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  • Store Ignores Obvious Signs, Goes Overboard With Its Anti-Gun Policy

    07/08/2014 6:31:43 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 19 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 8th, 2014 | Chuck
    A furniture store in Takoma Park, Maryland that calls itself a “Weapons Free Environment” took its policy a bit too far on Independence Day. That’s when a loss prevention officer at IKEA approached Alan Goldberg, who carried a visible, holstered firearm into the store, telling him he would have to leave the premises or place the weapon in his vehicle, according to NBC Washington. The request caught Goldberg off guard: he is Takoma Park’s chief of police, and he was in uniform during his visit.

    04/20/2014 12:36:36 AM PDT · by blueplum · 28 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | April 19, 2014 | James Delingpole
    Full title: FIRST THE GREEN GESTAPO CAME FOR OUR LIGHTBULBS, THEN OUR ICED DRINKS AND HOT SHOWERS. NOW THEY'RE AFTER OUR MEATBALLS... A truly emetic announcement from the grim but indispensable Swedish flatpack furniture emporium IKEA: they are considering changing the recipe of their most popular food line - meatballs - in order to help save the world from global warming. Says the company's head of sustainability Joanna Yarrow: "We have been working with WWF looking at meatballs and various other food items that we sell and looking at how we can tweak our recipes to give great taste but...
  • Ikea Plans 'Green' Meatballs to Help Tackle Climate Change

    04/18/2014 3:38:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/17 | Emily Gosden
    'Veg balls' to be launched as eco-friendly alternative to famous Swedish meatballs, which Ikea admits are damaging the planetIkea is developing a new 'green' version of its famous Swedish meatballs in order to cut carbon emissions and help tackle climate change, the retailer has revealed. The flat-pack furniture giant sells an estimated 150 million meatballs, made from beef and pork, in its cafes each year. But the popular snack is also the least environmentally-friendly item on the Ikea menu, because of high carbon dioxide emissions involved in the farming process and high methane gas emissions from cattle. Ikea is so...
  • LGBT activists present 45,000 petition signatures to IKEA U.S. Headquarters in Conshohocken

    01/15/2014 12:14:52 PM PST · by Phillyred · 14 replies
    Montgomery News ^ | Wednesday, January 15, 2014 | Brendan Wills
    Members of the LGBT community met outside of the IKEA U.S. Corporate Headquarters on Allen Wood Road in Conshohocken to present 45,000 signatures protesting IKEA’s recall of an article about a lesbian couple from the Russian version of IKEA Family Live Magazine. The article about two lesbians raising their son in a small London flat appeared in the December issue of the magazine, but was pulled from the Russian edition so as not to interfere with Russia’s “homosexual propaganda laws” that ban “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” and prohibits minors from receiving information regarding homosexuality, according to a release...
  • Ikea Stuffed Wolf Sells Out Amid Hong Kong Fury

    12/11/2013 4:55:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    The Local ^ | 10 Dec 2013
    Ikea stores in Hong Kong have unexpectedly sold out of a stuffed toy wolf, the Swedish furniture giant announced on Tuesday, after it became the unlikely symbol of opposition to the city's unpopular government. Hundreds of the stuffed toys, called Lufsig, flew off the shelves within hours on Monday and again on Tuesday, days after an anti-government protester threw it at the city's leader Leung Chun-ying during a weekend public meeting. "Lufsig has been sold out at all Ikea stores this morning," a spokeswoman said, adding that there were queues before the store opened. The innocent-looking toy depicts the wolf...
  • IKEA’s 70% UK surcharge: Flatpack giant makes us pay more than most of Europe

    05/25/2013 1:29:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 17:00 EST, 24 May 2013 | Sean Poulter
    IKEA presents itself as the champion of affordable home furnishings. But it appears that the store’s definition of affordable varies dramatically according to the country it is operating in. British families are being charged about 70 percent more for some items of furniture compared with their counterparts on the Continent. … For example, IKEA’s popular Friheten corner sofa bed costs Ł525 ($796) if bought in its British stores—some 71 percent more than the Ł307 ($461) charged in Poland, and also considerably more than the Ł344 ($522) in Spain and Germany. The sofa is also cheaper in IKEA’s home country of...
  • Sweden: where only 3% of the population uses cash

