LAST week at the 2013 Sigma Supplier Gala Dinner and Awards celebration, Reckitt Benckiser was named the Sigma Supplier of the Year for 2013. Reckitt Benckiser sales director Mark Miller said the award was a great honour, underpinning the strong relationship that had been built between RB and Sigma over the last couple of years, “with strong teams that are dedicated to delivering results day-in day-out. “Both businesses have a very pragmatic approach in challenging times,” he said. “Our strategies are aligned which enables us to maximise opportunities and address challenges – key ingredients to growing our partnership for mutual success in the future,” he said. The evening was themed in Great Gatsby style and took place at the Plaza Ballroom in Melbourne, with finalists and award winners in twelve categories honoured in the presence of Sigma Ambassadors Georgie Parker for Amcal and Amcal Max, and Cindy Pan for Guardian Pharmacy. As well as taking out the Supplier of the Year award, Reckitt Benckiser was also named Retail/ Merchandise Supplier of the Year and Medicinal Supplier of the Year. Kimberly-Clark was Sigma’s FMCG Supplier of the Year while Sanofi Aventis Consumer Health took out the Health & Wellbeing Supplier of the year, and Ethical/PBS Supplier of the Year was Aspen Pharma, which also won Generics Supplier of the Year. AstraZeneca was Sigma’s Wholesale Supplier of the Year, and Beauty/Gifting Supplier of the Year was Orchard International. Other winners included GSK Ethical for Branded Supplier of the Year; Optimo Designs for Services Supplier of the Year; and Crosier Scott Architects which took out Retail Support Supplier of the Year. Sigma chief operating officer Gary Dunne said the awards were a recognition of the “critical importance of developing strong partnership with suppliers, in order for Sigma to better service our pharmacy customers”. Sigma added significance to the event by collecting money from ticket & auction sales and consequently donating $30,000 toward their charity partner Save the Children Australia. Guests were also treated to a live performance from the cast of the Melbourne hit musical ‘King Kong’. Pictured above from left are Reckitt Benckiser’s Kerry Miller, Joel Mann and Mitchell Ellicott with Georgie Parker and Cindy Pan.
CHEMIST Warehouse chief operating officer Mario Tascone (pictured above centre) presented Gotcha4Life founders Gus Worland and Gareth Pike with this $450,000 gigantic novelty cheque at an event earlier this week.