar's Partner Store agreement with Barnes&Noble.com does not extend to the separate business entity that operates Barnes & Noble stores. Quixtar IBOs are obligated to respect the No Solicitation policies of any establishment they visit, regardless of any e-commerce partnership arrangements that exist between that company's web business and Quixtar."
That's probably because any e-commerce relationships exist only to move more products for the company. Remember IBO's, moving products? That's what the business is, no?
"IBOs are permitted to meet known prospects at the cafes within Barnes & Noble stores, as this does not violate the non-solicitation policy. Actively handing out brochures or approaching others within the store to strike up conversations that lead to a business pitch, however, does violate the policy and this practice needs to be discontinued as it is a rules violation and endangers our relationship with this well-respected national chain."
Name another business you "own" that restricts how you conduct your business. I see Barnes & Noble is considered a well-respected chain. I wonder how B&N feels about Quixtar/Amway?
"A poll conducted by Barnes & Noble of the managers of its more than 700 stores identified Quixtar IBOs as the most frequent violator of this store policy, with no other company-related group in second."
I wonder how many people had to complain that they couldn't shop for books in peace before it had to come to this?"This does not reflect well on the company nor on IBOs in general, and colors people's attitudes and receptivity to the opportunity we offer.Barnes & Noble stores have been alerted to Quixtar's policies and rules. Store managers have been asked to refer all offenders to Quixtar Business Rules & Conduct. IBOs that break these rules will be disciplined."
Firstly, I'm pretty certain people's attitudes have been shaped by the lies and deception which is prevalent in Quixtar/Amway already. Is it normal for one company to ask another company to keep their people away? Unless they are competitors, I'd say that's pretty unusual.
I'm sure every IBO will be absolutely quaking in their footwear by the Business Rules and Conduct threat. If I was still an IBO, I'd tell the corporation to focus their "discipline" on the people who are truly problematic. Can you guess who that might be? I wonder what the discipline would entail?
"Please ask your groups to respect Barnes and Noble's policies as well as Quixtar's Rules of Conduct. If you have questions on this issue, please contact your Sales Advisor.Our reputation is built on everything all of us do and say, all the time. Acting responsibly helps protect your reputation and businesses and the future for all IBOs. We appreciate your leadership and your efforts to help stop this form of prospecting."
Well he's right about one thing, their reputation is built on everything all of them do and say, all the time. Too bad they allow the "leaders" to do whatever they want, and not enforce the rules at the top as it were.
That's a really successful venture going on in Michigan. Large companies are calling to complain about the actions of Amway/Quixtar IBO's.
Remember, these are grown people that are running "their own business". Looks like some people need to consider other people's feelings as well. I don't know too many people who go to bookstores looking to get prospected into their own business. Believe it or not, they may be looking for a book, seeking out a bit of peace and quiet in a hectic day, or indulging in a specialty coffee.
It's called tact, IBO's. Use It. Instead of trying to save everybody, why not start by just showing common courtesy and respect? If you are not one of the offending IBO's, then disregard.
Why does it just seem like Quixtar just left the principal's office?
End of Rant.