The list of the 25 retailers being honored with the industry’s highest honor, the Global Innovation Award (gia), at the International Home + Housewares Show next month includes the online only kitchen retailer Chef’s Resources.
This is noteworthy for our readers given the recent events involving Target, Chef’s Catalog and Cooking.com, with the two long time online kitchen retailers being shutdown this year. There has been some rather negative feedback and questions to us regarding other options for the culinary minded consumer who enjoys shopping online.
Chef’s Resources (see below for link) has a great selection of products and, based on the fact that they were given this prestigious honor, are a reliable and quality retailer.
gia Awards 2015-2016
The International Home + Housewares Show and International Housewares Association (IHA), the global sponsors and organizers of the IHA gia program, announced the national gia winners of 2015-2016 – including 25 outstanding home and housewares retailers from 23 countries around the globe.
The gia program was created by the IHA and International Home + Housewares Show to foster innovation and excellence in home and housewares retailing throughout the world. Since the launch of gia in 2000, there have been close to 350 gia retail award winners, from more than 40 countries on six continents.
The gia competition is structured on a two-tier level, national and global, to honor 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
Each national gia winner is invited to the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago where the global gia jury, consisting of four 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, 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 2015-2016 International gia winners are:
Argentina: Claudia Adorno
Canada: Lakehouse Home Store
China: Wu Ben Liu He
Denmark: Illums Bolighus
Eastern Europe: Kaubamaja from Estonia
France: La Trésorerie
Germany: Homann schenken–kochen-wohnen
Ireland: J&B Hope Ltd
Italy: puesme home
Japan: La Cucina Felice
Malaysia: Kitchen Shop Katrin BJ
Middle East: Home Centre, United Arab Emirates
Russia: Cité Marilou
Spain: Cooking the Kitchen Company
Turkey: Karaca Home
Uruguay: Siñeriz Shopping
USA Gift Retailers: Leon & Lulu
USA – Internet: Chef’s Resource
During the 2016 International Home + Housewares Show, the winners are honored at an awards dinner, where the 2015-2016 gia Global Honorees, the winners of the Martin M. Pegler Award for Excellence in Visual Merchandising and the gia Digital Commerce Award for Excellence in Online Retailing will be announced.
Other gia highlights at the International Home + Housewares Show include a gia showcase in the Hall of Global Innovation, in Lakeside Center Lobby, where visuals of the national gia winners’ award-winning store design and branding ideas, examples of exquisite visual merchandising and innovative displays are on display. Banners for the honored retailers can be seen in the walkway that connects the Grand Concourse and the Lakeside Center.
For retailers, gia is more than an awards program. 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.
Congratulations to all the gia Award winners!!
*Disclosure: None of the links to the IHA or the gia Award winning retailers provide compensation to this website nor its owners.