IKEA invites consumers to its annual Swedish Julbord smorgasbord on Friday, December 15, 2017

Discounted Tickets Available for IKEA FAMILY* Members for $12.99 Per Person / $2.99 for Kids 12 and Under

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., 2017-Nov-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the holidays approach, IKEA invites consumers to celebrate the season during its annual Swedish Julbord smorgasbord on Friday, December 15, 2017 at participating stores nationwide**. A traditional Julbord is a highlight of Swedish cuisine, consisting of local and family specialties enjoyed with family and friends.

IKEA is inviting everyone to join the celebration with an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring traditional Swedish dishes. Tickets are available for only $16.99 per person / $4.99 for kids 12 and under, or at a discounted rate for IKEA FAMILY members ($12.99 per person / $2.99 for kids 12 and under).

“The Julbord buffet is at the center of the classic Scandinavian holiday celebration, uniting family and friends alike,” says Peter Ho, IKEA Food Range and Product Developer. “It is a much anticipated tradition in Sweden that we enjoy sharing with customers all over.”

The IKEA Julbord menu includes***:

    • Assortment of pickled herring
    • Gravad lax with mustard sauce
    • Hard boiled eggs
    • Swedish cucumber salad
    • Red beet salad
    • Swedish potato salad
    • Christmas ham
    • Swedish cheeses
    • Meatballs with lingonberries
    • Sautéed Red cabbage and apples
    • Mashed potatoes
    • Jansson’s temptations
    • Crispbread, thin bread, softbread
    • Assorted desserts
    • Glögg
    • Coffee, tea, fountain

beverages

Seating is limited, so those who are interested are encouraged to purchase tickets early at their local IKEA store. To locate and contact the nearest IKEA store for more details, including local seating times, visit the “Store Locator” page on IKEA-USA.com.

Those not able to make it to the event can still partake in the Swedish tradition at home. Visit the Swedish Food Market in IKEA U.S. stores to purchase select items from the Julbord menu, including SJÖRAPPORT salmon, or to explore, find and try ingredients for other Swedish recipes, such as Mustard Glazed Meatballs with Kale Chips and Lingonberry Chutney.

MUSTARD GLAZED MEATBALLS WITH KALE CHIPS AND LINGONBERRY CHUTNEY
Ingredients & Supplies

  • 5-6 large green kale leaves, whole
  • ½ Tbsp extra virgin olive oil or melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp fine grain sea salt
  • 20 pcs of KOTTBULLAR meatballs
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • Lingonberry chutney
  • 2 red onions
  • 3 Tbsp + 1 tsp salted butter
  • 1 jar of SYLT LINGON lingonberry preserves
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup coarse mustard
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 5 tsp white or sherry vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 300°F.
  • Remove the stems and tear the kale leaves into 20 pieces, about 2-2.5″ big p/pc. Wash and thoroughly dry the leaves, preferably in a spinner. Gently massage the kale with virgin olive or coconut oil in a large bowl. All leaves should be lightly covered in oil (not soaked). Sprinkle with onion powder and salt and massage some more.
  • Spread a layer of kale onto a prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes then rotate the pan. Bake for another 12-15 minutes until it feels firm and crisp. Let the kale rest for a few minutes to really crisp up. Repeat for the rest of the kale.
  • For the lingonberry chutney, peel and cut the red onions into small pieces and fry them in a pot with butter over medium heat. When they are nicely caramelized, add the lingonberry preserves and let it come up to the boil. Keep warm.
  • Put all the ingredients for the glaze into a small pan. Stir together over medium heat and let it cook for about 10 minutes until it thickens. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Turn oven to 350°F.
  • Put meatballs onto a prepared baking sheet and toss with oil. When golden, pour over the glaze and mix well. Turn oven to 475°F and then roast in the oven for about 5-6 minutes, until the glaze has caramelized. Stir 1-2 times while in the oven.
  • Place the kale chips on a large tray or serving dish. Put one meatball on every chip. Serve together with the lingonberry chutney and a bunch of small forks or toothpicks.

* IKEA FAMILY is a benefits program that offers membership perks including special product discounts, sneak previews, free coffee and tea in the IKEA Restaurant, and more. Consumers can sign up for the free program online or in-store.
** IKEA Carson and IKEA Grand Prairie will not host a Julbord Party in 2017.
*** Menu is subject to change due to product availability.

ABOUT IKEA
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 390 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 46 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Media Contact:
Christine Conti
Christine.Conti@ketchum.com

Source: IKEA

IKEA launches new in-store play experiences and events; 2017 SAGOSKATT soft toy sales to benefit Save the Children

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2017-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new global Play Report, released today (November 2, 2017) by IKEA, finds that people around the world believe play is undervalued in modern day life. That’s why IKEA and the IKEA Foundation are putting play at the heart of this year’s Let’s Play for Change campaign and encouraging everyone to play more for a better everyday life. IKEA stores around the world will launch new in-store play experiences and events starting this fall*. Additionally, IKEA and IKEA Foundation will support important children’s efforts around the world. The IKEA Foundation will provide a grant to Handicap International, Save the Children, Special Olympics, Room to Read, UNICEF and War Child. In the U.S., 100% of the proceeds from 2017 SAGOSKATT soft toy collection will be donated to Save the Children for their U.S. Hurricane Relief Efforts.

Building a Global Movement Around Play: IKEA Foundation Supports Children’s Right to Play Around the World

This is the second year of the IKEA Let’s Play for Change campaign – a good cause campaign supporting children’s right to play. The IKEA Foundation realizes that many children around the world lack safe spaces to play and develop. By granting $53 (Є45) million to Handicap International, Save the Children, Special Olympics, Room to Read, UNICEF and War Child, the IKEA Foundation wants to help some of the world’s most vulnerable children play safely and develop to their full potential.

“Every child has the right to play. Stimulation through play is a critical part of a young child’s brain development and emotional wellbeing,” said Per Heggenes, CEO at the IKEA Foundation. “Sadly, there are too many places around the world where devastating circumstances prevent children from simply being ‘kids’. Through the Let’s Play for Change campaign, we want to alleviate challenges to play and development in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities, while helping build a global movement around play.”

Playing with Purpose: In the U.S., Every SAGOSKATT Soft Toy Purchase will Support Save the Children’s U.S. Hurricane Relief Efforts

U.S. consumers who want to get involved in the campaign and make a direct impact in children’s lives can do so with every purchase from the 2017 SAGOSKATT soft toy collection* – a series of wonderfully imaginative plush toys designed by kids for kids. As part of the Let’s Play for Change campaign, 100% of IKEA U.S. proceeds from 2017 SAGOSKATT collection will be donated to Save the Children. Specifically, proceeds will go toward Save the Children’s hurricane relief efforts in areas of Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico devastated by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Funds will be used to help children and their families rebound and build their resilience following these natural disasters and will support child care centers and early education programs in their rebuilding efforts to enable them to support affected communities.

“Save the Children is very grateful to be the beneficiary of the 2017 SAGOSKATT soft toy sales from IKEA stores across the United States,” said Carolyn Miles, President & CEO, Save the Children. “We have been working to meet the unique needs of children in times of emergency and crisis for nearly 100 years, and we understand how important it is for children to have the chance to play when disaster strikes. We applaud IKEA for its commitment to promoting play for all children – here in the U.S. and around the world.”

Playing at IKEA: IKEA Stores to Host In-Store Play Experiences and Global Play Date

To celebrate the importance of play in our everyday lives, IKEA is incorporating playful experiences at stores worldwide** through interactive games and activities throughout stores during the Let’s Play for Change campaign. These play experiences will be available at all IKEA U.S. stores between November 9 and December 24, 2017.

Additionally, on November 20, 2017 – in honor of Universal Children’s Day and children’s right to play – IKEA stores around the world will host a global play date, inviting everyone to enjoy a variety of in-store activities, games and offerings geared towards the most important people in the world: children. IKEA U.S. stores will offer 50% off all soft toys*** – including the 2017 SAGOSKATT collection – from November 18 to 20, 2017.

Not Just for Kids: New IKEA 2017 Play Report Underscores Importance of Play for Adults, Too

The IKEA 2017 Play Report, released today, focuses on the universal benefits of play for both adults and children, as well as the major barriers that prevent many adults from playing at all. The Play Report also uncovered key trends shaping the future of play, which IKEA hopes will inform new products and solutions for more playful, joyful lives. Among several key trends identified are:

•Return to Retro: As technology becomes more pervasive, people rebel by turning to and celebrating nostalgic games from their childhood. From old board games to the Game Boy, there is a desire to keep play simple.•Multi-Sensory Play: The rise of more immersive and intense experiences that engage multiple senses at once.•Blurring of Boundaries: As lives become increasingly fast-paced, play will begin to enter all aspects of people’s lives. From the workplace to the gym, people will look to play in traditionally non-playful spaces.“At IKEA, we know good things happen if everyone – children and adults alike! – said ‘yes’ to playing a bit more. Play fuels our development, makes us more creative, teaches us to work together and sparks curiosity,” said Maria Thörn, Range Manager, IKEA of Sweden. “Our research has strengthened our belief that play is critical for a better everyday life at home. Now, we’re applying our findings to help enable more playful everyday lives.”

For consumers: To learn more about the IKEA ‘Let’s Play for Change’ Campaign, U.S. consumers can visit http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_US/this-is-ikea/people-and-planet/people-and-communities/#good-cause-campaign

For press: To view or download press materials, including the full IKEA Play Report 2017, the SAGOSKATT press kit and other Let’s Play for Change assets, please visit: INSERT LINK. To learn more about the beneficiary partners of Let’s Play for Change campaign, and how the campaign’s funds will be used to support children’s right to play, please visit https://www.ikeafoundation.org/campaigns/lets-play/

DISCLAIMERS:
*SAGOSKATT will not be available at new IKEA Jacksonville and IKEA Grand Prairie stores opening this fall/winter.

**Timing of play experiences varies by country. Play experiences will be available at IKEA U.S. stores between November 9 and December 24, 2017. Note: New IKEA Jacksonville and IKEA Grand Prairie stores will not have in-store play experiences. To learn about the availability of in-store play activities in other countries, contact local IKEA stores.

***While supplies last.

About IKEA
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 390 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 45 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

About IKEA Foundation
The IKEA Foundation (Stichting IKEA Foundation) is the philanthropic arm of INGKA Foundation, the owner of the IKEA Group of companies. The IKEA Foundation aims to improve opportunities for children and youth in some of the world’s poorest communities by funding holistic, long-term programmes that can create substantial, lasting change. The IKEA Foundation works with strong strategic partners applying innovative approaches to achieve large-scale results in four fundamental areas of a child’s life: a place to call home; a healthy start in life; a quality education; and a sustainable family income, while helping these communities fight and cope with climate change.Learn more at http://www.ikeafoundation.org and www.facebook.com/IKEAfoundation

About Save the ChildrenSave the Children gives children in the United States and around the world a health start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We invest in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Contact:

Kathy Boerner
646-935-3914
Kathy.Boerner@Ketchum.com

Source: IKEA

IKEA to open its second Dallas-Fort Worth-area store on December 13, 2017 in Grand Prairie, TX

GRAND PRAIRIE, TX, 2017-Oct-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today (Oct 17,2017) announced that its second Dallas-Fort Worth-area store will open at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 in Grand Prairie, TX, expanding the IKEA U.S. presence.The 290,000 square-foot future IKEA Grand Prairie will be the fourth store in Texas, and 47th in the U.S. Collin County’s IKEA Frisco opened in 2005 as the first DFW IKEA store. Other Texas IKEA stores are in Houston and Round Rock, with a San Antonio-area store planned to open summer 2019 in Live Oak, and a Fort Worth store to open as the third DFW-area location, also in summer 2019.

“We are thrilled by the excellent construction progress made to date, and believe we can complete the remaining milestones and interior build-up by the end of November. Besides furnishing our store, we also are focused on continuing recruitment and training of all the coworkers joining the IKEA family,” noted Matt Hunsicker, manager of the future store. “We look forward to introducing more DFW customers to a whole new way of shopping for the home or just to bringing the IKEA experience closer to them.”

