Blue bags for a greener future: IKEA unveils People & Planet Positive strategy
Firm in the belief that ‘sustainability should not be a luxury good,’ IKEA releases a sustainability strategy that, among many things, finds the retailer striving toward complete energy independence by 2020.
Is your IKEA bookshelf made from a 600-year-old Russian tree?
… Chances are it’s not, but Swedish mega-retailer IKEA has recently come under fire from environmental watchdog groups for clear-cutting large swaths of old-growth forests in a sensitive area of northwestern Russia.
IKEA ditches wooden pallets for cardboard
In attempt to slash costs and emissions, IKEA experiments with cardboard shipping pallets. But like some IKEA products, their single-use nature have some wondering if they’re indeed a more eco-friendly option.
Senior citizens using local IKEA to hook up
Whether it’s the good, the bad, or the downright ugly, breakfast hotspot and green-minded retailer of not-always-green home furnishings, IKEA, is forever a popular topic on this here blog. But today, here’s something, via The Wall Street Journal, that I didn’t see coming: Apparently, IKEA stores in China, particularly the Shanghai location, are notorious for attracting elderly singles on the hunt for a little romance … and free coffee. I guess you could call the stores (Swedish) meat(ball) markets for the 65-and-over-set.
Is IKEA pushing printed books towards the brink of extinction?
Many are fingering the redesign of IKEA’s classic BILLY bookshelf to better accommodate items that aren’t books as a harbinger of print publishing’s demise. But there’s more to the story than you may think …
Chinese retailers hijack the Ikea experience
First a fake Apple store, now a fake Ikea. The Chinese furniture store copies Ikea’s blue and yellow color scheme, mock-up rooms, miniature pencils, signage and even its rocking chair designs. This store is emblematic of a new wave of piracy sweeping through China. Increasingly sophisticated counterfeiters no longer just pump out fake luxury handbags, DVDs and sports shoes but replicate the look, feel and service of successful Western retail concepts — in essence, pirating the entire brand experience.