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Shaklee – Wikipedia Review, How does your company stack up? November 30, 2012

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Shaklee From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaCorporation Type PublicTraded asJASDAQ8205 Industry WellnessPersonal care,
Founded1956 Founder(s)Dr. Forrest C. 

ShakleeHeadquarters Pleasanton, California 
Key people Roger Barnett, Chairman & CEO
ProductsNutrition, Weight management, Beauty, Household
RevenueUSD$148.7 million (2007).[1]
Websitewww.shaklee.comShaklee Corporation is a manufacturer and distributor of nutritional supplements, weight-management products, beauty products, and household products. The company is based in Pleasanton, California with operations in Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Taiwan and China. The company sells its products through a multi-level marketing network and claims a combined base of 750,000 “members” (customers) and distributors.[2]Contents  [hide]


[edit]History[edit]FoundingDr. Forest C. Shaklee created “Shaklee’s Vitalized Minerals” in 1915 before the concept of vitamins was fully understood. In 1956, Dr. Shaklee founded the Shaklee Corporation with his two sons to manufacturenutritional supplements.[3] Shaklee chose the relatively unknown multi-level marketing business model to market his product.[4] Starting in 1960, Dr. Shaklee began marketing organicbiodegradable cleaning products. He continually emphasized “natural” and “environmentally friendly” in his marketing messages, ideas which were not common at the time.

[edit]Expansion, divestiture, changes of ownership
Shaklee headquarters in Pleasanton

Shaklee Corporation was a publicly traded company in the late 1970s and was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The corporation began to diversify in November 1986 when it purchased the Bear Creek Corporation, a direct marketing company best known for its Harry and David Fruit-of-the-Month Club operation, fromRJR Nabisco for $123 million.[5] In February 1989 Shaklee sold its 78 percent interest in Shaklee Japan to the Yamanouchi Pharmaceutical Company for $350 million, while maintaining its licensing agreement and continuing to collect royalty payments from the Japanese operations.[6] Then in March 1989, Shaklee Corporation received an unsolicited acquisition proposal from a group led by Irwin L. Jacobs, the Minneapolis financier known also by his nickname “Irv the Liquidator”. Analysts placed the leveraged buyout value of Shaklee at $35 a share. The Jacobs group had been aggressively accumulating Shaklee shares, and disclosed it currently held a 14.98 percent stake in the San Francisco-based company. Shaklee immediately declared a special dividend of $20 a share, seen as a poison pill—a way to discourage takeover interest in Shaklee, though the company disputed that view. Shaklee’s anti-takeover provisions come into play when an investor reaches 15 percent.[7] After a few tense weeks, during which time Jacobs increased his stake in Shaklee,[8] Shaklee Corporation announced it was being acquired by Yamanouchi Pharmaceutical for $28 a share in cash, or about $395 million. Yamanouchi’s partnership with Shaklee in Japan helped make the transaction possible, and cast Yamanouchi as a“white knight” in helping Shaklee fend off the hostile takeover bid by Jacobs.[9] Jacobs announced he would not challenge the Yamanouchi bid[10] and the deal with Yamanouchi was quickly finalized.[11]Shaklee became a privately held company.

In April 2004, Yamanouchi sold Shaklee Corporation to American billionaire Roger Barnett, managing partner of Activated Holdings LLC, for $310 million. Bear Creek and the Harry and David line was sold toWasserstein Perella & Co. for $260 million.[12][13]

Shaklee is committed to being green.[14][15]

[edit]ReceptionShaklee’s Scientifically Advanced Vita-Lea Iron Formula multivitamin was tested by ConsumerLab.com in their Multivitamin and Multimineral Supplements Review of 38 of the leading multivitamin/multimineral products sold in the U.S. and Canada. The multivitamin passed ConsumerLab’s test,[16] which included testing of selected index elements, their ability to disintegrate in solution per United States Pharmacopeiaguidelines, lead contamination threshold set in California Proposition 65, and meeting U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labeling requirements.[17]

A landmark nutrition study [18] compared users of Shaklee vitamins and supplements with users of leading multivitamins and people who took no vitamins or supplements over a 20 year period. The authors found a statically significant reduced risk of diabetes in Shaklee vitamin users, according to the self-reports of medical history by those users. They also find more favorable concentrations of chronic disease-related biomarkers such as HDL cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood of long-term Shaklee vitamin users, as well as a lower risk of elevated blood pressure, compared to the control groups. However, as the authors note, the Shaklee vitamin users were generally of a higher socio-economic status than the non-useres. Better access to health care as well as a healthier life style among the members of the Shaklee vitamin user group may account for some or all of the differences between the groups.

