CHICAGO, IL (March 4, 2023) – The Inspired Home Show and the International Housewares Association (IHA), the global sponsors and organizers of the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) program, today announced the 2023 gia Global Honorees for Retail Excellence. The Global Honorees are:
- Argentina – Tiendas Landmark
- Colombia – Ambiente Living
- Norway – Illums Bolighus
- Uruguay – La Iberica
- USA – Dodson’s
The global gia jury, consisting of three retail/visual merchandising experts and seven editors and publishers of co-sponsoring housewares trade publications from around the world, selected the gia Global Honorees from the winners previously chosen in their respective countries by the national gia sponsors. In addition, the Martin M. Pegler Award for Excellence in Visual Merchandising was awarded to Tiendas Landmark of Argentina, and the gia Digital Commerce Award for Excellence in Online Retailing was awarded to Illums Bolighus of Norway.
In addition to the 2023 Global Honorees, the 2022 gia Top Window award winners were honored at the gia awards dinner that took place Saturday evening at Radisson Blu in Chicago.
The gia program was created by IHA and The Inspired Home Show to foster innovation and excellence in home and housewares retailing throughout the world. Since the launch of gia in 2000, there have been more than 500 gia retail award winners, from over 50 countries on six continents.
The competition is structured on a two-tier level, national and global, evaluating retailers within the following 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
Co-sponsoring the country-specific gia award programs with IHA are housewares trade publications worldwide, which sponsor national gia programs in their respective countries. This year, 27 national gia winners from 26 countries were selected by the co-sponsoring trade publications with targeted distribution in over 50 countries on five continents. All winners were automatically entered in the global competition for The Inspired Home Show in Chicago.
The gia winners of 2022-2023 are recognized and prominently featured at The Inspired Home Show. A festive gia awards dinner was held at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. In addition, introducing the national gia winners to visitors and exhibitors of The Inspired Home Show, there is a special gia display in the walkway connecting the Lakeside Center to the Grand Concourse. Both gia national winners and Global Honorees are also recognized in a gallery on TheInspiredHomeShow.com/Awards/gia-Retailing.
For more information about the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) program, the co-sponsors, or participating in 2023-2024, contact Piritta Törrö at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information on the gia program is also available online atTheInspiredHomeShow.com/Awards/gia-Retailing.
Editor’s note: Images of the 2022-2023 national gia winner stores are available for download at https://housewares.smugmug.com/Gia/2023-Press-Photos
In the same folder, you’ll also find gia Global Honoree, Martin M. Pegler Award winner and gia Digital Commerce Award winner photos from the gia awards dinner.