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What you should know about Zrii International

Zrii International is a network marketing company that makes premium healthy nutritional products with ingredients based on Ayurvedic herbs.

The company is backed by Deepak Chopra and is fueled by an impressively progressive vision from its leadership.

It’s a tempting opportunity for a home based business, but you might have to rely on your Facebook timeline and selling to family and friends to make decent money.

So have I been involved?

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Overview

Zrii International, as the company is officially named, was founded by Bill Farley. His background is unusual in the network marketing world, which may explain the company’s unique vision.

Mr. Farley was CEO of Fruit of the Loom at one point in his past career. He then ran his business dealings under the guise of a holding company called Liam Ventures Inc, which ran into trouble after failing to make pension contributions on behalf of the metalworkers controlled by his company. Oops.

That may have been a failure but Farley has been successful in other ventures since then, including the big hit Zrii.

Zrii is named after a Sanskrit word meaning “good fortune”, and what an apt name that has turned out to be.

Just short of eight years in business, Zrii has accomplished more than many juice companies ever would (up there with Juice Plus and Rain).

They were founded in 2007 and have already accomplished quite a bit. Take a look:

  • earnings of $45 million in their first year of business
  • backed by well-known and respected health guru Deepak Chopra (his Chopra Center officially endorses Zrii)
  • not only backed by the Chopra center: they sell Zrii products on their website
  • recommended by Chris Gardner, bestselling author
  • Officially endorsed by Freestyle Soccer World Champion Boyka Ortiz
  • Record-breaking sales for 2015: over $100 million

The marketing employed by this company speak to pure genius, and you can’t help wondering if it’s 100% due to founder Farley. As CEO of Fruit of the Loom, he once appeared in his underwear for a TV commercial.

From 2012 to 2015, Zrii monthly sales went through the roof consistently, resulting in growth from 1.5 to 10+ million. Zrii now operates in 18 countries.

Zrii is very big in South America. Accordingly, they hired a big player last year to be the new Regional VP of South America: Carlos Lopez Ortega. He formerly worked for Redbull and Coca Cola so he knows his specialty drinks.

VP of Global Sales Matt Ward is similarly qualified, having worked as Marketing Director for the American Grand Prix.

President A.K.Khalil was appointed in 2013 and comes with a 15-year background in network marketing.

Based in Draper, Utah, Zrii operates in the United States, Canada, Latin America, India and Australia.

Products

Zrii products are based on a mix of traditional Ayurvedic (herbal medicine) principles and modern science. The entire line of products revolve around the powers of amalaki, a fruit.

Zrii founder Bill Farley was introduced to amalaki in 2007, right before he founded the company, and the two friends have been promoting drinks made with it ever since. When asked by Bill Farley what one single thing Chopra would take every day to support health, Chopra answered: amalaki.

So what does amalaki do for us?

  • supports healthy digestion
  • strengthens immunity
  • increases energy

Amalaki is rare and is said to be powerful as a rejuvenator, especially if you consult traditional Indian medical practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine.It’s a potent antioxidant, if you want to define it in terms of Western medicine.

Here’s a quick run-down of Zrii products:

  • Zrii Amalaki. This is their flagship product and contains not only amalaki but also turmeric, ginger, jujube, schizandria, Tulsi, and haritaki. $37 for 25 oz.
  • Zrii Rise. This is high performance coffee containing Colombian Arabica beans and green coffee bean extract plus amalaki of course.
  • Zrii Achieve. This comes in chocolate or vanilla- it’s a meal replacement weight management shake.
  • Zrii Accell. This is an energy booster containing green tea (caffeine + antioxidants).
  • Daily AM & PM. These are vitamins: AM for alertness and PM for relaxation.
  • Smart Omega-4. This is a super-dose of omega-3s EPA, DHA and others.
  • Zrii Purify. Cleanse & weight management system comprised of 4 parts: Fiber, Detox Oil, AM Capsules and PM Capsules. Supports digestion, detox.

Note that Zrii products contain natural ingredients, and most are are gluten free as well as GMO free. Most are also certified Halal, too.

Compensation Plan

The Zrii Opportunity offers exceptional mentoring and training.

