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IKEA International Group
Type Private
Genre Retail (Specialty)
Founded Älmhult, Småland, Sweden (1943)
Founder(s) Ingvar Kamprad
Headquarters Delft, Netherlands
Area served Global
Key people Mikael Ohlsson (President), Hans Gydell (President Inter IKEA Group)
Products Self-assembly furniture
Revenue 22.71 Billion (2009)[1]
Employees 127,800 (2008)[2]
Website IKEA.com
World Map showing locations of IKEA stores in 2007. Green represents countries with stores in operation and blue shows proposed locations.
.IKEA is a privately held, international home products retailer that sells flat pack furniture, accessories, and bathroom and kitchen items in their retail stores around the world.^ I bet their Ikea furniture will be around much longer that the genuine items!
  • IKEA as Status Symbol? | Apartment Therapy New York 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.apartmenttherapy.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ One newsy note: Ikea this year has plans to lay off 5,000 workers around the world.

^ IKEA is a breath of fresh air in the world of home decor, and although Target's college line is increasingly similar in aesthetic, no one can compete with the range of products IKEA has to offer.

.The company, which pioneered flat-pack design furniture at affordable prices, is now the world's largest furniture retailer.^ Ikea is over 50 years old, it is one of the largest retailers in the world, apparently we have been fooling people all over the world for decades and none of our competitors have caught on either.
  • sha v 4.0 » Ikea Freaking Sucks 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.shashachu.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Sealy Posturepedic, a world famous design can now be obtained in a 160cm European mattress size.

^ Society: 6 Sep 07 Building has started on a first batch of Swedish-designed low-cost, flat-pack homes in Britain, which is in the grip of a chronic shortage of affordable housing amid rising prices and immigration.
  • Ikea - The Local 17 January 2010 9:23 UTC www.thelocal.se [Source type: News]

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.IKEA was founded in 1943 by 17-year-old Ingvar Kamprad in Sweden.^ IKEA was founded in lmhult, Sweden in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad, then 17.
  • IKEA Locations - Locate IKEA Stores Near You with Mapmuse's IKEA Locator 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC find.mapmuse.com [Source type: Academic]

^ TRIVIA: IKEA is and accronym from the founders name, house name and village or Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd (IKEA).

^ Ikea is over 50 years old, it is one of the largest retailers in the world, apparently we have been fooling people all over the world for decades and none of our competitors have caught on either.
  • sha v 4.0 » Ikea Freaking Sucks 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.shashachu.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Currently, the company is owned by a Dutch-registered foundation controlled by the Kamprad family.^ Let us just hope that the Kamprad family (which owns IKEA) aren't Polonium poisoned, like Litvinenko.
  • Hacker News | Why IKEA Is Fed Up with Russia 17 January 2010 9:23 UTC news.ycombinator.com [Source type: Original source]

.IKEA is an acronym comprising the initials of the founder's name (Ingvar Kamprad), the farm where he grew up (Elmtaryd), and his home parish (Agunnaryd, in Småland, South Sweden).^ Suggestions welcome at ikea@lar5.com IDYLL ❞ idyll IKEA ❞ the name comes from the initials of the founder, I ngvar K amprad, his home farm E lmtaryd, and village and A gunnaryd W ILSBO ✖ village in north Sweden IMPULS ❞ impulse INDEX ❞ index INDIRA ☺ Indian girl name INDO ?
  • The IKEA Dictionary 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.lar5.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ TRIVIA: IKEA is and accronym from the founders name, house name and village or Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd (IKEA).

^ Suggestions welcome at ikea@lar5.com BJÄRNUM ✖ town in south Sweden W BJÖRKEFALL ✖ 'Birch Fall'.
  • The IKEA Dictionary 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.lar5.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[4]
.INGKA Holding B.V. is the parent company for all IKEA Group companies, including the industrial group Swedwood, which commissions the manufacturing of IKEA furniture coming from any manufacturer worldwide (outsourcing), the sales companies that run IKEA stores, as well as purchasing and supply functions, and IKEA of Sweden, which is responsible for the design and development of products in the IKEA range.^ Business & Money: 30 Mar 09 Swedish furniture giant Ikea and US retailer Wal-Mart was among several international companies criticized by a Norwegian group for what it deemed "unacceptable" working conditions at a Turkish supplier.
  • Ikea - The Local 17 January 2010 9:23 UTC www.thelocal.se [Source type: News]

^ (IKEA’s sales were up seven percent in 2008, and to its credit, in 2008 IKEA announced its GreenTech initiative, in which it was investing in green technologies for the development of products, like solar panels and more efficient lighting, to sell in its stores; of course, the payoff is years away.

^ Not all Ikeas are in out-of-town areas (although the vast majority), they recently built a store in Ashton-under-Lyne in Greater Manchester.
  • Ikea – you can't build a green reputation with a flatpack DIY manual | Environment | guardian.co.uk 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

INGKA Holding B.V. is wholly owned by Stichting INGKA Foundation, which is a non-profit foundation registered in Leiden, Netherlands. The logistics centre europe is located in Dortmund, Germany.
.Inter IKEA Systems B.V. in Delft, also in the Netherlands, owns the IKEA concept and trademark, and there is a franchising agreement with every IKEA store in the world.^ The IKEA closest to me is in an insane suburb (Schaumburg) of Chicago, and I think people arrive to the store tense and wound up because of the drive just to get there.
  • amalah . com: IKEA Jones and the Dresser of Doom 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.amalah.com [Source type: General]

^ I'm from Bulgaria, where is no Ikea store and in the other furniture stores there are a lot of "italian" furniture or local, that cost arm and leg.
  • IKEA as Status Symbol? | Apartment Therapy New York 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.apartmenttherapy.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ El Grupo IKEA es el mayor franquiciado de Inter IKEA Systems BV .
  • Ikea - Información interesante 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC pxgp.net [Source type: General]

.The IKEA Group is the biggest franchisee of Inter IKEA Systems B.V. Inter IKEA Systems B.V. is not owned by INGKA Holding B.V., but by Inter IKEA Holding S.A. registered in Luxembourg, which in turn is part of Inter IKEA Holding registered in the Netherlands Antilles.^ Inter IKEA Systems B.V. is the owner/franchiser of the IKEA trademark and the IKEA Concept.
  • IKEA Locations - Locate IKEA Stores Near You with Mapmuse's IKEA Locator 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC find.mapmuse.com [Source type: Academic]

^ I realize tolls and the fact that Illinois sucks is not IKEA's fault, but not having a system to order parts online is inconvenient.
  • Ikea [USA] - ikea.com - Reviews, Ratings andPrices at ResellerRatings 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.resellerratings.com [Source type: General]

^ IKEA is a registered trademark of Inter-IKEA Systems B.V. For more detailed information, please see our Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy and Community Guidelines.
  • IKEA FANS: A community of IKEA kitchen design, assembly, furniture, modification, store information and HELP! 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.ikeafans.com [Source type: General]

The ownership of the holding companies has not been disclosed.[5]

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General overview

Flags at the store in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The company which was originated in Småland, Sweden , distributes its products through its retail outlets. .As of August 2009, the chain has 301 stores in 37 countries, most of them in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.^ September 23rd 2009 at 12:57pm view everythingistaken's profile Most people who show surprise here are obviously from middle-class North America.
  • IKEA as Status Symbol? | Apartment Therapy New York 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.apartmenttherapy.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

2006 saw the opening of 16 new stores. .A total of at least 12 openings or relocations are planned for 2009.[citation needed] IKEA is one of the few chains to have locations both in Israel and in other Middle Eastern nations.^ One newsy note: Ikea this year has plans to lay off 5,000 workers around the world.

^ September 23rd 2009 at 6:22pm view hmr's profile I live in the Canadian prairies and I have to drive at least six hours to get to an Ikea.
  • IKEA as Status Symbol? | Apartment Therapy New York 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.apartmenttherapy.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ No one from Ikea has called me back after waiting at least four hours.
  • Ikea [USA] - ikea.com - Reviews, Ratings andPrices at ResellerRatings 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.resellerratings.com [Source type: General]

.In most languages, "IKEA" is pronounced something like [iˈke.a], but in English it is /aɪˈkiː.ə/, similar to the word "idea."^ IKEA is now a part of who I am in this country, it is something that feels like home to me, something that is familiar and makes sense.

^ So, if you are like most of those people, then I suppose, to you, Ikea is a status symbol.
  • IKEA as Status Symbol? | Apartment Therapy New York 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.apartmenttherapy.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ My biggest point is in most cases the alternative to buying Ikea’s crap is buying something nice, it’s buying someone else’s crapier crap.
  • Radio Open Source » Blog Archive » Passion: IKEA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.radioopensource.org [Source type: General]

As such, IKEA brought action in the Supreme Court of British Columbia successfully preventing a competitor in Victoria from using the name "Idea." Its Chintok name is "宜家" (yíjiā), which literally means "fit for home" in written Chinese and sounds like the phrase "right now" in Cantonese pronunciation.
.The IKEA Website contains about 12,000 products and is the closest representation of the entire IKEA range.^ Anna: I intend to assist you in finding information about IKEA products and services.
  • Minor Tweaks: IKEA DIALOGUES Archives 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.minortweaks.com [Source type: General]

^ How can I help you find out more about IKEA products and services?
  • Minor Tweaks: IKEA DIALOGUES Archives 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.minortweaks.com [Source type: General]

^ Anna: It's difficult to talk about this properly as I'm really only programmed to talk about IKEA and our products and services.
  • Minor Tweaks: IKEA DIALOGUES Archives 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.minortweaks.com [Source type: General]

.There were over 470 million visitors to the IKEA websites in the year from Sep.^ August 30, 2005 at 01:17 PM Ah, didn't know there was a College Park IKEA...we left DC 5 years ago.
  • amalah . com: IKEA Jones and the Dresser of Doom 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.amalah.com [Source type: General]

^ When I moved to Cincinnati three years ago, there was no Ikea here, and people admired the few Ikea things we'd brought with us from the Northeast.
  • IKEA as Status Symbol? | Apartment Therapy New York 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.apartmenttherapy.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ "In other news, IKEA, after operating in Russia for 9 years, suddently discovers that there's a massive corruption there".
  • Hacker News | Why IKEA Is Fed Up with Russia 17 January 2010 9:23 UTC news.ycombinator.com [Source type: Original source]

2007-Sep. 2008.[6]
.IKEA is keen to show leadership in adopting more environmentally friendly measures in its manufacturing processes.^ To make it a bit more applicable to this show, does anyone have any clue where IKEA sits on that line?
  • Radio Open Source » Blog Archive » Passion: IKEA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.radioopensource.org [Source type: General]