IKEA Grand Prairie will feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as salmon plates, meatballs with lingonberries, Swedish pastries and American dishes. The single-level store will reflect the unique architectural design for which IKEA is known worldwide and will include one of the largest retail solar rooftops in Texas.

In addition to the more than 500 jobs created from construction, approximately 250 coworkers will have joined the IKEA family when the new store opens. Diverse positions at this employer of choice are still available. Interested candidates should visit IKEA-USA.com to apply.Customers can begin lining-up at the store on Monday, December 11, 2017 – 48 hours in advance of the doors’ opening on December 13 – and soon can learn of more grand opening plans and promotions at IKEA-USA.com/Grand Prairie.

About IKEA
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function, at affordable prices. IKEA incorporates responsible social practices and sustainability into its business model, and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. There are currently more than 400 IKEA stores in 49 countries, including 45 in the U.S. IKEA has been ranked among “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Contact:

Latisha Bracy
Expansion Public Affairs
(610) 834-0180, x. 5615

Source: IKEA

IKEA to recycle used mattresses as part of its sustainability strategy

Conshohocken, PA, 2017-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA U.S. announced today that in keeping with its sustainability strategy of ‘waste to resources’ it will be recycling all of its used mattresses. This includes old mattresses (any brand) that are picked up when new IKEA mattresses are delivered*, as well as all returned mattresses at IKEA stores. The goal is zero waste to landfill, with as much recycling as possible.

An estimated 18 million mattresses with box springs are disposed in the U.S. each year, resulting in approximately 50,000 mattresses a day ending up in landfills across America. Some of these mattresses are illegally dumped adding to great landfill waste. IKEA understands mattresses need to be recycled to conserve resources such as steel, foam, and wood that is able to be used in new products.

“In keeping with our People and Planet Positive Sustainability strategy, IKEA has decided to take a lead in turning waste into resources. We are committed to securing recycled materials while ensuring key parts of our range are easily recycled – all contributing to a closed loop society, stated Lisa Davis, IKEA U.S. Sustainability Manager.

At a minimum, 80% of a mattress can be recycled. The fabric and foam can be turned into carpet underlay and the felt and cotton can be recycled into new felt and insulation. The wood gets recycled into biofuel or other recycled wood products. While the plastic and steel is recycled by their respective recyclers or turned into new products.

In addition to the sustainability aspect of recycling mattresses, IKEA has also created a community donation program – a campaign called 5,000 Dreams – that focuses on supporting newly arrived refugee families in local IKEA store communities. Through three partner refugee organizations, IKEA has started to donate beds and bedding – 5,000 in total in the next two years – to refugee families who are making fresh starts with their families. The three established refugee organizations are the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, the International Rescue Committee and the Ethiopian Community Development Council.

*This service is offered for a fee (approximately $25 except in CA where the service is required to be offered for free by the state due to the state regulation), and is offered in all stores. There are times throughout the year when this service is offered for free if you are an IKEA Family member. Mattress removal service is not offered via ecommerce. 

About IKEA 
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 392 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 44 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

For further information, please contact: Mona Astra Liss, IKEA US PR Director
Mona.Liss@IKEA.com
610.834.0180, ext. 5852

SOURCE: Inter IKEA Systems B.V.

IKEA provides update on impact of Hurricane Harvey

Houston, TX, 2017-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the impact of Hurricane Harvey has unfolded, we have been saddened by its impact on our co-workers and neighbors. But we’ve also been touched by the heroic acts and the community spirit of those involved in the rescue and recovery efforts. As a member of the local community, we believe it’s important for IKEA to be a part of these efforts, too.

At IKEA, we are one big family. And like family, we have come together to support one another. There are over 400 co-workers working in our Houston store and our Baytown Distribution Center. We’ve heard many stories of these co-workers bravely helping one another. We are also supporting our co-workers by:

  • providing temporary housing;
  • continuing to pay all co-workers for the time our Houston locations have been closed;
  • providing financial assistance through our WeCare Co-worker Emergency Relief Fund; and
  • giving co-workers free meals at our staff café for the next two weeks.

The IKEA family also extends into the community. To play our part in helping the community recover, we are working with our partners at the American Red Cross, Save the Children, FEMA and the Houston Food Bank. This includes:

  • creating care packages for the American Red Cross which consist of everyday home items, such as sheets, pillows, towels, and toys to help families get back on their feet;
  • donating products to Save the Children to create child-friendly spaces in rescue centers which enable children to play, socialize, and begin to recover after a disaster;
  • offering FEMA the use of our parking lot as a command center and the IKEA restaurant as a disaster relief station where FEMA workers can meet families in need of assistance; and
  • coordinating a volunteer day at the Houston Food Bank where IKEA co-workers can take part in recovery efforts.

We’re glad to have welcomed our co-workers and customers back into our store on Friday, September 1st. This is part of getting back to the normalcy of our everyday lives. Yet for many of us, our everyday lives continue to be impacted because we must rebuild our homes. To help right now, IKEA is extending our 15% co-worker discount to all customers who shop in the Houston store from September 1st to October 2nd. Come on by, we’ll be happy to have you.

Togetherness is at the heart of the IKEA culture. We will be together with our co-workers, customers, and the community in the next months and years as we rebuild after this terrible storm.

Sincerely,
Fredrik Rabe, IKEA Houston Store Manager
Lars Petersson, IKEA US President

For more information about what’s happening in IKEA Houston, like our limited hours and 15% discount, visit the IKEA Houston local store page, www.ikea.com/us/en/store/houston

 SOURCE: Inter IKEA Systems B.V.

“Make room for life”: IKEA launches its 2018 IKEA U.S. catalog

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2017-Jul-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA announced today (July 25, 2017) that the 2018 IKEA U.S. catalog, filled with new product offerings, home furnishing inspiration, and smart solutions for every area of the home, will be available to the public starting this August. With a particular focus on the living room, this year’s catalog is themed“Make room for life,” highlighting IKEA home furnishing solutions that enable people to live a better everyday life at home by helping them make room for the things they love.

The new catalog inspires consumers to look beyond the walls of their homes and create a comfortable space for the important things in their lives, whether it be family and friends or nature and relaxation.

“We are encouraging people to make space for their needs and dreams,” said Shideh Hashemi, Marketing Manager, IKEA U.S. “As homes rapidly change to fit our lifestyles, we want to inspire and enable people to make room for the things they love in life.”

IKEA, the leader in life at home, understands that how we meet, socialize and live in our homes has changed, especially in the living room. It is now a fluid space that serves many purposes, but still with comfort at its core. For this reason, IKEA is developing smart, affordable home furnishing solutions that can be adapted and customized. From a media center that doubles as a storage unit to a modular sleep-sofa for a home full of visitors, IKEA designs multi-purpose solutions that enable consumers to create the living room that works best for them and meets their needs for everyday life at home.

U.S. consumers can access the new catalog in multiple ways:
•Printed Version (Available starting on Aug. 2, 2017) – Available at your local IKEA store.
•Digital Version (Available starting on Aug. 7, 2017) – Visit IKEAUScatalog.com to view the digital version of the catalog, where users can save their favorite products and create shopping lists.
•Catalog App for smartphones and tablets (iOS and Android; Available starting on Aug. 7, 2017) – Download the IKEA catalog app to access richer, deeper content including videos and an augmented reality feature that allows users to virtually place IKEA products in their own homes. With its new, more intuitive menu, users can find inspiration, ideas and tips with just one click.

NOTE FOR PRESS: Please visit our press site at IKEA-USA.com/2018catalog for downloadable information and assets, including the press kit, digital catalog, images, videos and more. For additional information, product loans or images, please contact us at Kathy.Boerner@Ketchum.com. Join the conversation via the hashtag #MakeRoomForLife.

About IKEA
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 390 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 44 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Source: IKEA

IKEA seeks to fill 250 positions for its new store opening Fall 2017 in Fishers, IN

FISHERS, IN, 2017-Jul-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today (07/07/2017) announced that coworker recruitment is underway for its future Indianapolis-area store, opening Fall 2017 in Fishers, IN along the eastern side of Interstate 69, just south of the E. 116th Street exit, approximately 15 miles northeast of downtown Indianapolis. Candidates interested in working at the future IKEA Fishers should be monitoring and applying online at SeeACareerWithUs.com, and can find more information about IKEA at IKEA-USA.com.

“We are thrilled to offer positions with limitless opportunity at a global company known for being a great place to work to friendly, people-oriented job-seekers,” said Holly Davidson, store manager. “IKEA offers diverse positions for different coworkers’ interests so they can enjoy their job and contribute successfully. We believe it is as fun to work at IKEA as it is to shop at IKEA,” explained Davidson.

As IKEA Fishers progresses through the construction process, prospective coworkers can apply for the approximately 250 diverse positions available in: home furnishings sales, interior design/visual merchandising, customer service, safety and security, cashiers, facility management, warehouse receiving, stock replenishment, and child play area supervision. Also, setting itself apart from other retailers, IKEA Fishers offers approximately 50 food service opportunities in its Restaurant, Swedish Foodmarket, Exit Bistro and coworker cafeteria. The recruitment effort is rolling, with the jobs posted online changing periodically based on timing need during the store’s build-up process.

Drawing from the company’s Swedish heritage, IKEA offers family-friendly initiatives and diverse workplace benefits including full medical/dental insurance to coworkers working 20 hours or more per week with eligibility for domestic partners and children. Most recently, IKEA announced an expanded policy for coworkers to receive up to four months of paid parental leave. Other benefits include: vacation, paid maternity/paternity leave and paid time off for child adoption, tuition assistance, a bonus program, 401(k) matching, a pension plan, professional development, training and mentoring programs, free uniforms, and – of course – a discount for shopping at IKEA.IKEA has been voted by coworkers as a Great Place to Work® on the ‘Fortune 20 Best Retail Workplaces’ list, received a 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2016 Corporate Equality Index, and was listed as #3 on Forbes’ list of “Happiest Retailers to Work For.” Previously, the company has been included in rankings of “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years.

RECRUITMENT UNDERWAY FOR IKEA STORE IN FISHERS, IN
The organization puts career opportunity into the hands of the individual, encouraging coworkers to consider assignments within different functions, at other IKEA stores or even in other countries. IKEA prides itself on the fact that an opportunity at IKEA truly can evolve into a career, potentially paving the way for a global experience as well. The company also places value and emphasis on coworkers’ personal lives and the importance of a work/life balance.

The 289,000-square-foot future IKEA Fishers and 1,000 parking spaces reflects the unique architectural design for which IKEA is known worldwide, and will include one of Indiana’s largest solar rooftops, consistent with the solar presence at 90% of IKEA U.S. locations.

IKEA Fishers will feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 325-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the Showroom, baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and preferred parking. The store also will offer the IKEA FAMILY loyalty program free to customers who sign-up to receive regular member discounts on IKEA FAMILY products and promotional opportunities on home furnishings.

IKEA will generate significant tax revenue for state and local governments. When IKEA Fishers opens in Fall 2017, the new store will welcome the newly hired 250 coworkers to the IKEA family of more than 14,000 in the United States and 155,000 globally. Until IKEA Fishers opens, customers can shop at Cincinnati-area IKEA West Chester, OH; Chicago-area IKEA Bolingbrook and IKEA Schaumburg; or online at IKEA-USA.com.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function, at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 390 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 44 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Contact:

Joseph Roth
Expansion Public Affairs
(610) 834-0180, x6500

Source: IKEA

IKEA breaks ground for its future Milwaukee-area store slated to open Summer 2018 in Oak Creek, Wisconsin

OAK CREEK, WI, 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — With company representatives, Oak Creek Mayor Dan Bukiewicz, local officials, and community leaders on-hand, IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today (06/28/2017) officially broke ground for its future Milwaukee-area store that is slated to open Summer 2018 in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Until then, local customers can shop at the closest IKEA stores: Chicago-area IKEA Bolingbrook and IKEA Schaumburg, and Twin Cities-area IKEA Bloomington, MN; or online at IKEA-USA.com.

