Provizion Global is an MLM company that sells nutritional supplements.
LaCore Enterprises owns Provizion Global. Terry LaCore owns both enterprises, which are situated in Texas.
Rick S. Nelson is the CEO of Provizion Global (right).
According to Nelson’s Provizion Global corporate bio;
Rick has spent more than 25 years in key markets throughout the world as a direct selling enthusiast and international company development specialist.
His background includes 12 years of living and working in South Korea, as well as recent initiatives in the People’s Republic of China, both of which are top revenue areas for direct selling.
MLM firms that conduct business in China are frequently implicated with bribery and corruption.
In 2014, Avon was fined $135 million.
In 2016, Nu Skin was fined $765,688 (they also paid $47 million in a separate class-action lawsuit).
Herbalife was fined $122 million in 2020, and two former executives were charged in July 2022.
Ariix forced NewAge into bankruptcy and is currently under federal FCPA investigation.
Nelson appears to have started his MLM executive career in 1989 with Nu Skin.
Nelson was elevated to Director of Corporate Affairs for Nu Skin Korea in 1995. Nelson was elevated to Director of Business Development once more in 1998.
Nelson was in charge for nine years. He concluded his career as the Director of Market Development and Support for Nu Skin’s Photomax service, which he left in November 2007.
Nelson states that while working at Nu Skin, he
Nu Skin went from being a US and Canada-only brand in 1989 to effectively introducing a big Asia Pacific market.
Nelson also claims to have
expertise in complicated business integration in mainland China Expertise in business relationships, cultural adaptability, systems, processes, and execution.
I can’t say if Nelson was involved in Nu Skin’s activities in China (or, for that matter, any other MLM company operating in China).
Nelson joined Max International in July 2008 as Vice President of Business Development.
Nelson held the position until February 2013, when he accepted a position as Univera’s Vice President of International Development.
Nelson’s time with Univera was brief, leaving in October 2014.
Nelson appears to have concentrated on bringing enterprises to the Chinese, Korean, and Russian markets through Rick S. Nelson & Associates beginning in 2014.
That gets us to the introduction of Provizion Global in late 2020.
Continue reading for a thorough examination of Provizion Global’s MLM prospect.
Products by Provizion Global
Provizion Global has two nutritional supplements on the market: Provizion GSH and Provision Energy.
Provizion GSH costs $69 for a container of 60 capsules and is described as “a special mix of 22 complementing substances that allows your body to defend and repair itself at the cellular level.”
Provizion Energy, which bills itself as “a Peak Performance Concentrated Drink that gives energy, strength, and focus,” costs $119 for 20 servings.
LaCore Labs produces both of Provizion Global’s products in-house.
The Compensation Plan of Provizion Global
Provizion Global’s compensation plan is based on retail sales. Residual commissions are paid in the form of a binary, as well as a Matching Bonus via unilevel team generations.
There are also rank-specific performance incentives available.
Global Affiliate Ranks for Provizion
Provizion Global’s compensation scheme includes fourteen affiliate ranks.
They are as follows, along with their respective qualification criteria:
Sign up as an IBO as a Provizion Global affiliate.
Team Builder – during a four-week rolling period, produce and sustain 50 PV and 200 GV in weaker binary team side volume.