[edit]Cycling teamFrom 1988-2000 Shaklee was the title sponsor of an American based UCI professional cycling team managed by Frank Scioscia. In its final year of existence (2000) Team Shaklee was the top-ranked UCI tier III team in the world[19] and included United States Olympic Team members Jamie Carney, Jonas Carney, Adam Laurent, and Kent Bostick. There is no information listed as to whether or not the team members actually used Shaklee products.

[edit]Customers[edit]NASABeginning in 1993, Shaklee started providing NASA with a customized rehydration beverage for use by Shuttle astronauts[20][citation needed]

[edit]Olympic athletesSome of the athletes that use Shaklee products are: Craig Blanchette, Laurie Brandt, Kent Bostick, Eli Bremer, Sandra Gal, Bill Demong, Kris Freeman, Zach Krych, Adam Moore, Reilley Rankin, Jennifer Rodriguez, Carl Rundell, Roz Savage, Darin Shapiro, and Ashley Wagner.[21]

[edit]Notes and references

  1. ^ “Yahoo Finance: Industry Center > Personal Products > Shaklee Corporation Company Profile”. Yahoo Finance. Retrieved 2009-06-21.
  2. ^ Shaklee Corporation: Providing a healthier life for everyone and a better life for anyone. Health, Wellness, Nature, Opportunity
  3. ^ “Dr. Forrest Shaklee; Founded Corporation”. New York Times. 17 December 1985. Retrieved 2009-06-21.
  4. ^ “The History of MLM”. First Class MLM. 11 November 2007. Retrieved 2009-06-21.
  5. ^ “Shaklee to Buy RJR Nabisco Unit”. New York Times. 4 November 1986. Retrieved 2009-06-21.
  6. ^ “Shaklee to Sell Japanese Stake”. New York Times. 3 February 1989. Retrieved 2009-06-21.
  7. ^ Fisher, Lawrence M. (4 March 1989). “Shaklee Gets Takeover Offer From Jacobs”. New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-21.
  8. ^ “Jacobs Increases Stake in Shaklee”. New York Times. 25 February 1989. Retrieved 2009-06-21.
  9. ^ Fisher, Lawrence M. (15 March 1989). “Japan Drug Maker to Buy Shaklee”. New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-21.
  10. ^ “Jacobs Cuts Stake In Shaklee to 10.5%”. New York Times. 15 March 1989. Retrieved 2009-06-21.
  11. ^ “Shaklee Offer Done”. New York Times. 18 April 1989. Retrieved 2009-06-21.
  12. ^ “Japanese Drug Company To Sell 4 Units, Including Shaklee”. New York Times. 3 April 2004. Retrieved 2009-06-21.
  13. ^ . http://subscribers.nutritionbusinessjournal.com/direct/shaklee-acquired-activated-holdings-0404/wall.html?return=http://subscribers.nutritionbusinessjournal.com/direct/shaklee-acquired-activated-holdings-0404/index.html. Retrieved 2009-06-21.[dead link]
  14. ^ “Shaklee U.S. leads the way on global climate change issue”. Shaklee, Inc.. Retrieved 2012-01-26.
  15. ^ [1]
  16. ^ “ConsumerLab Multivitamin and Multimineral Supplements Review – Main Review”. 15 June 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011.(subscription required)
  17. ^ “ConsumerLab Multivitamin and Multimineral Supplements Review – Testing Method”. 15 June 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
  18. ^ Block, Gladys; Jensen, Christopher D; Norkus, Edward P; Dalvi, Tapashi B; Wong, Les G; McManus, Mark L; Hudes (2007). “Usage patterns, health, and nutritional status of long-term multiple dietary supplement users: a cross-sectional study”. Nutrition journal 6: 30.
  19. ^ http://www.shaklee.com/news_presskit_conscience02.shtml
  20. ^ http://technology.arc.nasa.gov/docs/ARC11943_rehyrdration_white_paper.pdf
  21. ^ http://athletes.shaklee.com/us/en/welcome.html#/TeamShaklee


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Shaklee Complaints | Shaklee Scam November 20, 2012

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Shaklee Complaints | Shaklee Scam:

Shaklee is the oldest brand in the natural nutrition / natural health industry,they coined the term “Social Marketing” and invented the first multivitamin. Shaklee corporation has been around for over 55 years and literally is a bedrock of integrity and stability in the often changing marketplace of network / social marketing companies.  What are some of the biggest  Shaklee complaints out there and are they founded?