The 291,000-square-foot future IKEA Oak Creek and its approximately 1,000 parking spaces will be built on 29 acres at the northwestern corner of Interstate 94 and Drexel Avenue, approximately 12 miles south of downtown Milwaukee. IKEA has contracted with Pepper Construction to build the project, and store plans reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide. In addition, IKEA will evaluate potential on-site power generation to complement its current U.S. renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations.

“This location will help bring the unique IKEA family-friendly shopping experience closer to many Milwaukee-area customers who currently can shop only at IKEA stores elsewhere or online,” said Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. president. “The store also will attract new customers from throughout Wisconsin who value good design, good function and affordable prices, but have not had a chance yet to shop at IKEA.”

The future IKEA Oak Creek will feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 300-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the Showroom, baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and preferred parking. In addition to the more than 500 jobs that are expected during the construction phase, approximately 250 coworkers will join the IKEA family when the new store opens. IKEA Oak Creek also will provide significant annual sales and property tax revenue for local governments and schools.

Candidates interested in working at this employer of choice should begin looking online next year at IKEA-USA.com, where they can apply for diverse positions available in home furnishings sales, interior design, customer service, safety and security, cashiers, maintenance, goods flow, receiving, warehouse and stock replenishment. Among its total coworkers, IKEA Oak Creek also will offer more than 50 food service opportunities in its Restaurant, Swedish Foodmarket, Café Bistro and coworker cafeteria.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 390 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 44 in the U.S. IKEA has been included in rankings of “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Contact:

Joseph Roth
Expansion Public Affairs
(610) 834-0180, x6500

Source: IKEA

IKEA U.S. 5,000 Dreams campaign to support newly arrived refugee families in America

The IKEA U.S. 5,000 Dreams campaign is working in partnership with three refugee organizations

Conshohocken, PA, 2017-Jun-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA U.S. announced today (June 14, 2017) that it has created a community donation program – a campaign called 5,000 Dreams – that will focus on supporting newly arrived refugee families in local IKEA store communities. Through three partner refugee organizations, IKEA will donate 5,000 beds and bedding* to refugee families who are making fresh starts with their families. The three established refugee organizations are the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, the International Rescue Committee and the Ethiopian Community Development Council.

The current international refugee crisis is one of the greatest, most complex humanitarian challenges of our generation. Today, the number of people displaced from their homes by violence and persecution is unprecedented in human history. By the end of 2015, over 65 million people were forcibly displaced, with nearly a third–20 million–living outside of their countries as refugees.

“IKEA is committed to creating a better everyday life and that includes respecting the basic human rights of every individual. We believe every person has equal value and that the global family is strengthened when all of humanity is recognized,” commented Evamay Lawson, IKEA U.S. Community Relations Manager. Lawson added, “We are pleased we can make a difference in our community’s refugee families by donating beds and bedding to help make their new homes comfortable with a good night’s sleep.”

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, sleep helps your brain work properly. “While you’re sleeping, your brain is preparing for the next day. It’s forming new pathways to help you learn and remember information. Studies show that a good night’s sleep improves learning. It also supports healthy growth and development.”**

“The way IKEA has demonstrated leadership in service and support to refugees is so humbling. 5000 Dreams is more than just a warm, safe place to lay one’s head. It is a statement of solidarity and compassion for people who never expected to find themselves displaced. As an international business, they are setting a high bar for both business and government leaders to do all they can to support the uprooted,” stated Lavinia Limon, President/CEO, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.

“ECDC’s resettlement network very much appreciates IKEA’s leadership in helping refugees. ECDC stands with IKEA U.S. in saying that refugees are welcome,” said Dr. Tsehaye Teferra, Director of ECDC. “After experiencing significant hardship, refugees are now rebuilding their lives and will have one of the most basic of comforts—a bed. ECDC welcomes this partnership with IKEA in welcoming refugees to their new life in America.”

“When refugees arrive in the U.S. they bring little to nothing with them,” said David Miliband, IRC president and CEO, “so the little things you and I might take for granted every day can make a huge difference in their comfort and in establishing the feeling of home. Now more than ever, the International Rescue Committee – and more importantly, the resilient refugees we serve – look to innovative partnerships like IKEA’s 5,000 Dreams to help refugees build a home here in America.”

Some publicly available information from HHS & Pew.
•Of the 84,995 refugees admitted to the United States in fiscal year 2016, the largest numbers came from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Syria, Burma (Myanmar) and Iraq. (Pew)
•Since 1975, the U.S. has resettled more than 3 million refugees, with nearly 77 percent being either Indochinese or citizens of the former Soviet Union. Since the enactment of the Refugee Act of 1980, annual admissions figures have ranged from a high of 207,116 in 1980, to a low of 27,100 in 2002. (HHS)

IKEA U.S. has been committed to helping its local communities through many social programs including Early Steps to School Success, Feeding the Future and the Life Improvement programs that benefit community schools, organizations and institutions which need a helping hand through IKEA product donations and IKEA co-worker volunteer support.

On a global level, since 2010, the IKEA Foundation has committed over $165 million*** (€148 million) to UNHCR to provide shelter, access to education, livelihood opportunities and renewable energy to families and children living in Ethiopia, Sudan, Chad, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Jordan. Working with the social enterprise organizations – Better Shelter and UNHCR – the IKEA Foundation has created a safer and more durable shelter. In 2015, UNHCR bought 10,000 shelters to house displaced families in several countries, including Greece, Iraq, Djibouti, Chad and Serbia. The IKEA Foundation Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign in IKEA stores globally raised $34.4 million (€30.8 million) in 2014 and 2015, to bring sustainable lighting, energy and education to refugee camps.

The IKEA Foundation recently created another refugee program with a positive societal impact; purchasing rugs from Jordan and partnering with local refugee social enterprises/foundations. This program will enable 200 Syrian refugee woman to produce saleable rugs through IKEA.

For more information, go to www.IKEA-USA.com/5000dreams

NOTE: IKEA U.S. will be working with 3 refugee agencies for the bulk of the donations, however 6 IKEA stores (Orlando, charlotte, West Chester, Portland, Round Rock & Memphis), will be working with local refugee organizations. IKEA Long Island is not participating due to lack of local refugee organization.

*5,000 beds will be donated between 2 years, 2017 and 2018
**https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sdd/why
***$1.12 US to one € (Euro)

IKEA
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 392 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 44 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants has protected the rights and addressed the needs of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide for over 106 years. Our vision is that immigrants, refugees and uprooted people will live dignified lives with their rights respected and protected in communities of opportunity. In the United States our network is comprised of over 100 local agencies. Learn more at www.refugees.org

The International Rescue Committee
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and 28 offices across the U.S. helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future, and strengthen their communities. Learn more at www.rescue.org and follow the IRC on Twitter & Facebook.

Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc.
ECDC is one of nine resettlement agencies working in partnership with the Department of State and the Office of Refugee Resettlement to provide initial placement and support services to refuges being resettled in the United States. With a special focus on African refugees, ECDC promotes cultural, educational and socioeconomic development programs to assist refugees and immigrants in becoming productive members of their new homeland. For more information about ECDC visit http://www.ecdcus.org/ and follow ECDC on Facebook and Twitter.

SOURCE: IKEA

Contacts:

IKEA U.S.
Mona Astra Liss
610.834.0180/5852
Mona.Liss@IKEA.com
International Rescue Committee
Sean Piazza
646.761.0307
Sean.Piazza@rescue.org
Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc.
Solace Duncan
703.685.0510 ext. 246
sduncan@ecdcus.org
U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
Stacie Blake
703.310.1166 / 727.215.8318
sblake@uscridc.org

IKEA to open its Columbus, Ohio store on June 7

Columbus, OH, 2017-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today (May 31, 2017) announced that when its Columbus, Ohio store opens on June 7, it will recognize loyal, enthusiastic customers by giving away thousands of dollars in gift cards and merchandise – including an iconic EKTORP sofa for each of the first 44 adults in line, and a POANG armchair for the next 100. Other highlights include a free mattress for the first 44 adults on Thursday, June 8 and Swedish Food shopping spree for the first 44 on Friday, June 9. Customers may begin lining up at 9 a.m. EDT on Monday, June 5 – 48 hours before the store’s opening at 9 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 7. Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, Columbus City Council President Pro Tem Priscilla Tyson, Deputy Chief of Mission for the Swedish Embassy Göran Lithell, IKEA U.S. president Lars Petersson and store manager David Garcia will officially open the store.

IKEA Columbus is the Swedish company’s second store and restaurant destination in Ohio, 44th in the United States, and 397th worldwide. (The state’s first IKEA store opened in Cincinnati-area West Chester in 2008.) The 354,000 square-foot future IKEA Columbus store, with 1,100 parking spaces, was built on 33 acres at the northeastern corner of Interstate-71 and Gemini Place in the Polaris Centers of Commerce. The store reflects the unique architectural design for which IKEA is known worldwide, and includes one of Ohio’s largest rooftop solar arrays – consistent with the solar presence at 90% of U.S. IKEA locations – as well as three electric vehicle charging stations.

The June 7 ceremony also will include Delaware County Commission President Jeff Benton raising the U.S. flag, Honorary Swedish Consul General for Malou Monago raising the Swedish flag and Westerville Mayor Kathy Cocuzzi raising the state flag of Ohio. Individual store coworkers will sing the respective American and Swedish national anthems, and “America the Beautiful” prior to the opening remarks. Entertainment for customers waiting in line will begin at 6 a.m. EDT on opening day. “Just as the IKEA store concept will introduce a new way of shopping for the home, we want customers waiting in line to visit our store to enjoy the unique experience too,” said David Garcia, IKEA Columbus store manager. Store visitors will have opportunities to enjoy benefits from the grand opening of IKEA Columbus, including:

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
• Rest Assured – The first 44 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Columbus on June 7, 2017 will receive a free EKTORP three-seat sofa, honoring our 44th U.S. store.
• Take a Seat (And We Mean Take It!) – The next 100 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Columbus on June 7, 2017 will receive a free POÄNG armchair.
• For the (Truly) Young at Heart – The first 100 children (17 & younger) in IKEA Columbus on June 7, 2017 will receive a free FAMNIG heart-shaped soft toy.
• Pick a Card, Any Card – The first 2,500 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Columbus on June 7, 2017 will receive a random prize envelope with IKEA Gift Cards ranging from $10 to $250, or a “Buy One, Get One Free” cinnamon bun, hotdog or soft-serve frozen yogurt voucher.
• Happy Birthday to You and Us – The first 100 adults (18 & older) bringing proof to IKEA Columbus on June 7, 2017 their birthday is the same as the store’s will receive a gift card in the amount of $44, a tie-in corresponding to IKEA Columbus as the 44th U.S. IKEA store.
• Enter our Home, Enter to Win – From June 7 through June 11, 2017, visitors to IKEA Columbus may enter a drawing to win one of ten $1,000 IKEA Gift Cards through the IKEA FAMILY loyalty program. IKEA is matching the prizes (a total of $10,000) with a donation of home furnishings to The Homeless Families Foundation, a local organization that provides housing assistance and educational services to homeless families living in Columbus.

Thursday, June 8, 2017
• Sleep Like Royalty – The first 44 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Columbus on Thursday, June 8, 2017 will receive a free queen-sized HAUGESUND mattress.
• Cozy Comfort – The next 100 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Columbus on Thursday, June 8, 2017 will receive a free ALINA “sleep set” of bedspread and cushion covers and two FJADRAR pillows.
• Kid’s Best Friend – The first 100 children (17 & younger) in IKEA Columbus on June 8, 2017 will receive a free GOSIG golden dog soft toy.

Friday, June 9, 2017
• Cook (& Store) Like a Pro – The first 44 adults in IKEA Columbus on Friday, June 9, 2017 will receive a free 365+ 6-piece cookware starter set and a FORTROLIG food container storage set.
• It’s in the Bag! – The next 44 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Columbus on Friday, June 9, 2017 will receive freezer bags filled with five different Swedish meals, complete with beverages and desserts, from the store’s Swedish Food Market.
• A Cold Sweet-ish Treat – The first 100 children (17 & under) in IKEA Columbus on Friday, June 9, 2017 will receive a voucher for a soft-serve frozen yogurt that day at the Exit Bistro.