Area Team Builder – over a four-week period, develop and maintain 100 PV, recommend and retain one retail client, and generate and retain 1500 and 2000 GV in weaker and stronger binary team side traffic (capped at 1500 GV from any one recruitment leg)
Regional Team Builder – sustain 100 PV and one retail client over a rolling four-week period, and develop and maintain 3000 and 4000 GV in weaker and stronger binary team side volume over a rolling four-week period (capped at 3000 GV from any one recruitment leg)
National Team Builder – maintain 100 PV and one retail client over a rolling four-week period, as well as develop and sustain 5000 and 7000 GV in weaker and stronger binary team side volume over a rolling four-week period (capped at 5000 GV from any one recruitment leg)
Director – maintain 100 PV over a four-week rolling time, recommend and retain two retail clients, and create and retain 7000 and 10,000 GV in weaker and stronger binary team side volume over a four-week rolling period (capped at 7000 GV from any one recruitment leg)
Area Director – maintain 100 PV and two retail clients over a rolling four-week period, as well as produce and sustain 10,000 and 15,000 GV in weaker and stronger binary team side volume over a rolling four-week period (capped at 10,000 GV from any one recruitment leg)
Regional Director – maintain 100 PV and two retail clients over a rolling four-week period, as well as produce and sustain 13,000 and 20,000 GV in weaker and stronger binary team side traffic over a rolling four-week period (capped at 13,000 GV from any one recruitment leg)
National Director – maintain 100 PV and two retail clients over a rolling four-week period, as well as produce and sustain 15,000 and 30,000 GV in weaker and stronger binary team side volume over a rolling four-week period (capped at 15,000 GV from any one recruitment leg)
Executive – maintain 100 PV over a four-week rolling period, refer and retain four retail clients, and produce and retain 20,000 and 50,000 GV in weaker and stronger binary team side volume over a four-week rolling period (capped at 20,000 GV from any one recruitment leg)
Area Executive – maintain 100 PV and four retail clients over a rolling four-week period, as well as produce and sustain 25,000 and 75,000 GV in weaker and stronger binary team side volume over a rolling four-week period (capped at 25,000 GV from any one recruitment leg)
Regional Executive – maintain 100 PV and four retail clients over a rolling four-week period, as well as produce and sustain 50,000 and 150,000 GV in weaker and stronger binary team side volume over a rolling four-week period (capped at 50,000 GV from any one recruitment leg)
National Executive – maintain 100 PV and four retail clients over a rolling four-week period, as well as produce and sustain 100,000 and 300,000 GV in weaker and stronger binary team side volume over a rolling four-week period (capped at 100,000 GV from any one recruitment leg)
Ambassador – maintain 100 PV over a four-week rolling time, recommend and keep eight retail clients, and produce and keep 125,000 and 500,000 GV in weaker and stronger binary team side volume over a four-week rolling period (capped at 125,000 GV from any one recruitment leg)
PV is an abbreviation for “Personal Volume.” PV is the sales volume generated by retail client orders and purchases made by a Provizion Global affiliate.
GV is an abbreviation for “Group Volume.” PV generated by a Provizion Global affiliate and their downline is referred to as GV.
It should be noted that in order to qualify for a rank, retail consumers must have purchased at least 50 PV of merchandise in a four-week period.
Commissions on retail sales
Retail commissions are earned by Provizion Global affiliates on the sale of items to retail clients.
On online retail sales orders, a 20% commission is paid.
On offline retail sales orders, a 40% fee is given.
Commissions from sponsors
On product orders placed by personally suggested preferred customers and recruited affiliates, a 10% Sponsor Commission is given.
Retail consumers that have consented to sign up for autoship in exchange for a discount are considered preferred customers.
To qualify for Sponsor Commissions after the first year, a Provizion Global affiliate must buy 600 PV of product yearly.
A binary compensation scheme is used by Provizion Global to pay residual commissions.
In a binary compensation system, an affiliate is placed at the top of a binary team, which is divided into two sides (left and right):
The binary team’s initial level has two slots. The binary team’s second level is created by dividing the initial two slots into two more positions each (4 positions).
As needed, subsequent levels of the binary team are constructed, with each successive level containing twice as many spots as the preceding level.
Positions on the binary team are filled through direct and indirect affiliate recruiting. It should be noted that there is no limit to how deep a binary team may develop.
Provizion Global totals fresh sales volume on both sides of the binary team at the conclusion of each week.
On lower binary team side sales volume, a residual commission of 10% is paid.
It should be noted that residual commissions have an earnings cap (see “Residual and Matching Bonus Earnings Cap” below).
Bonus for Matching
Matching Bonuses are paid by Provizion Global on residual commissions generated by downline affiliates.
The Matching Bonus is distributed via a one-level compensation scheme.
In a unilevel compensation system, an affiliate is put at the head of a unilevel team, with every individually recruited affiliate placed right under them (level 1):
If any level 1 affiliates acquire new affiliates, they are assigned to the original affiliate’s unilevel team at level 2.
If any level 2 affiliates recruit new affiliates, they are promoted to level 3, and so on for an unlimited number of levels.
The Matching Bonus is recorded and paid through Generations of Area Team Builders.
The first Area Team Builder or above in a unilevel team leg completes the leg’s initial Matching Bonus generation. The second generation of that leg starts right underneath them.
If there is a second Area Team Builder or higher deeper in the leg, they end the second generation, with the third starting directly below them.
