We’ve just turned ONE! Yep, June marked 12 months of Thankyou in New Zealand.

Whether you’ve been with us since the start, or you just bought your first Thankyou product, we’re so grateful that you’ve been a part of our first year. Together, we’ve been able to achieve some pretty amazing things in 12 months and we wanted to take the time to share some of the highlights with you.

At Thankyou, we exist to empower humanity to choose a world without poverty, and our launch in New Zealand was about getting us closer to that goal by enabling people to choose life-changing, beautifully-made personal care products that make a real and lasting impact.

We launched with a tour around the country, where we met with inspiring and passionate supporters, which kicked off at Town Tonic cafe in Christchurch. From there, we spent one week on the road meeting with inspiring, passionate supporters from different cities. The call to action was simple: choose Thankyou products at your local supermarket, then tell two people using ‘what’s in your hand’, and encourage them to do the same. It was a word-of-mouth, grassroots launch that required everyone playing their part for it to work. Amazingly, we had 3000 of you sign up to our ‘launch team’ and get on board to spread the word!

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Thankyou team celebrating our launch dinner in June 2018 at Two Greys restaurant, Wellington.

Asking people to help launch a brand in a new market isn’t a conventional approach, and it means you’re not in full control of the outcome. Let’s be real, there were moments of nervousness. What if no one came along to our events? What if no one used ‘what’s in their hands’ to ‘tell two’? What if the launch was an epic fail?

But we’ve learnt two things on our journey. 1. You have to be willing to take a risk to do something that challenges the status quo. 2. Sometimes the best ‘what if’ question to ask is: ‘what if it works?’. Our answer to that was that New Zealand could go on to show the rest of the world the power of a small group of people who are determined to create change together.

And (to everyone’s relief!) the good news is what we managed to achieve together was EPIC. Here are just some of the highlights:

  • We reached the 13 week sales hurdle rates set out by our retail partners
  • We’re now the second-fastest growing hand wash* and body wash** in supermarkets
  • We are available in over 300 stores in the country, including New World, Pak N Save, Countdown, Chemist Warehouse and selected Pharmacy stores
  • 150 cafes and restaurants all over the country are now using our product, helping to build awareness (p.s. your business can too!)
  • We’ve been mentioned in the media over 60 times, including The Project, The Sunday Star Times, New Zealand Herald, Stuff.co.nz and Radio NZ

ALL of this was made possible by our incredible community. Here’s a few of your stories of how you’ve backed Thankyou this past year.

THANKS TO:

Lucy, Gina, Anaiis, and every single legendary volunteer who gave countless hours of their spare time to help the team with packing and sending out product boxes

Ruby Tui, and her team for taking action and creating the first video to help spread the word!

The Chiefs Rugby, Huffer, Air New Zealand, and the 39+ event organisers who asked us to come in and share the story with their teams

The generous CEO who heard about Thankyou and paid $10,000 for a single copy of Chapter One to help fund the future of our organisation

Hannah from Little Lato, and Mariska from Colab Cakery who each used their talents to craft and create sweet treats to match the fragrances of our product range to support our ‘Consumer Revolution’ campaign

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An example of our billboards designed by Marx Design for our Smells Like A Revolution Campaign, 2019.

The world-class team at Marx Design, who not only designed our packaging, but used their skills and went over and above to roll out our ‘Consumer Revolution’ campaign

The team at Foodstuffs for creating a TV ad for us, and being the first New Zealand retailers to stock our products in New World, PAK’nSAVE and Four Square stores

The crew from Lumiere who reached out to us just before launch, and with their insane design talents created our entire launch website

The school teachers from around the country who invited us to each of your schools and allowed us to share the Thankyou story with thousands of students

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Matthias from Skydive Franz jumping from an aeroplane to spread the word about Thankyou!

Skydive Franz spread the word on Facebook by uploading a video of one of their staff members courageously jumping from an aeroplane at 19,000 ft, with our hand wash in his hands

Our incredibly loyal supporters who have tagged us in your social media posts over the last year, sharing our products with your followers

Phil and Suzy at Harcourts who gave us FREE warehouse space to pack the first products to land in the country

Dharshna, an intermediate school student, who raised money at her school gala to buy a copy of Chapter One for her school library so her peers could read the story

Bob from Buildtech who encouraged his team to spread the word about Thankyou by adding info about us to their email signatures

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Our co-founder Daniel with the team at The Project spreading the news on our official launch day as the first products hit supermarkets in NZ.

The Project, AM Show, Herald on Sunday, The Press, stuff.co.nz and Idealog, Counter Journal…and many more media outlets that have used their platforms to raise awareness faster than most could

Julz Tocker for dancing the aisles of New World to stage the most epic product-related dance off we’ve ever seen

Brooke and the team at WeAreTenzing for using their social platforms and influence to spread the world

The team at Colab who reminded us that nothing is impossible, by using their creativity, ideas and fabrication skills to build an impossible vanity for our latest campaign

NZ’s largest company, Fonterra, and every cafe and restaurant owner who believes that by working together we can create change, by choosing to stock Thankyou hand wash in their bathrooms

Every person who has purchased one of our products, or simply told someone else about us, and helped us reach our 13 week sales hurdle rates

This journey to end global poverty is going to take all of us. As Mother Teresa once said, “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.”

We’re one year in, but the best part is that this is just the beginning. Let’s keep changing the world together in year two!

Big love,

The Thankyou Team

* Source: IRI MarketEdge | New Zealand Grocery | Total Liquid Soaps | Actual Dollars Growth vs YA | QTR to 23/06/19.

** Source: IRI MarketEdge | New Zealand Grocery | Total Shower Gels | Actual Dollars Growth vs YA | QTR to 23/06/19.

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