The International Home + Housewares Show and the International Housewares Association, the global sponsors and organizers of the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) program, have named the 2018 gia Global Honorees for Retail Excellence.
The Global Honorees are:
- Tugo, Colombia
- Manufactum, Germany
- Pollmann sinds 1890, Netherlands
- Harrods, United Kingdom
- The Chopping Block, USA
The global gia jury, consisting of four retail/visual merchandising experts and seven editors and publishers of co-sponsoring housewares trade publications from around the world, selected the global honorees from the winners previously chosen in their respective countries by the national gia sponsors.
In addition, the Martin M. Pegler Award for Excellence in Visual Merchandising was awarded to Harrods of the United Kingdom and the gia Digital Commerce Award for Excellence in Online Retailing was awarded to Paper Plane of New Zealand.
This year, 27 national gia winners from 26 countries were selected in over 50 countries on five continents. All winners were automatically entered in the global competition at the International Home + Housewares Show, where the global jury selected the final gia Global Honorees.
Both gia national winners and Global Honorees are recognized and prominently featured at the Housewares Show. A festive gia awards dinner was held at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. In addition, introducing the national gia winners to visitors and exhibitors of the International Home + Housewares Show, there is a special gia display in the Hall of Global Innovation, in the Lakeside Center Lobby, and large gia winner banners span the walkway connecting the Lakeside Center to the Grand Concourse.
The gia program was created by IHA and IH+HS to foster innovation and excellence in home and housewares retailing throughout the world.
The competition is structured on a two-tier level, national and global, evaluating retailers within the following 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; and innovation.