The International Home + Housewares Show and International Housewares Association (IHA) – global sponsors and organisers of the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) programme – have revealed the names of the 2018-2019 national gia winners.
A total of 30 home and housewares retailers from 29 countries around the globe have been selected, including the UK’s own Potters Cookshop in the Essex town of Hockley and Ireland’s Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven in Co. Carlow. They are:
Country-Store Name -website
Canada-G. D’Aoust & Cie-www.gdaoust.com
India-Ajmal Bismi Enterprise-www.bismigroup.com/bismi-hypermarket
Ireland-Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven-www.arboretum.ie
Japan-Futako Tamagawa-TSUTAYA ELECTRICS-https://store.tsite.jp
Middle East-United Arab Emirates-THE One-www.theone.com
Portugal-Pollux – www.pollux.pt
Russia -Glediz -www.glediz.ru
Southeast Asia-Vietnam-Kitchen Art Vietnam-www.kitchenart.vn
Sweden-Iittala Rörstrand Store-www.iittala.com
USA – gift retailers-Absolutely Fabulous Unique Gifts & Décor-www.absolutelyfabulous1.com
USA – housewares retailers-Artichoke-www.artichokeotr.com
The gia competition is structured on a two-tier level – national and global – to honour housewares retailers for excellence in several categories: overall mission statement, vision and strategy, store design and layout, visual merchandising, displays and window displays, marketing, advertising, promotions, customer service, staff training and innovation.
Each national gia winner will be invited to the 2019 International Home + Housewares Show, held from March 2 to March 5 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Here the global gia jury will choose up to five gia Global Honorees and the winners of the Martin M. Pegler Award for Excellence in Visual Merchandising and the gia Digital Commerce Award for Excellence in Online Retailing.
On Saturday March 2, the national winners will be honored at a festive awards dinner, where the Global Honorees and the Martin M. Pegler and gia Digital Commerce award winners will be announced.
The national winners will also be highlighted in a gia showcase in the Hall of Global Innovation at the exhibition. This will feature visuals of their store designs and branding ideas, visual merchandising and displays.
The gia programme was created by the International Home + Housewares Show and IHA to foster innovation and excellence in home and housewares retailing throughout the world. Since its launch in 2000, there have been more than 430 winners from 47 countries.