^ If Ikea did more to encourage delivery they could reduce their environmental impact significantly but that's only going to happen when they lower their delivery prices.
  • Ikea – you can't build a green reputation with a flatpack DIY manual | Environment | guardian.co.uk 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

.In 1990, IKEA adopted The Natural Step framework as the basis for its environmental plan (see "Environmental performance," below).^ See “IKEA, A Natural Step Case Study, February 1998″ by by Heidi Owens, Ph.D., for the Oregon Natural Step Network at http://www.ortns.org/documents/IKEA.PDF , which I found impressive.
  • Radio Open Source » Blog Archive » Passion: IKEA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.radioopensource.org [Source type: General]

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IKEA stores

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The first IKEA store in the world.
^ IKEA is simply a sign of the times… we live in a world of image and first impression, and one can see it on TV, in film, and in the political arena.
  • Radio Open Source » Blog Archive » Passion: IKEA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.radioopensource.org [Source type: General]

^ Enter IKEA , a company with stores all over the world.
  • IS IT GREEN?: IKEA | Inhabitat 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.inhabitat.com [Source type: General]

^ Let’s just say my first experience with shopping in an IKEA store will probably be my last….too bad, considering I really do love their stuff.
  • sha v 4.0 » Ikea Freaking Sucks 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.shashachu.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

The store is located in Älmhult in Sweden, not so far from the place where the founder of IKEA was born.
.The first IKEA store was opened in Sweden in 1958. The first stores outside Sweden were opened in Norway (1963) and Denmark (1969).^ Ikea opens first U.S. manufacturing facility .
  • Ikea - The Local 17 January 2010 9:23 UTC www.thelocal.se [Source type: News]

^ Born in Denmark, Ole was educated and worked in the electronic industry in Denmark, Sweden and Norway until 1983 when he joined IKEA, first as Human Resource Director in Denmark then as Project-Store Manager in England with responsibility for new store establishment.
  • IKEA | Company News & Executive Profiles | BNET 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: News]

^ Suggestions welcome at ikea@lar5.com GRIMLE ✖ place in central Sweden GRIMSTAD ✖ place in Norway GRIP ❞ Griffin W GRODA ❞ frog GROGGY ❞ groggy GROLAND ?
  • The IKEA Dictionary 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.lar5.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The 1970s saw the spread of stores to other parts of Europe, with the first store outside Scandinavia opening in Switzerland (1973), followed by Germany (1974).^ The new Spreitenbach store is the first store in Switzerland heated only using wood pellets and sunshine .
  • IS IT GREEN?: IKEA | Inhabitat 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.inhabitat.com [Source type: General]

^ Gropius and his cohorts were trying to design new products that could be produced and sold as part of the efforts to rebuild Europe after the first World War.

During the same decade, stores were opened in other parts of the world, including Japan (1974), Australia and Hong Kong (1975), Canada (1976), and Singapore (1978). .Ikea has expanded further in the 1980s, opening stores in such locations as France (1981), the Canary Islands (1981), Belgium (1984), the United States of America (1985), the United Kingdom (1987), and Italy (1989).^ Did i mention this IKEA is located right next to AMC theaters and a strip of stores like H&M, Old Navy, Barnes and Nobles..etc.
  • IKEA - West Oakland - Emeryville, CA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

^ Business & Money: 22 May 08 Swedish furniture maker Ikea celebrated the opening of its first factory in the United States on Wednesday.
  • Ikea - The Local 17 January 2010 9:23 UTC www.thelocal.se [Source type: News]

^ I prefer to buy small items from IKEA and spend my furniture money on lovely pieces from antique stores and such...
  • IKEA as Status Symbol? | Apartment Therapy New York 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.apartmenttherapy.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Ikea has continued expansion into more countries in the 1990s and 2000s.^ THe most common comment here is that Ikea is a temporary waystation on the way to having more money and pumping that money into more expensive things.
  • IKEA as Status Symbol? | Apartment Therapy New York 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.apartmenttherapy.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Germany, with 44 stores, is IKEA's biggest market, followed by the United States, with 37. IKEA now has 301 stores in 37 countries.^ IKEA is now a part of who I am in this country, it is something that feels like home to me, something that is familiar and makes sense.

^ As chance would have it, we live just a few km’s from (a completely different) IKEA store now as well… Anyway – all our (upper?
  • Radio Open Source » Blog Archive » Passion: IKEA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.radioopensource.org [Source type: General]

^ My husband and I have had many a fight in the aisles of Ikea, but we are now united in hatred over Ikea's unability to stock the Omar wine rack at the Twin Cities store.
  • amalah . com: IKEA Jones and the Dresser of Doom 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.amalah.com [Source type: General]

.The first IKEA store in Latin America opened in February 17, 2010 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.^ Ikea opens first U.S. manufacturing facility .
  • Ikea - The Local 17 January 2010 9:23 UTC www.thelocal.se [Source type: News]

^ Business & Money: 22 May 08 Swedish furniture maker Ikea celebrated the opening of its first factory in the United States on Wednesday.
  • Ikea - The Local 17 January 2010 9:23 UTC www.thelocal.se [Source type: News]

^ Let’s just say my first experience with shopping in an IKEA store will probably be my last….too bad, considering I really do love their stuff.
  • sha v 4.0 » Ikea Freaking Sucks 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.shashachu.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[8][9] However, the company has thus far not shown much of a presence in the developing countries.

Store format

An IKEA Store along Alexandra Road in Queenstown, Singapore. Inside the store, there is a Burger King to the left.
.Newer IKEA stores are usually very large blue buildings with few windows and yellow accents (the company's colors are also the national colors of Sweden).^ Yes, yes, if IKEA could build homes and make movies, then surely the IKEA store itself was big enough to contain its own design school.

^ As chance would have it, we live just a few km’s from (a completely different) IKEA store now as well… Anyway – all our (upper?
  • Radio Open Source » Blog Archive » Passion: IKEA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.radioopensource.org [Source type: General]

^ Our home has a few IKEA furniture items (newer and older) that have lasted quite well.
  • Radio Open Source » Blog Archive » Passion: IKEA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.radioopensource.org [Source type: General]

.They are often designed around a "one-way" layout which leads customers along "the long natural way.". This layout is designed to encourage the customer to see the store in its entirety (as opposed to a traditional retail store, which allows a consumer to go right to the section where the goods and services needed are displayed) although there are often shortcuts to other parts of the showroom.^ As for retailers: if it wouldn't be an IKEA mall, it would be some other kind of mall, it's not like there would be much difference.
  • Hacker News | Why IKEA Is Fed Up with Russia 17 January 2010 9:23 UTC news.ycombinator.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Not a new one, but a special customised service from an established car-sharing service designed to get more customers to Ikea stores.
  • Ikea – you can't build a green reputation with a flatpack DIY manual | Environment | guardian.co.uk 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ I am 100 percent convinced that they spend 50 percent of their time cooking up ways to make their customers lives hell, and the other 50 percent picking their asses.
  • sha v 4.0 » Ikea Freaking Sucks 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.shashachu.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The sequence first involves going through furniture showrooms making note of selected items.^ Also, I do find it quite fascistic that they make you walk through their "showrooms" in a set order that you can't deviate from.
  • IKEA - West Oakland - Emeryville, CA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

.Then the customer collects a shopping cart and proceeds to an open-shelf warehouse for smaller items (Market Hall).^ Shopping carts are well stocked at the halfway mark through the store, right where MarketHall begins and all of those small items that you need a cart for begin to be stocked!
  • IKEA - Renton, WA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

.Then the customer visits the furniture warehouse (Self Serve) where they collect previously noted showroom products in flat pack form.^ Sure, but on the whole they make a profit, so the money they take out of the country will be more than what they bring in the form of products, rents, wages, etc.
  • Hacker News | Why IKEA Is Fed Up with Russia 17 January 2010 9:23 UTC news.ycombinator.com [Source type: Original source]

^ This is an OK place to go if you need inexpensive furniture and don't need any help picking it out (or picking it up, as you are on your own in the self service warehouse area).
  • IKEA - West Oakland - Emeryville, CA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

^ October 17, 2006 at 6:01 PM First of all, I completely understand the concept of a self-serve warehouse environment in exchange for low pricing.
  • sha v 4.0 » Ikea Freaking Sucks 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.shashachu.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Sometimes they are directed to collect products from an external warehouse on the same site or at a site nearby.^ A-Z Product list Site Map Memory foam - the truth Sleep Medical advice links Mattress articles Beds A-Z London Same-day delivery .

.Finally they take their products to the cashier's station to make payment.^ Sure, but on the whole they make a profit, so the money they take out of the country will be more than what they bring in the form of products, rents, wages, etc.
  • Hacker News | Why IKEA Is Fed Up with Russia 17 January 2010 9:23 UTC news.ycombinator.com [Source type: Original source]

^ They cannot tell me when it will leave, they cannot explain why it is taking so long, and they refuse to make any apologies for their error in the first place.
  • sha v 4.0 » Ikea Freaking Sucks 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.shashachu.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I don’t have all of my product, even though it was all available at the time I ordered, and that they state it shoud take 8 days from the time I place my order to the time I get it using Purolator shipping.
  • sha v 4.0 » Ikea Freaking Sucks 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.shashachu.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Newer IKEA stores, like the one in Mönchengladbach, Germany, make more use of glass, both for aesthetic and functional reasons.^ I used to shop the IKEA store in Virginia.
  • Radio Open Source » Blog Archive » Passion: IKEA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.radioopensource.org [Source type: General]

^ Not a new one, but a special customised service from an established car-sharing service designed to get more customers to Ikea stores.
  • Ikea – you can't build a green reputation with a flatpack DIY manual | Environment | guardian.co.uk 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ People like to be “cool” so if they are convinced that owning an iPhone or wearing the latest fashions makes them “cool” then that gives them more pleasure and that pleasure is worth money to them.
  • Radio Open Source » Blog Archive » Passion: IKEA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.radioopensource.org [Source type: General]

.Skylights are also now common in the Self-serve warehouses.^ October 17, 2006 at 6:01 PM First of all, I completely understand the concept of a self-serve warehouse environment in exchange for low pricing.
  • sha v 4.0 » Ikea Freaking Sucks 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.shashachu.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.More natural light reduces energy costs, improves worker morale and gives a better impression of the product.^ To increase profits, labour costs are reduced as some production activities are pushed onto the customer.
  • Radio Open Source » Blog Archive » Passion: IKEA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.radioopensource.org [Source type: General]

^ To pursue Bauhaus principles in the future, IKEA will have to increase the personalization of its products, improve ergonomics, reduce wastefulness and increase quality in order to create lasting value for the consumer.

