TORONTO The new head of Ikea Canada wants to make customers’ experiences easier at the retailer — though it won’t likely involve reconfiguring the infamously labyrinthine layout of its stores.
To that end, the Scandinavian chain is looking to grow its online sales, considering alternative stores and selling models and creating simpler do-it-yourself furniture designs such as the new Regissör series, a line of wood furniture that can be put together without any tools.
STOCKHOLM: Swedish furniture giant IKEA announced on Wednesday that it would expand its online sales service to include home deliveries in all countries where it has stores. Most of the company's national Internet sites currently only allow shoppers to check availability of items online, without offering deliveries, with the exception of some long-standing markets including Sweden, France and Canada.
TORONTO – Target’s reputation for stylish and inexpensive home goods — one of the few categories in which the departing big-box merchant performed well in Canada — didn’t appear to make a dent in Ikea Canada’s 2014 sales, which rose 5.2% to $1.6 billion for the fiscal year ending last August.
But the Swedish furniture giant is taking a page from one of Target’s longstanding strategies, offering limited-edition product collections in collaboration with well-known designers, to lure more people through the doors of its 12 Canadian stores this year.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Swedish flat-pack furniture giant IKEA will start selling residential solar panels at its stores in Britain, the first step in its plan to bring renewable energy to the mainstream market worldwide.
The company started selling solar panels made by China’s Hanergy in its store in Southampton on Monday. It will sell them in the rest of Britain in coming months, it said.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Swedish furniture giant Ikea was drawn into Europe’s widening food labelling scandal Monday as authorities said they had detected horse meat in frozen meatballs labelled as beef and pork and sold in 13 countries across the continent.
The Czech State Veterinary Administration said that horse meat was found in one-kilogram packs of frozen meatballs made in Sweden and shipped to the Czech Republic for sale in Ikea stores there. A total of 760 kilograms of the meatballs were stopped from reaching the shelves.