Novartis Australia has won the prestigious 2018 Sigma Supplier of the Year award at a gala industry event held at the Plaza Ballroom in Melbourne last night.
In front of pharmaceutical industry leaders, Sigma Healthcare’s Chief Executive Officer Mark Hooper presented Denys Patterson, Customer Service Manager for Australia and New Zealand at Novartis, with the prestigious award to recognise the commitment of Novartis to promoting strong business partnerships with Sigma, its pharmacy brand members and improving patient engagement across Australia.
For the past seven years, Sigma has led the way in the pharmaceutical sector by annually acknowledging its suppliers in an award ceremony as part of its continuing program to invest in business partnerships.
Apart from winning the 2018 Sigma Supplier of the Year, Novartis was also awarded the 2018 Wholesale Ethicals Supplier of the Year at last night’s award ceremony.
Proctor & Gamble was the other major award winner on the night, taking out the National Retail Supplier of the Year award in addition to FMCG Supplier of the Year.
Other 2018 winners recognised for their excellence include Blackmores, Natio, Bayer, ProQuest, Ego and Australian Pharmacy Sleep Services. (see full list of winners below).
Mark Hooper commented: “The Sigma Supplier of the Year award has become a very important annual industry award because it recognises the continued efforts and support shown by our business partners to achieve shared goals and outcomes. It is only when we work effectively with our suppliers that we can ensure we deliver the best outcomes for consumers and our member pharmacies.”
“Novartis and Proctor & Gamble have been great business partners to Sigma for many years and have consistently illustrated excellence across our business. These awards demonstrate the true value of partnerships, working together on strategic outcomes, as shown by the broad range of category winners announced last night,” Mr Hooper said.
Denys Patterson from Novartis commented: “This major award is a reflection of the hard work of both Sigma and Novartis and the level of engagement which both parties have with each other. Our relationship is very much a win-win for both parties.”
Andrew Wand, Pharmacy Team Leader at Proctor & Gamble commented: “It’s always our aim to be the best FMCG supplier and that was one of our goals for this year. These awards show the alignment of our values with those of Sigma.”
The awards night saw industry leaders join special guests including model and television personality Rachael Finch, who is also Amcal’s Beauty Ambassador and the entire Board of Sigma Healthcare, to recognise outstanding supplier achievement.
Funds were also raised at the gala event for the Summer Foundation, Sigma’s charity partner. The Summer Foundation supports young people with disabilities to find independent living away from nursing homes. Mr Hooper presented The Summer foundation with a cheque for $55,600 at the end of the event.
Over 250 suppliers were in the running for the awards, with eight different suppliers recognised for outstanding achievements.
Mr Hooper said the awards were an important recognition of the critical role that suppliers played in the pharmaceutical sector.
The Full List of 2018 Winners
Sigma Supplier of the Year : Novartis
National Retail Supplier of the Year : Proctor&Gamble
FMCG Supplier of the Year: Proctor&Gamble
Medicinal Supplier of the Year: Bayer
Health & Wellbeing Supplier of the Year: Blackmores
Cosmetics & Skincare Supplier of the Year: Natio
Wholesale OTC Supplier of the Year: Ego
Wholesale Ethicals Supplier of the Year: Novartis
Health Services Supplier of the Year: Australian Pharmacy Sleep Services
Services Supplier of the Year: ProQuestBack