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IHA announces gia winners

Some 28 Global Innovation Award retail winners from 27 countries have been announced and will be recognised at The International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago

The International Home + Housewares Show and International Housewares Association (IHA), the global sponsors and organizers of the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) programme, have announced the national gia winners of 2016-2017 – including 28 outstanding home and housewares retailers from 27 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 over 370 gia retail award winners, from 45 countries on six continents. 

The gia competition is structured on a two-tier level, national and global, to honor 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 2016-2017 national gia winners are...

Argentina - Jumbo - www.jumbo.com.ar
Australia - LUC. Design - www.lucdesignstore.com
Brazil - Doural Home & Design - www.doural.com.br
Canada - The Gourmet Warehouse - www.gourmetwarehouse.ca
China - Tayohya Corporation - www.tayohya.com
Colombia - Fabricas Unidas - www.fabricasunidas.com
Denmark - Skagerak Denmark - www.skagerakstore.dk
Eastern Europe - Potten & Pannen – Staněk KitchenAid Concept Store & Gourmet Academy (Czech Republic) - www.pottenpannen.cz
France - Culinarion - www.culinarion.com
Germany - One Kitchen - www.onekitchen.com
Greece - Parousiasi - www.parousiasi.gr
India - The Home Sukh - www.homesukh.com
Ireland - Stakelums - www.stakelums.ie
Italy - Stile Event Store - www.stile-store.it
Japan - The Loft Co., Ltd - www.loft.co.jp
Middle East - Homes R US - www.homesrus.ae (United Arab Emirates)
Netherlands - Kooklust 121 - www.kooklust121.nl
New Zealand - Green with Envy - www.greenwithenvy.co.nz
Philippines - Rustan's Supercenters - www.rustans.com.ph
Poland - Dajar sp. z.o.o - www.dajar.pl
Portugal - KROST - www.krost.pt
Russia - Dreamhouse - www.dreamhouse.ru
Spain - Culinarium - www.culinarium.es
Turkey - Bernardo - www.bernardo.com.tr
UK - Borough Kitchen - www.boroughkitchen.com
Uruguay - Amo Cocinar - www.santucci.com.uy
USA - Toque Blanche - www.mytoque.com
USA – Internet - Amazon.com - www.Amazon.com Catalogue

During the 2017 International Home + Housewares Show in March, the winners are honoured at a festive awards dinner, where the 2017 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 programme. 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 20, the four gia Expert Jurors, Wolfgang Gruschwitz, Scott Kohno, Henrik Peter Reisby Nielsen and Anne Kong, will conduct a special session in the Innovation Theater of the 2017 International Home + Housewares Show, with topic Top 10 Retail Trends for Customer Engagement.

For more information about the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) programme, the co-sponsors, or participating in 2017-2018, contact Piritta Törrö at piritta.torro@inspiredconnection.fi or visit www.housewares.org/show/gia-retail

For more information on the 2017 International Home + Housewares Show, taking place in Chicago on 18-21 of March, and to pre-register for an entrance badge, visit www.housewares.org.



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