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gia retail winners announced

The 2015-2016 IHA Global Innovation Awawrd winners from 23 countries celebrated at The International Home + Housewares Show

The International Home + Housewares Show and International Housewares Association (IHA), the global sponsors and organisers of the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) programme, today announced the national gia winners of 2015-2016 – including 25 outstanding home and housewares retailers from 23 countries around the globe.

The gia programme was created by the IHA and International Home + Housewares Show to foster innovation and excellence in home and housewares retailing throughout the world. Since the launch of gia in 2000, there have been close to 350 gia retail award winners, from over 40 countries on six continents.

The gia competition is structured on a two-tier level, national and global, to honour independent and multiple location home and housewares retailers for excellence in several business categories:

• Overall mission statement, vision and strategy
• Store design and layout
• Visual merchandising, displays and window displays
• Marketing, advertising and promotions
• Customer service and staff training
• Innovation

Each national gia winner is invited to the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago where the global gia jury, consisting of four experts representing Asia, Europe and the Americas, plus a rotating group of co-sponsoring trade publication editors from around the world, will select up to five gia Global Honorees, the winners of the Martin M. Pegler Award for Excellence in Visual Merchandising and the gia Digital Commerce Award for Excellence in Online Retailing.

The 2015-2016 national gia winners are:

Country Store Name                                                       Store website

Argentina Claudia Adorno                                      
Australia Pigeonhole                                              
Brazil Etna                                                              
Canada Lakehouse Home Store                            
China Wu Ben Liu He                                            
Colombia Bojanini                                                  
Denmark Illums Bolighus                                          (pictured)
Eastern Europe Kaubamaja, Estonia                    
France La Trésorerie                                             
Germany Homann schenken–kochen-wohnen     
Ireland J&B Hope Ltd                                            
Italy puesme home                                                
Japan La Cucina Felice                                         
Malaysia Kitchen Shop                                          
Middle East Home Centre, United Arab Emirates 
Netherlands K’OOK!                                              
Poland BBHome                                                    
Russia Cité Marilou                                               
Spain Cooking the Kitchen Company                   
Turkey Karaca Home                                            
UK Lords                                                               
Uruguay Siñeriz Shopping                                    
USA Whisk                                                           
USA – Gift Retailers Leon & Lulu                        
USA – Internet/ Chef's Resource                        

During the 2016 International Home + Housewares Show in March, the winners are honored at a festive awards dinner, where the 2015-2016 gia Global Honorees, the winners of the Martin M. Pegler Award for Excellence in Visual Merchandising and the gia Digital Commerce Award for Excellence in Online Retailing will be announced. Other gia highlights at the International Home + Housewares Show include a gia showcase in the Hall of Global Innovation, in Lakeside Center Lobby, where visuals of the national gia winners’ award-winning store design and branding ideas, examples of exquisite visual merchandising and innovative displays are on display. Banners for the honored retailers can be seen in the walkway that connects the Grand Concourse and the Lakeside Center.

gia is more than an awards program. Representing retailing excellence around the world, it is part of a larger education initiative that includes seminars by retail experts, columns in international housewares publications and educational sessions at events in sponsors’ home countries. Part of gia’s educational offering, on March 7, the four gia Expert Jurors, Martin M. Pegler, Wolfgang Gruschwitz, Scott Kohno and Henrik Peter Reisby Nielsen, will conduct a special session in the Innovation Theater of the 2016 International Home + Housewares Show, with topic Top Ten Retail Trends for 2016.

For more information about the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) program, the co-sponsors, or participating in 2016-2017, contact Piritta Törrö at Additional information on the gia program is also available online at

For more information on the 2016 International Home + Housewares Show, taking place in Chicago on 5-8 of March, and to pre-register for an entrance badge, visit

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