.Whilst the original design involved the warehouse on the lower level and the showroom and marketplace on the upper, today most stores globally have the Showroom upstairs with the marketplace and warehouse downstairs.^ Today, with the crash of world markets, design must more fully confront and re-evaluate its role in global business.

Additionally, some stores are single level. .Some stores maintain separate warehouses to allow more stock to be kept on-site at any given time, although this occasionally results in challenges in finding the items, as well as a perception of having to queue in line twice.^ Shopping carts are well stocked at the halfway mark through the store, right where MarketHall begins and all of those small items that you need a cart for begin to be stocked!
  • IKEA - Renton, WA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

^ I like IKEA for storage solutions, simple lighting, some home accessories, basic bookshelves to be used in rooms where guests are not allowed, and some of the more expensive furniture.
  • IKEA - Renton, WA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

^ This will be my only comment on this site, as I refuse to waste any more time on people with such astounding vacuousness.
  • sha v 4.0 » Ikea Freaking Sucks 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.shashachu.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Single-level stores are found predominantly in areas where the cost of land would be less than the cost of building a 2-level store – examples include the store in Saarlouis, Germany and Haparanda, Sweden.^ The Ikea stuff weighs alot less than the JC Penney stuff and costs $18 to ship, and they can’t even pack it to arrive in one piece.
  • sha v 4.0 » Ikea Freaking Sucks 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.shashachu.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I would like to thank William in the pick-up area after he realized I was waiting for more than 35mins to receive my items.
  • IKEA - West Oakland - Emeryville, CA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

^ The new IKEA store less than an hour from my house was massive.

.Some stores also have dual level warehouses and machine controlled silos which allow large quantities of stock to be accessed throughout the selling day.^ So, if you need more than one of something, call the store to get the exact quantity in stock.
  • IKEA - Renton, WA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

Multi story car park at Ikea in Leeds, UK
.Most IKEA stores offer an "as-is" area at the end of the warehouse just prior to the cashiers.^ For most of end-users it is just letters.” .
  • IKEA goes with Verdana | Typophile 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC typophile.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ For most of end-users it is just letters.
  • IKEA goes with Verdana | Typophile 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC typophile.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Not all Ikeas are in out-of-town areas (although the vast majority), they recently built a store in Ashton-under-Lyne in Greater Manchester.
  • Ikea – you can't build a green reputation with a flatpack DIY manual | Environment | guardian.co.uk 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

.Returned, damaged and formerly showcased products which are not in new condition or taken out of the IKEA product range are displayed here, and sold with a significant discount, but also with a "no-returns" policy.^ IKEA is a breath of fresh air in the world of home decor, and although Target's college line is increasingly similar in aesthetic, no one can compete with the range of products IKEA has to offer.

^ By robbing governments of their rightful taxes, IKEA is picking out of the pot funds that could be invested in new technologies, public schools, etc.
  • IS IT GREEN?: IKEA | Inhabitat 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.inhabitat.com [Source type: General]

^ Before I moved here I checked out my old local Ikea to see if I liked their stuff since I could get all my furniture out here.
  • IKEA - West Oakland - Emeryville, CA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

.Most IKEA stores communicate the IKEA policy on environmental issues in the "as-is."^ Packaging quality is an issue that is communicated by the store to the supplier, it is not addressed at the store level.
  • sha v 4.0 » Ikea Freaking Sucks 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.shashachu.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

In the United Kingdom, this is referred to as "Bargain Corner."
.In Hong Kong, where shop space is limited and costly, IKEA has opened three outlets across the city, which are actually part of shopping malls.^ Now, I know this isn't very P.C. of me, and I do my part to actually have less stuff and not buy new stuff (thanks, limited paycheck!
  • IKEA - Renton, WA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

^ Shopping day part three, these are the places I go… .
  • IKEA - Renton, WA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

.They are tiny compared to common "large blue box" store design, but are huge by Hong Kong standard.^ Surely going to any large big box store, and many smaller I certainly have the same mental reaction.

Most of the outlets still have a "one-way" layout. An exception is the newest outlet in Telford Plaza, where the three independent floors can be accessed freely from each. .However, following IKEA tradition, the cashiers are only located on the lowest floor.^ Second, I've never been to an Ikea that only has 1 floor too.
  • IKEA - Renton, WA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

^ Other Ikeas have at least two stories, so if I know I only want a vase, I can back track through the much smaller lower floor to find what I want.
  • IKEA - Renton, WA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

.The vast majority of IKEA stores are located outside of city centres, primarily because of land cost and traffic access.^ Coventry also has a city centre Ikea.
  • Ikea – you can't build a green reputation with a flatpack DIY manual | Environment | guardian.co.uk 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Not all Ikeas are in out-of-town areas (although the vast majority), they recently built a store in Ashton-under-Lyne in Greater Manchester.
  • Ikea – you can't build a green reputation with a flatpack DIY manual | Environment | guardian.co.uk 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ The IKEA closest to me is in an insane suburb (Schaumburg) of Chicago, and I think people arrive to the store tense and wound up because of the drive just to get there.
  • amalah . com: IKEA Jones and the Dresser of Doom 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.amalah.com [Source type: General]

Several smaller store formats have been unsuccessfully tested in the past (the "midi" concept in the early 90s, which was tested in Ottawa and Heerlen with 9,300 m2, or a "boutique" shop in Manhattan). .A new format for a full-size, city centre store was introduced with the opening of the Coventry (UK) store in December 2007. This is in response to UK government restrictions blocking retail establishment outside city centres,[citation needed] and the format is expected to be used for future IKEA stores in the UK. The Coventry store has 7 levels and therefore has a flow different from other IKEA stores.^ I used to shop the IKEA store in Virginia.
  • Radio Open Source » Blog Archive » Passion: IKEA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.radioopensource.org [Source type: General]

^ Anna: How is IKEA different from other furnishing stores?
  • Minor Tweaks: IKEA DIALOGUES Archives 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.minortweaks.com [Source type: General]

^ Coventry also has a city centre Ikea.
  • Ikea – you can't build a green reputation with a flatpack DIY manual | Environment | guardian.co.uk 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

.Another feature of many stores are their long opening hours.^ So cheap & filling after many hours of walking around this cool store.
  • IKEA - West Oakland - Emeryville, CA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

^ Anna: Which IKEA store do you want the opening hours for?
  • Minor Tweaks: IKEA DIALOGUES Archives 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.minortweaks.com [Source type: General]

.Many IKEA stores are in operation 24 hours a day with restocking and maintenance being carried out throughout the night.^ The lights out for an hour idea sounds great, but dimmed lights of course harbour their unused energy in resistance at the lighting control panel in big stores like Ikea - so from lighting we get wall mounted toasters.
  • Ikea – you can't build a green reputation with a flatpack DIY manual | Environment | guardian.co.uk 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Not all Ikeas are in out-of-town areas (although the vast majority), they recently built a store in Ashton-under-Lyne in Greater Manchester.
  • Ikea – you can't build a green reputation with a flatpack DIY manual | Environment | guardian.co.uk 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ I grew up within an hours' drive of four Ikeas, but many people, strange but true!
  • IKEA as Status Symbol? | Apartment Therapy New York 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.apartmenttherapy.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.However, public opening hours tend to be much longer than most other retailers, with stores open well into the evening in many countries.^ I think Ikea is that store that The Amazing Race visited once, but other than that?
  • amalah . com: IKEA Jones and the Dresser of Doom 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.amalah.com [Source type: General]

^ Anna: Which IKEA store do you want the opening hours for?
  • Minor Tweaks: IKEA DIALOGUES Archives 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.minortweaks.com [Source type: General]

^ It's awesome because it almost always has an open spot and it's closer than any other parking spot.
  • IKEA - Renton, WA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

.In the UK for example, almost all stores are open past 8pm with opening times often around 9-10am.^ Or, since only half of their UK stores stay open that late on a Saturday, they could have shut the rest, allowing all the lights to go out.'
  • Ikea – you can't build a green reputation with a flatpack DIY manual | Environment | guardian.co.uk 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Or, since only half of their UK stores stay open that late on a Saturday, they could have shut the rest, allowing all the lights to go out.
  • Ikea – you can't build a green reputation with a flatpack DIY manual | Environment | guardian.co.uk 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

.Ikea Croydon has one of the longest opening hours worldwide being open from 10am to 11pm Monday to Friday.^ Anna: Which IKEA store do you want the opening hours for?
  • Minor Tweaks: IKEA DIALOGUES Archives 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.minortweaks.com [Source type: General]

^ Being one of the few one-story IKEA's in the world, this is also one of the only ones in which you can bring a cart into the Showroom area.
  • IKEA - Renton, WA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

^ But since my friends were the ones who would have to lug these items to their truck on Monday, I thought I would investigate the cost of home delivery by IKEA. .
  • sha v 4.0 » Ikea Freaking Sucks 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.shashachu.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Restaurants and food markets

The cafeteria of the Red Hook, Brooklyn IKEA in New York City.
.Many stores include restaurants serving traditional Swedish food such as potatoes with Swedish meatballs, cream sauce and lingonberry jam, although there are variations.^ Near the cafeteria is a food store with a few Swedish-inspired foods, if you're into that.
  • IKEA - Renton, WA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

^ Although I don't agree with some that Ikea is for the "poor"....there are many different reasons people buy from Ikea.
  • IKEA as Status Symbol? | Apartment Therapy New York 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.apartmenttherapy.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ PM PDT. Although IKEA stuffs are kinda poorly made, there are some idea inside them compared to stuffs from other stores like Walmart.
  • Earth to IKEA | Mother Jones 17 January 2010 9:23 UTC motherjones.com [Source type: General]

In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia the usual boiled potatoes have been switched to french fries. .Besides these Swedish staples, hot dogs and drinks are also sold, the latter for around 5 SEK (approx €0.50), along with a few varieties of the local cuisine, and beverages such as lingonberry juice.^ Did go for a hot dog with some ligon berry juice (which was hella sweet), and they were decent.
  • IKEA - Renton, WA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

^ "I mean who can beat a 50 cent hot dog ."
  • IKEA - West Oakland - Emeryville, CA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

Also items such as Prinsesstårta — Princess cake are sold as desserts. IKEA stores in Saudi Arabia serve chicken shawarma at the exit instead of the traditional IKEA hot dog.
Breakfast sold at the Rhodes IKEA in Sydney
.In many locations the IKEA restaurants open daily before the rest of the store and serve an inexpensive breakfast.^ IKEA store, not the restaurant.
  • IKEA - West Oakland - Emeryville, CA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