If there are no Area Team Builders or they are located higher up in the leg, the second generation extends down the whole length of the leg.
Provision Global provides the Matching Bonus on up to 10 generations based on rank using this generational structure:
The Matching Bonus is earned by directors on up to one generation every unilevel team leg.
The Matching Bonus is earned by Area Directors on up to two generations each unilevel team leg.
The Matching Bonus is earned by Regional Directors on up to three generations each unilevel team leg.
The Matching Bonus is earned by National Directors on up to four generations each unilevel team leg.
The Matching Bonus is earned by executives on up to five generations each unilevel team leg.
The Matching Bonus is earned by Area Executives on up to six generations each unilevel team leg.
Regional Executives are eligible for the Matching Bonus on up to seven generations per unilevel team leg.
The Matching Bonus is earned by National Executives on up to eight generations each unilevel team leg.
The Matching Bonus is earned by Ambassadors on up to 10 generations every unilevel team leg.
It should be noted that the Matching Bonus has an earnings cap (see “Residual and Matching Bonus Earnings Cap” below).
Earnings Cap for Residual and Matching Bonus
Weekly residual commissions and the Matching Bonus are capped by Provizion Global based on rank:
Team Builders have the potential to earn up to $500.
Area Team Builders can earn up to $1000 each month.
Regional Team Builders can earn up to $1500 each month.
National Team Builders can earn up to $3000 each month.
Directors might earn up to $4000 per year.
Area Directors can earn up to $6000 per year.
Regional Directors can earn up to $8000 per year.
National Directors can make up to $10,000 each year.
Executives can make up to $20,000 per year.
Area Executives can earn up to $25,000 per year.
Regional executives can make up to $50,000 per year.
National executives can make up to $100,000 per year.
Ambassadors are not eligible for residual commissions or Matching Bonuses.
Up to $20,000 in residual commissions can be made from the capped amount.
This is most likely at the National Executive level. Provizion Global does not disclose residual commission limitations based on rank.
Bonus for Rank Achievement
Provizion Global offers a one-time Rank Achievement Bonus to affiliates that qualify at Team Builder or higher:
Qualify at Team Builder and earn a $25 gift card
qualify for $50 at Area Team Builder
qualify for a $100 prize at Regional Team Builder
qualify for the National Team Builder competition and get $200
qualify for the position of Director and get $1000
qualify for the position of Area Director and get $2000
qualify for the position of Regional Director and get $4000 paid out over two eight-week intervals
qualify for the position of National Director and get $6000 paid out over three eight-week cycles
Qualify for Executive and get $10,000 spread over four eight-week periods.
Qualify for Area Executive and get $20,000 over four eight-week periods.
Qualify for Regional Executive and get $50,000 over five eight-week cycles.
qualify for National Executive and get $100,000 over five eight-week periods
qualify for Ambassador and get $250,000 over ten eight-week periods
To get the full incentive, Regional Directors and above must retain their rank for the whole eight-week cycle period.
Provizion Global offers a monthly Lifestyle Bonus to Team Builder and National Director rated affiliates:
qualify for a $25 monthly bonus at Team Builder
qualify for $50 each month at Area Team Builder
qualify for a $100 monthly bonus at Regional Team Builder
qualify for the National Team Builder program and get $200 every month
qualify for the position of Director and get $400 each month
qualify for the position of Area Director and get $600 each month
qualify for the position of Regional Director and get $800 per month
qualify for the position of National Director and get $1000 each month
Executives and above are eligible for the Leadership Bonus instead of the Lifestyle Bonus (see “Leadership Bonus” below).
Bonus for Leadership
Provizion Global invests 3% of weekly company-wide sales volume in the Leadership Bonus.
Executive and higher-ranking affiliates partake in the Leadership Bonus based on their rank:
Executives get one share.
Area executives are entitled to two shares.
Regional executives are entitled to four shares.
National executives are entitled to six shares.
Ambassadors are entitled to ten shares.
Furthermore, Provizion Global picks one favored client, Team Builder, or lower ranking affiliate each week to receive one share of the Leadership Bonus.
To qualify, the chosen client and Team Builder or lower ranking affiliate must have either ordered or produced 100 PV in orders for 12 consecutive weeks over a rolling four-week period.
It should be noted that certain valued clients receive product credit rather than a monetary bonus.
