The World’s Leading Home + Housewares Show

March 5—8, 2022 | McCormick Place | Chicago, IL

The World’s Leading Home + Housewares Show
March 5—8 | McCormick Place | Chicago, IL

Gia Excellence in Retailing

Fostering innovation and excellence in housewares retailing throughout the world.

Excellence in Retailing

IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia)

gia – the IHA Global Innovation Awards program – is the world’s leading awards program honoring overall excellence, business innovation and creative merchandising in home goods retailing.

gia Retail — 20 Years of Excellence

How it Works

The competition is structured on a two-tier level, national and global. Co-sponsoring the country-specific gia awards programs with IHA are over 30 housewares trade publications worldwide, which sponsor national gia programs in their respective countries.

Juries appointed by in-country publications select national winners who then participate in the global competition at The Inspired Home Show® each year. In 2020, the awards ceremony has been brought online for ease of access.

The Awards

Up to five retailers are further honored as gia Global Honorees based on the determination of a distinguished panel of international retail experts.

  • gia Global Honorees: Five retailers chosen by our distinguishes panel of retail experts
  • Martin M. Pegler Award: One national winner chosen for excellence in visual merchandising
  • gia Digital Commerce Award: One national winner chosen for excellence in online retailing

Watch the 2020 gia Awards!

The Global Innovation Awards (gia) Global Honorees and Award Winners were announced on Thursday, April 23, 2020, during a livestreamed broadcast. Congratulations to:

  • Ukraine – PROMENU by MIRS Corporation
  • Thailand – Central Department Store
  • Australia – Few and Far
  • United Arab Emirates – Tavola
  • Argentina – Reina Batata Bazar Boutique
  • Switzerland – Sibler AG
  • Portugal – In&Out Cooking

2020 gia National Winners

The 2019 — 2020 gia National Winners for Excellence in Retail have been chosen! 


PROMENU by MIRS Corporation Learn More >


Central Department Store Learn More >


Few and Far Learn More >

United Arab Emirates

Tavola Learn More >




Reina Batata Bazar Boutique Learn More >


Sibler AG Learn More >


In&Out Cooking Learn More >

Our Expert Jurors

Wolfgang Gruschwitz

Gruschwitz GmbH

Scott Kohno - 2020 Gia Retail Juror
Scott Kohno

Retail Element LLC

Anne Kong - 2020 Gia Retail Juror
Anne Kong

A + D Kong

Henrik Peter Reisby Nielsen

ReisbyConsult ApS