^ Did i mention this IKEA is located right next to AMC theaters and a strip of stores like H&M, Old Navy, Barnes and Nobles..etc.
  • IKEA - West Oakland - Emeryville, CA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

^ Anna: Which IKEA store do you want the opening hours for?
  • Minor Tweaks: IKEA DIALOGUES Archives 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.minortweaks.com [Source type: General]

In Canada, this breakfast costs $1 and includes eggs, sausage, and home fries. .In the United States, the local variation serves scrambled eggs, bacon, country potatoes and choice of Swedish pancakes or french toast sticks.^ Business & Money: 22 May 08 Swedish furniture maker Ikea celebrated the opening of its first factory in the United States on Wednesday.
  • Ikea - The Local 17 January 2010 9:23 UTC www.thelocal.se [Source type: News]

^ Every week The Local serves up a spicy helping of Swedish celebrity for your delectation.
  • Ikea - The Local 17 January 2010 9:23 UTC www.thelocal.se [Source type: News]

In the Netherlands it costs €1 and consists of a croissant, a small bread roll, butter or margarine, jam, a slice of cheese, a boiled egg, and coffee or tea. In Australia it costs AU$2.50 and consists of hash browns, bacon, scrambled eggs, a sausage and tomato, with a $2 vegetarian option with baked beans which omits the sausage and bacon. Ikea Canada, for a limited time, serves dim sum alongside its original breakfast menu.
.Refills of coffee, tea, and soft drinks are free of charge, even in countries where this is uncommon in other restaurants.^ A slice of almond cake and a cup of coffee (dark, organic, with free refills) are less than $3 together.
  • IKEA - Renton, WA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

.Many stores also have a mini-shop selling Swedish-made, Swedish-style groceries, such as Swedish meatballs, packages of gravy and various Scandinavian cookies and crackers, as well as salmon and salmon roe.^ Shopping carts are well stocked at the halfway mark through the store, right where MarketHall begins and all of those small items that you need a cart for begin to be stocked!
  • IKEA - Renton, WA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

^ "The Swedish meatballs are well worth the test of your internal compass."
  • IKEA - Renton, WA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

IKEA also sells lingonberry jam in a wide array of sizes, including buckets.

Småland

.Many stores have a play area, named Småland (Swedish for small lands, and also the name of the province of Sweden where Ingvar Kamprad was born).^ Tiny village in west Sweden SMÅLAND ❞ 'Small Lands'.
  • The IKEA Dictionary 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.lar5.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Suggestions welcome at ikea@lar5.com VISEN ✖ a lake in Småland VISTOFTA ✖ place in south Sweden VITAMIN ❞ vitamin VITAMINER ❞ vitamins VITSKÄR ✖ tiny godforsaken Swedish island VITTEN ❞ 19th centry small coin.
  • The IKEA Dictionary 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.lar5.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The 68th element, discovered in Sweden in 1843 W ERFJORD ✖ Norwegian coast town W ERIK ☺ Swedish boy name ERIKSLUND ✖ village in central Sweden ERLING ☺ Swedish boy name ERSERUD ?
  • The IKEA Dictionary 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.lar5.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Parents drop off their children at a gate to the playground, and pick them up after they arrive at another entrance.^ Another 2 weeks, call them up(15-30 mins) and they’d never heard of the re-order of the missing parts of the kitchen.
  • Radio Open Source » Blog Archive » Passion: IKEA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.radioopensource.org [Source type: General]

Parents are also given free pagers by the on-site staff; the staff will set off these pagers should a child need his or her parents sooner than expected.

Trademark and Brand

Early IKEA trademark, filed March 14, 197
The word is a registered trademark at the USPTO, and owned by Inter-IKEA Systems B.V.
The IKEA brand is easily recognized around the globe. Its trademark logo with its name set within a geometric yellow oval that is placed within a blue shaded rectangle quickly and effectively identifies its retail stores and catalogues to its customers. .And while the IKEA design word mark had been in use since 1963, in the United States, it wasn't until Monday, March 14, 1977 that Inter-IKEA Systems B.V. of Delft, Netherlands filed a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).^ The difference is IKEA uses modern and tasteful design in their cheap products.
  • Radio Open Source » Blog Archive » Passion: IKEA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.radioopensource.org [Source type: General]

^ IKEA brings good design to ordinary people who used to be offered stuff that looked like crap for the same price.
  • Radio Open Source » Blog Archive » Passion: IKEA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.radioopensource.org [Source type: General]

^ Business & Money: 22 May 08 Swedish furniture maker Ikea celebrated the opening of its first factory in the United States on Wednesday.
  • Ikea - The Local 17 January 2010 9:23 UTC www.thelocal.se [Source type: News]

.The IKEA trademark was filed in multiple categories of environmental control instrument products (lighting, heating, cooling, cooking), furniture products, houseware and glass product, fabrics, floor covering products.^ IKEA’s kitchen cupboards, in fact all their furniture, is made of PARTICLE BOARD-that’s how IKEA makes their product so cheaply.
  • Radio Open Source » Blog Archive » Passion: IKEA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.radioopensource.org [Source type: General]

^ For that, I think it has served admirably I went Ikea crazy right after college and soon outgrew the look and didnt like the mass production and over exposure of its furniture.
  • IKEA as Status Symbol? | Apartment Therapy New York 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.apartmenttherapy.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The description Inter-Ikea gave to the USPTO for IKEA was lighting fixtures, lamps, lamp shades and parts thereof.^ These do not come cheap - again, Ikea will tide you over till you can find that unique one of a kind piece, and they have some surprisingly well designed light fixtures and lamps.
  • IKEA - Renton, WA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

.The company stated that first use for the IKEA mark was in 1963 with first commercial use as January 24, 1966. U.S. trademark registration was granted on May 22, 1979 with serial number 73118839. The trademark status is registered and renewed.^ The first was a bust because we hadn’t made an ‘appointment’ and you can’t find a phone number for IKEA anywhere.
  • Radio Open Source » Blog Archive » Passion: IKEA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.radioopensource.org [Source type: General]

^ September 23rd 2009 at 9:39am view chaney's profile There are TONS of things considered status symbols in other countries that we in the states take for granted...the list doesnt stop with Ikea....
  • IKEA as Status Symbol? | Apartment Therapy New York 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.apartmenttherapy.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Business & Money: 22 May 08 Swedish furniture maker Ikea celebrated the opening of its first factory in the United States on Wednesday.
  • Ikea - The Local 17 January 2010 9:23 UTC www.thelocal.se [Source type: News]

The trademark is owned by Inter-IKEA Systems B.V. of Delft, Netherlands.[10]

Products

Furniture

A completed IKEA flat pack bookshelf
.Much of IKEA's furniture is designed to be assembled by the consumer rather than being sold pre-assembled.^ 'Women best at assembling Ikea furniture' .
  • Ikea - The Local 17 January 2010 9:23 UTC www.thelocal.se [Source type: News]

^ Most of what is being sold is Ikea.
  • IKEA - West Oakland - Emeryville, CA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

^ IKEA furniture is nice enough, they have good designers.
  • Radio Open Source » Blog Archive » Passion: IKEA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.radioopensource.org [Source type: General]

.IKEA claims this permits them to reduce costs and use of packaging by not shipping air; the volume of a bookcase, for example, is considerably less if it is shipped unassembled rather than assembled.^ I’d rather and will do that and happily pay more if nothing than for the frustraion I can avoid, let alone the shoddy quality (if I dare use such a word) of their goods.
  • Radio Open Source » Blog Archive » Passion: IKEA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.radioopensource.org [Source type: General]

^ The point is that once people have a car for whatever necessity, then the cost of using it is less than that of using public transport, even if the cost of public transport in total would be less than the total cost of the car.
  • Ikea – you can't build a green reputation with a flatpack DIY manual | Environment | guardian.co.uk 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Now the marginal cost of driving to IKEA is considerably less than using public transport and bringing it back in a mini-cab.
  • Ikea – you can't build a green reputation with a flatpack DIY manual | Environment | guardian.co.uk 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

.This is also a practical point for many of the chain's European customers, where public transport is commonly used; the flat-pack distribution methods allow for easier transport via public transport from the store to a customer's home for assembly.^ Britain looks to Sweden for flat-pack homes .
  • Ikea - The Local 17 January 2010 9:23 UTC www.thelocal.se [Source type: News]

^ The point is that once people have a car for whatever necessity, then the cost of using it is less than that of using public transport, even if the cost of public transport in total would be less than the total cost of the car.
  • Ikea – you can't build a green reputation with a flatpack DIY manual | Environment | guardian.co.uk 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Now the marginal cost of driving to IKEA is considerably less than using public transport and bringing it back in a mini-cab.
  • Ikea – you can't build a green reputation with a flatpack DIY manual | Environment | guardian.co.uk 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

An IKEA "PUGG" clock.
A "DEKAD" wind-up alarm clock
IKEA contends that it has been a pioneering force in sustainable approaches to mass consumer culture.[citation needed] Kamprad refers to the concept as "democratic design," meaning that the company applies an integrated approach to manufacturing and design (see also environmental design). .In response to the explosion of human population and material expectations in the 20th and 21st century, the company implements economies of scale, capturing material streams and creating manufacturing processes that hold costs and resource use down, such as the extensive use of particle board.^ Many of their designs use materials that reduce cost, and the markets dictate that solid wood is too expensive.
  • Radio Open Source » Blog Archive » Passion: IKEA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.radioopensource.org [Source type: General]

.The intended result is flexible, adaptable home furnishings, scalable both to smaller homes and dwellings as well as large houses.^ I furnished my first home almost exclusively with Ikea prompting oohs and aahs from friends, and at the time "Your house looks like the Ikea showroom!"
  • IKEA as Status Symbol? | Apartment Therapy New York 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.apartmenttherapy.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Not all furniture is stocked at the store level.^ Instead it "turned all lighting in-store to minimum levels consistent while maintaining a safe working environment for co-workers and customers."
  • Ikea – you can't build a green reputation with a flatpack DIY manual | Environment | guardian.co.uk 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Ikea is a great store and all, but their furniture is for the twenty-somethings in a transition stage.
  • IKEA as Status Symbol? | Apartment Therapy New York 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.apartmenttherapy.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.For example, while a particular color of sofa model may be stocked and can be picked up at the store, another color of the same model that is not available in the store will instead have to be shipped from a warehouse to the customer's home for an additional delivery charge.^ I called a few times, getting a little bitchy towards the end, and IKEA agreed to exchange the sofa for no extra delivery charges.
  • IKEA - West Oakland - Emeryville, CA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

^ Instead it "turned all lighting in-store to minimum levels consistent while maintaining a safe working environment for co-workers and customers."
  • Ikea – you can't build a green reputation with a flatpack DIY manual | Environment | guardian.co.uk 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ This is an OK place to go if you need inexpensive furniture and don't need any help picking it out (or picking it up, as you are on your own in the self service warehouse area).
  • IKEA - West Oakland - Emeryville, CA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

.Unlike with other retail stores, any requests for a model to be shipped from the warehouse to the store for pickup would also incur the same delivery charge to the customer.^ When the store opened, a parking charge of £1.00 was imposed by Enfield council as a condition of licence, so that people would be discouraged from driving to the store.
  • Ikea – you can't build a green reputation with a flatpack DIY manual | Environment | guardian.co.uk 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

Delivery charges can easily add another 10% to 25% to the purchase price.

