The International Home + Housewares Show and the International Housewares Association (IHA), the global sponsors and organisers of the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) programme, have announced the 2016 gia Global Honorees for Retail Excellence.
The global gia honorees include Lakehouse – Canada, Illums Bolighus – Denmark, Kitchen Shop – Malaysia, K’OOK! – the Netherlands and Lords – 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.
In addition, the Martin M Pegler Award for Excellence in Visual Merchandising was awarded to Karaca Home of Turkey and the gia Digital Commerce Award for Excellence in Online Retailing was awarded to Cooking The Kitchen Company of Spain.
The gia programme 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 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
Co-sponsoring the country-specific gia award programmes with IHA are housewares/retail trade publications worldwide, which sponsor national gia programmes in their respective countries. This year, 25 national gia winners from 23 countries were selected by co-sponsoring trade publications with targeted distribution in over 30 countries on five continents. All winners automatically entered the global competition at the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago, where the global jury selected the final gia Global Honorees.
Dubai-based home and housewares retailer Home Centre was this year’s national winner from the Middle East, sponsored by Images RetailME.
Both gia national winners and Global Honorees are recognised and prominently featured at the International Home + Housewares Show. A festive gia awards dinner was held at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel.
In addition, introducing the national gia winners to visitors and exhibitors of the International Home + Housewares Show, 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 Centre to the Grand Concourse.