A record number of innovative and creative home and housewares retailers from across the world will be honored the annual IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) program during The Inspired Home Show 2022.
The gia program was created by 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 close to 500 gia retail award winners, from over 50 countries on six continents.
2021-2022 national gia winners:
|Country||Store Name||Store Website|
|Argentina||Paul French Gallery||pauldeco.com|
|Australia||MAKE Designed Objects||makedesignobjects.com|
|Bermuda||The Chefs Shop, Bermuda||chefshopbermuda.shop|
|Canada||HOME on water st.||homeonwaterst.com|
|France||La Maison Pernoise||lamaisonpernoise.com|
|India||HomeTown – by Praxis Home Retail Limited||hometown.in|
|United Arab Emirates||DWELL||dwellstores.ae|
|Norway||Hansen & Co||hansenco.no|
|Saudi Arabia||aura Living||auraliving.com|
|South Africa||Carrol Boyes||carrolboyes.com|
|Sweden||Artilleriet The Kitchen||artilleriet.se|
|Uruguay||Kitchen & Cooking||ehause.com.uy|
|USA – Gift Retailers||Paddington Station||paddingtonstationashland.com|
|USA – Housewares Retailers||The Butler’s Pantry||shopthebutlerspantry.com|
- 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
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.
Representing retailing excellence around the world, gia 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, according to IHA As part of gia’s educational offering, on Monday, March 7, the four gia Expert Jurors — Wolfgang Gruschwitz, Scott Kohno, Henrik Peter Reisby Nielsen and Anne Kong— will present a special session in the Show’s Innovation Theater, “Retail 360° – Redefining the Customer Experience.”
For more information about The Inspired Home Show 2022 Show and to register for a Show entrance badge, visit TheInspiredHomeShow.com. Before picking up their Show badge at McCormick Place, all exhibitors and attendees will be required to demonstrate proof of vaccination or produce a negative Covid-19 test that had been administered in the previous 72 hours.