The IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) is the brainchild of the International Housewares Association, and having launched in 2000, it is now in its 15th year. The annual awards are considered the Oscars® of the retail world, attracting entries from across the globe. This year, 25 national 2015 gia winners from 24 countries were chosen to represent their countries in Chicago, competing against one another to become one of five gia Global Honorees.
Deciding upon five winners from 25 excellent retailers considered the best in their countries is no easy task, but the decision is made by a jury of four retail/visual merchandising experts and seven editors from co-sponsoring homewares trade publications. They consider all aspects of the nationally acclaimed retailers such as vision and strategy, store design and layout, visual merchandising, displays, marketing, advertising, promotions, customer service, staff training and a word that sums up what all entrants strive for – innovation.
We warmly congratulate the gia national winners and take a closer look at the companies that were bestowed with the gia Global Honoree distinction.
Visit www.housewares.org/gia for more information on the IHA Global Innovation Award program and to find short introductions and images of all 25 gia winners of 2014-2015.
2015 gia winners:
|Eastern Europe (Romania)||KITCHENSHOP|
|France||Oh my Kitchen!|
|Germany||Bärle am Friedrichsplatz|
|Middle East (United Arab Emirates)||THE One Total Home Experience|
|New Zealand||The Design Depot|
|Russia||Torgoviy Dom KWESTOR LLC|
|USA||Marcel’s Culinary Experience|
|USA – Internet/Catalogue||Wayfair|
2015 gia winners: Watch a quick gia video (link to the gia video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4OxntvCR1E)