    04/08/2013 1:44:05 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 83 replies ^ | 04/08/2013 | WesternCulture
    Sweden really is annoying. We've made both Germany and Russia look like fools on battle fields. We haven't experienced war for two centuries by now, but we're prepared for the next one. We once were poor, but today, we enjoy a standard of living that clearly is better than that of the average American or any other country on Earth for that sake. Few Americans could afford a car like the Volvo V70 (best selling car in Sweden) and only a small percentage of the American population own second homes (very common in Sweden). Furthermore, my Sweden is more technologically...
  • Pork found in Ikea's moose lasagna (Oh-noes!)

    04/06/2013 7:28:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 40 replies
    AP ^ | 4/6/2013
    Ikea says it has withdrawn 17,000 portions of moose lasagna from its home furnishings stores in Europe after traces of pork were found in a batch tested in Belgium. Ikea spokeswoman Tina Kardum said the product had only been on sale for a month when it was pulled off the shelves on March 22. The company didn't announce the withdrawal publicly until Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet wrote about it Saturday. Kardum said the company found out Friday that a follow-up test in Belgium confirmed the lasagna contained 1.6 percent pork.
  • Horse meat found in Ikea's Swedish meatballs

    02/25/2013 5:47:05 AM PST · by Perdogg · 38 replies
    Swedish furniture giant Ikea was drawn into Europe's widening food labeling scandal Monday as authorities said they had detected horse meat in frozen meatballs labeled as beef and pork and sold in 13 countries across the continent.
  • In India, it’s illegal for IKEA to sell the following products

    01/22/2013 6:53:51 PM PST · by grundle · 22 replies
    wordpress ^ | January 22, 2013 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog In India, it’s illegal for IKEA to sell the following products In India, it’s illegal for IKEA to sell the following products: Home and office use products, solutions, fittings, furnishings and accessories including stationeryTextile products including apparels and fabricsConsumer electronics and accessoriesCleaning products and accessoriesLeather productsStorage and sorting products and accessoriesChildren’s products and accessoriesSafety-related productsTravel-related productsCosmetics and accessoriesRecycling solutions and productsLifestyle products and accessoriesDecorative productsGift articles and accessoriesFood and beverages to be served at the IKEA restaurants and café to customers in the IKEA retail storesBeach products and accessories Apparently, the Indian government would prefer to...
  • Monkey found alone at Toronto Ikea, wearing coat

    12/09/2012 3:43:07 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies
    CBC ^ | December 9, 2012
    Animal control came to collect a monkey from a Toronto Ikea store on Sunday, after the animal was spotted in the parking lot. An Ikea spokesperson told CBC News that the monkey was first spotted in the parking lot of the Ikea store located near Leslie Street and Highway 401.
  • (Swedish Dhimmitude) Ikea Under Fire for Deleting Women from Saudi Version of Furniture Catalog

    10/01/2012 3:28:30 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Monday, October 1, 2012 | AP
    A report in the free newspaper Metro raised questions in Sweden about Ikea's commitment to gender equality, and the company released a statement expressing 'regret' over the issue. Ikea is under fire for deleting images of women from the Saudi version of its furniture catalogue. Pictured are the Swedish, left, and Saudi, right, versions of the Ikea catalogue. STOCKHOLM (AP) — Ikea is being criticized for deleting images of women from the Saudi version of its furniture catalogue, a move the company says it regrets. Comparing the Swedish and Saudi versions of the catalogue, free newspaper Metro on Monday showed...
  • Ikea to enter home electronics market

    04/17/2012 4:11:19 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 31 replies ^ | 04/17/2012 | Rebecca Martin
    <p>I wish IKEA good luck. I don't know much about the market for home electronics in America, but If they manage to compete over here in Europe with the German chain of Media Markt, I'll readily admit Mr. Kamprad (founder and owner of IKEA) to be the greatest business genius on Earth.</p>
  • Why do Apple, Volvo and IKEA never fail?