Zrii trainers actually travel around to meet their distributors, rather than simply relying on webinars and email to stay in touch. Actual strategy is discussed in these meetings and managers are always scanning the lower ranks for new potential leaders to promote.

They give you the opportunity to earn from home with 16 ways to get paid. They are broken down into “immediate” methods, “residual” methods, and “lifestyle” rewards as follows. Please note: distributors are called Independent Executives (IEs):

IMMEDIATE

  • Fast Start Bonus. 20% bonus on all initial orders.
  • Star Bonus. Enroll new IEs (one on each of 2 legs) and earn up to $50
  • Star Maker Bonus. Earn bonuses when your enrollees buy Z-Packs of product.
  • Tablet Bonus. Earn $300 cash when you make ranking of 3-star IE in first 8 weeks and again the next 4 weeks.
  • Four Weeks to 4-Star. Earn $1000 if you make it to 4-star IE.

RESIDUAL

  • Team commission. 10% commission on pay leg CV
  • Matching Bonus. 7 generations of dynamically compressed (that’s good for you) check matching
  • MyZriiProBonus. Up to $10 on every MyZriiPro membership sold in your downline.
  • Customer Bonus. 20% customer bonus on purchases made by customers you enroll.
  • Customer Performance. Every 5,000 CQV you make, you get $500.
  • Loyalty Rewards. Place an EZ Order every four weeks and get free or discounted products.

LIFESTYLE

  • Zrii Benz Club. 4-star ranks get $600/month for a car lease.Higher ranks get $1000.
  • Leadership Academy. Travel.
  • Achievement Bonus
  • RSA Elite Club
  • Global Leadership Pool. 2% of company commissionable sales go to this pool.

IEs get wholesale pricing on products, too.

Recap

Bill Farley is certainly a man of vision- his business interests have been as diverse as can be. He’s also part-owner of the Chicago White Sox (although he hasn’t always invested actual money in the team each year). Remember GItano Jeans?  He owned them too, along with a footwear company called DIngo boots.

His first company was the Anaheim Citrus Products company, which he purchased in 1976. That original business became the foundation for subsequent ventures, which are now called Farley Industries, a conglomerate doing $5 billion in sales per year and employing 65,000 people.

Having been blamed for almost forcing Fruit of the Loom into bankruptcy, he’s not always successful, but Zrii might finally be his winner. Might.

Look, as I’ve shown throughout the review, not a Zrii hater by any means. But there are flaws in today’s MLM industry. It’s the sad story of “selling the opportunity”, where real money is made by the few gurus on top while the rest fight for the scraps.

Seen it too many times.

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Zija review: Nutritional supplements from moringa

Zija is a nutritional products network marketing company capitalizing on the healthful properties of moringa.

In May 2017 they acquired Xango, making them a bigger force in the health MLM space.

Run by a pioneer inventor in the herbal supplement industry and propelled by a top Harvard scientist, Zija is setup to do big things.

Overview

We’ll take a look at exactly what Zija is celebrating. You’ll find out whether the science is there to support the claims made about moringa. You’ll also discover how well their International compensation plan stacks up in a sea that’s brimming with nutritional energy drinks (hint: Tru Vision, Isagenix, and Visi).

First let’s find out about moringa.

Moringa Oleifera is a tree found in the foothills of the Himalayas known for its drought-resistant properties (1). The seedpods are eaten in Africa and Asia. The leaves are the most nutritious part and are eaten in Southeast Asia. The flowers are said to taste like mushrooms.

There seems to be no question as to the high nutritional value of moringa. It’s a good source of protein as well as vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and phenolics (2).

But delve a little deeper and the clinical studies aren’t there yet for many of the claims made by Zija Interntional. More on that below.

Who is Zija International? The founder of Zija is Ken Brailsford. He is credited with inventing herbal encapsulation, and with helping to bring moringa to the supplement industry after watching a documentary about the health benefits of consuming parts of the moringa tree.

Mr.Brailsford is actually something of a “star” in the herbal supplement world. He started Nature’s Sunshine in the 1970s, to capitalize on his new herbal encapsulation methodology. He ran that until 1979 when he left to become a stockbroker because of a noncompete clause with Nature’s Sunshine (3). He later went back but fully retired in 1997 until he founded Zija years later.

