The Global Innovator Award (GIA) was instituted by the International Housewares Association last year with
the support of 15 leading retail trade magazines from around the word. This new global award is to recognise
excellence in housewares retailing
Retail Asia, the retail trade magazine covering the Asian region, was one of the 15 original supporters of the
awards programme. We are the organiser of the GIA Pan-Asia Award. Supporting this coveted Award programme in Asia is DuPont, the inventor and manufacturer of Teflon non-stick surfaces.

The first Gia Pan-Asia Award mounted last year was won by C.K. Tang Limited of Singapore. It went on to Chicago to vie for one of five Global Innovator Awards.

Tangs did Asia proud by emerging as one of the five most innovative housewares retailers in the world, thus
receiving a Global Innovator Award.

The 2001 GIA Pan-Asia programme is now on. It is open to all retailers of housewares department stores,
supermarkets, specialty and other independent stores in Asia. There is no participation fee whatsoever. The main aim of the competition is to establish a benchmark of excellence in the merchandising of housewares so as to offer Asian retailers a chance to gauge themselves against some of the most innovative merchandising programmes being practised worldwide.

The winner of the GIA Pan-Asia Award will be provided with a free air passage to Chicago, plus five-star hotel
accommodation from January 12-15, 2002, to attend the International Housewares Show 2002 as well as the GIA Gala Dinner on January 13 when the results of the five winners of the Global Innovator Awards will be announced and honoured.

Retail Asia and DuPont are proud to be associated with these prestigious global awards. We warmly invite you to participate in this competition; its an excellent opportunity to compare your merchandising programmes against some of the best in Asia and beyond & and win a free trip to Chicago in the process.

The closing date for the GIA Pan-Asia Award is 31 October 2001. Please complete the Evaluation Form in this booklet and return it with all supporting materials to Retail Asia Publishing Pte Ltd, 60 Martin Road, Suite #07-52 TradeMart Singapore, Singapore 239065. The winner of the Gia Pan-Asia Award will be notified by post and results published in the December edition of Retail Asia.


Andrew Yeo
Publisher, Retail Asia

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