You’re looking at an amazing bunch of people that I am fortunate to call my adorable staff. They contrived to stage a fake evacuation procedure that suddenly converts into a flash mob and is then artistically topped off with a spontaneous breakdance performance, by none other than the only person in the video that didn’t know this was going to happen.
Welcome to the world of Unique. You see Pavel, our IT Manager, was leaving us on this very day after 5½ years of devoted service to our health product distribution business here on the Sunshine Coast in beautiful Queensland, Australia. It just so happens that Pavel is also a top Australian B-boy dancer.
So, a plan was hatched by Donna, Unique’s head of People & Culture and beautifully embraced by all 150 staff from goods receiving to customer service. What followed was about six weeks of clandestine dance practise (all done after “Elvis had left the building” of course.
The result…..well, as you can see, it was quite simply awe-inspiring. In a world that is often struggling to hold itself together, this is a feel good story about a super nice soul and a bunch of friends who wanted to show him how much they cared.
THE UNIQUE HEALTH PRODUCTS PEOPLE AND CULTURE TEAM REGULARLY ORGANISE LOCAL, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL FUNDRAISING INITIATIVES FOR ALL STAFF TO HAVE THE CHOICE TO SUPPORT NON-FOR-PROFIT ORGANISATIONS.
4 Paws Animal Rescue provides refuge for homeless dogs and cats on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland and beyond.
The local, non-profit organisation is run entirely by volunteers and relies solely on donations, both monetary and goods.
Over several weeks Unique staff sorted through linen, filled their shopping carts and emptied their pennies, all to help as many disadvantaged cats and dogs as possible.
The team were able to raise hundreds of dollars and donate baskets and baskets of needed goods including animal food, flea and worm treatments, towels, leads and more.
The 4 Paws Animal Rescue Team including adorable pomeranians Billy Ray and Miley Sue, accompanied by 4 Paws Animal Rescue founder Julie Penlington, came to visit Unique and collect the donations over a celebratory morning tea.
Australian pharmacy retail managers, pharmacists, pharmacy groups’ buyers, pharmacy assistants, industry suppliers, as well as national speakers all congregated to share knowledge and identify what’s happening in the industry.
Differing to previous years, this year the interest had clearly shifted in favour of natural alternatives and healthy snacks.
With trends identifying that customers are putting high importance on products with attributes such as natural, high protein/low carb, gluten free, vegan and sugar free – this is where the industry interest laid.
Protein powders, clean snacks, beauty2go face masks, charcoal toothpaste, active nutrition, natural baby care, magnesium oil, coconut oil and natural remedies, like the popular Martin & Pleasance range, all had lots of interest during the three-day event.
Consumer demand and health market trends seem to be the main reason for a shift in the increased need for natural products. APP surely identified the huge opportunity for pharmacy to expand into this category.
A little about the exhibition atmosphere.
Winning best stand award at the Naturally Good Expo in 2016 put the pressure on to go one even bigger and better for APP 2017. With a dedicated and trained expo and merchandising team, the Unique stand certainly pulled together a crowd, representing our brands and our dedication to the industry.
Retail managers and pharmacists took tips and photos of the merchandising and range to help them replicate it in their store.
Our stand featured an extensive display of our top sellers in the pharmacy channel. Product categories included: pantry (gluten-free and other diet-specific options), superfoods and remedies, healthy impulse-buy, active nutrition, eco-friendly products, natural baby and body care.
The stand also clearly displayed plenty of new product trends on show.
To ensure our top selling brands were understood by the pharmacy channel, we had suppliers including Bounce Bites, Amazing Oils and Wotnot providing demos and we also offered taste-testing of many of our top sellers.
Attendees enjoyed samples of CLIF Bars, Bounce Bites, East Bali Cashew Cacao Popcorn, Seaweed Superfood Popcorn Turmeric and The Ginger People Ginger Rescue.
We received complements for Unique’s large range of brands and best customer service in the natural industry with our sample bags being highly sought after.
Our show bags featured all the latest trending products in the natural health channel including My Magic Mud Activated Charcoal Toothpaste, Alchemy Turmeric Elixir, The Ginger People Gin Gins, CLIF Bar energy bars, Wotnot facial and baby wipes, Acure Argan Oil, Little Mashies, Jack n’ Jill Gum Wipes, Protein Supplies Australia WPI and Dr Organic Hemp Oil Hand Cream.
