IHA to Celebrate gia at March Inspired Home Show

ROSEMONT, IL – Excellence in housewares retailing is an important focus at The Inspired Home Show 2022 in Chicago, with an all-time record number of the world’s most innovative and creative home and housewares retailers to be honored at the annual IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) program.

The Inspired Home Show and the International Housewares Association (IHA), the global sponsors and organizers of the gia program, today announced the national gia winners for 2021-2022: 33 outstanding home and housewares retailers from 32 countries around the globe.

The Inspired Home Show will be held March 5-7 at McCormick Place, the first in-person gathering of the industry’s premier marketplace since 2019. Covid-19 safety-related policies and protocols have also been established – as has a shortened schedule for the event.

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.

The 2021-2022 national gia winners are:

Country                             Store Name                                                  Store website

Argentina                               Paul French Gallery                                  pauldeco.com

Australia                                 MAKE Designed Objects                        makedesignedobjects.com

Belgium                                  Dupont NV                                                 https://kookboetiek.be

Bermuda                                The Chefs Shop, Bermuda                   https://chefshopbermuda.shop

Brazil                                        Westwing Brasil                                         westwing.com.br

Canada                                   HOME on water st.                                  homeonwaterst.com

China                                       Keye Casa                                                    keyecasa.com

Colombia                               Miscelandia                                                miscelandia.co

Denmark                                Sinnerup                                                      sinnerup.dk

Eastern Europe –

  Hungary                               KITCHENSHOP                                           kitchenshop.hu        

France                                     La Maison Pernoise                                 lamaisonpernoise.com

Germany                               Lorey                                                             lorey.de

India                                        HomeTown

                                                  – by Praxis Home Retail Limited         hometown.in

Ireland                                    Stock Design                                               stockdesignonline.com

Italy                                          Negozio Mori                                             negoziomori.it

Japan                                       KEYUCA                                                        keyuca.com

Middle East –

United Arab Emirates     DWELL                                                           dwellstores.ae

Netherlands                         Woerdman Kookkado                            woerdmankookgoedkoop.nl

Norway                                  Hansen & Co                                               hansenco.no

Poland                                    Miloo Home                                               miloohome.pl

Portugal                                 In&Out Cooking                                        inoutcooking.com

Russia                                      Di Murano                                                   dimurano.ru

Saudi Arabia                         aura Living                                                   auraliving.com

South Africa                          Carrol Boyes                                               carrolboyes.com

Southeast Asia –

  Taiwan                                  hengstyle                                                    hengstyle.com

Spain                                       La Oca                                                           laoca.es

Sweden                                  Artilleriet The Kitchen                            artilleriet.se

Switzerland                           Sibler AG                                                      sibler.com

Turkey                                    EnPlus                                                           enplus.com.tr

United Kingdom                  Jarrold                                                           jarrold.co.uk

Uruguay                                 Kitchen & Cooking                                    ehause.com.uy

USA – Gift Retailers           Paddington Station                                  paddingtonstationashland.com

USA –

  Housewares Retailers    The Butler’s Pantry                                  shopthebutlerspantry.com

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 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. 

On Saturday, March 5, 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. In addition, the national winners are featured at the Show, with banners and a special display in the Grand Concourse Walkway at McCormick Place.

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 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.”

The Inspired Home Show, IHA’s global home + housewares marketplace, will be held March 5-7 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Complex. For more information about the 2022 Show and to register for a Show entrance badge, please 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. Information on what precautions are being taken to ensure the health and safety of the industry is available on our Covid Readiness webpage.

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For more information about the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) program, the co-sponsors, or participating in 2022-2023, contact Piritta Törrö at piritta.torro@inspiredconnection.fi. Additional information on the gia program is also available online at TheInspiredHomeShow.com/Awards/gia-Retailing.For more information on The Inspired Home Show 2022 and to pre-register for an entrance badge, visit TheInspiredHomeShow.com.

The International Housewares Association is the 84-year-old voice of the housewares industry. The not-for-profit, full-service association sponsors the world’s premier exposition of products for the home, The Inspired Home Show, IHA’s Global Home + Housewares Market (TheInspiredHomeShow.com), and offers its 1,400 member companies a wide range of services including industry and government advocacy; export assistance; industry and consumer trends through the IHA Market Watch Report; executive management peer groups; a B2B community at Housewares.org; group buying discounts on business solutions services; direct-to-consumer engagement through TheInspiredHome.com; and an independent news and information platform through HomePageNews.com.

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