Gia 2018-2019 – IHA Global Innovation Award Winners from 29 Countries Celebrated at the International Home + Housewares Show

The International Home + Housewares Show and International Housewares Association (IHA), the global sponsors and organizers of the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) program, today announced the national gia winners of 2018-2019: 30 outstanding home and housewares retailers from 29 countries around the globe. 

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 more than 430 gia retail award winners, from 47 countries on six continents. 

The 2018-2019 national gia winners are:
Country           Store Name Store website

Argentina Interio 
Australia Jumbled
Austria Manufactum
Brazil Tania Bulhões
Canada G. D'Aoust & Cie
China LivingKitchen
Colombia Cachivaches
Denmark Bahne
France Shoji
Germany S-KULTUR 
India Ajmal Bismi Enterprise
Ireland Arboretum Home & Garden Heaven 
Italy Abitare Baleri
Japan Futako Tamagawa 
Mexico Liverpool
United Arab Emirates THE One
Netherlands La Cuisine
New Zealand Città
Poland 9design
Portugal Pollux
Russia Glediz
Vietnam Kitchen Art Vietnam
Sweden Iittala Rörstrand Store
Switzerland Elsasser-Peter AG
Turkey Porland
United Kingdom Potter's Cookshop
Uruguay sobremesas
USA - Gift Retailers Absolutely Fabulous Unique Gifts & Décor
USA - Housewares Retailers Artichoke

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 2019 International Home + Housewares Show, March 2-5 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 2, 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. 

The national winners also are featured in the gia showcase in the Hall of Global Innovation in the Lakeside Center Lobby. The exhibit provides visuals of their award-winning store design and branding ideas, exquisite visual merchandising and innovative displays. Banners for the honored retailers can be seen in the walkway that connects the Grand Concourse and the Lakeside Center.

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 4, the four gia Expert Jurors, Wolfgang Gruschwitz, Scott Kohno, Henrik Peter Reisby Nielsen and Anne 
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