    12/27/2011 10:36:30 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 29 replies
    12/28/2011 | WesternCulture
    In one word; marketing skills. No one actually needs French perfumes. Fancy a rum and cola? - Why bother about coke? This Christmas, I and my brother, a programmer (silly job, good pay), discussed the issue of how to define a 'smart phone'. I'm a simple cook, but my Sony Ericsson Vivaz can do everything his iPhone could do, however, at the end of the row, we both agreed Apple and their products are among the best marketed brands on Earth. IKEA is another example of companies that are more than companies. Everyone has experienced sad misfortunes with IKEA furniture....
  • New report: Ikea is run by an old Nazi who used East German political prisoners as slave labor

    09/07/2011 10:01:02 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/7/2011 | Kevin Collins
    It seems like Ikea stores are everywhere. They are the Starbucks of furniture. They offer us not only low priced cabinets chairs and other household goods,but an opportunity to impress our friends with our ability to construct these pieces using the directions supplied by Ikea. Getting through an afternoon’s Ikea project in one continuous motion is kind of like being able to do the New York Times crossword puzzle in pen – an achievement to be sure. That’s the warm and fuzzy side of the furniture giant. That’s the part they want us to see. “Think Ikea and think The...
  • Small explosion hits IKEA store in Dresden

    06/11/2011 2:39:14 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 18 replies ^ | 11 June 2011 | unattributed
    Following a small explosion in an IKEA store in Dresden on Friday evening, the German headquarters of the Swedish home furnishings chain is calling on all branches in the country to be extremely vigilant. A device exploded in the Dresden store at around 8 pm, police confirmed on Saturday. Two people, aged 32 and 41 years old, suffered possible inner-ear trauma from the blast but there were no other injuries. The blast also damaged the floor and some of the furniture on display in the kitchen department. No one has admitted to carrying out the attack and there are so...
  • Alarm Clocks Blow up at Ikea Stores in Belgium, France and The Netherlands

    05/31/2011 8:02:20 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 31 replies ^ | 5/31/11 | AFP
    Small explosives concealed in alarm clocks detonated at Ikea furniture stores in Belgium, France and The Netherlands, Belgian authorities said Tuesday. The explosions in stores in the Belgian city of Ghent, Lille in northern France and Eindhoven in The Netherlands caused no damage or injuries. "The information we have is that the explosions happened the same way in all locations, with booby-trapped alarm clocks that had been hidden exploding," according to An Schoonjans, spokeswoman for Ghent prosecutors.
  • Kamprad pledges Ikea 'transparency'

    05/18/2011 10:21:38 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 14 replies ^ | 05/18/2011 | AFP/The Local
    Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of Swedish furnishings giant IKEA, has promised more transparency over the firm's business affairs, saying that it has nothing to hide after a slew of allegations in recent years. "We have nothing to hide. There is no pretension to hide anything. We are going to go through everything and show that we follow each country's laws and regulations," Ingvar Kamprad, the 85-year-old billionaire who founded IKEA in 1943, told the Expressen daily. "We will make ourselves more transparent," he said. Kamprad's comments came a few months after a documentary aired on Swedish public television, SVT, alleged...
  • Top Italian official blasts Ikea over gay advert

    04/25/2011 7:55:35 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    The Local (Sweden) ^ | April 24, 2011
    A top Italian official on Saturday called an Ikea advertisement with two gay men holding hands "in bad taste", invoking the ire of opposition parties and rights groups. "I find it serious and in bad taste that a Swedish multinational comes to Italy to tell Italians what they should think," Secretary of State for family policy Carlo Giovanardi said in a television interview. The Swedish furniture giant's advertisement shows two men with a shopping bag, holding hands, and the words: "We are open to all families". "I think that many clients of Ikea will not find this pleasant," said Giovanardi.
  • Ingvar Kamprad — king of IKEA

