gia Global Honorees for retail excellence announced

RetailME Bureau

March 18 was a big night in Chicago where the home and housewares industry gathered for the 2017 International Home + Housewares Show, reports Lawrence Pinto

The International Home + Housewares Show and the International Housewares Association (IHA), the global sponsors and organisers of the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) programme, announced the winners of the 2016-17 gia awards for housewares retail and product design excellence.

The 2017 Global Honorees are:

  • Potten & Pannen – Staněk KitchenAid Concept Store & Gourmet Academy, Czech Republic
  • The Loft Co Ltd, Japan
  • Green with Envy, New Zealand
  • Rustan’s Department Store, the Philippines
  • Borough Kitchen, the 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. Also, LUC Design of Australia won the Martin M Pegler Award for Excellence in Visual Merchandising, while the gia Digital Commerce Award for Excellence in Online Retailing went to the US-based

The gia programme is 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 over 370 gia retail award winners, from 45 countries on six continents.

Co-sponsoring the country-specific gia award programmes with IHA are housewares trade publications worldwide, which sponsor national gia programmes in their respective countries. This year, 28 national gia winners from 27 countries (list given below) were selected by co-sponsoring trade publications with targeted distribution in over 50 countries on five continents. All winners automatically entered in the global competition at the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago, where the global jury selected the final gia Global Honorees.


The 2016-17 national gia winners


Country Store name Website
Argentina Jumbo
Australia LUC. Design
Brazil Doural Home & Design
Canada The Gourmet Warehouse
China Tayohya Corporation
Denmark Skagerak Denmark
Eastern Europe Potten & Pannen – Staněk KitchenAid Concept Store & Gourmet Academy (Czech Republic


France Culinarion
Germany One Kitchen
Greece Parousiasi
India The Home Sukh, Ishanya
Ireland Stakelums
Italy Stile Event-Store
Japan The Loft Co., Ltd
Middle East Homes R US (UAE)
The Netherlands Kooklust 121
New Zealand Green with Envy
The Philippines Rustan’s Department Store
Poland Dajar
Portugal KROST
Russia Boutique Meissen
Spain Culinarium
Turkey Bernardo
The UK Borough Kitchen
Uruguay Amo Cocinar
The US Toque Blanche
The US – online

Read the full article in the April 2017 edition of RetailME