Houses, flats

.IKEA has also expanded their product base to include flat-pack houses, in an effort to cut prices involved in a first-time buyer's home.^ Verdana: Ikea's flat-pack font .
  • Ikea – you can't build a green reputation with a flatpack DIY manual | Environment | guardian.co.uk 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Ikea exhibition showcases 50 years of functional furnishing 23 Jun 2009: Ikea has created a showcase of its designs at a museum in Stockholm, from the first flat-pack table in the 1950s to the latest innovations .
  • Ikea – you can't build a green reputation with a flatpack DIY manual | Environment | guardian.co.uk 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Britain looks to Sweden for flat-pack homes .
  • Ikea - The Local 17 January 2010 9:23 UTC www.thelocal.se [Source type: News]

The product, named BoKlok was launched in Sweden in 1996 in a joint venture with Skanska. Now working in the Nordic countries and in UK, sites confirmed in England include London, Manchester, Leeds, Gateshead and Liverpool.[11]

Family Mobile

On 8 August 2008, IKEA UK launched Family Mobile – a virtual mobile phone network, which uses the T-mobile network.

Manufacturing

.Although IKEA household products and furniture are designed in Sweden, they are largely manufactured in developing countries to keep down costs.^ IKEA furniture is nice enough, they have good designers.
  • Radio Open Source » Blog Archive » Passion: IKEA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.radioopensource.org [Source type: General]

^ Not all Ikeas are in out-of-town areas (although the vast majority), they recently built a store in Ashton-under-Lyne in Greater Manchester.
  • Ikea – you can't build a green reputation with a flatpack DIY manual | Environment | guardian.co.uk 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ The difference is IKEA uses modern and tasteful design in their cheap products.
  • Radio Open Source » Blog Archive » Passion: IKEA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.radioopensource.org [Source type: General]

With suppliers in 50 countries, roughly 2/3 of purchasing is from Europe with about 1/3 from Asia. A small amount of products are produced in North America. .Comparatively little production actually takes place in Sweden, though it still remains the fourth-largest supplier country (behind China, Poland and Italy).^ Even though I'm done and over with designing my place, I still visit the showroom from time to time to get new ideas.
  • IKEA - West Oakland - Emeryville, CA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

.February 2008" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] China accounts for about 2.5 times as much supply as Sweden.^ I've only been here a few times and for good reason...I spend way too much money on kitchen supplies.The Kitchen dept.
  • IKEA - West Oakland - Emeryville, CA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

^ It's a shame that we live in a world where most people will take the time to tell a company about the bad experiences they have, but to tell someone about the good is too much of a hassle.
  • IKEA - Renton, WA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

.For most of its products, the final assembly is performed by the end-user (consumer).^ For most of end-users it is just letters.” .
  • IKEA goes with Verdana | Typophile 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC typophile.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ For most of end-users it is just letters.
  • IKEA goes with Verdana | Typophile 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC typophile.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Aug.2009 7.33am "For most of end-users it is just letters."
  • IKEA goes with Verdana | Typophile 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC typophile.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Product names

.IKEA products are identified by single word names.^ "Status" may not be the right word for why they drove all that way--but there was some sort of value placed on the IKEA name.
  • IKEA as Status Symbol? | Apartment Therapy New York 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.apartmenttherapy.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Most of the names are Swedish in origin. .Although there are some notable exceptions, most product names are based on a special naming system developed by IKEA in conjunction with Colin Edwards (international naming expert and furniture enthusiast).^ Companies used to develop name recognition by providing quality products at a valuable price (not necessarily the cheapest price).
  • Radio Open Source » Blog Archive » Passion: IKEA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.radioopensource.org [Source type: General]

^ "Status" may not be the right word for why they drove all that way--but there was some sort of value placed on the IKEA name.
  • IKEA as Status Symbol? | Apartment Therapy New York 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.apartmenttherapy.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Plus, you get Swedish meatballs which I'm fairly certain are made from the same pressed wood product as their furniture, but end up tasting a lot better than chewing on a drawer...although some may disagree.
  • IKEA - Renton, WA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.yelp.com [Source type: General]

[12]
  • Upholstered furniture, coffee tables, rattan furniture, bookshelves, media storage, doorknobs: Swedish placenames (for example: Klippan)
  • Beds, wardrobes, hall furniture: Norwegian place names
  • Dining tables and chairs: Finnish place names
  • Bookcase ranges: Occupations
  • Bathroom articles: Scandinavian lakes, rivers and bays
  • Kitchens: grammatical terms, sometimes also other names
  • Chairs, desks: men's names
  • Materials, curtains: women's names
  • Garden furniture: Swedish islands
  • Carpets: Danish place names
  • Lighting: terms from music, chemistry, meteorology, measures, weights, seasons, months, days, boats, nautical terms
  • Bedlinen, bed covers, pillows/cushions: flowers, plants, precious stones
  • Children's items: mammals, birds, adjectives
  • Curtain accessories: mathematical and geometrical terms
  • Kitchen utensils: foreign words, spices, herbs, fish, mushrooms, fruits or berries, functional descriptions
  • Boxes, wall decoration, pictures and frames, clocks: colloquial expressions, also Swedish place names
For example, DUKTIG (meaning: good, well-behaved) is a line of children's toys, OSLO is a name of a bed, BILLY (a Swedish masculine name) is a popular shelf, DINERA (meaning: (to) dine) for tableware, KASSETT (meaning: cassette) for media storage. One range of office furniture is named EFFEKTIV (meaning: efficient), SKÄRPT (meaning: sharp or clever) is a line of kitchen knives.
A notable exception is the IVAR shelving system, which dates back to the early 1970s. This item is named after the item's designer.
.Because IKEA is a worldwide company working in several countries with several different languages, sometimes the Nordic naming leads to problems where the word means something completely different to the product.^ The difference is IKEA uses modern and tasteful design in their cheap products.
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^ IKEA, and other similar companies, are simply exploiting the end result of this evolution from the production of quality goods (and services) resulting in respected brand names, to brand names being the critical factor with the quality of the goods a secondary consideration.
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^ As chance would have it, we live just a few km’s from (a completely different) IKEA store now as well… Anyway – all our (upper?
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While exotic-sounding names draw attention, e.g., in anglophone countries, a number of them call for a snicker. Notable examples include "Jerker" desk and "Fartfull" workbench.[13] Also, the most recent new product, Lyckhem (meaning bliss). The products are generally withdrawn, probably after someone pointed at blunders, but not before generating some news. Similar blunders happen with other companies as well.[14]
.Company founder Ingvar Kamprad, who is dyslexic, found that naming the furniture with proper names and words, rather than a product code, made the names easier to remember.^ Also, because much of it is self-assembly furniture (also known as "flat-pack"), it is designed to be assembled by the consumer rather than being sold pre-assembled.
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^ The company name is a composite of the first letters in his name in addition to the first letters of the names of the property and the village in which he grew up: Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd.
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^ I’d rather and will do that and happily pay more if nothing than for the frustraion I can avoid, let alone the shoddy quality (if I dare use such a word) of their goods.
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Catalogue

Cover of the 2009 edition US Catalogue
.IKEA publishes an annual catalogue.^ Says: May 15th, 2007 at 4:58 pm i understand that the ikea catalogue rivals the bible as the most published document of all time…whoa .
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First published in Swedish in 1951,[citation needed] the catalogue is now published in 55 editions, in 27 languages for 36 countries,[16] and is considered to be the main marketing tool of the retail giant, consuming 70% of the company's annual marketing budget.[17]
The catalogue is distributed both in stores and by mail.[18] .Most of the catalogue is produced by IKEA Communications AB in IKEA's hometown of Älmhult, Sweden where IKEA operates the largest photo studio in northern Europe at 8,000 square metres in size.^ Says: May 15th, 2007 at 4:58 pm i understand that the ikea catalogue rivals the bible as the most published document of all time…whoa .
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[19] The catalogue itself is printed on chlorine-free paper of 10–15% post-consumer waste. .More copies of the IKEA catalogue are printed each year than the Bible.^ IKEA has more imitators than Ingmar Bergman, and more rabid fans than ABBA. .
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^ September 23rd 2009 at 10:03am view razel's profile IKEA is much more the 'everyman' place than a status place...
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^ Says: May 15th, 2007 at 4:58 pm i understand that the ikea catalogue rivals the bible as the most published document of all time…whoa .
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[20]
.According to Canadian broadcaster, CTV, "IKEA's publications have developed an almost cult-like following online.^ I furnished my first home almost exclusively with Ikea prompting oohs and aahs from friends, and at the time "Your house looks like the Ikea showroom!"
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^ Dave Says: May 28th, 2007 at 8:56 am Have been pondering the IKEA phenom over the last few days and woud like to posit the following; .
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Readers have found all kinds of strange tidbits, including mysterious cat pictures, apparent Mickey Mouse references and weird books wedged into the many shelves that clutter the catalogues."

