gia RETAIL PROGRAM CELEBRATES 20 YEARS IN 2020 – IHA GLOBAL INNOVATION AWARD WINNERS FROM 31 COUNTRIES TO BE HONOURED AT THE INSPIRED HOME SHOW

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ROSEMONT, IL (January 9, 2020) – Excellence in housewares retailing is an important focus at The Inspired Home Show 2020 in Chicago as the world’s most innovative and creative home and housewares retailers are honored at the 20th annual IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) program.

The Inspired Home Show and the International Housewares Association (IHA), the global sponsors and organizers of the IHA gia program, today announced the national gia winners for 2019-2020: 32 outstanding home and housewares retailers from 31 countries around the globe.

The gia program was created by the IHA and The Inspired Home Show (formerly the 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 more than 460 gia retail award winners, from 48 countries on six continents.

 

The 2019-2020 national gia winners are:

 

            Country                     Store Name                                  Store website

 

Argentina                     Reina Batata Bazar Boutique           www.reinabatata.com

Australia                       Few and Far                                    www.fewandfar.com.au

Austria                         ORANGEandGREEN                       www.orangeandgreen.at

Brazil                           Westwing                                        www.westwing.com.br

Canada                        HOME on water st.                          www.homeonwaterst.com

China                           KEYE CASA                                    www.keyecasa.com

Colombia                     Miscelandia                                     www.miscelandia.co

Denmark                      Sinnerup                                         www.sinnerup.dk

France                         La Maison Pernoise                         www.lamaisonpernoise.com

Germany                      Claudia Scheck                               www.claudia-scheck.de

India                            Praxis Home Retail Limited              www.praxisretail.in

Ireland                          Stock Design

Italy                             Negozio Mori                                   www.negoziomori.it

Japan                          ISETAN SHINJUKU                         isetan.mistore.jp/store

Middle East –

United Arab Emirates   Tavola                                             www.4homes.ae

Netherlands                  Woerdman Kookkado                      www.woerdmankookgoedkoop.nl

Norway                        Hansen & Co.                                  hansenco.no

Poland                         Miloo Home                                     www.miloohome.pl

Portugal                       In&Out Cooking                               store.inoutcooking.com

Russia                         Di Murano                                       dimurano.ru

Saudia Arabia               Aura Living                                      auraliving.com

South Africa                 Carrol Boyes                                   www.carrolboyes.com

Southeast Asia –

Thailand                      Central Department Store                www.centralretail.com

Spain                           La Oca                                            www.laoca.es

Sweden                        Artilleriet – The Kitchen                     www.artilleriet.se

Switzerland                   Sibler AG                                        www.sibler.com

Turkey                          EnPlus                                            www.enplus.com.tr

Ukraine                        PROMENU by MIRS Corporation     promenu.ua

United Kingdom           Jarrold                                            www.jarrold.co.uk

Uruguay                       Ehause Kitchen & Cooking               www.ehause.com.uy

USA – Gift Retailers      The Paddington Family of Stores      paddingtonstationashland.com

USA –

Housewares Retailers  The Butler’s Pantry                          www.shopthebutlerspantry.com

 

 

The gia competition is structured on a two-tier level, national and global, to honor 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
  • Innovation

 

Each national gia winner is invited to The Inspired Home Show in Chicago, where the global gia jury, consisting of four 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 14, the national winners will be honored 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 16, the four gia Expert Jurors, Wolfgang Gruschwitz, Scott Kohno, Henrik Peter Reisby Nielsen and Anne Kong will present a special session in the Innovation Theater, “Retail & Consumer Trends with a 2020 Vision.

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