THE GLOBALIZATION OF IGA started more or less as a fluke.
It was 1984, and Ito Chu — a Japanese company that manufactured ultra-suede clothing — had just inherited a group of small warehouses and was looking for a marketing plan for them, Tom Haggai, IGA chairman, recalled.
“They conducted a study, and in the course of that study they learned about IGA. Being in the clothing business, they called one of their American-based suppliers of cotton and asked them to check us out. T