Five Retailers Earn Global gia Honors

 Five retailers from across the world earned Global gia honors at the 10th annual Global Innovator Awards gala during the International Home + Housewares Show here.

The 2010 Global gia honorees for merchandising excellence are Stark & Whyte from Montreal, Canada; Steamer Trading Company form the United Kingdom; I Love My House Barazzoni from Italy; Ambiente Gourmet from Colombia; and  Galeria Kaufhof from Germany.

I Love My House Barazzoni also was awarded the Martin M. Pegler Award for Excellence in Visual Merchandising, which honors the top window display.

The Global gia honoress were among 17 retailers from 16 countries honored as national gia winners.

The U.S. gia winners are Glenview, IL-based appliance, electronics and gourmet housewares superstore Abt (sponsored at the gia awards by HOMEWORLD BUSINESS®) and Portland, OR gourmet specialty retailer Kitchen Kaboodle (sponsored by Gourmet Retailer).

The gia program is a joint program of the International Housewares Association and the International Home + Housewares Show.