IHA to Honor 28 Companies with Global Innovation Awards

Expert Juror Martin M. Pegler is retiring from full-time involvement
December 30, 2016Andrea Lillo

IHA logoROSEMONT, Ill.—Twenty-eight companies—including Amazon and Toque Blanche in the United States—have won Gia Innovation Awards (gia) for 2016-2017 from the International Home + Housewares Show and International Housewares Association (IHA).

In addition, Martin Pegler is retiring from full-time involvement in the gia program after 16 years as an expert juror, though he will continue as an honorary member and select the winner of the Martin M. Pegler Award for Excellence in Visual Merchandising bestowed on the retailer with the best visual merchandising, displays and window displays.

Replacing Pegler on the gia Expert Jury will be Anne Kong, associate professor and former chairperson of the Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).

Representing retailing excellence around the world, 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 and innovation.

The 2016-2017 national gia winners are (in alphabetical order by country):Jumbo (Argentina, jumbo.com.ar); LUC. Design (Australia, lucdesignstore.com); Doural Home & Design (Brazil, doural.com.br); The Gourmet Warehouse (Canada, gourmetwarehouse.ca); Tayohya Corporation (China, tayohya.com); Fabricas Unidas (Colombia, fabricasunidas.com); Skagerak Denmark (Denmark, skagerakstore.dk); Potten & Pannen–Staněk KitchenAid Concept Store & Gourmet Academy (Eastern Europe (Czech Republic), pottenpannen.cz); Culinarion (France, culinarion.com); One Kitchen (Germany, onekitchen.com); Parousiasi (Greece, parousiasi.gr); The Home Sukh (India, homesukh.com);Stakelums (Ireland, stakelums.ie); Stile Event Store (Italy, stile-store.it); The Loft Co., Ltd. (Japan, loft.co.jp); Homes R US (Middle East (United Arab Emirates, homesrus.ae); Kooklust 121 (Netherlands, kooklust121.nl); Green with Envy (New Zealand, greenwithenvy.co.nz); Rustan’s Supercenters (Philippines, rustans.com.ph); Dajar sp. z.o.o (Poland, dajar.pl); Krost (Portugal, krost.pt); Dreamhouse (Russia, dreamhouse.ru); Culinarium (Spain, culinarium.es); Bernardo (Turkey, bernardo.com.tr); Borough Kitchen (U.K., boroughkitchen.com); Amo Cocinar (Uruguay, santucci.com.uy); Toque Blanche (U.S., mytoque.com); and Amazon (U.S., internet/catalog, amazon.com).

These winners will be featured in the gia showcase in the Hall of Global Innovation in the Lakeside Center Lobby during the Housewares Show, and banners for the honored retailers can be seen in the walkway that connects the Grand Concourse and the Lakeside Center. Each national gia winner is invited to the Housewares Show where the global gia jury 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. The national winners will be honored at a festive awards dinner on March 18.

Andrea LilloAndrea Lillo | Senior Editor

Andrea Lillo has written about a variety of topics, from beer gardens in Queens to kitchen design trends to residential caves. Having joined Home Furnishings News in 2006, she serves as Fashion Editor.


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