IKEA: the most impressive touchpoints of the global market leader in furniture trade
For Billy, Pax and Köttbullar, customers have to walk an average of 3.5 kilometers from the entrance to the checkout. Despite this, IKEA is one of the top ten most valuable corporate brands in the global retail sector. The IKEA furniture group was founded by Ingvar Kamprad in Sweden in 1943. Today, the Swedish home furnishings company is the global leader in furniture retailing. The USA is the second most important market for IKEA worldwide, surpassed only by Germany as the country with the highest sales, with sales of 5.305 billion euros.
3. IKEA names3
One of IKEA’s trademarks is the names of its furniture. IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad suffers from a weakness of numbers. As a result, all IKEA products have names, not numbers. However, they are not fantasy products: In Sweden, two employees are busy just finding new names – on the map. Sofas, armchairs or coffee tables usually have Swedish place names, while carpets, on the other hand, are named after Danish places. And bathroom items are logically named after rivers and lakes.
4. IKEA catalog4
The Ikea catalog was eagerly awaited in millions of households every fall. The 300-page book was available in 29 languages. In 2020, the catalog was published in its last print version; since then, it has only been available digitally and as an app. Another superlative from the house of Ikea: With a circulation of 220 million copies, it is the most widely distributed book in the world.
5. IKEA warehouse5
The prices in the first IKEA catalog were so low that people initially had doubts about the quality of the products. So Ingvar decided to turn an old workshop in Älmhult into a furniture exhibition where people could look at and try out the products before ordering them. In 1956, there was the first idea of dismantling the legs of the LÖVET table. This led to the concept of self-assembly and the flat package.
6. IKEA food6
IKEA is now known not only for its furniture, but also for Swedish dishes and food. A third of customers visit IKEA for its food. Ingvar Kamprad thought early on that an empty stomach doesn’t like to shop. So he established restaurants in his stores. With great success: Thanks to Köttbullar & Co., IKEA is also one of the ten largest fast food providers in the world. IKEA sells around 150 million Köttbullar per year worldwide.