Excellence in housewares retailing is an important focus at The Inspired Home Show 2023 in Chicago as the world’s most innovative and creative home and housewares retailers are honoured at the annual IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) program.
The Inspired Home Show and the International Housewares Association (IHA), the global sponsors and organisers of the gia program, today announced the national gia winners for 2022-2023: 27 outstanding home and housewares retailers from 26 countries around the globe, including winners from totally new gia countries Azerbaijan and Kenya.
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 2022-2023 national gia winners are:
Country Store Name Store website
Argentina Tiendas Landmark tiendaslandmark.com.ar
Australia Minimax minimax.com.au
Austria Cuisinarum cuisinarum.at
Azerbaijan Royal Home
Belgium Hopono hopono-shop.com
Brazil deezign deezign.com.br
Canada Cookery cookery-store.ca
Colombia Ambiente Living ambienteliving.com
Denmark KJEPS Bolighus kjeps.dk
France TOC toc.fr
Germany Pecht Shoppingwelt pecht.de
India Home Centre homecentre.in
Ireland Jono’s House & Home
Italy Arte & Forma arte-forma.it
Japan JR NAGOYA TAKASHIMAYA jr-takashimaya.co.jp
Kenya Vituzote.com Kenya vituzote.com
Netherlands Vanderveen’s Department Store
– Assen vanderveen.nl
Norway Illums Bolighus illumsbolighus.no
Poland Eurofirany eurofirany.com.pl
Portugal El Corte Ingles elcorteingles.pt
Spain El Corte Ingles elcorteingles.es
Switzerland Vanoli AG vanoli.com
Turkey KORKMAZ korkmaz.com.tr
United Kingdom Morleys Group elyswimbledon.co.uk
Uruguay LA IBERICA laiberica.com.uy
– Giftware Retailers A. Dodson’s adodsons.com
– Housewares Retailers Faraday’s Kitchen Store faradayskitchenstore.com
The gia competition is structured on a two-tier level, national and global, to honour 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
Each national gia winner is invited to The Inspired Home Show in Chicago, where the global gia jury, consisting of three 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 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 4, the national winners will be honoured at a festive awards dinner where the gia Global Honorees and winners of the Martin M. Pegler and gia Digital Commerce Award will be announced. In addition, the national winners are featured at the Show, with banners and a special display in the Grand Concourse Walkway at McCormick Place.
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 6, three of the gia Expert Jurors, Wolfgang Gruschwitz, Scott Kohno and Henrik Peter Reisby Nielsen will present a special session in the Show’s Innovation Theater:
New Opportunities to Connect with Customers
Retail is not dead…mediocre retail is dead. How to create successful customer experiences.
Customers have NOT cancelled retail. What customers are looking for today.
The gia Expert Jurors Wolfgang Gruschwitz, Scott Kohno and Henrik Peter Reisby Nielsen report from their experiences and share new ideas around the world of retail concepts.
The Inspired Home Show, IHA’s global home + housewares marketplace, will be held March 4-7 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Complex. For more information about the 2023 Show, and to register for your free Show entrance badge, please visit TheInspiredHomeShow.com.