What did we have on offer to help pharmacy retailers expand their natural category?
If you were one of the thousands that did attend, you would have had the opportunity to touch and try the products, to get more information about the complete wholesale service Unique offers to support your growth through sales tools, visits from our representatives, demos and more.
If you didn’t get a chance to visit us, contact us for our pharmacy range recommendations booklet and any information you need on starting or expanding your natural health product range in your pharmacy environment.
Attending APP 2017, we hoped to provide an opportunity for pharmacy to sell products that encourage healthy lifestyles and prevent disease and the chance to evolve from the traditional format of pharmacies into a complete health provider.
Natural health and beauty are growing rapidly in all retail channels, so it is a great time for retail pharmacies to tap into the growth opportunity.
We are excited to be working with all retailers who support our industry and are now working hard to create even more excitement at our stand for the Naturally Good Expo in June.
If you would like to visit us at APP next year, we’ll be there with the same big size, but an all-new and exciting selection of top selling products to show. Keep an eye out for release dates and information here.
If you want to expand your health product offerings at your pharmacy, you can easily get started here.
BEING JUST AS PASSIONATE ABOUT PROTECTING OUR PLANET, AS WE ARE ABOUT PROVIDING PRODUCTS THAT AUSTRALIANS LOVE, WE ARE THRILLED TO HAVE GONE EVEN GREENER AND BECOME A SOLAR POWERED BUSINESS.
Unique Health Products’ state-of-the-art warehouse is now equipped with
Within a couple of days, the good men at Todae Solar covered almost the entire roof of our dispatch warehouse with solar panels.
We’re now powered by 114 solar panels!
The solar panels will greatly reduce our carbon footprint. The system generates 33KWH, which is enough to power our entire dispatch warehouse off grid (where most of our power is used).
Further to being solar powered, Unique participates in and encourages all 135 staff members to follow green work place initiatives which include recycling and reusing, stocking all bathrooms with 100% recycled toilet paper from Who Gives a Crap, printing with vegetable ink and sustainable paper + more!
Did you know? The sun provides more energy to the earth in an hour than is produced by all nations in a year.
If you’d like to discover more about our team and our unique culture, take a
UNIQUE’S CHIEF (A.K.A OUR MANAGING DIRECTOR DALE) THREW A GREAT TRIBAL THEMED PARTY FOR THE ENTIRE TEAM LAST WEEK!
The wild hullabaloo was to celebrate the awesome and super busy year we’ve had together so far. With thousands and thousands of consignments leaving our warehouse month after month, every team member works hard to keep Unique delivering top quality natural, organic, eco-friendly and fair-trade products to all of our retailers across Australia.
We only continue to grow and place an integral importance on keeping our ethos and environment lively, happy and healthy for all Uniquers, as well as our wonderful suppliers and retailers.
Dale being the humble leader of the tribe, is always looking for ways to show his appreciation to the Unique team and boy was this one awesome way to thank us all.
The entire common area was decorated with streamers, posters, plants and all sorts of tribal nick knacks.
Everyone was invited to get into the spirit as a team and dress in a tribal costume, with family passes to Australia Zoo and numerous other prizes going to best-dressed. From elaborate headdresses, talking sticks and colourful wild bird wings,
to handmade animal masks and tribal face paint, it was a hard choice to select
The dispatch and picking teams went really ‘Unique tribal’ crafting costumes completely made from our packaging alone.
To fill the tribe, we were lucky enough to have a local, talented chef cater with a huge vegan spread prepared for the team using lots of our supplier’s
Throughout the event we mingled as a tribe and played fun games as a full team. Lots of prizes were given away, including CLIF Bars and Alter Eco chocolate and lots of smiles were seen all round. It was a celebration well done, the Unique way! What an incredible team to be apart of!
This year, thanks to dedicated staff
and suppliers, we were lucky enough
to take home the Best Stand Award.
For those who did come and visit the Unique stand, it was fantastic to see you. If you missed it, there’s always next year! With the event organisers promising it will be even bigger and better in 2017, we’ve already secured our spot and just like many that did attend, we can’t wait to do it all again!
Mark it on your calendars now, The Naturally Good Expo will be back 4-5 June, 2017 at ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour. You won’t want to miss it!
You can find out all you need to now about next years event here.
Contact us with your photos and feedback – we’d love to hear from you!