Avon was started in 1886 by David H. McConnell in a small room in New York. Today Avon has over 5 million agents in over 100 countries across the world. The majority of Avon products are directed towards women. Avon’s product lines include lipsticks foundation, bath and skin lotions, anti-aging cream, perfumes, as well as jewelry and clothing. All though most of the products are focused towards women, the company does sale a variety of men’s products such as cologne, moisturizers, men’s jewelry, etc.Avon Ladies Perfumes
Avon is a multi level marketing company. Traditionally a direct marketing company, Avon’s fastest growing markets today are in China and Russia. Avon uses both door to door sales people and catalogs to advertise their products. The door to door sales reps are generally known as “Avon ladies,” although now there are a number of men that are selling Avon products as well. In some markets Avon products are sold primarily in retail stores. China is the most notable example because they banned all door to door selling toward the end of 2006.