Kitchenware International's gia nominee Aaron Thuo of Vituzote, Kenya pictured with Kitchenware's Paul Yeomans

The Inspired Home Show and the International Housewares Association (IHA), the global sponsors and organizers of the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) program have announced the 2023 gia Global Honorees for Retail Excellence.

The Global Honorees are:
• Argentina – Tiendas Landmark
• Colombia – Ambiente Living
• Norway – Illums Bolighus
• Uruguay – La Iberica
• USA – A. Dodson’s

The global gia jury, consisting of three retail/visual merchandising experts and seven editors and publishers of co-sponsoring housewares trade publications from around the world, 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 Tiendas Landmark of Argentina, and the gia Digital Commerce Award for Excellence in Online Retailing was awarded to Illums Bolighus of Norway.
In addition to the 2023 Global Honorees, the 2022 gia Top Window award winners were honored at the gia awards dinner that took place at Radisson Blu in Chicago.

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 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
• Innovation

Kitchenware’s sister title Tableware International’s gia entry was Royal Home, Azerbaijan represented by Mike and Irma Lightfoot. Pictured at the gia awards with Paul Yeomans

Co-sponsoring the country-specific gia award programs with IHA are housewares trade publications worldwide, which sponsor national gia programs in their respective countries. This year, 27 national gia winners from 26 countries were selected by the co-sponsoring trade publications with targeted distribution in over 50 countries on five continents. All winners were automatically entered in the global competition for The Inspired Home Show in Chicago.

The gia winners of 2022-2023 are recognized and prominently featured at The Inspired Home Show. A festive gia awards dinner was held at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel.

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