According to Provizion Global’s pay plan, the firm
Additional rewards may include: mobile phones, tablets, computers, leadership dinners, autos, special executive trainings, free registration, travel, and housing for our global and regional conventions, vacations, and leadership summits.
There is no particular qualifying information available.
Participating in Provizion Global
Affiliate membership in Provizion Global is completely free.
Conclusion of Provizion Global
The items are the weakest link in Provizion Global’s MLM opportunity.
Provizion GSH is essentially a glutathione and N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (NAC) supplement. It has a variety of different components, but these are the main ones.
NAC supplements are a continuing regulatory problem in the United States. It is presently prohibited to add NAC in dietary supplements unless the FDA rules differently (this process is under review).
Glutathione is a popular supplement that is widely accessible in a plethora of various forms, the most of which are less expensive than Provizion GSH.
Elomir, the main product of LaCore Enterprises, was just introduced. Unlike Elomir, Provizion Global appears to have avoided making any absurd medical marketing claims.
Provizion Energy, at $5.95 a serving, appears to be overly expensive for an energy drink. Yes, glutathione is included in Provizion Energy, but it is still advertised as an energy drink.
You’re probably better off obtaining a much cheaper glutathione supplement and dividing your energy needs.
When we find an MLM firm with items that aren’t retail viable, we know it’s a pyramid scam.
This is when things start to get interesting.
Provizion is, for all intents and purposes, a pyramid scam for autoship recruiting.
Provizion Global’s “444 Success System” is the starting point:
Provizion Global’s compensation scheme prominently advertises the 444 Success System, but no details are presented. Are those retail customers or affiliates who have been recruited? Why are they each purchasing 120 Provizion GSH tablets every month?
The following is Provizion Global’s website explanation of the “444 strategy”:
We advocate a 444 approach, structure, and method for negotiating our compensation scheme.
Investing your time and effort in inviting at least four people every day for at least four days of the week, and then repeating that activity for four weeks, would result in a minimum of 64 persons invited in a single month.
Your objective would be to sponsor four serious IBOs and help each of these new Microbusiness partners sponsor four IBOs.
A prosperous microbusiness network can begin to emerge if everyone strives to follow this 444.
That is, indeed, a pyramid scam.
An earnings chart is attached to Provizion Global’s compensation scheme, showing particular cash amounts per affiliate recruited (click to enlarge):
So, at the end of the day, Provizion Global is an autoship recruiting pyramid scam, right?
Not exactly. Yes, it is, but there is more to investigate here.
You’ll notice Provizion Global’s retail customer criteria if you’ve been paying attention. These are activated early on by Area Team Builder.
Surprisingly, the 444 plan makes no mention of retail sales. In fact, if you stuck to the method, you’d never go above the second Team Builder rank.
As a result, the recruiting earnings chart shown above is misleading marketing. If you use the 444 method, you will not be able to generate the expected earnings.
So, what exactly is going on here?
Provision Global is deceiving and/or failing to enforce retail consumer obligations.
Provision Global counts affiliate autoship as a retail customer order.
Through their 444 approach, Provision Global violates the FTC Act by substantially deceiving potential affiliates with unattainable earning possibilities.
I can’t determine which is the situation here, but all three scenarios are breaches of the FTC Act.
Surprisingly, the Provizion Global website’s FAQ section states:
In which countries does Provizion Global now operate?
We are available in the United States and offer non-resale product servicing in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.
Provizion Global is no longer available in any of those countries (outside of early joiners in the US profiting off current business activity).
According to SimilarWeb’s traffic data for Provizion Global’s website, the firm received less than 600 visitors in June 2022:
That is clearly not lucrative for an MLM firm. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, we see traffic explode – relatively speaking – in July 2022.
In August 2022, 82% of the 7000 website visitors observed by SimilarWeb were from Nigeria, a nation in which Provizion Global does not claim to operate.
I believe Provizion Global is being kept afloat in some manner by Nigerian pyramid scammers.
If you attempt to buy Provizion Global items as a retail customer, you can’t even ship to Nigeria, therefore I doubt recruited Nigerians receive anything.
Provizion Global’s Nigerian affiliates appear to be paying a monthly charge. This entitles them to commissions on others who pay the same charge.
LaCore Enterprises has had a dismal performance.
As with many MLM pyramid scams, commissions dry up after recruiting ceases.
A pyramid scheme’s math assures that the vast majority of participants will lose money.