Wednesday, June 7 – Sunday, June 11, 2017
• Play Big If You’re Little – Balloon artists, entertainment and face-painting will enhance the family-friendly fun at IKEA Columbus from June 7 through June 11, 2017.

ADDITIONAL OFFERS AT IKEA COLUMBUS
IKEA Columbus is a fun day out for the family with:
• Småland, a supervised children’s play area (for children 37”-54” in height) that replicates the look of a typical Swedish farmhouse and forest;
• Additional play areas throughout the store, offering activities for kids shopping with parents;
• A “Children’s IKEA” area in the Showroom that also offers fun, interactive play; and
• Attention-to-detail amenities such as family-friendly parking, strollers and baby care rooms.

No shopping on an empty stomach at IKEA Columbus because:
• The IKEA Restaurant opens 30 minutes earlier than the store for a full hot breakfast, including scrambled eggs, potatoes, turkey sausage and Swedish pancakes for only $2.00.
• The 450-seat restaurant also offers a diverse menu featuring lunch, dinner, snacks and dessert, including Swedish specialties such as the popular IKEA Swedish meatballs (as well as chicken or veggie versions), seafood plates, pasta, chicken, salads, sandwiches, and vegetarian dishes too.
• Menu choices for kids include a child’s portion of Swedish meatballs, chicken fingers or macaroni and cheese, while baby food and bibs are available for even younger visitors.
• The Swedish Food Market offers Swedish delicacies, snacks and treats, and frozen Swedish meatballs (the same ones available in the Restaurant) to purchase and then prepare at home.
• The Exit Bistro serves hot dogs, pizza, cinnamon buns, frozen yogurt, sundaes and beverages.

IKEA Columbus shopping conveniences include:
• Free design appointments with a furnishings consultant;
• IKEA catalogs, measuring tape, pencils, store maps, yellow shopping bags and 3 types of carts;
• Same-day shopping satisfaction with products in easy-to-transport flat-pack boxes that benefit the customer and the environment;
• 26 checkout lanes to ensure efficient customer purchasing;
• Warehouse picking, home-delivery, assembly, and kitchen planning and installation services; and
• 2017 IKEA Catalogs, focused on how food-related activities help bring people together through everyday life in and around the kitchen.

When IKEA Columbus opens, there will be 397 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 44 in the U.S. Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. IKEA has been included in rankings of “Best Companies to Work For” and strives to be an employer of choice. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Contact:

Joseph Roth
Expansion Public Affairs
(610) 834-0180, x6500

Source: IKEA

IKEA to host ‘Feeding the Future’ in-store program from June 1 – 30 to support local Feeding America member food banks

Conshohocken, PA, 2017-May-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA announced today (05/25/2017) that it is collaborating with Feeding America®, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, to sponsor an in-store program, ‘Feeding the Future,’ which runs June 1 – 30, to support local Feeding America member food banks.

Through the ‘Feeding the Future’ program, IKEA U.S. will donate $1 to local Feeding America food banks for every healthy kids meal purchased in any IKEA U.S. restaurant. Additionally, IKEA customers can add $1 donations * to the Feeding America network at all IKEA store registers at cash lanes, customer restaurants, IKEA Bistros and Swedish Food markets. The five healthy kids meals in the ‘Feeding the Future’ program include:

1.Organic penne pasta with organic marinara sauce
2.Grilled chicken with baby carrots, strawberries and string cheese
3.Vegetable Ball with steamed vegetables
4.Chicken Ball with steamed vegetables
5.Swedish meatballs mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables

“Everyday, millions of Americans, including children, are struggling with hunger. IKEA U.S. is dedicated to supporting our local communities and customers by supporting our store markets local food banks. Collaborating with the Feeding America network, along with our commitment to healthy eating, benefits many in need,” commented Evamay Lawson, IKEA Community Relations Manager.

This year marks the fourth year of the ‘Feeding the Future’ program. To date the program has helped to secure almost 9 million meals to people who struggle with hunger.

•According to Feeding America, more than one out of six US children live in a household with food insecurity, which means they do not always know where they will find their next meal.

•At IKEA, children are the most important people in the world, so IKEA looks to support programs that make a difference in the lives of the many children. For this reason, IKEA is partnering again in 2017 with Feeding America to sponsor an annual in-store program – ‘Feeding the Future’ – which supports national local food banks.

•This partnership is a great way for IKEA US to reach local communities, support Feeding America’s child hunger programs, encourage healthy eating, as well as give our customers the opportunity to make a difference.

Feeding America Network of Food Banks
The process of getting food to people who struggle with hunger in America requires a dynamic infrastructure and sophisticated management. Feeding America secures donations from national food and grocery manufacturers, retailers, shippers, packers and growers – and from government agencies and other organizations. Feeding America then moves donated food and grocery product to member food banks.

The food banks in turn distribute food and grocery items through food pantries and meal programs that serve families, children, seniors and others who struggle with hunger. Last year alone, the Feeding America network distributed more than 4 billion meals to people in need.

The Feeding America nationwide network of 200 food banks also supports programs that improve food security among the people served; educates the public about the issue of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry.
*.IKEA guarantees a maximum donation of $50,000 to Feeding America and member food banks from June 1 to June 30, 2017

About IKEA Group
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices. The IKEA Group operates 340 IKEA stores in 28 countries, including 42 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

About Feeding America
Feeding America is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 61,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.

Contact:

Mona Astra Liss
IKEA US Corporate PR Director
Mona.Liss@IKEA.com

Source: IKEA

Retail decoration: Spanish firm Panespol launches new ideas LAB to meet creatives’ wild designs

Alicante, Spain, 2017-May-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Spanish design surfaces company Panespol® has launched a new bespoke service for architects and designers who need made-to-measure 3D objects for retail decoration.

Claiming to provide any shapes, materials, and reasonable sizes, as well as special effects, tricks, and delivery to sharp deadlines, the Panespol® LAB service has been made possible by smart technology updates and the firm’s own patents in polymer materials, although it will work in all materials, even natural plants from forests.

“We know that designers and architects are tired of recycling ideas because no one has an out-of-the-box production capacity for big orders on out-of-the-ordinary projects,” says Panespol®.

“Now they can be as specific and demanding as they like, and can dream big and have someone make it all happen, and do all the work from conception to final delivery.”

The Alicante-based firm, founded in 2001, has become known worldwide for the quality of its wall coverings in light, hard-wearing, fireproof, and ecological imitations that can be mounted by one person without building skills. It supplies chains such as Inditex (Bershka, Stradivarius), Burger King, Pizza Hut, Urban Jungle, and even Ikea.

This new LAB service was showcased to much acclaim at the recent retail fair Euroshop, held in Düsseldorf from March 5 to 9, where Panespol® mounted an interactive stand featuring some of the ‘off-the-wall’ shapes it can produce on demand.

Contact:

Press: Peter Wix
innovation@panespol.com

Panespol: Sonia Bernabeu (International)
sonia@panespol.com

IKEA to open its Columbus store on June 7, 2017

COLUMBUS, OH, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today (04/12/2017) announced that its future Columbus store will open at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, expanding the IKEA presence in the Midwestern United States. Customers can begin lining-up at the store on Monday, June 5, 2017 – 48 hours in advance of the doors’ opening on June 7 – and soon can learn of more grand opening plans and promotions at IKEA-USA.com/Columbus. It will be the Swedish company’s second store in Ohio, and 44th in the U.S., with the closest IKEA stores in: West Chester, OH; Pittsburgh, PA; and Canton, MI; or online at IKEA-USA.com.

“We are thrilled by the excellent construction progress made to date, and believe we can complete the remaining milestones and interior build-up by early-June. Besides furnishing our store, we also are focused on continuing recruitment and training of all the coworkers joining the IKEA family,” noted David Garcia, store manager of the future IKEA Columbus. “We look forward to introducing Central Ohio customers to a whole new way of shopping for the home.”

The 354,000-square-foot future IKEA Columbus and its 1,200 parking spaces is being built on 33 acres at the northeastern corner of Interstate-71 and Gemini Place in the Polaris Centers of Commerce. The store will reflect the unique architectural design for which IKEA is known worldwide, and includes one of Ohio’s largest rooftop solar arrays, consistent with the solar presence at 90% of IKEA U.S. locations.

IKEA Columbus will feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 450-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes and more sustainable options. Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the Showroom, baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store and preferred parking.

In addition to the more than 500 jobs created from construction, approximately 300 coworkers will have joined the IKEA family when the new store opens. Diverse positions at this employer of choice are still available in: sales, customer service, cashiers, goods flow, receiving, warehouse and stock replenishment. Also, among its total coworkers, IKEA Columbus offers more than 60 food service opportunities in its Restaurant, Swedish Foodmarket, Café Bistro and coworker cafeteria. Interested candidates should visit IKEA-USA.com to apply.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function, at affordable prices. IKEA incorporates responsible social practices and sustainability into its business model, and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. There are currently more than 390 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 43 in the U.S. IKEA has been ranked among “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Contact:

Joseph Roth
Property Public Affairs
(610) 834-0180, ext. 6500

Source: IKEA

IKEA named to People’s first annual “50 Companies That Care” list

Conshohocken, PA, 2017-Apr-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (03/30/2017) IKEA announced it was named to People’s first annual “50 Companies That Care” list, jointly chosen by People and Great Place to Work. The companies were recognized for going above and beyond to create a caring environment for employees, and for supporting them throughout their professional and personal lives.

This list is based on more than 368,000 surveys from individuals employed by U.S. businesses across a range of industries. The 2017 “50 Companies That Care” were also selected based on their benefits and charitable work, as well as personal accounts of the positive impact these organizations have made on the lives of their employees.

IKEA U.S. has recently been recognized among stakeholders, the media and customers for its new parental leave policy. As of January 1, 2017, IKEA has been offering an expanded parental leave benefit for all co-workers who are welcoming a child into their families providing up to 4 months paid time off.* Additionally in January 2015, IKEA implemented a new minimum wage structure based on the local living costs instead of the cost of labor. In January 2016, IKEA raised local minimum wages again. The average minimum hourly wage is $11.87 and all IKEA stores have a minimum wage above $10 per hour. The average hourly pay rate is $15.45/hour.

Over the last year, IKEA U.S. has also been recognized by Fortune (March 2017) for one of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work; Glassdoor (October 2016) for Best Companies for Vacation and Paid Time Off; FORTUNE (December 2016) for 50 Best Companies to Work for Diversity and Inclusion; the Human Rights Campaign for 100% index which measures an LGBTQ inclusive workplace, and others.

“What we found so striking about the Companies That Care was just how personal their employees’ stories were. These organizations go out of their way again and again to look after the well-being of their people, both day to day and during personal struggles when they need it the most,” said Kim Peters, executive vice president of Great Place to Work.

The Companies That Care is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work and its partner publications based on employee survey feedback from Great Place to Work–Certified™ organizations. To see the schedule for all Great Place to Work Best Workplace lists and more information on how to apply, visit Great Place to Work’s website.

For further information, please contact:
Mona Astra Liss, Corporate Public Relations Director, 610.834.0180, ext.5852, mona.liss@ikea.com

SOURCE: Inter IKEA Systems B.V.

IKEA completes installation of one of Ohio’s largest solar rooftops on its future Columbus store

COLUMBUS, OH, 2017-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today (03/28/2017) announced that the solar panel installation is complete atop its future Columbus store opening Summer 2017. The array is one of the largest solar rooftops in Ohio, just as is the Cincinnati-area one.

The Columbus store’s 213,000-square-foot solar array will consist of a 1.21 MW system, built with 3,546 panels, and will produce approximately 1,447,700 kWh of electricity annually for the store, the equivalent of reducing 1,017 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) – equal to the emissions of 215 cars or providing electricity for 150 homes yearly (calculating clean energy equivalents at www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator ).

For the development, design and installation of the new store’s solar power system, IKEA selected REC Solar, a national leader in solar electric design and installation with more than 550 systems built across the U.S. Pepper Construction is building the store that will reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide.

“Completing the solar installation is another exciting and sustainable step in the progress towards opening the future IKEA Columbus,” said David Garcia, store manager. “IKEA strives to create a sustainable life for communities where we operate, and IKEA Columbus is adding to this goal with one of Ohio’s largest rooftop solar arrays.”