IKEA Family

In common with some other retailers, IKEA has launched a loyalty card in its stores in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Russia, China, Japan, Switzerland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Ireland, Poland, Italy, Hungary, France, Dominican Republic, Portugal and Spain called "IKEA Family." The distinctive orange card is free of charge and can be used to obtain discounts on a special range of products found in each IKEA store. .In particular, it gives 25% off the price of commissioned ranges of IKEA products on presentation of the card.^ I like that ikea has a range of prices as well as a range of quality.
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The card also gives discounts on food purchased in the restaurant and the Swedish Food Market. In the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Russia, Japan, UK, Switzerland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Italy and Poland it also entitles the holder to free coffee in the restaurant. In Spain, Hungary, Ireland and Poland, this offer is only available on working days.
.In conjunction with the card, IKEA also publishes and sells a printed quarterly magazine titled IKEA Family Live which supplements the card and catalogue.^ Says: May 15th, 2007 at 4:58 pm i understand that the ikea catalogue rivals the bible as the most published document of all time…whoa .
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The magazine is already printed in thirteen languages and an English edition for the United Kingdom was launched in February 2007. It is expected to have a subscription of over 500,000.[21]

Corporate structure

IKEA Anagnina in Rome, Italy
IKEA Twin Cities in Bloomington, Minnesota, USA
IKEA store in Malaysia at Mutiara Damansara, Selangor was the largest in Asia
IKEA store at Netanya, Israel
Despite its Swedish roots, IKEA is owned and operated by a complicated array of not-for-profit and for-profit corporations.
The IKEA corporate structure is divided into two main parts: operations and franchising. .Most of IKEA's operations, including the management of the majority of its stores, the design and manufacture of its furniture, and purchasing and supply functions are overseen by INGKA Holding, a private, for-profit Dutch company.^ Not all Ikeas are in out-of-town areas (although the vast majority), they recently built a store in Ashton-under-Lyne in Greater Manchester.
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^ Not a new one, but a special customised service from an established car-sharing service designed to get more customers to Ikea stores.
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^ IKEA furniture is nice enough, they have good designers.
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Of the IKEA stores in 36 countries, 235 are run by the INGKA Holding. The remaining 30 stores are run by franchisees outside of the INGKA Holding.[22]
.INGKA Holding is not an independent company, but is wholly owned by the Stichting Ingka Foundation, which Kamprad established in 1982 in the Netherlands as a tax-exempt, not-for-profit foundation.^ The retailer was founded in Sweden, but is owned by a Dutch-registered foundation, controlled by the Kamprad family.
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The Ingka Foundation is controlled by a five-member executive committee that is chaired by Kamprad and includes his wife and attorney.[23]
.While most IKEA stores operate under the direct purview of Ingka Holding and the Ingka Foundation, the IKEA trademark and concept is owned by an entirely separate Dutch company, Inter IKEA Systems. Every IKEA store, including those run by Ingka Holding, pays a franchise fee of 3% of the revenue to Inter IKEA Systems.^ Not all Ikeas are in out-of-town areas (although the vast majority), they recently built a store in Ashton-under-Lyne in Greater Manchester.
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^ Anna: I'm sorry, to which IKEA store do you want directions?
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^ Unless the company gets it overturned, every piece of furniture sold in an Ikea store in the US will be required to have a paper trail showing where the wood came from.
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The ownership of Inter IKEA Systems is exceedingly complicated and, ultimately, uncertain. .Inter IKEA Systems is owned by Inter IKEA Holding, a company registered in Luxembourg.^ Inter IKEA Systems B.V. is the owner/franchiser of the IKEA trademark and the IKEA Concept.
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Inter IKEA Holding, in turn, belongs to an identically named company in the Netherlands Antilles that is run by a trust company based in Curaçao. The owners of this trust company are unknown (IKEA refuses to identify them) but are assumed to be members of the Kamprad family.[23]
In Australia, IKEA is operated by two companies. Stores located on the East Coast including Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria are owned by INGKA Holding. Stores elsewhere in the country including South Australia and Western Australia are owned by Cebas Pty Ltd.[24] .Like elsewhere, all stores are operated under a franchise agreement with Inter IKEA Systems.^ I do like the path that this IKEA store sets.
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^ Not all Ikeas are in out-of-town areas (although the vast majority), they recently built a store in Ashton-under-Lyne in Greater Manchester.
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^ It just smells of IKEA. I like this store, I like that I can take my kidlet here and stick her in a ball pit while I look around (and that she takes that as the coolest thing ever.
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Non-taxable profit

In 2004, the last year that the INGKA Holding group filed accounts, the company reported profits of €1.4 billion on sales of €12.8 billion, a margin of nearly 11 percent. Because INGKA Holding is owned by the nonprofit INGKA Foundation, none of this profit is taxed. The foundation's nonprofit status also means that the Kamprad family cannot reap these profits directly, but the Kamprads do collect a portion of IKEA sales profits through the franchising relationship between INGKA Holding and Inter IKEA Systems.
Inter IKEA Systems collected €631 million of franchise fees in 2004, but reported pre-tax profits of only €225 million in 2004. One of the major pre-tax expenses that Inter IKEA systems reported was €590 million of “other operating charges.” IKEA has refused to explain these charges, but Inter IKEA Systems appears to make large payments to I.I. Holding, another Luxembourg-registered group that, according to The Economist, “is almost certain to be controlled by the Kamprad family.” I.I. Holding made a profit of €328 million in 2004.
In 2004, the Inter IKEA group of companies and I.I. Holding reported combined profits of €553m and paid €19m in taxes, or approximately 3.5 percent.[23]
The Berne Declaration, a non-profit organization in Switzerland that promotes corporate responsibility, has formally criticized IKEA for its tax avoidance strategies. .In 2007, the Berne Declaration nominated IKEA for one of its Public Eye “awards,” which highlight corporate irresponsibility and are announced during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.^ Being one of the few one-story IKEA's in the world, this is also one of the only ones in which you can bring a cart into the Showroom area.
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^ The IKEA guy is one of the richest men in the world.
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^ IKEA is simply a sign of the times… we live in a world of image and first impression, and one can see it on TV, in film, and in the political arena.
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Control by Kamprad

.Along with helping IKEA make non-taxable profit, IKEA's complicated corporate structure allows Kamprad to maintain tight control over the operations of Ingka Holding, and thus the operation of most IKEA stores.^ IKEA has become the representation for how a corporate / capitalist structure does not further socialism.
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The Ingka Foundation’s five-person executive committee is chaired by Kamprad. It appoints the board of Ingka Holding, approves any changes to Ingka Holding’s bylaws, and has the right to preempt new share issues. If a member of the executive committee quits or dies, the other four members appoint his or her replacement.
In Kamprad's absence the foundation's bylaws include specific provisions requiring it to continue operating the Ingka Holding group and specifying that shares can be sold only to another foundation with the same objectives as the Ingka Foundation.[23]

Charitable giving

The INGKA Foundation is officially dedicated to promoting “innovations in architecture and interior design.”[23] With an estimated net worth of $36 billion, the foundation is unofficially the world’s largest charitable organization, beating out the much better known Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has a net worth of approximately $33 billion.[26]
Despite its enormous wealth, the Ingka Foundation does very little charitable giving. Detailed information about its grantmaking is unavailable, as foundations in the Netherlands are not required to publish their records. But IKEA has reported that in 2004–2005, the Ingka Foundation's donations were concentrated on the Lund Institute of Technology in Sweden, and the Lund Institute reported the receipt of $1.7 million grants from the foundation during both of those years. By way of comparison, the Gates Foundation made gifts of more than $1.5 billion in 2005.[26]
Notwithstanding the Ingka Foundation's lack of concerted philanthropic activity, IKEA is involved in several international charitable causes, particularly in partnership with UNICEF. These include:
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  • In the wake of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, IKEA Australia agreed to match dollar for dollar co-workers donations and donated all sales of the IKEA Blue Bag to the cause.
  • After the Pakistan earthquake of 2006, IKEA gave 500,000 blankets to the relief effort in the region[27]
  • IKEA has provided furniture for over 100 "bridge schools" in Liberia.^ Ikea's founder warns: we must cut more jobs 8 Jul 2009: Recession squeezes sales of flat-pack furniture .
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    ^ Instead it "turned all lighting in-store to minimum levels consistent while maintaining a safe working environment for co-workers and customers."
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    ^ Ikea provides “crap” with a bit of style, for affordable prices, in a modern sales environment.
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    [28]
  • In the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in China, IKEA Beijing sold an alligator toy for 40 yuan (US$5.83, €3.70) with all income going to the children in the earthquake struck area
IKEA also supports American Forests to restore forests and reduce pollution.[29][30]
.Links with Education In 2008 IKEA was a supporter of the Design Wales Ffres Awards, providing a creative brief for undergraduate design competition.^ Anna: IKEA's task is to provide you with good design and function at low prices.
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IKEA Social Initiative

In September 2005 IKEA Social Initiative was formed to manage the company’s social involvements on a global level. IKEA Social Initiative is headed by Marianne Barner.
The main partners to IKEA Social Initiative are UNICEF[31] and Save the Children.[32]
.On the 23rd of February 2009 at the ECOSOC event in New York, UNICEF announced that IKEA Social Initiative has become the agency’s largest corporate partner, with total commitments of more than 180 million USD.^ Updated - 11/30/2009 It's quite an embarassment when you know more about the products than the staff does.
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^ IKEA has become the representation for how a corporate / capitalist structure does not further socialism.
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^ It is clear to this customer that many IKEA products are *rationally* designed, more so than products from other places.
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[33][34]
Examples of involvements:
  • IKEA through IKEA Social Initiative contribute €1 to UNICEF and Save the Children from each soft toy sold during the holiday seasons, raising a total of €16.7 million so far.[35]
  • IKEA Social Initiative provided soft toys to children in cyclone affected Myanmar.[36]
  • Starting in June 2009, for every Sunnan solar-powered lamp sold in IKEA stores worldwide, IKEA Social Initiative will donate one Sunnan with the help of UNICEF.[37]