    03/23/2011 7:00:23 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 29 replies ^ | 02/18/2011 | Jonas Fredén
    No one really knows how to measure such wealth as billionaires as the likes of Kamprad and Gates dispose of. Kamprad's ranked as number 11 by Forbes on their 2011 listing of the World's wealthiest persons, but after recent news of his hidden possessions in the tax haven of Lichtenstein, some experts rank Ingvar Kamprad as number one. In any case, I, being Swedish myself find it interesting that two of the 15 richest men on Earth are Swedish (although I'm not one of them myself) and that small Scandinavia has more of companies listed on the Forbes Global 2000...
  • Ikea founder admits to secret foundation

    01/26/2011 4:00:34 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 25 replies ^ | 01/26/2011 | TT/The Local/vt
    Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad, considered one of the wealthiest people in the world, controls the company through a secret foundation worth 100 billion kronor ($15.34 billion), according to a Sveriges Television (SVT) report. Despite the revelation, the company and Kamprad's image will probably not be affected, according to media advisors. Kamprad controls the enterprise through a holding company called Inter Ikea by way of a secret foundation in Liechtenstein. The foundation is currently worth about 100 billion kronor, according to the latest episode of SVT's Uppdrag granskning investigative news programme, set to air on Wednesday evening. Ikea is controlled through...
  • Dissecting the delights of the Swedish Christmas smorgasbord

    12/22/2010 6:49:16 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 41 replies ^ | 12/20/2010 |
    Some few generations ago, men in America as well as Europe themselves actually slaughtered live pigs, ducks, hens and calves for Christmas by their own hand. Or, at least, their local butcher did so for them. Today, even the inhabitants of India, once an extremely poor nation, buy their meat pre-packed and wrapped up in plastic at local supermarkets. Sweden is no exception to the rule, but at least we Scandinavians get in touch with our inner Viking eating habits once a year. The article from "Does anybody actually eat pig's feet? Why do Swedes think of porridge as...
  • 'Ancient IKEA building' discovered by Italian archaeologists

    04/22/2010 8:02:47 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies · 604+ views
    Times Online ^ | April 22, 2010 | Richard Owen, Rome
    Massimo Osanna, head of archaeology at Basilica University, said that the team working at Torre Satriano near Potenza in what was once Magna Graecia had unearthed a sloping roof with red and black decorations, with "masculine" and "feminine" components inscribed with detailed directions on how they slotted together. Professor Christopher Smith, director of the British School at Rome, said that the discovery was "the clearest example yet found of mason's marks of the time. It looks as if someone was instructing others how to mass-produce components and put them together in this way"" he told The Times. Professor Osanna suggested...
  • Ding! Lamb's head found in IKEA microwave

    01/01/2010 9:48:45 PM PST · by myknowledge · 20 replies · 1,169+ views
    UPI ^ | January 1, 2010
    WEST CHESTER, Ohio, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- It wasn't a Spam lamb local police in Ohio found in a display microwave at home furnishings store IKEA -- it was a real lamb's head, officials said. An IKEA employee told the West Chester Township store's management of the grisly find, which was immediately removed, The Oxford (Ohio) Press reported Thursday.
  • Lamb's head found in microwave at Ikea

    12/31/2009 12:27:24 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 61 replies · 2,528+ views
    AP via Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 31, 2009, 12:44PM | no byline
    WEST CHESTER, Ohio — Authorities in Ohio say a store employee found the head of a lamb inside a microwave oven on display at an Ikea home furnishings showroom. Police in the Cincinnati suburb of West Chester say they believe the discovery on Dec. 16 was the result of a prank. By the time officers arrived, store employees had already disposed of the head... They say store surveillance video was not helpful. Authorities note that several specialty food markets in the area sell lamb's heads.
  • IKEA Tidy Up Banned Commericals

    IKEA Tidy Up Banned Commericals. (IKEA is a Swedish company).
  • Beijing Loves IKEA -- But Not For Shopping

    08/24/2009 10:57:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 795+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 25, 2009 | David Pierson
    Customers hop into display beds and nap, pose for snapshots with the decor and enjoy the air conditioning and free soda refills. They just don't buy much. With no plans one Saturday, Zhang Xin told his wife, son and mother to wear something smart and hop into the family sedan. He could have taken them to the Forbidden City or the Great Wall, but he decided on another popular destination -- IKEA. Riding an escalator past a man lying on a display bed with a book opened on his belly, the clan sauntered into the crush of visitors squeezing onto...
  • Ikea furnishes 'copycat' site with lawsuit