This array represents the 46th solar project for IKEA in the U.S., contributing to the IKEA solar presence atop nearly 90% of its U.S. locations, with a total generation goal of more than 40 MW. IKEA owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings – as opposed to a solar lease or PPA (power purchase agreement) – and globally allocated $2.5 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2020, reinforcing its confidence and investment in solar photovoltaic technology. Consistent with the goal of being energy independent by 2020, IKEA has installed more than 700,000 solar panels on buildings across the world and owns approximately 300 wind turbines, including 104 in the U.S.

IKEA, drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, believes it can do good business while minimizing impacts on the environment. Globally, IKEA evaluates locations regularly for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution. Specific U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; incorporating environmental measures into the actual buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, skylights in warehouse areas, and water-conserving restroomms; and operationally, eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, and selling only LED bulbs. IKEA has installed electric vehicle charging stations at 16 stores, with more locations planned, including 3 units at the future Columbus store.

The 354,000-square-foot future IKEA Columbus and its 1,200 parking spaces is being built on 33 acres at the northeastern corner of Interstate-71 and Gemini Place in the Polaris Centers of Commerce. Until the store opens, local customers can shop at the closest IKEA stores in: West Chester, OH; Pittsburgh, PA; and Canton, MI; or online at IKEA-USA.com.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 380 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 43 in the U.S. IKEA has been ranked among “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Contact:

Joseph Roth
Property Public Affairs
(610) 834-0180, ext. 6500

Source: IKEA

IKEA ranked No. 11 on EPA’s National Top 100 list of the largest green power users; fourth on the Top 30 Retail list

Conshohocken, PA, 2017-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (February 27, 2017), IKEA announced that it appears as No. 11 on the national U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) National Top 100 list of the largest green power users from the Green Power Partnership. In addition to IKEA’s spot on the National Top 100 list, IKEA also appears fourth on the Top 30 Retail list, and No. 10 on the Top 30 On-Site Generation list.

IKEA is using more than 793 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which represents more than 100 percent of its total power needs. In addition, IKEA is generating green power from on-site solar and fuel cell energy systems. IKEA’s choice to use green power is helping to advance the green power market and support clean renewable energy alternatives.

Green power is zero-emissions electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact hydro. Using green power helps build demand for the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and helps users reduce their carbon footprints.

“We are proud to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for our green power use,” said Lars Petersson, IKEA US President and CEO. “By making the choice to use clean, renewable energy, our organization becomes more sustainable, while also sending a message to others across the United States that using green power is a sound business decision and an important tool in reducing one’s carbon footprint in the fight against climate change.”

According to the U.S. EPA, IKEA’s green power use of more than 793 million kWh is equivalent to the electricity use of nearly 73,000 average American homes annually.

Drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, IKEA strives to minimize its operations’ carbon emissions because reducing its environmental impact makes good business sense. IKEA evaluates locations regularly for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution. U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; incorporating key measures into buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, warehouse skylights, and water-conserving restrooms; and operationally, eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, phasing-out the sale of incandescent light bulbs, facilitating recycling compact fluorescent bulbs, and sells only LED bulbs. IKEA U.S. is in the process of installing 32 electric vehicle charging stations at its US stores locations, has solar arrays at 90% of its locations, and owns two wind farms in the U.S.

The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to use green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Partnership currently has approximately 1,400 Partner organizations voluntarily using billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500® companies; small and medium sized businesses; local, state, and federal governments; and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower.

ABOUT IKEA
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 392 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 43 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Contact:
IKEA
Name: Mona Astra Liss, Corporate Public Relations Director
Phone Number: 610.834.0180, ext.5852
Email: mona.liss@ikea.com

U.S. EPA
Name: Melissa Klein
Phone Number: 202-343-9207
Email: Klein.Melissa@epa.gov

Source: IKEA

IKEA announces plans for its third Dallas-Fort Worth-area store

IKEA announces plans for its third Dallas-Fort Worth-area store

 

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2017-Feb-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, has submitted a proposal to the City of Fort Worth, Texas for the Swedish company’s third Dallas-Fort Worth-area store and sixth in the state. Pending necessary approvals and agreements, construction of an IKEA Fort Worth could begin Spring 2018, with an opening Summer 2019. Until then, Metroplex customers can shop at Collin County’s IKEA Frisco, online at IKEA-USA.com, or in Grand Prairie as of Fall 2017. Two other Texas stores are located in Houston and Round Rock, and a San Antonio-area store is planned to open Summer 2019 in Live Oak.

Located approximately 10 miles north of downtown Fort Worth, the 289,000-square-foot proposed IKEA Fort Worth and its 900 parking spaces would be built on 27 acres at the southwestern corner of Interstate 35W and N. Tarrant Parkway. Store plans reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide. IKEA also would evaluate potential on-site power generation to complement its current U.S. renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations.

“We are thrilled with our success in North Texas since opening our first store 11 years ago, so we are excited to propose a Fort Worth store to grow our Dallas-area reach,” said Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. president. “This proposed Fort Worth store would complement our Dallas-area presence in Frisco and soon in Grand Prairie by bringing the unique family-friendly shopping experience even closer to customers in the western part of the Metroplex.”

The proposed IKEA Fort Worth would feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 325-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the Showroom, baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and preferred parking. In addition to the more than 500 jobs that are expected to be created during the construction phase, more than 250 coworkers would join the IKEA family when the proposed store opens. The proposed IKEA Fort Worth also would provide significant annual sales and property tax revenue for local governments and schools.

Drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, IKEA strives to minimize its operations’ carbon emissions because reducing its environmental impact makes good business sense. IKEA evaluates locations regularly for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution. U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; incorporating key measures into buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, warehouse skylights, and water-conserving restrooms; and operationally, eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, phasing-out the sale of incandescent light bulbs, facilitating recycling compact fluorescent bulbs, and sells only LED bulbs. IKEA U.S. has installed electric vehicle charging stations at 16 locations, has solar arrays at 90% of its locations, and owns two wind farms in the U.S.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 390 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 43 in the U.S. IKEA has been included in rankings of “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Contact:
Joseph Roth
Expansion Public Affairs
(610) 834-0180, x 6500

Source: IKEA

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IKEA launches two collections – IKEA PS 2017 and SPRIDD

New IKEA PS 2017 and SPRIDD* Collections Offer Greater Flexibility and Freedom in Everyday Life in and Around the Home

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., 2017-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — As people in today’s world live more fluid, transient lifestyles, IKEA, the leader in life at home, understands the need is greater than ever for flexibility in the home and everyday life. IKEA U.S. announces the launch of two collections – IKEA PS 2017 and SPRIDD* – designed to provide today’s modern nomads more choices and better solutions for life on the go. Available in U.S. stores starting in February 2017, pieces from these collections – including items like a three-piece self-watering plant pot set, a folding sofa that can hang on the wall, and a duffel bag – offer greater flexibility and freedom in everyday life in and around the home.

“Whether it’s living in a smaller space or moving to new spaces frequently, for these fiercely independent individuals, it’s not about having more – it’s about choosing things to help you make the most out of life,” says Janice Simonsen, IKEA Design Spokesperson. “We are excited to offer these new collections which are designed to free you up without weighing you down!”

About IKEA PS 2017 Collection

IKEA PS (meaning Post Scriptum) is the design statement of IKEA, first launched in 1995, which puts focus on cutting edge modern Scandinavian furniture design without losing sight of what makes IKEA unique – affordable, quality design for the many people. IKEA releases a new IKEA PS collection approximately every three years; IKEA PS 2017 is the ninth collection in the IKEA PS line and includes over 50 products created by 17 IKEA designers around the world.

Each IKEA PS collection has a unique theme. The IKEA PS 2017 collection – designed by free thinkers for free thinkers – focuses on flexibility and freedom in everyday life in and around the home. It is for those who want to push the boundaries of the status quo – that refuse a “workeat-sleep-repeat” lifestyle; those that choose to move around or to live in a smaller space; those who live life on their own terms and that choose freedom and the possibilities that come with it.

From bold and innovative designs like a 3D-knitted armchair and a three-piece self-watering plant pot to highly adaptable pieces like a folding couch and a no-assembly storage unit, IKEA PS 2017 truly embodies the IKEA concept of Democratic Design – delivering beautifully designed, high quality, functional, sustainably-made products, all at an affordable price. Also, for the first time ever, IKEA is including food as part of a collection. The new food offerings in IKEA PS 2017 – including Nordic whole grains, spice mixes and instant beverages – are perfect for a quick and tasty meal when time is of the essence.

About SPRIDD Collection

SPRIDD is the latest fashion collaboration from IKEA with the goal of exploring new territories in creating unique designs. IKEA teamed up with British fashion designer Kit Neale to create SPRIDD – a limited edition collection designed to move, inspired by today’s nomadic youth, created for the “young in spirit.” 2 Music and mobility provided the starting point for designing SPRIDD, a collection that celebrates youth culture and self-expression. With inspiration drawn from music festivals, the SPRIDD collection consists of four different prints motivated by four distinct music styles. Accessories in the collection include items such as bean bags, towels, tote bags, posters and storage boxes.

NOTE FOR PRESS: Please visit our press site at IKEA-USA.com/LIVEIT for downloadable information and assets, including the press kit, images, videos and more. For additional information, product loans or images, please contact us at Kathy.Boerner@Ketchum.com. Join the conversation via the hashtag #LiveItIKEA.

ABOUT IKEA

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 386 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 43 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability in today-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube,Instagram and Pinterest.

Media Contact:
Kathy Boerner
646-935-3914
Kathy.Boerner@ketchum.com

Source: IKEA

IKEA completes installation of its fourth biogas-powered fuel cell system, at its San Diego store

SAN DIEGO, CA, 2017-Jan-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today (01/12/2017) announced it has completed installation of its fourth biogas-powered fuel cell system, at its San Diego store. Furthering the Swedish retailer’s investment in fuel cell technology, this project complements the company’s focus on other renewable energies such as solar and wind. IKEA already owns three fuel cell systems at stores in California, with one more planned. With the San Diego fuel cell system installed, commissioned and operational, IKEA is on track to generate – in total – 1.5 MW of energy via fuel cells, supplementing onsite solar arrays atop all these stores.

“Plugging-in this fuel cell system is an exciting milestone that complements our existing rooftop solar array,” said Jim Tilley, store manager. “Utilizing fuel cells will reduce our carbon footprint and help create an even more sustainable community here in San Diego.”

Slightly larger than the physical size of a commercial back-up generator, the 200-kw, biogas-powered project will produce approximately 1,665,101 kWh of electricity annually for the store, the equivalent of reducing 877 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) – equal to the emissions of 185 cars or to providing electricity for 130 homes yearly (calculating clean energy equivalents at www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator). Combined with the 252-kW solar array installed atop the store in 2011, the fuel cell project will help generate a majority of the store’s energy onsite.

For the design, development and installation of this fuel cell system, IKEA contracted with Sunnyvale-based Bloom Energy, a provider of breakthrough solid oxide fuel cell technology generating clean, highly-efficient on-site power.

Drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, IKEA strives to minimize its operations’ carbon emissions because reducing its environmental impact makes good business sense. IKEA evaluates locations for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution. U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; incorporating key measures into buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, warehouse skylights, and water-conserving restrooms; and operationally, no plastic bags in the check-out process, and selling only LED lighting. IKEA U.S. has installed electric vehicle charging stations at 15 stores and solar arrays at 90% of its locations, integrated two geothermal projects at two store locations and owns two wind farms. This investment in fuel cell technology reflects the company’s goal to be energy independent by 2020.

Located on 10 acres along I-8 between I-805 and I-15, the 198,000-s.f. IKEA San Diego opened in September 2000 and employs approximately 325 coworkers. In addition to 10,000 exclusively designed items, IKEA San Diego presents 32 different room-settings, a model home interior, a supervised children’s play area, and a 150-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the Showroom, baby care rooms, preferred parking and play areas throughout the store. IKEA installed a rooftop solar array and 3 electric vehicle charging stations at the store in 2011.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at affordable prices. There are currently more than 390 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 43 in the U.S. IKEA has been ranked among “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Contact:

Joseph Roth
Expansion Public Affairs
(610) 834-0180, x6500

Source: IKEA

IKEA completes installation of solar panels atop the relocated Seattle-area store scheduled to open early Spring 2017

RENTON, WA, 2017-Jan-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today (01/10/2017) announced that the installation of solar panels is complete atop the relocated Seattle-area store currently under construction in Renton, WA that will open in early Spring 2017. The project is the largest solar rooftop array in the state of Washington.

