The London department store joins 26 other home and housewares retailers from 25 countries in the competition, which is organised and sponsored by The International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago and the International Housewares Association (IHA) of the US.
Harrods’ mission is to be ‘the number-one department store in the world for luxury merchandise’. Its landmark store in Knightsbridge store includes a cookshop on the second floor, along with ‘home appliances’, ‘entertaining at home’ and several ‘luxury home’ departments. Harrods also operates 14 boutiques across Heathrow and Gatwick airports.
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.
The competition is structured on a two-tier level – national and global – to honour independent and multiple home and housewares retailers. They are judged on: 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; and innovation
Each national winner will be invited to the International Home + Housewares Show, held from March 10-13, where a jury will then select from them up to five 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. The results will be announced at a festive awards dinner during the Show on March 10.
The national winners will also be featured in a gia showcase at the Show, where visuals of their award-winning store design and branding ideas, visual merchandising and displays will be on revealed.
The full list of 2017-2018 national gia winners is:
Country Store Name Store website
Argentina BdQ www.bazardelaesquina.com
Australia Opus Design www.opusdesign.com.au
– Kochen, Genießen, Schenken www.tavola.at
Canada Pots & Paraphernalia www.potsandparaphernalia.ca
China Cuccina www.cuccina.com.cn
Colombia Tugo www.tugo.co
Denmark Kalejdoskop www.kalejdoskopshop.dk
France Bensimon Concept Store www.bensimon.com
Germany Manufactum www.manufactum.de
Iceland Kokka www.kokka.is
Ireland The Kitchen Whisk www.thekitchenwhisk.ie
Japan Tokyu Hands www.tokyu-hands.co.jp
(Saudi Arabia) Marina Home Interiors www.marinahomeinteriors.com
Netherlands Pollmann sinds 1890 www.servies.nl
New Zealand Paper Plane www.paperplanestore.com
Poland Szklanydom www.szklanydom.pl
Portugal Habitare www.habitare.pt
Russia Dom Farfora www.domfarfora.ru
(Singapore) Maissone www.maissone.com
Spain Casa Viva www.casaviva.es
Sweden RoyalDesign Helsingborg www.royaldesign.se
Turkey TAÇ www.tacev.com.tr
UK Harrods www.harrods.com
Uruguay Deco Hogar www.decohogar.com.uy
USA The Chopping Block www.thechoppingblock.com
USA – Internet/ DaSalla’s www.dasallas.com