The International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago and the International Housewares Association (IHA) in the US – the global sponsors and organizers of the Global Innovation Award (gia) program – have announced the names of the 2013-2014 gia Global Honorees.
The Global Honorees are: TheSuperCool (Australia), K & Ö HOME (Austria), Merci (France), Galleria Fiaba (Italy), Kookwinkel Bianca Bonte (the Netherlands), and Lakeland (UK).
The global gia jury, consisting of four 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.
gia was created in 1999, with the objective of fostering innovation and excellence in housewares retailing throughout the world. 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 and innovation.
This year, 23 national gia winners from 22 countries were selected. They were all entered the global competition at the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago, where the global jury selected the final gia Global Honorees. Both gia national winners and Global Honorees were recognized and prominently featured at the International Home + Housewares Show.