A Massive Retailer Now Faces Bankruptcy After Drowning in Debt

A massive retailer now faces bankruptcy after drowning in debt while being accused of allegedly running a sales pyramid scheme.

Tupperware Brands Corporation, formerly Tupperware Corporation, is an American multinational company that produces home product lines that include kitchen gadgets, preparation, storage containers, and serving products for the kitchen and home.

Before the internet, direct-to-consumer meant something entirely different.

People could not buy some items in stores and certain brands used door-to-door salesmen to sell their wares.

When it came to higher-end items like vacuums, that made sense because a demonstration could seal the deal.

In many cases, however, direct-to-consumer companies used what’s known as a multi-level marketing (MLM) model.

In that setup, you signed on with the company to sell its wares and got a commission for everything you sold.

The real money, however, came in recruiting other people to join your sales team.

When you did that, you also got a commission on anything they sell and on the sales of anyone they recruit.

It sounds like a viable way to make money, but in reality, the deck is stacked against the salespeople who often have to pay and sometimes pre-buy products to be part of the system, reports TheStreet.

“Tupperware’s business opportunity is disguised as an MLM in a Pyramid Scheme. The MLM perhaps gives a career with recruits working from home, but it is certainly not easy to sell the product directly to consumers, and in most cases, most people rely on recruits rather than selling the products.

This is also partnered with statistics showing that only 1 out of 833 reps earn over $32k a year,” shared Good Bad Marketing.

With its business model being exposed by disgruntled former sales reps on social media and the internet, the company has shared that it won’t be able to file its annual report on time and that it has “substantial doubt” about its ability to remain a going concern.

“While the company did not respond to requests for comment, news of the struggling firm’s late filing and strained internal financial reporting resources comes as the accounting industry is struggling with a shortage of new talent as fewer students are choosing to go into the profession.

It is not clear if this broader trend exacerbated Tupperware’s strained accounting resources,” RetailDive reported.

Tupperware lost $122.5 million in its most recent quarter.

It also shared that it had about $679 million in assets and $1.2 billion in liabilities.

The company had about $130 million in cash at the time of the filing.

In its latest SEC filing, Tupperware shared that it would not be able to file its annual report on time.

“Due to the ongoing material weaknesses in internal control over financial reporting, significant additional procedures are warranted related to the 2023 Form 10-K, which are also causing a delay in preparing and filing the Company’s 2023 Form 10-K,” the company shared.

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A liquidation sale is now underway as a retailer makes an unexpected closure at one of its major locations, sources report.

A Big Lots located in Leesburg, Virginia, is closing down in just weeks, launching liquidation sales of up to 20%.

The store has yet to announce a final closing date.

The shutting location is located at the Battlefield Shopping Center, 40 minutes northwest of Washington DC.

Shoppers have a limited time to buy from the furniture store, but it’s not clear when the store will shut for good.

An employee reported to The-Sun that there is no final date set.

They also said that discounts are currently set at 10% off most items, with 20% off mattresses.

It is also unclear as to what exactly led this location to close, reports the outlet.

However, this is not the first Big Lots location to shut its doors.

In late 2023, the chain announced three closures.

Locations in New York, North Carolina, and Illinois all locked up for good.

In November, the company said it was “reviewing its store footprint.”

At the time, a representative spoke to Sacramento Business Journal.

Spokesman Josh Chaney told the outlet that “consistent with standard retail practices, we review our store footprint on an ongoing basis to make sure we’re best positioned to successfully serve our customers and our business.”

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