IHA Global Innovation Award Winners Celebrated at the Show

The International Home + Housewares Show and International Housewares Association (IHA), the global sponsors and organizers of the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) program, announced the national gia winners of 2017-2018 – including 27 outstanding home and housewares retailers from 26 countries around the globe.

The gia program 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 400 gia retail award winners, from 47 countries on six continents.

Pots & Paraphernalia, Canada

The 2017-2018 national gia winners are:

Country  Store Name
  Argentina   BdQ
  Australia   Opus Design
  Austria   Tavola – Kochen, Genießen, Schenken
  Canada   Pots & Paraphernalia
  China   Cuccina
  Colombia   Tugo
  Denmark   Kalejdoskop
  France   Bensimon Concept Store
  Germany   Manufactum
  Iceland   Kokka
  Ireland   The Kitchen Whisk 
  Italy   Fontana
  Japan   Tokyu Hands
  Middle East (Saudi Arabia)   Marina Home Interiors
  Netherlands   Pollmann sinds 1890
  New Zealand   Paper Plane
  Poland   Szklanydom
  Portugal   Habitare
  Russia   Dom Farfora
  South-East Asia (Singapore)   Maissone
  Spain   Casa Viva
  Sweden   RoyalDesign Helsingborg
  Turkey   TAÇ
  UK   Harrods
  Uruguay   Deco Hogar
  USA   The Chopping Block
  USA – Internet/Catalogue   DaSalla’s
Pollmann sinds 1890, Netherlands

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
Paper Plane, New Zealand

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.

Tokyo Hands, Japan

During the 2018 International Home + Housewares Show March 10-13 at McCormick Place, the national winners will be honored at a festive awards dinner on Saturday, March 10, where the 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.

The national winners also are featured in the gia showcase in the Hall of Global Innovation in the Lakeside Center Lobby, where visuals of their award-winning store design and branding ideas, 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.

Harrods, UK

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. As part of gia’s educational offering, on Monday, March 12 the four gia Expert Jurors, Wolfgang Gruschwitz, Scott Kohno, Henrik Peter Reisby Nielsen and Anne Kong will present a special session in the Innovation Theater, “Top International Retail Trends.


For more information about the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) program, the co-sponsors, or participating in 2018-2019, contact Piritta Törrö at piritta.torro@inspiredconnection.fi. Additional information on the gia program is also available online at www.housewares.org/show/gia-retail. For more information on the 2018 International Home + Housewares Show and to pre-register for an entrance badge, visit www.housewares.org.



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