    05/28/2009 4:25:29 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 18 replies · 797+ views ^ | 05/28/2009 | TT/The Local
    Home furnishing giant Ikea has launched legal proceedings over the rights to the domain name, a site which currently specializes in selling used Ikea furniture. The site, which is modeled after the popular Swedish buy-and-sell site, has been operating for about a month. Ikea has now asked the Internet Infrastructure Foundation (Stiftelsen för internetinfrastruktur), the body responsible for registering domain names ending in ‘.se’, to help resolve the dispute over, claiming the site infringes on the Ikea brand. “It’s obvious that a visitor to a homepage with the description iloveikea as the impression that it is the...
  • It took me some years, but by now I have actually learnt what builds true civilization

    05/21/2009 7:04:09 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 26 replies · 1,030+ views
    05/21/2009 | WesternCulture
    Russia will always seem very threatening and powerful to non-Russians simply because it's necessary to convince the Russians themselves that you, as a leader, have convinced it thereof. In order to rule the nation, you must be successful in that game. Americans will always claim they have more of freedom and are far wealthier than the rest of us, as freedom and material prosperity most often is what immigrants to the US feel they don't get too much of at home. Every country, even Somalia, houses admirable and captivating sides. I haven't been to the African Horn, but of that...
  • Ikea creates Oval Office replica

    01/16/2009 5:37:51 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 30 replies · 1,008+ views ^ | 01/15/2009 | The Local
    Swedish flatpack furniture giant Ikea has erected a replica Oval Office at Union Station in Washington DC this week in a bid to cash in on the inauguration of president elect Barack Obama. Ikea's 'Embrace Change '09' campaign also extended an invitation to the Obamas to redesign and furnish any rooms in the White House with the help of the company's own team of designers. Ikea said its Oval Office replica would enable commuters to take a seat in the bustling station and experience real change first hand. A guestbook signed by visitors to the mock office would eventually be...
  • CNN Highlights Pepsi and Ikea's Obama-Inspired Ad Campaigns

    01/12/2009 2:34:43 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 33 replies · 4,134+ views ^ | 01/12/2009 | Matthew Balan
    CNN correspondent Alina Cho devoted an entire report on Monday’s American Morning program to how the Obama presidential run has apparently served as an inspiration for ad campaigns by big corporations. Cho zeroed in on how the Pepsi logo and the Obama campaign logo were “strikingly similar,” both using “swirls of red, white, and blue,” despite the fact that Pepsi has used the color scheme since World War II. Cho introduced her report by heralding how “[c]hange is coming to Madison Avenue” and explained how Obama might be a model for advertising agencies: “Think about it -- Obama is a...
  • IKEA’s Polish Catalogue Introduces “Ian and Steve” as a Model of the New Family

    12/01/2008 1:24:26 PM PST · by voiceinthewind · 27 replies · 1,224+ views ^ | December 1, 2008 | Hilary White
    IKEA’s Polish Catalogue Introduces “Ian and Steve” as a Model of the New Family By Hilary White December 1, 2008 ( – An ad campaign in the latest catalogue by the Swedish furniture giant, IKEA, purporting to depict “modern” life, includes twelve portraits of “families” that promote a “new model of living together.” Among these is the domestic arrangement of “Ian” and “Steve,” under the slogan, “the family is ... two sister souls.” “Ian and Steve,” the ad says, have no intention of having children, but enjoy their “command centre” IKEA kitchen and herb garden. The catalogue, says a pro-family...
  • Tough times hit Sweden's billionaires

    11/16/2008 6:05:37 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 42 replies · 1,101+ views ^ | 11/14/2008 | David Landes
    Despite their billions, Sweden’s wealthiest individuals have shown that not even they can withstand the effects of the financial crisis coupled with a dismal year on the stock market. A recent ranking by the Veckans Affärer business magazine reveals that the number of Swedish billionaires has been cut by nearly 30 percent in the last year, leaving only 98 individuals who are rich enough to measure their wealth in ten figures. Collective losses for the richest of Sweden’s rich amount to a staggering 200 billion kronor ($24.7 billion), a roughly 20 percent drop. But not to worry, those who top...
  • The least patriotic country on Earth half-heartedly celebrates National Day

