Last Saturday night (March 4th), the home and housewares industry gathered for an evening of excellence in Chicago.

The Inspired Home Show and the International Housewares Association (IHA), the global sponsors and organizers of the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) program, announced the winners of the 2022-2023 gia awards for housewares retail excellence during a dinner gala held at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel.

The Global Honorees for Housewares Retail Excellence were:

    • 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. 

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

Co-sponsoring the country-specific gia award programs with IHA are housewares trade associations and publications from around the world (CHPTA is the co-sponsor for Canada), 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 associations/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 were also recognized and prominently featured at The Inspired Home Show at a special gia display in the walkway connecting the Lakeside Center to the Grand Concourse at McCormick Place. Both gia national winners and Global Honorees are also recognized in a gallery online at TheInspiredHomeShow.com/Awards/gia-Retailing. 


Canadian gia Award 2022-2023 winner Cookery

Once again, we would like to congratulate our Canadian gia Award 2022-2023 winner Cookery and owner Alison Fletcher and her dedicated staff for operating some amazing stores and online business and for their efforts towards representing Canada in this global competition.  Well done!!

Alison Fletcher (R) and Melissa Perrotte (L) from Cookery receiving the gia Canada Award while below they are pictured with other gia Global Award winners on hand at the gala dinner.


14 Companies Honored with IHA Global Innovation Awards for Excellence in Product Design

Also, last Saturday evening, fourteen housewares suppliers ranging from well-established brands to first-time exhibitors were honored as Global Honorees of the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) for Excellence in Product Design. 

  • The Global Honorees for Excellence in Product Design were:
  • Bath + Personal Care:  Stasher, Everyday Beauty Bag
  • Cleaning: simplehuman, paper towel pump
  • Cook + Bakeware: Gourmet Kitchen Works LLC, Genetti Fan Lid
  • Home Décor + Gifts: Wrap-It Storage, MagSnap – Magnetic Snap Wristband
  • Home Organization + Storage: Grand Fusion Housewares, Inc., Roll-Up Drying Rack with Collapsing Utensil Holder
  • Household + Home Electrics: Roborock (HK) Limited, S8 Pro Ultra
  • Kitchen Electrics: Ooni Limited, Ooni Volt 12
  • Kitchen Hand Tools + Cutlery: Dreamfarm, Sharple 
  • Kitchenware: Dreamfarm, Fluicer
  • Luggage, Travel Goods & Accessories: Sherpani, Soleil AT
  • Pet Products: Dexas International, Ltd., Snack & Distract Licking Mat
  • Smart Home: Chefman, CHEF iQ Smart Thermometer™
  • Sustainable Products: LARQ, Inc., LARQ Bottle Filtered
  • Tabletop: Sempli, Monti-Mini Decanter + Monti-Rosso

“Congratulations to these Global Honorees of the 2023 IHA Global Innovation Awards for Excellence in Product Design; they represent the cutting-edge innovation and creativity that is driving the housewares industry today,” said Derek Miller, IHA president & CEO, in a press release. “Product innovation is the engine that keeps the home + housewares industry vibrant and profitable. It is our pleasure to honor the brands and designers that continue to push the envelope and delight both buyers and consumers.”

To view the list of finalists for the IHA Global Innovation Awards for product design, please go to https://www.theinspiredhomeshow.com/awards/gia-product.