The International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago and the International Housewares Association (IHA) of the US have announced the 2016 gia Global Honorees for Retail Excellence.
The Global Honorees are: Lakehouse (Canada), Illums Bolighus (Denmark). Kitchen Shop (Malaysia), K’OOK! (Netherlands) and Lords At Home (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. This year, 25 national gia winners from 23 countries were selected.
In addition, the Martin M. Pegler Award for Excellence in Visual Merchandising was awarded to Karaca Home (Turkey) and the gia Digital Commerce Award for Excellence in Online Retailing was awarded to Cooking The Kitchen Company (Spain).
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 close to 350 gia retail award winners, from over 40 countries on six continents.
The competition evaluates retailers 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
Both gia national winners and Global Honorees are recognised and prominently featured at the four day show, which is taking place at McCormick Place Exposition Center in downtown Chicago ends tomorrow (March 8).
There is a special gia display in the Hall of Global Innovation, in the Lakeside Center Lobby, and large gia winner banners span the walkway connecting the Lakeside Center to the Grand Concourse.