The store’s 244,000-square-foot solar array consists of a 1.13 MW system, built with 3,268 panels that will produce approximately 1,261,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store, the equivalent of reducing 886 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) – equal to the emissions of 187 cars or providing electricity for 131 homes yearly (calculating clean energy equivalents at www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator).

REC Solar, a national leader in solar installations, designed the store’s solar array, which was installed by Seattle-based A&R Solar. Deacon Corp. is managing the construction of the store, that reflects the unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide.

“Installing the solar panels is another exciting and sustainable step in the progress towards opening this relocated Seattle-area IKEA store,” said Diedre Goodchild, store manager. “IKEA strives to create a sustainable life for communities in which we operate, and our new Renton store is adding to this goal with Washington’s largest rooftop solar array.”

This array represents the 45th solar project for IKEA in the U.S., contributing to the IKEA solar presence atop nearly 90% of its U.S. locations, with a total generation goal of more than 40 MW. IKEA owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings – as opposed to a solar lease or PPA (power purchase agreement) – and globally allocated $2.5 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2020, reinforcing its confidence and investment in solar photo voltaic technology. Consistent with the goal of being energy independent by 2020, IKEA has installed more than 700,000 solar panels on buildings across the world and owns approximately 300 wind turbines, including 104 in the U.S.

IKEA, drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, believes it can do good business while minimizing impacts on the environment. Globally, IKEA evaluates locations regularly for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution. Specific U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; incorporating environmental measures into the actual buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, skylights in warehouse areas, and water-conserving restrooms; and operationally, eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, and selling only LED bulbs. IKEA has installed electric vehicle charging stations at 14 stores, with more locations planned.

Under construction across the 29-acre IKEA parcel from the current Renton store, near State Highway 167, the future 399,000-square-foot new store, including 1,600 parking spaces, will open early Spring 2017. Until then, customers can shop at the existing store. During construction, IKEA is providing additional parking nearby on weekends for customers and shuttling them to the store. Customers can find detailed information about parking directions, shuttle plans and construction updates available at IKEA-USA.com/Seattle and @IKEA_Seattle.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 380 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 43 in the U.S. IKEA has been ranked among “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Contact:

Joseph Roth
Expansion Public Affairs
(610) 834-0180, x6500

Source: IKEA

IKEA to open its relocated Los Angeles-area Burbank store on February 8, 2017

BURBANK, CA, 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today (01/10/2017) announced its relocated Los Angeles-area store within Burbank will open to customers at 9:00 a.m. PST on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Customers can begin lining-up at the store three hours in advance, at 6:00 a.m., to partake in the festivities – and soon can learn of more grand opening plans and promotions at IKEA-USA.com/Burbank. Prior to the grand opening of the new, larger IKEA Burbank, customers can continue to shop at the original Burbank store through Saturday evening, February 4, when the old store will close permanently.

The future 456,000-square-foot new IKEA Burbank store, including 1,700 parking spaces, is being built on 22 acres west of San Fernando Boulevard and south of Providencia Avenue – less than one mile from the company’s oldest store in the Western United States. (The current 242,000-square-foot IKEA Burbank, the first IKEA store in California and sixth in the U.S., opened November 1990 on 6.4 acres along I-5 at San Fernando Boulevard.)“We are thrilled by the excellent construction progress and are confident we can complete the remaining milestones and interior build-up by early-February,” said Jeff O’Shaughnessy, store manager. “We cannot wait for customers to experience our new store’s ease of access, convenient parking and updated layout.”

The new, more spacious IKEA Burbank will feature a larger quantity of the nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a larger (600-seat) restaurant serving Swedish specialties. Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the showroom, baby-care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and preferred parking. In addition, IKEA offers a variety of customer services such as home delivery, product assembly, product picking and delivery as well as an IKEA FAMILY loyalty program.In addition to 500 jobs created during construction and 150 new coworkers joining the store team, the new IKEA Burbank will generate even more annual sales and property tax revenue to the city and local schools. Also, IKEA is installing a solar array atop the new store, complementing its current U.S. renewable energy presence of solar at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations, and six electric vehicle charging stations.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function, at affordable prices. IKEA incorporates responsible social practices and sustainability into its business model, and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. There are currently more than 390 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 43 in the U.S. IKEA has been ranked among “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Contact:
Joseph Roth
Expansion Public Affairs
(610) 834-0180, x6500

Source: IKEA

IKEA submits plans to the City of Live Oak, Texas for a San Antonio-area store

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today (11/29/2016) announced it is submitting plans to the City of Live Oak, Texas for a San Antonio-area store that would increase the Swedish company’s U.S. presence with its fifth store in the state. Pending approvals, construction of IKEA Live Oak could begin in Spring 2018, with an opening in Summer 2019. Until then, customers can shop at the closest IKEA stores in Houston and Round Rock, or online at IKEA-USA.com. In North Texas, IKEA is represented by a store in Frisco as well as a store opening Fall 2017 in Grand Prairie.

Located approximately 15 miles northeast of downtown San Antonio, the 289,000-square-foot proposed IKEA store and its approximately 1,000 parking spaces would be built on 31 acres at the southwestern corner of Interstate 35 and Loop 1604. Store plans reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide. IKEA also will evaluate potential on-site power generation to complement its current U.S. renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations.

“We are excited at the possibility of growing our U.S. and Texas presence with a San Antonio-area store,” said IKEA U.S. president Lars Petersson. “This location would provide our already 180,000 San Antonio-area customers their own store and introduce the unique IKEA shopping experience to others throughout South Texas.”

IKEA Live Oak would feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 325-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries, salmon plates, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the Showroom, baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and preferring parking. In addition to the more than 500 jobs that are expected during the construction phase, approximately 250 coworkers would join the IKEA family when the new store opens. IKEA Live Oak also would provide significant annual sales and property tax revenue for local governments and schools.

Drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, IKEA strives to minimize its operations’ carbon emissions because reducing environmental impacts makes business sense. IKEA evaluates locations for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution. U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; key measures in buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, warehouse skylights, and water-conserving restrooms; and operationally, eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, and selling only LED lighting. IKEA U.S. has installed electric vehicle charging stations at 14 locations and solar arrays at 90% of its locations, and owns two U.S. wind farms.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at affordable prices. There are currently more than 390 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 42 in the U.S. IKEA has been ranked among “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Contact:
Joseph Roth
Expansion Public Affairs
(610) 834-0180, x 6500

Source: IKEA

IKEA launches ‘Let’s Play for Change’ campaign to support children’s right to play and develop

Conshohocken, PA, 2016-Nov-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The IKEA ‘Let’s Play for Change’ campaign, which runs November 20th – December 24th, is a new IKEA good cause campaign to support children’s development and learning, through participation in sports and play. During this campaign, for every children’s soft toy, book and or small play furniture item sold, the IKEA Foundation will make a donation of $1.10* (€1 EUR) to support children’s right to play and develop in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. The IKEA Foundation’s partners in this campaign are Handicap International Federation, Room to Read, Save the Children, Special Olympics, UNICEF and War Child. The programs supported by the campaign focus on children affected by disabilities, the Syrian conflict, unsafe migration, and poverty.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Children states that every child should have the right to play. Sadly not every child enjoys this right. Millions of children are on the move, making them vulnerable to discrimination, violence, abuse and exploitation, according to a play insights document released by IKEA Foundation today. The insights also revealed that children with disabilities are often the most likely to be excluded from play and learning activities.

“Many children around the world lack safe spaces to play. War and disasters are forcing more children than ever before to flee their homes and make difficult and dangerous journeys. Many more miss out on the chance to play because of poverty and prejudice. Children suffer the most in a crisis situation, and we are committed to upholding and raising awareness of their rights,” commented Per Heggenes, CEO of IKEA Foundation.

“We believe every child has the right to a safe environment where their development through play is part of their everyday lives. Play sparks creativity and helps us learn and develop. The new IKEA ‘Let’s Play for Change’ campaign was established to support opportunities for children’s play, especially those in the most vulnerable communities. In partnership with the IKEA Foundation, Let’s Play for Change has the potential to change the lives of thousands of children around the world,” commented Lars Petersson, IKEA US President.

Let’s Play for Change builds on the success of previous IKEA good cause campaigns, which have raised $142.6 million (€118.8 million)**, since 2003. This is the biggest IKEA good cause campaign yet – with more products and more partners than ever before.
*Based on the current market value of One Euro = $1.10 US dollar
**Based on average of One Euro = $1.12 approximately (during the course of the 13 year campaign)

Words from the IKEA Foundation’s partners:

Handicap International Federation—in Pakistan, Thailand and Bangladesh
Provides Early Childhood Development opportunities to children with disabilities and other vulnerable children in displacement settings.

Cheryl Shin-Hua Yeam, Handicap International regional technical coordinator said:
“Children in refugee camps come from difficult backgrounds, having fled war and violence, facing poverty and poor health conditions. Play is an important tool for them to work through these issues and to be a child. Therefore we want to create inclusive communal spaces where vulnerable children feel safe and can develop through play.”

Room to Read—in Bangladesh and Indonesia
Transforms the lives of children through a high quality of education that includes teacher training, provision of learning materials and developing children in both literacy and reading.

“Room to Read will bring the joy of reading and a love of learning to tens of thousands of children in government schools in Bangladesh and Indonesia”, said Erin Ganju, CEO and co-founder of Room to Read. “Our innovative, data-driven, and cost-effective Literacy Program will effect systemic change in hundreds of communities through the establishment of libraries, training of teachers, and the capacity development of local authors and illustrators to publish locally-relevant and engaging children’s books.”

Save the Children—in Bangladesh and Ethiopia
Prevents unsafe migration of children by promoting protection, education and play for children on the move.

Carolyn Miles, President & CEO of Save the Children US, stated, “Save the Children is giving children on the move a chance of a better future. The IKEA Foundation, with support from IKEA employees and customers worldwide, helps us give children the opportunity to play, receive an education and be protected from harm. Children on the move are highly vulnerable and our program intends to deliver lasting improvements to their lives.”

Special Olympics—in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Thailand
Promotes, through sports and play, inclusion and development of children with intellectual disabilities.

Mary Davis, Chief Executive Officer, Special Olympics said. “It is shocking and disheartening to note that the majority of children with intellectual disabilities have little to no access to valuable services and educational opportunities, which often entrenches them and their families in a cycle of poverty and social isolation, which ultimately, hinders their human development. The Special Olympics Young Athletes program, a sports-play program designed to promote motor, social and cognitive development and inclusion for children with intellectual disabilities, offers children the opportunity to learn inclusive play in a safe environment. Thanks to our partners at the IKEA Foundation, we are able to grow our Young Athletes program and reach more children, impact more families and further break down the perceptions that exist for children with intellectual disabilities.”

UNICEF—in China, India, Indonesia and Kenya
Provides safe spaces, education and health support for children aged 0-8 to ensure early childhood development in some of the poorest communities.

“When the brains and bodies of young children are protected, nurtured and stimulated they have the best possible chance of developing fully, learning effectively, and contributing to their economies and societies when they reach adulthood. Thanks to the Let’s Play for Change campaign, we can reach even more children in China, India, Indonesia and Kenya with nurturing care programmes and help young children grow up in the enriching environments they need for optimal development.” said UNICEF Chief of Early Childhood Development Pia Rebello Britto.

War Child—in Jordan and Lebanon
Provides a safe environment to play, learn and develop for children in Jordan and Lebanon who have been affected by the Syrian conflict.

Dr. Samantha Nutt, Founder, War Child USA, added “Play is important to children everywhere but for children overcoming the brutality of war it is vital. Creating a safe space to play is the first step in allowing them to reclaim their childhood and begin to rebuild their future after the years of violence and trauma. It is wonderful that the IKEA Foundation has chosen to support these children.”

