(PRWEB) June 30, 2012
There was a time when the door-to-door sales industry was laden with murder, rape, and drug abuse. Many unscrupulous people would pose as part of a traveling sales crew or as a traveling salesman writing fake sales slips for non-existent products, collecting money at the door and never returning. Back then there was a sense of “the wild, wild west” mentality, where anything goes. Unfortunately, the enigma of this culture has stuck with the door-to-door sales industry.
The fact is, at that time the door-to-door sales profession was completely unregulated, which allowed criminals to exploit the industry, and in turn take advantage of its clients. This caused a huge backlash from the public and a general distrust of the door-to-door sales profession.
In 1987 something radical happened. The top performers in the industry came together and made a decision to improve the traveling sales crew profession. They dealt with the hardest problems head-on, which at the time was how to reduce incidents of violene, crime, and bring trust back to the door-to-door sales industry. Thus National Field Selling Association (NFSA) was born. The very first order of business was to establish a set of guidelines that would organize the traveling sales crew industry and encourage public trust. They did this by implementing mandatory random drug screening tests, performing background checks not only during the interview process, but throughout the door-to-door sales employee’s career, and reviewing each traveling sales crew manager's driving record and history yearly. The NFSA also made it mandatory for all individuals in their traveling sales crew to wear a badge, officially stating their company name, position, as well as a traveling sales crew number that could be referenced by the client after the sale. It was the breakthrough the door-to-door sales industry needed, to not only validate it as a profession but to also establish trust with the public once again. Due to the efforts of the NFSA, the door-to-door sales industry is now highly regulated, with consumer protection as a main focus and training managers to run safe traveling sales crews.
Today, the NFSA has been called on once again to be the leader in its industry by implementing new tools to move the door-to-door sales industry forward into the future. In the coming months the NFSA will be launching on multiple social platforms to encourage an open forum where traveling sales crews and their clients can interact with the NFSA and help improve the door-to-door sales experience and process. It is the NFSA’s intent to use social media to foster an open and honest relationship with its clients, and to highlight the great things that happen everyday in the direct sales community. By using social sites such as Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Linkedin, the organization will fill a much needed connection with not only the communities it interacts with, but also its representatives. Using these platforms will provide upper level management with a deeper level of insight into the day to day operations of their companies, giving them a true, unfiltered view of what really goes on with a traveling sales crew on a day-to-day basis.
The National Field Selling Association (NFSA), was founded in 1987 to represent the direct sales industry, including door-to-door sales and travelling sales crews. The NFSA business is conducted by elected, voluntary officers and directors who establish and maintain the NFSA goals and objectives. Fairness, respect and kindness are important traits the NFSA upholds and it does this by having a code of ethics that each member company agrees to. The mission of the NFSA is to provide training, promote respect for others, teach leadership and personal development skills, provide work to people who are in need of assistance and who deserve it, empowering the entry level sales person with the skills necessary to be successful not only in this industry, but as they move into other industries as well.