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Global Innovation Award winners announced

The International Home + Housewares Show and International Housewares Association (IHA), the global sponsors and organizers of the gia (Global Innovation Award) program, today announced the national gia winners of 2013-2014 – including 23 innovative and unique home and housewares retailers from 22 countries around the globe.

The IHA and International Home + Housewares Show created the gia program in 1999 to foster innovation and excellence in home and housewares retailing throughout the world. The 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 and the winner of the Martin M. Pegler Award for Excellence in Visual Merchandising.

The 2013-2014 national gia winners are:

Country Company Website
Argentina Cook Inc. www.cookinc.com.ar
Australia TheSuperCool www.thesupercool.com
Austria K & Ö HOME www.go-home.at
Brazil Palata Casa www.palato.com.br
Canada Teatro Verde Cucina www.teatroverde.com
Colombia Oben Muebles S.A. www.oben.com.co
Denmark LERCHE design www.lerchedesign.dk
Dominican Republic Paragourmet www.paragourmet.com
Eastern Europe Potten & Pannen - Staněk  www.pottenpannen.cz
France Merci www.merci-merci.com
Germany Estella KochLust www.estella-kochlust.de
India HomeStop www.shoppersstop.com
Italy Galleria Fiaba
Japan 212K www.212kitchenstore.com
Netherlands Kookwinkel Bianca Bonte www.biancabonte.nl
Poland Villeroy&Boch www.villeroy-boch.com
Russia Dom Farfora www.farformarket.ru
Switzerland Pro Table St. Gallen www.protable.ch
Turkey Boyner www.boyner.com.tr
UK Lakeland www.lakeland.co.uk
Uruguay Motociclo Uruguay www.motociclo.com.uy
USA Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium www.rollingpinonline.com
USA – Internet MetroKitchen.com www.metrokitchen.com

During the 2014 International Home + Housewares Show in March, the winners are honored at a festive awards dinner, where the 2013-2014 gia Global Honorees and the winner of the Martin M. Pegler Award for Excellence in Visual Merchandising 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 17, Martin M. Pegler, together with the other gia Expert Jurors, will conduct a special session in the Innovation Theater of the 2014 International Home + Housewares Show, with topic Creating the Store’s Brand Identity.


For more information about the gia (Global Innovation Award) program, the co-sponsors, or participating in 2014-2015, contact Piritta Törrö at piritta.torro@inspiredconnection.fi. Additional information on the gia program is also available online at www.housewares.org/gia. 

For more information on the 2014 International Home + Housewares Show, taking place in Chicago on 15-18 of March, and to pre-register for an entrance badge, visit www.housewares.org.

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