For a film about the Great Cause ‘Let’s Play for Change’ campaign, click here: https://www.ikeafoundation.org/campaigns/lets-play-for-change/

For playing HOPP, a mobile game which allows the gamer to create spaces to play in the virtual world, and move forward and avoid obstacles that get in the way of play, for free, download at ikea.com/HOPP.

About IKEA
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices. The IKEA Group operates 340 IKEA stores in 28 countries, including 42 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

About IKEA Foundation
The IKEA Foundation (Stichting IKEA Foundation) is the philanthropic arm of INGKA Foundation, the owner of the IKEA Group of companies. We aim to improve opportunities for children and youth in some of the world’s poorest communities by funding holistic, long-term programmes that can create substantial, lasting change. The IKEA Foundation works with strong strategic partners applying innovative approaches to achieve large-scale results in four fundamental areas of a child’s life: a place to call home; a healthy start in life; a quality education; and a sustainable family income, while helping these communities fight and cope with climate change.
Learn more at www.ikeafoundation.org and www.facebook.com/IKEAfoundation.

Contact:
IKEA US: Mona Astra, Mona.Liss@IKEA.com, 610.834.0180, ext. 5852
Handicap International Federation: Mica Bevington, mbeviington@handicap-international.us, 240.922.2550
Room to Read: Jacqueline Pezzillo, Jaqueline.pezzillo@roomtoread.org, 1.415.839.4401
Save the Children: Sambi Shrestha, sshrestha@savechildren.org, 475.999.3031
Special Olympics: Christy Weir, cweir@specialolympics.org, 202.824.0307
UNICEF: Ann Reinking, areinking@unicefusa.org, 212.922.2623
War Child: James Topham, james@warchild.ca, 416.971.7474

Source: IKEA

IKEA to install three Blink® electric vehicle charging stations at its Memphis, Tennessee store opening December 2016

MEMPHIS, TN, 2016-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today (11/16/2016) announced plans to install three Blink® electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at its future Memphis, Tennessee store opening on December 14, 2016. This initiative reflects the continued partnership with Car Charging Group, Inc. (OTC: CCGI), the owner of the Blink Network and Blink EV charging stations, and the largest provider of EV charging services with thousands of public EV charging stations in 36 states and two countries.

“Installing EV charging stations at the future IKEA Memphis reinforces our commitment to sustainability,” said store manager Trisha Bevering. “As a retailer, IKEA realizes a focus on sustainable transport of people can help empower customers to live sustainably. So, meeting the needs of EV drivers helps achieve both goals.”

To charge an EV at the future IKEA Memphis, drivers can tap their Blink InCard (RFID card) to the reader below the screen, initiate the session directly from the Blink Mobile application, or use a guest code provided via the Blink Mobile app,www.BlinkCode.com, or Blink Customer Support (888-998-2546). Once the session is initiated, drivers can plug the charger into the EV, and then shop and eat at their leisure in the IKEA store while the vehicle is charging. EV drivers can become a Blink member, which is free and typically provides discounted charging fees at Blink EV charging stations. More information about how to use the Blink EV charging stations and becoming a Blink Member is available at blinknetwork.com.

Drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, IKEA believes it can do good business while minimizing impacts on the environment. Globally, IKEA evaluates locations for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution. Specific U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; incorporating environmental measures into buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, skylights in warehouse areas, and water-conserving restrooms; and operationally, eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, and selling only LED bulbs. Consistent with the goal of being energy independent by 2020, IKEA has installed more than 700,000 solar panels on buildings across the world and owns approximately 300 wind turbines, including 104 in the U.S.

Under construction on 35 acres along the southwestern side of Interstate-40 near Germantown Parkway, the 271,000 square-foot future IKEA Memphis, and its 800 parking spaces, will open late Fall 2016. Until then, Memphis-area customers can shop at IKEA stores in: Atlanta, GA; Frisco, TX; or St. Louis, MO; or online at IKEA-USA.com. Last month, IKEA completed Tennessee’s largest rooftop solar array atop the store.Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 380 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 42 in the U.S. IKEA has been ranked among “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Contact:
Joseph Roth
Expansion Public Affairs
(610) 834-0180, x 6500

Source: IKEA

IKEA to host its annual Swedish Julbord on Friday, December 9, 2016

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., 2016-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — This holiday season, IKEA invites everyone to celebrate together at its annual Swedish Julbord on Friday, December 9, 2016 at participating stores nationwide**. In Sweden, a traditional Julbord celebration gathers family and friends to enjoy each other’s company during a lavish meal, created from both cultural and family traditions.

IKEA is inviting everyone to join in on the fun with an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring traditional Swedish fare. Tickets are available for only $16.99 per person / $4.99 for kids 12 and under, or at a discounted rate for IKEA FAMILY members ($12.99 per person / $2.99 for kids 12 and under).

“The Julbord buffet lies at the center of a classic Scandinavian holiday celebration,” says Patricia Meumann, IKEA Food Manager. “We invite everyone to celebrate and learn more about Swedish traditions over a delicious meal with family and friends.”

The IKEA Julbord menu includes***:
•Assorted varieties of herring
•Gravad lax with mustard sauce
•Smoked salmon with horseradish sauce
•Poached salmon
•Hard boiled eggs with shrimp
•Swedish cucumber salad
•Red beet salad
•Swedish potato salad
•Christmas ham
•Prinskorv sausages
•Assorted cheeses
•Meatballs with lingonberries
•Braised red cabbage & apples
•Mashed potatoes
•Hard boiled eggs with shrimp
•Red cabbage
•Mashed potatoes
•Jansson temptations
•Crispbread, thin bread, softbread
•Swedish rice pudding with almonds
•Assorted desserts
•Warm glögg
•Coffee, tea, fountain beverages

Seating is limited, so those who are interested are encouraged to purchase tickets early at their local IKEA store. To locate and contact the nearest IKEA store for more details, including local seating times, visit the “Store Locator” page on www.IKEA-USA.com and enter your city/state or zip code.

Those not able to make it to the event can still experience the Swedish tradition at home. Visit the Swedish Food Market in IKEA U.S. stores to purchase select items from the Julbord menu, including KÖTTBULLAR Swedish meatballs, or to explore, find and try ingredients for other Swedish recipes, such as marzipan candy.

Marzipan Candy
Ingredients & Supplies
•MARSIPAN marzipan 200 g (7 oz.)
•IKEA chocolate:
oCHOKLAD LJUS milk chocolate 100 g (3.5 oz.)
oCHOKLAD MÖRK dark chocolate 100 g (3.5 oz.)
oCHOKLAD MÖRK 70% dark chocolate 100 g (3.5 oz.)
•Optional: Caramel coloring

Directions
•Form the marzipan into bite size shapes of your choice
•Melt the chocolate in the microwave or on the stove top
•Dip the marzipan one-bites in the chocolate and leave to dry
•Optional: Play around with caramel coloring to make figures of your choice

* IKEA FAMILY is a benefits program that offers membership perks including special product discounts, sneak previews, free coffee and tea in the IKEA Restaurant, and more. Consumers can sign up for the free program online or in-store.

** IKEA Carson will not host a Julbord Party in 2016.

*** Menu is subject to change due to product availability.

ABOUT IKEA
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 385 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 42 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Media Contact:
Kathy Boerner
Phone: 646-935-3914
Kathy.Boerner@Ketchum.com

Source: IKEA

IKEA to install solar panels on its distribution center in Joliet; Illinois’ largest solar rooftop installation

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2016-Nov-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today (11/15/2016) announced plans to install solar panels on its Midwest distribution center under construction in Joliet, IL. Installation will begin in Spring 2017, with completion expected in Fall 2017 for Illinois’ largest rooftop array. Combined with arrays atop the Chicago-area IKEA stores in Bolingbrook and Schaumburg, this third project will make IKEA owner of three of the state’s largest solar rooftop installations. (The renewable energy portfolio of IKEA in Illinois also includes a 49-turbine wind farm in Hoopeston, IL)

The distribution center’s 470,545-square-foot solar array will consist of a 2.91 MW system, built with 8,966 panels, and will produce approximately 3,411,600 kWh of electricity annually for the facility, the equivalent of reducing 2,398 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) – equal to the emissions of 506 cars or providing electricity for 354 homes yearly (calculating clean energy equivalents at www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator).

For the development, design and installation of the facility’s solar power system, IKEA selected SoCore Energy, a wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of Edison International that has designed and installed hundreds of solar solutions across 21 states. Gray Construction is managing the construction of the Joliet distribution center, which will receive and inventory goods sold at IKEA stores worldwide.

“We are excited to further our sustainability commitment with solar panels on our future Midwest distribution center,” said Lars Peterson, IKEA U.S. president. “Installing Illinois’ largest rooftop array advances our vision of creating a better everyday life for the many.”

IKEA, drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, believes it can do good business while minimizing impacts on the environment. This installation will represent the 45th solar project for IKEA in the United States, contributing to the IKEA solar presence atop nearly 90% of its U.S. locations, with a total generation of more than 40 MW. IKEA owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings – as opposed to a solar lease or PPA (power purchase agreement) – and globally has allocated $2.5 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2020, reinforcing its confidence and investment in solar photovoltaic technology. Consistent with the goal of being energy independent by 2020, IKEA has installed more than 700,000 solar panels on buildings across the world and owns approximately 300 wind turbines, including 104 in the U.S. – 49 of which are in Hoopeston, IL.

Under construction on 72 acres at the Laraway Crossings Business Park, the future 1.25-million-square-foot distribution center in Joliet will enhance the IKEA distribution network with a central location allowing goods to be received at coastal ports from both Asia and Europe and then transported inland to the Joliet facility. The proximity to a nearby railroad intermodal will represent additional long-term transportation options too. IKEA also is planning another, similarly-sized facility on 62 acres adjacent to the one currently being built. (The timing for construction of the second building remains to be determined.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 380 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 42 in the U.S., where there also are five operating distribution centers. IKEA has been ranked among “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Contact:
Joseph Roth
Expansion Public Affairs
(610) 834-0180, x 6500

Source: IKEA

IKEA, Uber and “Oh Happy Day” inspire friends and loved ones to come together to celebrate Friendsgiving

IKEA Offers Inspiration – and a Special Promotion – to Encourage Friends and Loved Ones to Gather for a Special Meal This Holiday Season

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2016-Nov-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA U.S. announced today (November 10, 2016) it has teamed up with Uber and “Oh Happy Day” to offer a special promotion – as well as tips and inspiration – for friends and loved ones planning a Friendsgiving meal this holiday season. “Friendsgiving” is a new cultural phenomenon where friends gather for a Thanksgiving meal before the actual holiday. Consumers in New York City will have an opportunity to receive a free IKEA Friendsgiving kit – including IKEA dining products, holiday ingredients and more – by using the Uber app on Saturday, November 19 from 10 am-4 pm ET. For those not in New York City, Jordan Ferney, expert event planner and founder of “Oh Happy Day” has tips and savvy tricks to host the perfect Friendsgiving at home.

“At IKEA, we understand that sometimes it’s a challenge to make it home for Thanksgiving. Friendsgiving is about being together with those that are like family, and the special memories that are made in the kitchen, around the dining table and over food,” said Kendra Ferguson, Media Project Manager at IKEA. “This year, we’re continuing to celebrate Life In and Around the Kitchen and the many magic moments that happen there, which is why we teamed up with Uber and ‘Oh Happy Day’ to help make Friendsgiving extra special for those celebrating.”

IKEA is partnering with Uber to bring Friendsgiving right to the doorsteps of those in New York City. On Saturday, November 19, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to request and receive delivery of a free IKEA Friendsgiving kit straight to their door by using the Uber app from 10am-4pm ET. A total of 200 lucky people who use the app to ‘flag’ down the IKEA Friendsgiving Uber will receive an all-inclusive Friendsgiving package, complete with IKEA dining products, holiday ingredients, and custom recipes to feed six friends.

