Sunday, November 20, 2016

11 interesting facts about Unlimited Network of Opportunities (UNO)

Unlimited Network of Opportunites, or UNO, sells all sorts of products from instant coffee to toothpaste to health supplements containing acai berries and moringa.

They’ve got products in just about every department, making it easier to find something you can sell to your friends. But does this mean I’m involved?

This video explains everything:

Make sense? Either way, here’s 11 interesting facts about UNO.

#11. Enough products to fill a department store

UNO is based in health and wellness but has expanded to include all kinds of supplements, cosmetics, personal care products, and even jewelry. [1]


Their product list is as follows:

  • Advance Care Tooth Gel
  • UNO Bio-Magnetic Bracelets with Far Infrared (FIR)
  • 8-in-1 Coffee
  • 8-in-1 Coffee lite
  • Fit Right 150mg Capsule
  • Glutathione New Light Formula Lotion
  • Pure Glutathione Capsule
  • Glutathione Soap with Grapeseed Oil Extract
  • Grapeseed Oil Extract 150mg Capsule
  • New Kojic Soap
  • KryptOrganic Tablet
  • UNO Scalar Pendant
  • Hair Treats Conditioner
  • Prime Juice
  • Organic Thanakha Cream
  • ULTIMA-C Capsule
  • Virgin Coconut Oil Soft Gels
  • Acai Berry Juice
  • Exfoliating Body Scrub
  • Nutrihair Shampoo
  • Magic Cream
  • Choco 8 Chocolate Drink
  • Organic laundry granules
  • 100% natural wheat grass and barley
  • Antibacterial dishwashing liquid
  • Supercharged 100% organic
  • iCare Napkin
  • Cappuccino with Guyabano and Moringa
  • New York Scents
  • Nature White
  • Share Away
  • Corn Coffee
  • Coffee Strong
  • BB Cream
  • Vitalife 365

They’ve got some pretty ambiguous stuff on the list too – “magic cream”?

Um, what? (kind of sounds like Jeunesse)

#10. Basic sign-on package includes a lot of product

You have to pay 7,300 Philippine pesos, around $150, for your sign-on package, at minimum. That’s just for the basic package.

However, it does include a good amount of product. Altogether, your receive…

  1. 1 8-in-1 Coffee
  2. 2 Advance Care Toothpastes
  3. 1 Choco 8 Chocolate Drink
  4. 2 Conditioners/Hair Treatments
  5. 9 Glutathione Soaps
  6. 9 Kojic Acid Soaps
  7. 2 Natura White Deodorants
  8. 2 Nutri Hair Shampoos
  9. 2 Ultima-C Capsules
  10. 1 Kryptorganic Tablet

It’s a long list, but it’s mostly things like soap, shampoo, and toothpaste, so I’m guessing the overall value isn’t super high. However, you also get your membership as a distributor, trainings and marketing materials, promotional discounts ranging from 30%-70%, and family accident insurance.

That last one is an unusual benefit for MLM, an industry that’s infamous for offering zero benefits, but it seems to be pretty standard in the Philippines. [2]

#9. Hybrid commission plan

UNO uses a hybrid commission plan that combines unilevel and binary payouts. Distributors receive income via four channels:

  • Personal sales (direct discount)
  • Personal sponsorships (direct referral)
  • Group sales (Unilevel)
  • Group sponsorships and productivity (Binary)

#8. The #1 network marketing company in the Philippines

Well, at least that’s how they market themselves. I’m not sure how accurate it is, but props for confidence.

UNO is a Philippines-based MLM, and thus follows all their regulations regarding network marketing.

The company is also registered with the SEC, meets all requirements of the FDA, BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue), and the government of the Philippines. Their business model has been reviewed and approved by the DTI (the Department of Trade and Industry) in the Philippines as well. [3]

#7. Commissions paid in cash weekly

Distributors are paid on a weekly basis in cash, but they do have to go pick it up. They can also choose to be wired money to an international debit card, but it requires in-person paperwork and there are some delays.  [4]

The only downside to their payment system is that distributors actually have to go online, log into their account every week by midnight on Saturday, and check off all their earned commissions in order to be paid the following week.

It’s kind of a pain, but it’s not any more annoying than having to submit a timesheet.

#6. Product gift certificate bonuses

Distributors have the chance to earn product gift certificates based on their network’s productivity.

This is a nice bonus if you like UNO’s products, because you can continually win enough gift certificates to get your own supply of product free. If you’ve got a really strong network, you can even win enough gift certificates to purchase more inventory for personal sales, giving you a 100% commission rate.

#5. Growing internationally

While they are from the Philippines, they do have a number of international business centers:

  • Dubai
  • China
  • London
  • Singapore
  • Hong Kong

It still doesn’t look like they’re even close to expanding into the U.S. yet, but any international expansion is usually a good sign for growth.

#4. Up to 30% commission on retail sales

Product discount ranges from 25%-50%, but most of the time you’ll be getting about 30% commission on your sales. This isn’t a phenomenal commission rate, but it’s fairly standard for MLM.

There are 10 different ways to earn though, so it’s definitely possible to increase your earnings through other routes and bonuses.

Unilevel rebates range from 1-6% on 10 levels, and most are 3% or below. You have to maintain a minimum personal purchase of 100GP to qualify for these. You earn extra rebates ranging from 5%-45% as you increase in rank, as well.

The unilevel rebates are very low, but if you can move up, the rank increase rebates are pretty awesome.

#3. UNO Premier is their U.S. subsidiary

In the United States they have UNO Premier, an MLM that’s still pretty unknown and nowhere near the size of their Philippines parent company.

They’ve only been around for a year now, so it’s hard to say whether they’ll do well or collapse before their 2nd birthday.

While UNO has been pretty successful in the Philippines, the website for their U.S. subsidiary is not promising, if only because it’s difficult to understand. It’s written in broken English and it takes quite a while to decipher what the business even is, let alone what they sell or how you can participate.

This makes it very hard to attract either customers or distributors.

#2. Ranked 103 out of 137 MLMs

Best Company ranked UNO 103 out of 137 MLM companies, which isn’t so impressive.

They also scored a 4.1 out of 10 from Best Company, although their user score is a bit higher at 5.7. [5]

Basically, they could be worse…but they’re still subpar. Does that sound like a company you can get excited about and sell for?

#1. Nothing special about their products

They carry a lot of them, sure, but nothing on their website indicates a single feature or ingredient that makes their products special.

I mean, you’re selling me toothpaste? How do you get someone excited about toothpaste? And, again, what on earth is magic cream?

Whereas a lot of other MLMs make wild health claims that they can’t back up, this MLM seems to take the route of not making any marketing claims about their products whatsoever.

This leads me to assume they really just care about the recruitment aspect of the company and, like many MLMs (often the ones who fail), don’t have a solid product.

If you are all about the products, you could give it a shot and try to have some fun with it. But if it’s just the money you are chasing, this isn’t your best opportunity.

If you like automated ways to build passive income, there are better ways.

(and you can trash those old MLM habits, too)


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