Environmental performance

In 1990, IKEA invited Karl-Henrik Robèrt, founder of The Natural Step, to address its board of directors. Robert's system conditions for sustainability provided a strategic approach to improving the company's environmental performance. .This led to the development of an Environmental Action Plan, which was adopted in 1992. The plan focused on structural change, allowing IKEA to "maximize the impact of resources invested and reduce the energy necessary to address isolated issues."^ If Ikea did more to encourage delivery they could reduce their environmental impact significantly but that's only going to happen when they lower their delivery prices.
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[7] The environmental measures taken, include the following:
  1. Replacing polyvinylchloride (PVC) in wallpapers, home textiles, shower curtains, lampshades, and furniture—PVC has been eliminated from packaging and is being phased out in electric cables;
  2. minimizing the use of formaldehyde in its products, including textiles;
  3. eliminating acid-curing lacquers;
  4. producing a model of chair (OGLA) made from 100% post-consumer plastic waste;
  5. introducing a series of air-inflatable furniture products into the product line. .Such products reduce the use of raw materials for framing and stuffing and reduce transportation weight and volume to about 15% of that of conventional furniture;
  6. reducing the use of chromium for metal surface treatment;
  7. limiting the use of substances such as cadmium, lead, PCB, PCP, and AZO pigments;
  8. using wood from responsibly-managed forests that replant and maintain biological diversity;
  9. using only recyclable materials for flat packaging and "pure" (non-mixed) materials for packaging to assist in recycling.^ Since they meet their friends outside the house, no one cares about such a lowly topic as furniture.
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    ^ Their wood furniture is cheap and should be relegated to service in the garage, nursery, in-home daycare or home office that no one ever uses.
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    ^ Many of their designs use materials that reduce cost, and the markets dictate that solid wood is too expensive.
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    [7]
  10. introducing rental bicycles with trailers for customers in Denmark.[38]
.More recently, IKEA has stopped providing plastic bags to customers, but offers reusable bags for sale.^ Ikea also provides excellent customer service, which is also very hard to find here.
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^ It is clear to this customer that many IKEA products are *rationally* designed, more so than products from other places.
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^ In a move that would make Mayor 5-Cents and his sycophants proud, IKEA doesn't offer plastic bags anymore.
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The IKEA restaurants also only offer reusable plates, knives, forks, spoons, etc. Toilets in some IKEA restrooms have been outfitted with dual-function flushers. IKEA has recycling bins for compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), energy saving bulbs, and batteries. .In 2001 IKEA was one of the first companies to operate its own cross-border freight trains through several countries in Europe.^ IKEA is simply a sign of the times… we live in a world of image and first impression, and one can see it on TV, in film, and in the political arena.
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^ I've been to plenty of Ikeas in my day, but this one has to be THE WORST! First, who the heck designed that parking layout?
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^ If attempting IKEA for the first time, try the first half with only one of the large yellow shopping bags that are provided for you!
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In August 2008, IKEA also announced that it had created IKEA GreenTech, a 50 million venture capital fund. Located in Lund (a college town in Sweden), it will invest in 8–10 companies in the coming five years with focus on solar panels, alternative light sources, product materials, energy efficiency, and water saving and purification. .The aim is to commercialise green technologies for sale in IKEA stores within 3–4 years.^ IKEA has a twice a year sale ONLY so wait for the day or use the catalog they send out...it costs money but the ideas are fabulous.
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Community impact

IKEA's goals of sustainability and environmental design in their merchandise have sometimes been at odds with the impact a new IKEA store can have on a community.
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  • In September 2004, when IKEA offered a limited number of free $150 vouchers at the opening of a new store in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, three people were crushed to death in a stampede that followed the store's opening.^ IKEA brings good design to ordinary people who used to be offered stuff that looked like crap for the same price.
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    ^ Anna: Which IKEA store do you want the opening hours for?
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    [42]
  • IKEA has demolished historic buildings[43] in at least one case for a parking area.^ They had no control over the building layout, parking lots or one-story-ness of the building.
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    ^ There is a secret parking area, in between the warehouse building and the normal parking garage.
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    ^ Its huge tower with its "IKEA" sign at the top is at least three times the size of any building for miles.
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    [44] .(At the College Park, Maryland, USA, store there is an interactive digital display which tells the history of a tavern which used to exist where the store is currently located.^ Everything in the first half of the store is a display model and will have a tag on it that will tell you exactly how to purchase this item.
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    ^ There is tons of parking here, though obviously less availability on weekends and usually parking spaces are found a farther walk from the entrance of the store.
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    )
  • IKEA was refused planning permission for a future store in the United Kingdom in 2004 (to be based in Stockport, Greater Manchester) by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. .It applied for judicial review but lost in 2005.[45][46] However, they later received permission to build a store within Greater Manchester a few miles from the originally planned site in Ashton-Under-Lyne.^ It seems to me that an urbane European company would have chosen a site within Seattle, such as SoDo, for their "Seattle" store.
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    [47] An estimated £10,000 was spent on traffic policing, and even more on rerouting traffic from the M60 motorway around Ashton.
  • After viewing the 100-foot tall sign of an IKEA under construction near Portland International Airport, Randy Leonard, the city commissioner in charge of sign permits in Portland, Oregon, placed a moratorium on all pending and future sign permits in the area.[48]

Criticisms

Paris Nord 2, Roissy, France
Some criticisms of IKEA:
  • In the 1990s, there were several complaints arising from IKEA's English television advertising campaigns:
    • “Stop being so English:” In which a “Swedish psychologist” claims the English are uptight due to their taste in “English” furniture (complaints were dismissed).[49]
    • .
    • An advertisement where a management consultant suggests how much more furniture a company could buy if it fired an office worker (complaints were dismissed but IKEA voluntarily withdrew the advert).^ IKEA’s kitchen cupboards, in fact all their furniture, is made of PARTICLE BOARD-that’s how IKEA makes their product so cheaply.
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      ^ How can I help you find out more about IKEA products and services?
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      ^ I suppose that one could go to a pricey upscale furniture design boutique- and pay like 10x more.
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      [50]
    • .
    • A campaign under the slogan, "Just pack up, ship out, find a place of your own.^ The place is huge and you'll always find something to check out while walking around.
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      ^ I wish this place had been around when I was starting out in my own dwelling some 20 years ago.
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      ^ Four or five places throughout the store supply large stacks of forms to fill out about your experience and a little suggestion box to put them in!
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      .And for all your new things, you know where to come.^ And third they know it's gonna be an expedition so they serve snacks and food, I mean come on you can get pretty exhausted and work up an appetite walking the maze upstairs through all the different furniture rooms.
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      ^ Having said that… I don’t know if you get your biodiesel info from, Exxon or BP, but post a link here and educate me.
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      ^ I get all the basics from here, but really if you are looking for nicer things...this isn't your place.
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      Make a fresh start," got complaints that it was trivializing marriage breakups (complaints were dismissed).[51]
    • .
  • IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad was, as a teen, directly involved in the pro-Nazi New Swedish Movement (Nysvenska Rörelsen) until at least 1948, causing tensions when IKEA began opening stores in Israel.^ IKEA was founded in lmhult, Sweden in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad, then 17.
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    [52] .Kamprad devotes two chapters to his time in Nysvenska Rörelsen in his book, Leading By Design: The IKEA Story and, in a 1994 letter to IKEA employees, called his affiliation with the organization the "greatest mistake of his life."^ And I think that’s the scandinavian appeal of IKEA today: pretty good design for things in your daily life, generally quite sturdy and affordable.
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    ^ I called a few times, getting a little bitchy towards the end, and IKEA agreed to exchange the sofa for no extra delivery charges.
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    ^ On design – I recently brought my mom to IKEA for her first time and she was enchanted with the experience.
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  • Former Norwegian prime minister Kjell Magne Bondevik has criticized IKEA for not depicting women assembling furniture in its instruction booklets, despite the fact that many sets of instructions do, in fact, show women.[54]
  • In 2004 there was controversy about an Irish law restricting the maximum size of a retail outlet to 6,000 m2. IKEA's plan to build a much larger store in Dublin caused the law to be put up for debate. The law was changed to remove the size limit for retail outlets selling durable goods in designated areas.[55] .The Minister for the Environment was criticized for allegedly changing the law to suit one company and other agencies protested the law change as damaging to small businesses while the government defended their decision stating that the move was a positive one for Irish consumers.^ Is it on of the “Best companies to work for” list as well as the green business one?
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    .IKEA Dublin has since opened on 27 July 2009.[56]
  • June 2007: the designated nationalist Social Democratic and Labour Party complained about an artist's rendering of IKEA Belfast that included both the Union Flag and the Ulster Banner flag as two of the three flags in front of the store.^ Says: June 21st, 2007 at 6:44 pm nytimes.com’s art director Khoi Vinh on visiting Ikea: .
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    ^ Dave Says: May 28th, 2007 at 8:56 am Have been pondering the IKEA phenom over the last few days and woud like to posit the following; .
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    ^ Says: May 18th, 2007 at 7:36 pm Ikea recently opened a store in Massachusetts so I visited it and honestly I couldn’t figure out what all the excitement was about.
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    .After being labelled "an upmarket Orange hall" by the party, IKEA assured customers and coworkers that only the Swedish flag would be seen outside the actual store.^ I figured that calling IKEA and asking for another exchange would probably be another 1 in 4 chance of getting what I actually ordered.
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    ^ The only thing I do not like about the store is that the store is designed to show every single thing they have to customers.
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  • June 2007: some prospective customers took offense at an email newsletter[58] with questionable advertising copy. To wit, the BRUNKRISSLA bedding notes said, "Brightens up your grad's dorm. Unlike a creepy gothic roommate, who can be a bad influence." Members of the goth subculture took offense at the stereotype.[59]
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  • A researcher from the University of Copenhagen discovered that for years, IKEA has named their cheap rugs after Danish places, while the more expensive and luxurious furniture was named after Swedish places.^ Says: May 16th, 2007 at 2:45 pm I understand that IKEA furnishing look cleaner, more stylish and less expensive than other modern furniture offerings, but I’ve seem some of it in action.
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    ^ Walking through that place reminds me of my old college days of bargin hunting, searching the as-is section and eating cheap Ikea foods!
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    ^ I have seen friend’s “built to last” expensive furniture look pretty dated 10 years later.
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    .The researcher, Klaus Kjøller, who is well-known for tongue-in-cheek statements, accused IKEA of imperialism.^ The people who do the setup work do a wonderful job with the innovative IKEA items as well as the room designs/floor plans.
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  • People in Canada became upset with IKEA when Citytv discovered that IKEA charged as much as twice the price in their Canadian stores for the same items sold in their American stores, this despite the Canadian dollar reaching parity with the U.S. dollar.^ IKEA brings good design to ordinary people who used to be offered stuff that looked like crap for the same price.
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    ^ I sold a few of my old IKEA shoe racks and the older ones used much better wood than the current ones.
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  • .
  • In 2008, IKEA sent an email to their British customers advising that "IKEA Shop Online is open everywhere", however this only applied to England and Wales.^ Anyhow when it isn't a week end Ikea is a dandy place to shop, however I would stay away from anything that is support by proportionally thin bit of metal.
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    ^ If attempting IKEA for the first time, try the first half with only one of the large yellow shopping bags that are provided for you!
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    .As of February 2010, Northern Irish and Scottish customers are unable to shop online, however some Scottish customers may get items delivered via IKEA Edinburgh [62].^ WooHoo to IKEA for offering some ultra cool items at affordable prices.
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    ^ Maybe some shopping at your nearest IKEA store would help.
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    This scheme called IKEA DIRECT only applies to certain postcodes and costs between £35 (City of Edinurgh) to £120 (Aberdeenshire) for delivery [63]