New Yorkers can request the Friendsgiving kit through the Uber app* through the following steps:
1. Uber riders in New York City’s 5 boroughs can open the Uber app and enter promo code IKEAFRIEND starting November 10
2. Riders will be prompted again on November 19 to find the custom IKEA option in the app to request the IKEA Friendsgiving kit
3. If the rider is one of the 200 lucky users connected to a car carrying an IKEA Friendsgiving kit for six, it will arrive in minutes
4. Enjoy Friendsgiving!

“Thanks to our partnership with IKEA, celebrating Friendsgiving has never been easier,” said Josh Mohrer, General Manager, Uber NY. “New Yorkers know how easy it is to request a ride through the Uber app, and this Thanksgiving season, people in all five boroughs will have the opportunity to request all the fixings and necessities to host a special holiday meal at the touch of a button.”

For more information on the IKEA U.S. / Uber promotion in New York City, visit HERE.

For those not in New York City, IKEA has teamed up with Jordan Ferney, lifestyle blogger and expert event planner and founder of the design and lifestyle site ”OHHAPPYDAY” to provide essential tips and savvy tricks to host a memorable Friendsgiving at home. Jordan’s tips include:
1. Make It a Potluck. Ain’t nobody got time to make a giant dinner with all the sides, so why not make it a potluck? Each of your friends can bring their own favorite dish to share with the group. This way, you can spend more time with your friends and less time cooking!
2. Placecards. There is something so welcoming about having a personalized placecard at the table. Make your Friendsgiving extra special by preparing little treats or handmade tags to place at each person’s plate.
3. Easy Décor. Try foraging in the yard for some “rustic” looking branches-turned centerpiece. Or take dried leaves and write things you are thankful for at each place setting in a white marker. Give your eyes something to feast on!Tradition Swap.Your friends may feel like family, but chances are they celebrate a little differently! Take this opportunity to share your favorite Thanksgiving traditions with your friends and ask them to do the same. You might even come away with some new traditions of your own!
4. Mix it Up. Friendsgiving doesn’t have to be your grandma’s dinner table! Shake up your typical Thanksgiving itinerary with games, a craft, or even an uncommon surprise (like a turkey piñata!)
5. Visit the IKEA Design blog HERE to view these tips – along with IKEA product suggestions – for additional inspiration to host a Friendsgiving dinner at home.

ABOUT IKEA
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. here are currently more than 385 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 42 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Media Contact:

Kathy Boerner
Phone: 646-935-3914
Kathy.Boerner@Ketchum.com

Source: IKEA

IKEA broke ground on its fifth Florida store; IKEA Jacksonville opens in Fall 2017

JACKSONVILLE, FL, 2016-Nov-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — With company representatives, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, Councilman Danny Becton, local officials and community leaders on-hand, IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today (11/03/2016) officially broke ground on its fifth Florida store. Until the future IKEA Jacksonville opens in Fall 2017, customers can shop at IKEA Orlando and IKEA Tampa or online at IKEA-USA.com. Two other IKEA stores are located in the South Florida cities of Sunrise and Sweetwater.

The 290,000-square-foot proposed IKEA store and its 950 parking spaces will be built on 25 acres along the northwestern corner of Interstate 295 and Gate Parkway, approximately 10 miles southeast of downtown Jacksonville. IKEA has contracted with Marcobay Construction, Inc. to build the project, and store plans reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide. In addition, IKEA will evaluate potential on-site power generation to complement its current U.S. goal of a renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations.

“This location will help bring the unique IKEA family-friendly shopping experience closer to many Jacksonville-area customers who currently can only shop at IKEA stores elsewhere or online,” said Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. president. “The store also will attract new customers from North Florida and Southern Georgia who value good design, good function and affordable prices, but have not had a chance yet to shop at IKEA.”

IKEA Jacksonville will feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 325-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the Showroom, baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and preferred parking. In addition to the more than 500 jobs that are expected to be created during the construction phase, approximately 250 coworkers will join the IKEA family when the new store opens. IKEA Jacksonville also will provide significant annual sales and property tax revenue for local governments and schools.

Candidates interested in working at this employer of choice should begin looking online this spring at IKEA-USA.com, where they can apply for diverse positions available in home furnishings sales, interior decoration, customer service, safety and security, cashiers, maintenance, goods flow, receiving, warehouse and stock replenishment. Among its total coworkers, IKEA Jacksonville also will offer more than 50 food service opportunities in its Restaurant, Swedish Foodmarket, Café Bistro and coworker cafeteria.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 380 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 42 in the U.S. IKEA has been included in rankings of “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Contact:
Joseph Roth
Expansion Public Affairs
(610) 834-0180, x 6500

Source: IKEA

IKEA to hire 140 additional coworkers for its relocated Burbank store scheduled to open Spring 2017

BURBANK, CA, 2016-Nov-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced that recruitment of 140 additional coworkers is underway for its relocated Burbank store, on track to open Spring 2017 less than a mile from the current store. Candidates interested in working at the new IKEA Burbank should apply online at www.SeeACareerWithUs.com.

“We are thrilled that our move to a newer, roomier building allows us to offer 140 new jobs with limitless opportunity at a global company known for being a great place to work,” said Jeff O’Shaughnessy, store manager. “We believe it is as fun to work at IKEA as it is to shop at IKEA. So, we want coworkers to enjoy their job and contribute to the success of our new store.”

As the new IKEA Burbank progresses through the construction process, the store is looking to add 140 coworkers in a variety of positions including: home furnishings sales, customer service, cashiers, warehouse receiving, stock replenishment, and food service. Setting itself apart from other retailers, IKEA offers food service opportunities in its Restaurant, Swedish Foodmarket, Exit Bistro and coworker cafeteria; 35 more are needed for the new IKEA Burbank.Drawing from the company’s Swedish heritage, IKEA offers family-friendly initiatives and diverse workplace benefits including full medical/dental insurance to coworkers working 20 hours or more per week with eligibility for domestic partners and children. Other benefits include: vacation, paid maternity/paternity leave and paid time off for child adoption, tuition assistance, a bonus program, 401(k) matching, a pension plan, professional development, training and mentoring programs, free uniforms, and – of course – a discount for shopping at IKEA.

This year, IKEA was voted by coworkers as a Great Place to Work® on the ‘Fortune 20 Best Retail Workplaces’ list, received a 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2016 Corporate Equality Index, and was listed as #3 on Forbes’ list of “Happiest Retailers to Work For.” Previously, the company has been included in rankings of “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years.

IKEA BEGINS RECRUITMENT FOR RELOCATED BURBANK STORE
The organization puts career opportunity into the hands of the individual, encouraging coworkers to consider assignments within different functions, at other IKEA stores or even in other countries. IKEA prides itself on the fact an opportunity at IKEA truly can evolve into a career, potentially paving the way for a global experience as well. The company also places value and emphasis on coworkers’ personal lives and the importance of a work/life balance.

Under construction on 22 acres west of San Fernando Boulevard and south of Providencia Avenue, the future 456,000-square-foot new IKEA Burbank store, including 1,700 parking spaces, will feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 600-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the Showroom, baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and preferred parking.

The New IKEA Burbank will generate even more tax revenue for state and local governments. When the new IKEA Burbank opens in Spring 2017, the future, roomier store will welcome the newly hired 140 coworkers to the IKEA family of 400 in Burbank, more than 14,000 in the United States and 155,000 globally. Until the new store opens, customers can continue to shop at the existing IKEA Burbank. (Nearby IKEA stores are in Carson, Costa Mesa and Covina.)

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function, at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 380 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 42 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Contact:
Joseph Roth
Expansion Public Affairs
(610) 834-0180, x 6500

Source: IKEA

PÅTÅR: IKEA launches new IKEA coffee range which is both UTZ certified and EU organic

Conshohocken, PA, 2016-Oct-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA is introducing PÅTÅR, the new IKEA coffee range which is both UTZ certified and EU organic. PÅTÅR coffee is part of the IKEA food initiative which ensures its food ingredients are from responsible and sustainable sources; this means that the farmers and workers who produce PÅTÅR aim to protect the environment and have good labor conditions. PÅTÅR offers five different coffee products that are available in the Swedish Food Market and are also served in IKEA restaurants and IKEA Bistros. Customers can feel good about all PÅTÅR coffee products because they are responsibly sourced, are high quality, are affordably priced and offer great taste.

About IKEA and Coffee:
Coffee is one of the most valuable commodities in the world. It provides livelihoods for approximately 25 million farmers in Central America, Africa and Asia. IKEA serves over 100 million cups of coffee every year – which corresponds roughly to one cup of coffee for every person involved in the coffee industry globally.

Since 2008, all coffee at IKEA has been UTZ certified. The UTZ program includes farmers who generally gain higher coffee yields, have better incomes and better living conditions, and are concerned about protecting the environment. The organic farming methods that are used prohibit the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. These methods also secure good care of natural resources such as water, soil and air, and that the organic agricultural practices support biodiversity on farms and reduce climate impact.

“At IKEA, we decided to go “all in” for sustainable coffee and build on the UTZ certification by developing a coffee range that follows the EU organic certification standards. I’m really happy we can now offer our customers this combination of UTZ and organic throughout our coffee range,” stated Jacqueline Macalister, Health & Sustainability Manager IKEA Food Services.

“The IKEA commitment to UTZ certification and organic coffee is an inspiring example of how different certification schemes can complement and support each other, and jointly strengthen a company’s road towards sustainability. We are proud to work together with companies like IKEA; it is because of them we are able to make a difference for an increasing number of coffee producers ultimately making sustainable farming the norm”, said Han de Groot, Executive Director of UTZ.

By choosing UTZ-certified and organic coffee, IKEA is supporting small-scale coffee producers, such as ones in Central and South America. There, the beans – 100% Arabica – used for the new coffee range PÅTÅR are hand-picked, delivering a high quality product. To underline the Swedish heritage of IKEA, the taste profiles for PÅTÅR are inspired by Scandinavian coffee preferences; a full aroma with notes of fruits and chocolate.

IKEA coffee is fully traceable. Customers can easily check the origin of their IKEA coffee online, using the UTZ/IKEA online tracer www.utz.org/IKEA.

PÅTÅR coffee is a natural part of the new IKEA Food direction which aims to offer a wider range of healthy and sustainable food choices. It follows the introduction of Veggie balls in April 2015, and the September 2016 commitment to source ASC or MSC certified seafood. With over 380 IKEA restaurants in 48 markets, IKEA sees its global reach as an opportunity to make a positive difference for people and the planet.

Note to editors
UTZ is an internationally recognized certification scheme with a vision to create a world where sustainable farming is the norm. Today, UTZ is the largest certification programme for coffee and cocoa; more than 445,000 coffee farmers and workers benefit from the UTZ programme. Other UTZ certification schemes are (herbal) tea, rooibos and hazelnuts. More on www.utz.org

Organic, according to EU standards. Farmers, processors, importers and retailers must follow strict EU rules in order to use the EU organic logo.

PÅTÅR, new UTZ certified and EU organic coffee range, available in the IKEA Swedish Food Market:
PÅTÅR signature coffee, beans, 250g: A medium-dark coffee with a good body, a fruity acidity and notes of cocoa in the aftertaste for a typically Scandinavian coffee experience.

PÅTÅR espresso coffee, beans, 250g: A rich and intense dark coffee with notes of sweet fruits.

PÅTÅR filter coffee, medium roast, 500g: A well-balanced, elegant coffee with a nice acidity and a medium body and notes of fruit in the lingering aftertaste.

PÅTÅR filter coffee, dark roast, 500g: An intense medium to full body coffee with notes of dark chocolate in the lingering aftertaste.

PÅTÅR espresso coffee, 250g: A rich and intense dark coffee with notes of sweet fruits.

About IKEA Group
The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. There are currently 340 IKEA Group stores in 28 countries, and 40 franchises. There are 42 IKEA stores in the US. In FY 16, IKEA Group had 783 million visitors to the stores and 2.1 billion visitors to IKEA.com. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, please visit www.IKEA.com, facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA, http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/, www.youtube.com/IKEAUSA, www.theshare-space.com, www.theshare-space.com/en/Blog

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Mona Astra Liss
IKEA Corporate PR Director
610.834.0180, ext. 5852.
Mona.Liss@IKEA.com

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