gia winners celebrated at The Inspired Home Show

Excellence in housewares retailing is an important focus at The Inspired Home Show 2023 in Chicago as the world’s most innovative and creative home and housewares retailers are honoured at the annual IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) program.

The Inspired Home Show and the International Housewares Association (IHA), the global sponsors and organisers of the gia program, today announced the national gia winners for 2022-2023: 27 outstanding home and housewares retailers from 26 countries around the globe, including winners from totally new gia countries Azerbaijan and Kenya.

The gia program was created by IHA and The Inspired Home Show to foster innovation and excellence in home and housewares retailing throughout the world. Since the launch of gia in 2000, there have been more than 500 gia retail award winners, from over 50 countries on six continents.

The 2022-2023 national gia winners are:

Country                               Store Name                                      Store website


Argentina                             Tiendas Landmark                  

Australia                               Minimax                                   

Austria                                  Cuisinarum                              

Azerbaijan                            Royal Home

Belgium                                Hopono                                    

Brazil                                    deezign                                    

Canada                                Cookery                                   

Colombia                             Ambiente Living                       

Denmark                              KJEPS Bolighus                      

France                                 TOC                                         

Germany                             Pecht Shoppingwelt                

India                                     Home Centre                           

Ireland                                  Jono’s House & Home

Italy                                      Arte & Forma                           

Japan                                   JR NAGOYA TAKASHIMAYA

Kenya                         Kenya                

Netherlands                         Vanderveen’s Department Store

– Assen                                  

Norway                                Illums Bolighus                        

Poland                                  Eurofirany                                

Portugal                               El Corte Ingles                         

Spain                                    El Corte Ingles                         

Switzerland                          Vanoli AG                                

Turkey                                 KORKMAZ                              

United Kingdom                   Morleys Group                         

Uruguay                               LA IBERICA                            


– Giftware Retailers           A. Dodson’s                             


– Housewares Retailers    Faraday’s Kitchen Store          

The gia competition is structured on a two-tier level, national and global, to honour 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 three 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 4, the national winners will be honoured 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 6, three of the gia Expert Jurors, Wolfgang Gruschwitz, Scott Kohno and Henrik Peter Reisby Nielsen will present a special session in the Show’s Innovation Theater:

New Opportunities to Connect with Customers

Retail is not dead…mediocre retail is dead. How to create successful customer experiences.

Customers have NOT cancelled retail. What customers are looking for today.

The gia Expert Jurors Wolfgang Gruschwitz, Scott Kohno and Henrik Peter Reisby Nielsen report from their experiences and share new ideas around the world of retail concepts.

The Inspired Home Show, IHA’s global home + housewares marketplace, will be held March 4-7 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Complex. For more information about the 2023 Show, and to register for your free Show entrance badge, please visit

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