Shaklee has an excellent reputation in the business community, having a A+ rating from the BBB, or better business bureau.

They also have a solid reputation as a leader in the environmental field, having been the first large corporation getting a third party verification of being climate neutral.

However, what about the Shaklee Complaints out there?

One of the biggest controversies, as far as a business builder goes, particularly in today’s day and age is their internet policy towards advertising Shaklee if you already belong to that company..

As is common with many older network marketing companies, they, on the surface appear to be very controlling of their brand name on the internet.  After all, if a company does not have a brand name, what do they have?

However, brand name control is a very tricky thing on the internet, Shaklee being no exception.  Often times what works best is for companies to, rather try to restrict the conversation, which breeds mistrust on an open internet platform, to engage in the conversation and their customers and distributors.

In fact, apparently there was a big point of interest a few years ago when Oprah appeared to endorse the products on her show as “one of her favorite things”.  What happened was that there was a complete ban from the company towards its distributors from using her name in connection with the products.

But, it should be noted that several very prominent Shaklee Independent distributors have built very large businesses using the internet.  They built their organizations in various ways, such as pay per click marketing and using recruiting systems or funded proposals.

Really, from what you can read online, it appears that you simply need to indicate that you are a Shaklee independent distributor in order to use the name of their products or corporate name so as to separate what you are saying with their corporate identity.

So, what is the summary here for Shaklee complaints, particularly surrounding their use of the internet for its distributors?    
Just a company trying to protects its brand an image.

Read below for thoughts on Shaklee as a Scam.



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Shaklee Scam – Shaklee Reviews

The fifty five year old company often gets the common question asked,
“is Shaklee a scam?”
No matter how powerful the hype echoes, or how great people say the product or business is, its in your best interest to always do your du-diligence.

Here I will reveal whether or not this company is legit or something we can just throw in the closet for another rainy day.

Shaklee is based out of Pleasanton, CA they manufacture assorted lines of products for health, wellness, weight loss and non toxic cleaning. They have high quality vitamins and supplements, cellular anti-aging, all-natural fat loss, skin care, and biodegradable cleaning concentrates.

They were also ranked as the #1 all-natural nutrition company in the United States when tracking sales volume.  
They were the 1st company to be certified as
“Climate Neutral” 
(which means that they offset their CO2 emissions with zero net impact on the earths atmosphere). 

Shaklee has proven to many around the world that you can make money in large amounts 
while providing a positive climate effective product.

Shaklee’s Historical factors

The company was founded in nineteen fifty six by Dr. Forrest Shaklee. 
He spent more than forty years developing powerful vitamins and minerals that promote well being and a healthy lifestyle.

With the high grade of products they manufactured, 
they integrated a powerful business model to spread the word of the Shaklee name. 
(Social Marketing)

In 2004 Shaklee was purchased and taken over by billionaire investor, Roger Barnett who gave the business a complete paradigm shift into popular fame. 
They were featured on popular shows like “The Rachel Ray Show” and on “Oprahs” favorites things. So now that you have a clean and pure outlook on where Shaklee has survived and flourished, let take a further look into the question..

Does this company have A history of scamming shaklee distributors or customers?

Most times when you come across people yelling the SCAM word, you  find out these people were past distributors themselves whom had zero training or the skillsets required to generate leads or traffic to their affiliate websites. 

A little research shows that the company has  a BBB A+ rating.

Here are a couple notable accomplishments you can credit Shaklee for:

  • Shaklee has been in business for more than 55 years.
  • They provide a actual, tangible items and is even the official nutrition sponsor with the US Olympic Ski Team.
  • Shaklee goods are employed by NASA and have even been endorsed by individuals like Rachael Ray and Oprah
  • First company to be certified as 100% climate neutral.


They’re also shared across 8 nations all over the globe and have spent more than $250 Million on research and development of the products.

Shaklee Scam?
 “Absolutely Not!”

I have come to the conclusion you can make money with shaklee, BUT! To become an effective Shaklee distributor, 
you must hone the skills of the internet in communication with people and you must be able to openly and enthusiastically share your Shaklee story and experience with everyone you meet. 

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