    06/06/2008 3:43:42 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 58 replies · 891+ views
    06062008 | WesternCulture
    Every nation could be described as a manifestation of a unique trait of character and most countries furthermore nurture, give emphasize to and celebrate this national identity of theirs. Some examples of such key national characters (please DO comment if you feel inclined to); USA: Liberty Italy: Creativity France: Refinement India: Spirituality Germany: Self-discipline Finland: "Sisu" (a Finnish term meaning "To have guts") Britain: Elevatedness Denmark: "Hygge" (a Danish word meaning "Good-naturedness", of mind as well as of deed) Spain: Passion China: Cultivation Russia: Chaos - just joking, I would actually say "Heart" (in the sense of having a big...
  • IKEA opens first U.S. manufacturing facility

    05/23/2008 8:16:35 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 67 replies · 150+ views ^ | 05/22/2009 | AFP/The Local
    Swedish furniture maker Ikea celebrated the opening of its first factory in the United States on Wednesday. Swedwood, a subsidiary of home furnishings giant, has 40 plants worldwide. The $281 million plant in Danville, Virginia will employ 300 people by the end of 2009, said Swedwood North America president Bengt Danielsson. Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine was at Wednesday's ceremony to hail the economic boost to the ailing region along the North Carolina border, formerly a stronghold for the tobacco industry. Swedwood received $12 million in incentives from in state and local authorities, as well as the Virginia Tobacco Commission...
  • Ikea walking all over us, say angry Danes

    03/07/2008 11:16:30 AM PST · by dickmc · 10 replies · 250+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | March 7, 2008 | Lindsay McIntosh and Allan Hall
    Ikea walking all over us, say angry Danes Imperialism claim as Swedes give their mats Danish names. POWER games between Scandinavian neighbours are nothing new – generations of monarchs fought bitter battles over land for the best part of a millennium. But now Sweden and Denmark are involved in a new spat – over the unlikely matter of floor coverings. And Sweden's omnipresent homeware retailer, Ikea, is at the heart of the row.
  • Ikea ventures into flat-pack homes

    10/11/2007 3:31:52 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 33 replies · 928+ views
    Guardian Unlimited ^ | Paul Willis
    Ikea is putting on sale flat-pack homes, with their own plot of land, at the furniture giant's store in Gateshead, Tyne & Wear (UK) today. The timber-framed homes will be targeted at first-time buyers struggling to get on the property ladder. The concept was pioneered in Sweden in the 1990s and has grown in popularity with more than 1,000 of the houses springing up each year across Scandinavia. Known as BoKlok, the flats and houses will be eco-friendly, using renewable materials in the construction and featuring solar panels and geothermal equipment incorporated in the design. All the properties will be...
  • Shop till you drop at Ikea - then stay the night

    07/14/2007 6:59:01 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 48 replies · 1,142+ views
    www.the.local ^ | 07/14/2007 | AFP
    No longer content to offer consumers Swedish meatballs and self-assembly shelves, Ikea in Norway is now offering weary shoppers the chance to sleep over in one of its Oslo showrooms free of charge. From July 23 to July 27, the public will be able to spend the night in special rooms set up in the store, with a choice of bridal suite, complete with hanging chandelier and a round bed, or a luxury suite that includes breakfast in bed. Others can share a bunk in the dormitory, while parents and children can join in the fun in one of Ikea's...
  • Live smart in Swedish style

    05/13/2007 11:41:59 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 36 replies · 1,124+ views ^ | 05/11/2007 | David Wiles
    Having succeeded in filling homes around the world with affordable Swedish design, furniture giant Ikea has taken the logical next step: making the homes themselves. Ikea has built more than 3,500 apartments and houses across the Nordic region and is now planning its first UK developments. In the late 1990s Ikea teamed up with Swedish construction company Skanska to develop BoKlok (which means Live Smart in Swedish). The concept aims to provide stylish but inexpensive new homes for low and middle income families, and is said to be popular with Ingvar Kamprad, Ikea’s notoriously thrifty billionaire founder. BoKlok’s marketing manager...
  • Marketing To Muslims