The company is based in Lehi, Utah and boasts an executive team of “experienced MLM professionals.”  That would include CEO Rodney Larsen who was hired to promote the growth goals of Zija. Mr.Larsen has been with ZI since 2006 and his LinkedIn profile shows no other data before that year. Some Zija affiliate websites do mention that he worked for NEXX and a branch of NuSkin Entrprises before joining Zija.

President Brad Stewart’s profile mentions that he has managed his career “through vision and faith”. He has been involved in network marketing his whole life.

Executive Vice President Darrell Eyre started as an Amway distributor and has been in network marketing for 25 years.

COO Michael Hershberger has over 15 years experience in management and IT and an MBA.

The takeaway: apart from the Chief Operating Officer, Zija International is run by people who have pretty much always worked in network marketing. The founder is recognized as an important figure in herbal supplement history and founded one of the oldest and most successful herbal supplement companies in the world.

Zija International is a BBB accredited business with a rating of A+.

Products

The ZI products can be divided into three categories: moringa, ameo, and ripstix. Headed by  Harvard Medical School valedictorian Joshua Plant, the scientific wing of Zija International is actively engaged in formulating new products based on moringa and other botanicals.

Moringa is believed to support a wide range of health benefits, including anti-inflammatory support, improved digestion, improved mental clarity, increased energy, anti-aging, immune system support, and blood glucose level regulation. All of these benefits are listed on the Zija International website.

Scientific evidence and clinical trials, however, are hard to find.

There is one agricultural study  where mice and ruminants were given moringa tea. It was found that the white cell count in the mice who drank the tea was significantly higher. Mice also experienced reduced inflammatory responses.

In that same study, Moringa also improved cell viability in sheep and goats, and reduced oxidative stress from internal parasites. No effect on the gut health of pigs was observed, however (4). The results of this study have only been published informally to date.

The same Ag & Tech school that’s conducting that study is also looking into the use of moringa to promote animal health. Specifically, they’re researching moringa’s effects on the immune system (on B and T cells). In addition, they’re studying moringa’s effects on growth rate and performance of pigs. However, at this time it’s merely stated that more research is needed (5).

There is also a World Health Report citing the use of moringa in the use of water treatment in developing countries (6). But so far, not much has made it into the National Institutes of Health’s PubMed system.

The takeaway: moringa is incredibly nutritionally dense, but clinical studies are needed to support many of the health benefit claims made by Zija Interntaional.

Essential oils produced with clinical-grade standards and Zija’s exclusive patent-pending certification system.

Ripstix Hydration and Fitness Line – these are energy drinks in powdered form. Fitness supplements containing L-arginine (8) and electrolytes, they also contain fructose which some people try and stay away from.

Compensation Plan

There are tens of thousands of independent distributors working for Zija International. They have access to an extensive network of Zija training modules, including videos, an app, audio training, all of which is measured by a series of exams.

It’s the only MLM known to have a certification process for its distributors. Not only that, but every 90 days, distributors must re-certify. Passing exams means higher pay, too (7).

This is similar to how non-MLM companies handle their training. For example, public school teachers get pay raises when they pass graduate-level courses from accredited institutions of higher learning.

So what if Zija operates its own training, testing, and certification program in-house: it’s far above and beyond what you’ll see in other MLM companies.

Details:

1) IBOs profit by purchasing products at wholesale prices and selling them at retail (up to 25% profit).

2) Qualify to earn commission by being on autoship for at least 75 PV per month.

3) Get 10% of sales made by your personally enrolled recruits.

4) Team commissions and further bonuses as you advance in rank.

Recap

Zija appears to offer a good product. They have done a lot of things right and have a unique niche in the competitive nutritional supplement industry. But the income potential isn’t worth my time.

I’m not saying Zija International is a bad company – they’re not.

With any MLM, peddling products to your family members and friends at church might work for a couple months…maybe over a year if you’re lucky.

In the end, it’s still the sad story of selling hype and chasing the hot opportunity.

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