- International Home & Housewares Association -
The International Housewares Association (IHA) is committed to maximizing the success of the home products industry. IHA provide the world-class show marketplace, the International Home + Housewares Show, facilitation of global commerce, industry market data and facilitation of industry standards.
The International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago is the world's premier housewares marketplace, features 2,100 exhibitors from 34 countries, and more than 20,000 buyers from over 100 countries around the world. If you have questions about the Show, please contact Debbie Teschke, Manager, Media Relations & Communications at +1 847-692-0110.
gia - honoring innovation and excellence
gia was created with the objective of fostering innovation and excellence in housewares retailing throughout the world. The competition is structured on a two-tier level, national and global. Co-sponsoring the country-specific gia awards programs with IHA are over 25 housewares trade publications worldwide, which sponsor national gia programs in their respective countries.
Juries appointed by each publication select national winners who then participate in the global competition at the International Home + Housewares Show in March each year. Up to five retailers will be further honored as gia Global Honorees based on the determination of a distinguished panel of international retail experts. In addition, one national winner is selected for the Martin M. Pegler Award for Excellence in Visual Merchandising and there is an additional gia Digital Commerce Award for Excellence in Online Retailing.
Both national winners and Global Honorees are recognized and prominently featured at the International Home + Housewares Show. Benefit from the merchandising savvy of this group of best-in-class retailers at the Show, by visiting the gia showcase in the Hall of Global Innovation, in the Lakeside Center lobby, where visuals of their award-winning efforts are on display. Banners for the honored retailers are hung in the walkway between the Lakeside Center and the Grand Concourse.
Since the launch of gia in 2000, there have been over 320 gia retail award winners, from 40 countries on six continents.