    05/03/2007 5:27:07 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 23 replies · 825+ views
    The Stiletto ^ | May 2, 2007 | The Stiletto
    Advertisers in the U.S. are starting to "reach out" to Muslims and "focusing on ways to use the cultural aspects of the Muslim religion to help sell their products," according to The New York Times: Companies in the Detroit area, where there is a dense population of Muslims, are leading the change. A McDonald’s there serves halal Chicken McNuggets; Walgreens has Arabic signs in its aisles. And now, Ikea, which recently opened a store in the suburb of Canton, Mich., that has had trouble attracting as many Muslim customers as it had hoped, has been touring local homes and talking...
  • Ikea to charge for bags, Blames US consumers for "strangling planet".

    02/21/2007 4:15:56 PM PST · by omega4179 · 251 replies · 4,669+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo news ^ | 2/21/2007 | John Hurdle
    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Sweden's IKEA will charge U.S. customers five cents for disposable plastic shopping bags in what the international furniture giant said on Wednesday was a first step to ending their use altogether. IKEA said the decision to stop giving away free bags to customers aimed to reduce the estimated 100 billion bags thrown away by all U.S. consumers each year. IKEA is believed to be first retailer in the United States to undertake such a program, according to National Retail Federation spokesman Scott Krugman.
  • IKEA humour (kids with vibrators, parents caught while involved in "role play", moonshine parties..)

    01/24/2007 4:03:56 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 7 replies · 1,140+ views ^ | 01/12/2007 |
    NOTICE: YOU'LL HAVE TO: 1. CLICK THE LINK TO THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE ABOVE (IN RED)OR IN MY POST BELOW, THEREAFTER 2. CLICK THE MONITORS IN ORDER TO DISPLAY THE CLIPS The Article: "The humour of IKEA A Norwegian IKEA ad is entertaining Scandinavians on at the moment. It certainly casts new light on the oft-quoted Swedish adage that ‘we’re all farmers at heart’. Enjoy: (SEE MY POST BELOW OR CLICK THE LINK IN RED ABOVE) That prompted us to have a rummage for more humour from the furniture makers of Älmhult. This one, produced for the German market last...
  • (Bye to Socialism) Blizzards, reindeer, darkness: new Klondike is hottest place in Europe

    01/09/2007 7:25:50 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 8 replies · 1,074+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 01/07/2007 | Alex Duval Smith
    The article, from one of the world's leading newspapers, touches on what a blessing saying "hasta la vista" to socialism really can be - not to mention future prospects! Ask the people who live in the hottest city of Europe - and they don't speak "cockney" or french with a Paris accent. The fall of Communism in Russia and China in combination with the orientation towards pro-capitalism of Scandinavia has already lead to a explosion of trade between the world's 14th biggest economy, Russia, the world's 4th biggest economy, China and the 8th biggest one, the Scandinavian countries (Source: IMF...
  • Introducing (The richest man on earth)...Ingvar Kamprad

    01/03/2007 11:06:15 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 50 replies · 2,379+ views ^ | 12/02/2006 | Paul Mahony
    Introducing...Ingvar Kamprad The Local's weekly column giving the lowdown on a top Swedish celebrity. This week Paul O'Mahony looks at the man who got rich by selling flat-pack furniture to the world - Ingvar Kamprad Who is he and why is he famous? Ingvar Kamprad is famous for being the founder of flat-pack furnishing giant IKEA. His cheap chairs and tables have made him one of the wealthiest people in the world. So he's the one responsible for the Klippan-sized headache I got while assembling the Magiker that I ended up throwing in the Knodd? Yes, the very man....
  • IKEA billionaire founder proud to be frugal at 80

