The International Housewares Association (IHA) earlier this month announced the 2023-2024 gia national winners, including winners from totally new gia countries Kazakhstan and Peru as well as our own gia Canada Award winner Bradshaws located in Stratford, Ontario.
The CHPTA is proud to be the Canadian Sponsor of the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) program recognizing overall excellence, business innovation and creative merchandising in home and housewares retailing.
Excellence in housewares retailing is an important focus at The Inspired Home Show in Chicago as the world’s most innovative and creative home and housewares retailers are honored at the annual IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) program.
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 2023-2024 national gia winners include 32 outstanding home and housewares retailers from 31 countries:
Negro House and Pleasures
Redl Glas – Porzellan
Dhondt leef mooi
CRISTALERIA LA PAZ
Potten & Pannen – Stanek
Pure Home + Living
The Kitchen Whisk
Smith & Caughey’s
Sodimac y Maestro
COTTOOK – Kitchen’s Life
Home – Grupo Disco del Uruguay
USA – Giftware Retailers
Mix It Up Home & Gift
USA – Housewares Retailers
The Cook’s Shop
Bradshaws has been a family-owned Canadian business since 1895. The current owners, Carrie and Jeremy Wreford purchased the store in 2006 from Jeremy’s father, Bill Wreford, who owned and operated Bradshaws since 1975 with his wife Sharon. The business offers a wide selection of unique home and housewares products and they take great pride in achieving excellence in customer service, product knowledge and store display. Bradshaws seeks out the best value in terms of quality and price from the top brands in the industry and encourages their customers to “buy it once and buy it well” whether in-store or online.
About Carrie & Jeremy Wreford
In 2006, Jeremy and Carrie relocated to Stratford from Toronto to assume ownership of Bradshaws. Jeremy brought along his experience as a Set Designer in Toronto’s commercial film industry and Carrie brought her experience working as a Graphic Designer for Roots Canada. Together, their passion and appreciation of great design, unique products and creative store displays has helped the family business evolve with the times and progress into the future with enhancements to its’ online experience and social media presence. Jeremy and Carrie, along with their incredible team at Bradshaws are honoured to be the recipients of the 2023-2024 gia Canada Award and appreciate the recognition of their contributions to this historic Canadian business.
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 Inspired Home Show in Chicago, where the global gia jury, consisting of three 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 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.
On Sunday, March 17, the national winners will be honored at a festive awards dinner where the gia Global Honorees and winners of the Martin M. Pegler and gia Digital Commerce Award will be announced. In addition, the national winners are featured with a special display at the Show.
gia is more than an awards program. Representing retailing excellence around the world, 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. As part of gia’s educational offering, on Monday, March 18, the four gia Expert Jurors, Anne Kong, Wolfgang Gruschwitz, Scott Kohno and Henrik Peter Reisby Nielsen will present a special session in the Show’s Inspiration Theater:
Innovate, Elevate, Captivate: Reinventing the Retail Experience
As we navigate through the changing tides of consumer behavior, technological advancements and market trends, we dissect the intricate ways in which retailers are embracing innovation. From augmented reality shopping experiences to AI-powered personalization, this presentation unveils the cutting-edge technologies that are reshaping the retail ecosystem. The concept of elevation goes beyond just products on shelves. The gia Expert Jurors will delve into how retailers are elevating their spaces, services and overall brand image to create an immersive and unforgettable customer journey. From sustainable practices to community engagement initiatives, discover how retailers are enhancing their impact on both individuals and the world around them.
But innovation and elevation alone are not enough. To truly captivate the modern consumer, retailers must craft compelling narratives and experiences. The gia Expert Jurors analyze the storytelling techniques, experiential marketing and brand strategies that captivate audiences and foster lasting connections. Join them as they reimagine the future of retail, where innovation, elevation and captivation converge to create a retail experience that goes beyond transactions, turning every interaction into a memorable and meaningful moment for both retailers and consumers alike.
The Inspired Home Show, IHA’s global home + housewares marketplace, will be held March 17-19 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Complex. For more information about the 2024 Show, and to register for your free Show entrance badge, please visit TheInspiredHomeShow.com.
For more information about the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) program, the co-sponsors, or participating in 2024-2025, contact Piritta Törrö at email@example.com. Additional information on the gia program is also available online at TheInspiredHomeShow.com/Awards/gia-Retailing.