Harrods wins UK gia prize

Harrods has been named as the UK winner of the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) programme for 2017-2018.

The London department store joins 26 other home and housewares retailers from 25 countries in the competition, which is organised and sponsored by The International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago and the International Housewares Association (IHA) of the US.

Harrods’ mission is to be ‘the number-one department store in the world for luxury merchandise’. Its landmark store in Knightsbridge store includes a cookshop on the second floor, along with ‘home appliances’, ‘entertaining at home’ and several ‘luxury home’ departments. Harrods also operates 14 boutiques across Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

The gia programme was created by the International Home + Housewares Show and IHA 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 – to honour independent and multiple home and housewares retailers. They are judged on: 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

Each national winner will be invited to the International Home + Housewares Show, held from March 10-13, where a jury will then select from them up to five 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. The results will be announced at a festive awards dinner during the Show on March 10.

The national winners will also be featured in a gia showcase at the Show, where visuals of their award-winning store design and branding ideas, visual merchandising and displays will be on revealed.


The full list of 2017-2018 national gia winners is:


          Country                Store Name            Store website


Argentina            BdQ                                    www.bazardelaesquina.com

Australia             Opus Design                     www.opusdesign.com.au

Austria                Tavola

– Kochen, Genießen, Schenken   www.tavola.at

Canada               Pots & Paraphernalia            www.potsandparaphernalia.ca

China                  Cuccina                             www.cuccina.com.cn

Colombia            Tugo                                  www.tugo.co

Denmark             Kalejdoskop                      www.kalejdoskopshop.dk

France                Bensimon Concept Store     www.bensimon.com

Germany            Manufactum                      www.manufactum.de

Iceland                Kokka                                 www.kokka.is

Ireland                 The Kitchen Whisk                www.thekitchenwhisk.ie

Italy                     Fontana

Japan                  Tokyu Hands                    www.tokyu-hands.co.jp

Middle East

(Saudi Arabia)   Marina Home Interiors          www.marinahomeinteriors.com

Netherlands       Pollmann sinds 1890            www.servies.nl

New Zealand      Paper Plane                      www.paperplanestore.com

Poland                 Szklanydom                      www.szklanydom.pl

Portugal              Habitare                             www.habitare.pt

Russia                 Dom Farfora                      www.domfarfora.ru

South-East Asia

(Singapore)        Maissone                           www.maissone.com

Spain                   Casa Viva                          www.casaviva.es

Sweden               RoyalDesign Helsingborg     www.royaldesign.se

Turkey                TAÇ                                    www.tacev.com.tr

         UK                     Harrods                             www.harrods.com

Uruguay              Deco Hogar                       www.decohogar.com.uy

USA                     The Chopping Block             www.thechoppingblock.com

USA – Internet/  DaSalla’s                           www.dasallas.com


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