    GENEVA (Reuters) - IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad, ranked 4th richest man in the world, drives a 15-year-old car and always flies economy class, in part to inspire his 90,000 employees worldwide to see the virtue of frugality. The billionaire Swede, who turns 80 on March 30, explained his legendary habits during a rare television interview in Switzerland, his adoptive home for nearly 30 years. His fortune was recently estimated at $28 billion by Forbes magazine -- trailing only Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, U.S. investor Warren Buffett and Mexican industrialist Carlos Slim. "People say I am cheap and I don't mind...
  • Ikea: The Swedish Feeding Trough

    01/08/2006 11:47:12 AM PST · by Frank T · 91 replies · 2,433+ views
    Spiegel Online ^ | January 2, 2006 | Gerald Drissner
    Furniture giant IKEA lures customers with homey interior landscapes and cheap warm meals. But more and more people are starting to use the stores as an ersatz for social services and babysitting. Every day, at 8.50 am, Bodo Scheel gets into his Nissan car, his stomach rumbling with hunger, and drives 11.3 kilometers down the A7 highway near Hamburg. He turns off at junction 23 to reach his destination: the Ikea furniture store. The 67-year-old pensioner has been coming to the restaurant in Ikea for breakfast for years now. The deal is unbeatable: For €1.50 he gets two bread rolls,...
  • Sony pulls ‘Jesus’ advert for PlayStation

    10/09/2005 1:21:28 PM PDT · by voletti · 12 replies · 598+ views
    Daily Times ^ | 10/8/05 | Reuters
    Sony (6758.T) has apologized for an advertising campaign for its PlayStation game console which featured a young man wearing a crown of thorns with the slogan “Ten years of passion.” Some Catholics were outraged by the adverts, which ran in newspapers and magazines to celebrate the product’s tenth anniversary. “This time they’ve gone too far,” said Antonio Sciortino, editor of Famiglia Cristiana (Christian Family), a mass-circulation Catholic weekly. “If this had concerned Islam there would have been a really strong reaction,” Sciortino was quoted as saying in the Corriere della Sera newspaper. In the Bible, Jesus was forced to wear...
  • New Ikea attracts a crowd

    09/29/2005 10:24:59 AM PDT · by Mike Bates · 33 replies · 1,299+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9/29/2005 | Jo Napolitano
    Camped outside the blue-and-yellow store for 15 days before its opening, Chris Jones, a recent college graduate from a small town outside Atlanta, was perhaps more excited than any other customer about Bolingbrook's new Ikea. Jones, 22, flew into town on a one-way ticket after a friend told him about the store's giveaways to its first customers. Awarded a $3,000 gift certificate the moment the doors opened to the public Wednesday, his investment paid off, he said. Jones didn't buy anything Wednesday morning, but he said bonding with Ikea devotees and the experience of camping out for more than two...
  • Furniture sector sitting pretty

    08/25/2005 10:44:45 AM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 20 replies · 719+ views
    Asian ^ | August 26, 2005 | Staff
    BEIJING - China has seen a rapid development of its furniture industry in recent years, attracting the attention of many big-name world furniture manufacturers. The furniture industry has entered a fast-growth stage, and a complete industrial chain now exists for the sector, in keeping with international trends. It now produces various types of products, which can satisfy domestic needs as well as international customers. Industry experts expect a second high-speed development stage in the coming 5-10 years, as the furniture industry worldwide readjusts the distribution of its production. In the second stage of high-speed development, China's furniture industry will focus...
  • IKEA Launches Own-brand Hijab for Muslim Staff

    08/23/2005 4:23:29 PM PDT · by aculeus · 25 replies · 1,232+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | August 22, 2005 | PRWEB
    PRWEB) August 22, 2005 -- IKEA's new Edmonton branch contacted to design and produce a 'hijab' – a Muslim headscarf - that would fit in with their current uniform. When IKEA first approached, their excited team was impressed that an internationally-acclaimed company like IKEA was making so much effort to accommodate Muslims in its workforce. The challenge for the team was to create a hijab that had the IKEA branding; that was easy to put on without the need for pins - so avoiding any health and safety hazards; and that was something employees would feel comfortable wearing...