Font change

.IKEA caused a minor flap in the graphic design world in 2009 when it changed the font used in its catalog from Ikea Sans to Verdana, expressing a desire to unify its branding between print and web media.^ Archive » in the "Passion: IKEA" thread, Web Boot Camp - Print $20 Bills!
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^ "Passion: IKEA" thread, Web Boot Camp – Print $20 Bills!
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^ IKEA has a twice a year sale ONLY so wait for the day or use the catalog they send out...it costs money but the ideas are fabulous.
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Time magazine and the Associated Press ran articles on the controversy including a brief interview with an IKEA representative, focusing on the opinions of typographers and designers.[64] Design and advertising industry-focused publications such as Business Week joined the fray of online posts. .The branding critic blog, Brand New, was one of those using the Verdanagate name.^ Anna: I don’t think we’re familiar enough to use those kind of names.
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[65] The Australian online daily news site Crikey also published an article on the controversy.[66] The Guardian ran an article asking "Ikea is changing its font to Verdana – causing outrage among typomaniacs. Should the rest of us care? Absolutely."[67]The .New York Times said the change to Verdana "is so offensive to many because it seems like a slap at the principles of design by a company that has been hailed for its adherence to them."^ I could have come up with a caption other than “Swedish Porn” but in a world where “gastroporn” and “time porn” are tossed about it seemed like the natural caption to write.
  • Radio Open Source » Blog Archive » Passion: IKEA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.radioopensource.org [Source type: General]

^ Even though I'm done and over with designing my place, I still visit the showroom from time to time to get new ideas.
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Advertising

German-Turkish advertisement in Berlin-Neukölln
IKEA ran a commercial widely thought to be the first commercial featuring a homosexual couple. .It aired only once, in 1994.[69] IKEA has run other commercials targeting the gay community as well as a commercial featuring a transgender woman.^ The other Ikea piece of furniture I have here is a set of shelves that can only have been designed to fall over.
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.IKEA launched a UK wide advertising campaign in September 2007 titled 'Home is the Most Important Place in the World' using estate agent signs with the term 'Not For Sale' written on them as part of the wider campaign.^ Some places in the world aren’t so luck, and Ikea serves a good purpose.
  • Radio Open Source » Blog Archive » Passion: IKEA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.radioopensource.org [Source type: General]

^ I get tons of compliments on my place- and when I tell them that I bought most of the items at IKEA, they can hardly believe it.
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^ Says: May 15th, 2007 at 4:58 pm i understand that the ikea catalogue rivals the bible as the most published document of all time…whoa .
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However, after the campaign appeared in the Metro newspaper London the business news website www.mad.co.uk remarked that the IKEA campaign had amazing similarities with the marketing activity of UK home refurbishment company Onis Living who had launched their own Not For Sale advertising campaign[71] 2 years previously and in November 2006 had been awarded the Interbuild 2006 Construction Marketing Award for best campaign under £25,000.[72]
Onis's Not For Sale sign.
A debate ensued between Fraser Patterson, Chief Executive of Onis and Andrew McGuinness, partner at Beattie McGuinness Bungay (BMB), the advertising and PR agency awarded the £12m IKEA account.[73][74] The essence of the debate was that BMB claimed to be unaware of Onis's campaign as Onis were not an advertising agency. .Onis's argument was that they had already been accredited for their Not For Sale campaign and that their advertising could be seen in prominent landmarks throughout London, they were concerned about the impact IKEA's campaign would have on the originality of their own.^ So needing more than one chair I asked if the floor sales guy if they would send me the rest of them on a reduced delivery fee.
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^ Says: May 28th, 2007 at 3:31 am Hmmm… I went to Ikea once, about 5 years ago- and they had an apple bin (about 1cu.
  • Radio Open Source » Blog Archive » Passion: IKEA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.radioopensource.org [Source type: General]

^ IKEA has a twice a year sale ONLY so wait for the day or use the catalog they send out...it costs money but the ideas are fabulous.
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.After some negotiations BMB and IKEA agreed to provide Onis with a feature page on the IKEA campaign site (www.notgoinganywhere.co.uk) linking through to Onis's site (www.onishome.co.uk), for a period of 1 year.^ Unfortunately we hit some really nasty traffic and made it through the doors of IKEA 3 minutes before they closed.
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^ I agree that something well made can last generations, and it in the end “worth” it, but Ikea provides a version of Chinese made “crap” that is of a higher quality, and that is high practicality.
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Onis is possibly the only company to have ever been advertised by IKEA in such a fashion. In 2008 Onis Homes limited was placed into voluntary liquidation and the website www.onishome.com closed.
.The Intellectual Property and trading rights of Onis Homes Limited were later purchased by new shareholders with the strategy to grow the Onis brand throughout the U.K as a one stop shop home refurbishment franchise using the trading name Onis Living (www.onisliving.co.uk).^ Shopping for home is fun and if you can find everything together at one stop that's even better.
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^ Their wood furniture is cheap and should be relegated to service in the garage, nursery, in-home daycare or home office that no one ever uses.
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.IKEA recently paired up with the makers of popular video game The Sims 2 to make a stuff pack called The Sims 2 IKEA Home Stuff.^ Perfect for a student or someone who doesn't want to spend much on home stuffs or likes to switch it up often.
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^ Pro Tip 1- make sure you have a charged powered screw driver when putting their stuff together.*** ***Pro Tip 2- The Poang with the footstool is a bad ass video gaming chair.*** .
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The game features many items that can be found in IKEA stores and was released on June 24, 2008 in North America and June 26, 2008 in Europe. It is the second stuff pack with a major brand, the first being The Sims 2 H&M Fashion Stuff, which are both coincidentally companies of Swedish origin.
IKEA has taken over title sponsorship of Philadelphia's annual Thanksgiving Day parade in 2008, replacing Boscov's, who filed for bankruptcy in August 2008.
.In November 2008 a subway train decorated in IKEA style was introduced in Novosibirsk, Russia.^ IKEA fills the space in decorator style.
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^ I know that when I was in college my whole house was done in handme downs and ikea decor style...
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Four cars were turned into a mobile showroom of the Swedish design. The redesigned train, which features colourful seats and fancy curtains, carried passengers until June 6, 2009.
.Oyster cards (the ticket-free system for London Underground) are now given with wallets sponsored by IKEA who also sponsor the tube map.^ The people I know who used to sit in the bathroom with pornography, now they sit in the bathroom with their IKEA furniture catalogue.
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The Red Osprey in her IKEA livery.
.In January 2009, just before the new store opened in Southampton, the MV Red Osprey of Red Funnel was re-painted in an entirely yellow and blue livery to celebrate the opening of the new IKEA store in Southampton.^ It just smells of IKEA. I like this store, I like that I can take my kidlet here and stick her in a ball pit while I look around (and that she takes that as the coolest thing ever.
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^ I like visiting the IKEA store and just wandering around like a lost dog.
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^ As chance would have it, we live just a few km’s from (a completely different) IKEA store now as well… Anyway – all our (upper?
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This is the first time a Red Funnel ferry has been re-painted out of its own red and white colour scheme. .It is expected to stay in these colours for 12 months as part of a deal between Red Funnel and IKEA to provide home delivery services to the Isle of Wight.^ We shopped as quickly as possible but were still attended to with the polite service you normally expect at IKEA. Now I know all these people wanted to get everyone out of the store so they could just go home, but I was really surprised with the level of customer service they still provided even when it was after hours.
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^ Ikea also provides excellent customer service, which is also very hard to find here.
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^ There is a delivery service which looks to be a decent deal though I have not used it.
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.Since the stores opening in Dublin on 27 July 2009, Ikea has been rumoured to be the new sponsors of the Dublin GAA Senior Football & Hurling teams for the 2010 season.^ Says: June 1st, 2007 at 10:43 am I would like to preface this by saying that I am a huge fan of IKEA. I even remember where I was when I heard a RUMOUR that IKEA was opening a store in my area.
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^ Make Your Kitchen Look New Again « Wicked Blogging Says: July 30th, 2009 at 4:47 am [...
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^ I drove 27 miles from our house in Queen Anne to the IKEA store in Renton to get my lamp fixed or replaced or whatever.
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In March 2010, IKEA has developed an interesting event in four important metro stations in Paris. Furniture collections have been displayed in high-traffic spots, giving the potential customers a chance to interact with the brand by checking out the products. The subway walls have been also filled with prints that showcase IKEA interiors
Ikea subway.jpg

Awards

.IKEA was named one of the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers in 2004 and 2005 by Working Mothers magazine.^ Is it on of the “Best companies to work for” list as well as the green business one?
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^ If only everyone worked as hard as IKEA (The Seattle one in particular) does to recycle and promote greener living.
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.It ranked 96 in Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2006 and in October 2008, IKEA Canada LP was named one of "Canada's Top 100 Employers" by Mediacorp Canada Inc., and was featured in Maclean's newsmagazine.^ Is it on of the “Best companies to work for” list as well as the green business one?
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See also

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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

Contents

English

Etymology

The initials of the Swedish founder's name, Ingvar Kamprad, of his home village Elmtaryd (now spelled Älmtaryd), and of the nearby village Agunnaryd

Pronunciation

Proper noun

Singular
IKEA
Plural
-
IKEA
  1. An international, originally Swedish home products retailer that sells modern, utilitarian design furniture, much of which is assembled by the consumer.

Quotations

  • 2005, Daniel H. Wilson, “How to Survive a Robot Uprising”, Bloomsbury, ISBN 1582345929, page 126
    Instruct the servant robot to clean the house, landscape the yard, and assemble several major pieces of IKEA furniture. .Then, when your robot is power depleted and attempts to recharge, shut off the power to your house.^ Unless you seal off your kitchen, any increase in water vapor will rapidly dissipate into the rest of the house.
    • Radio Open Source » Blog Archive » Passion: IKEA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.radioopensource.org [Source type: General]

  • 2008 February 2, Luke Burbank, Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me!, National Public Radio
    It seems Swedish gangs, apparently no longer satisfied with knocking over their local .IKEA’s, have taken to sneaking little people into the cargo holds of the buses by stowing them in suitcases.^ Wherever we heard it first, IKEA intrigues, excite the senses and incites people into action.
    • Positive Fanatics: Welcome to Positive Fanatics 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC armandfrasco.typepad.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Blogadilla has a good IKEA Name Generator that may give us a sneak peak into the process.
    • The Blogadilla Swedish Furniture Name Generator | Blogadilla.com: The Tijuana of the Internet 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.blogadilla.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Or is IKEA simply trying to amuse French people into doing good?
    • IKEA to launch a car? | Technically Incorrect - CNET News 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC news.cnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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Simple English

[[File:|thumb|An IKEA store in Minnesota.]]

File:Ikea
An IKEA store and parking lot in Finland.

IKEA is a chain of furniture and DIY stores. The store first opened in Sweden in 1943, and since then stores have been opened in more than 45 countries worldwide. The owner of IKEA, Ingvar Kamprad, is the fourth wealthiest billionaire in the world.[1]

Other websites

  • IKEA - Official site

References

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Citable sentences

Up to date as of December 30, 2010

Here are sentences from other pages on IKEA, which are similar to those in the above article.








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