9 Surprising Things Hoosiers Should Know About Ikea
• Ikea is a nonprofit.
It’s complicated, but The Stichting Ingka Foundation is thought to outsize the Gates Foundation.
Source: Fast Co.
• Ikea consumes 1 percent of the world’s wood.
The Swedish company is one of the world’s top wood consumers. Which makes sense if the rumors of a bookcase sold every 10 seconds are true.
Source: Daily Mail
• Ikea is an acronym.
Ingvar Kamprad (founder), Elmtaryd (his childhood farm), Agunnaryd (his Swedish hometown, below).
• Ikea is based on a franchise system.
“Franchises are granted only to organisations and/or individuals that can secure a strong market position and market penetration in the given territory. Franchises are only granted to organisations and/or individuals that have extensive retail experience and solid local market knowledge. Opening an IKEA franchise requires considerable investment by the IKEA franchisee.”
• Founder Ingvar Kamprad’s had Nazi ties.
“A part of my life which I bitterly regret.”
• Ikea is building a town in London.
Source: Strand East
• Ikea had 821 million in-store visits worldwide in 2014.
“If all visits were to go to one store, the line would go 6.5 times around the planet.”
• In the same time frame, Ikea saw 1.6 billion website visits.
“Every time you blink, someone visits IKEA.com.”
• There is more to Ikea food than the meatball.
2014 was the year of salmon at the Ikea Restaurant and Cafe.
#ikeafood #salmon #ikeameatball A photo posted by lilaliu (@wakesimon) on