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IHA names Global Innovation Award winners

The Inspired Home Show and the International Housewares Association, the global sponsors and organisers of the gia programme, have announced the national gia winners for 2022-2023 – 27 outstanding home and housewares retailers from 26 countries around the world, including new gia countries, Azerbaijan and Kenya.

The gia programme was created by IHA and The Inspired Home 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 500 retail winners from over 50 countries on six continents.

The 2022-2023 national gia winners are:                        

Argentina: Tiendas Landmark (pictured above)

Australia: Minimax

Austria: Cuisinarum

Azerbaijan: Royal Home

Belgium: Hopono

Brazil: deezign

Canada: Cookery

Colombia: Ambiente Living

Denmark:  KJEPS Bolighus

France: TOC

Germany: Pecht Shoppingwelt

India: Home Centre

Ireland: Jono’s House & Home

Italy: Arte & Forma


Kenya: Kenya

Netherlands: Vanderveen’s Department Store

Norway: Illums Bolighus

Poland: Eurofirany

Portugal: El Corte Ingles

Spain: El Corte Ingles

Switzerland: Vanoli AG


United Kingdom: Morleys Group (pictured)


USA – Giftware Retailers: A. Dodson’s

USA – Housewares Retailers: Faraday’s Kitchen Store

The competition is structured on a two-tier level – national and global – to honour independent and multiple location retailers for excellence in several categories, including: 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 gia winner is invited to The Inspired Home Show, when the jury, consisting of three experts, and trade publication editors, 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 4 March, the national winners are honoured at an awards dinner, where the additional awards will be announced. The national winners are also featured at the show, with banners and a special display in the Grand Concourse Walkway at McCormick Place.

The gia awards are part of a larger education initiative which includes seminars by retail experts, columns in international press, and educational sessions at events in sponsors’ home countries. As part of the programme, on 6 March, gia jurors Wolfgang Gruschwitz, Scott Kohno and Henrik Peter Reisby Nielsen will present a session in the show’s Innovation Theatre  – New opportunities to connect with customers.

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