Gia Recognizes Housewares Retail Excellence, Names Global Honorees

The International Home + Housewares Show and the International Housewares Association (IHA), the global sponsors and organizers of the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) program, today announced the 2016 gia Global Honorees for Retail Excellence.

A festive gia awards dinner was held at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel to recognize the finalists and winners. The gia Global Honorees are:

Lakehouse, Canada

Illums Bolighus, Denmark

Kitchen Shop, Malaysia

K’OOK!, Netherlands

Lords, United Kingdom

The global gia jury selected the gia 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 Karaca Home of Turkey and the gia Digital Commerce Award for Excellence in Online Retailing was awarded to Cooking The Kitchen Company of Spain.

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.

At 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.