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The Truth About Ikea: Book Review

September 9th, 2011   •   no comments   

Ikea has always been one of the companies which I respect tremendously. Much of the furnishings in my home come from the privately held Scandinavian giant, which has some 313 stores in 38 countries. Its legendary founder Ingvar Kamprad, known for his extreme miserly manner, is one of the richest persons in the world.I

Having heard so much about the Swedish furniture conglomerate, I couldn’t resisting borrowing the book The Truth About Ikea: The Secret behind the World’s Fifth Richest Man and the Swedish Flatpack Giant from our library. Authored by 20 year Ikea veteran Johan Stenebo, it provided a fascinating insight into what “really” happened behind its hallowed blue and yellow walls.
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Make Room For Ikea

June 15th, 2007   •   11 comments   


In a desperate bid to get my son to sleep on his own, my wife and I decided to venture to Ikea at Alexandra Road to shop for a “tent”. Well, actually we were looking for a bed canopy which my son Ethan said will help him sleep on his own at night. The current arrangement was that one parent had to spend the night with him in his bed room. This obviously isn’t ideal as you would imagine.

Ikea is one of the world’s leading furniture retailer. It is founded in Sweden by Ingvar Kamprad, who is the fourth richest person in the world with a net worth of US$33 billion. The chain is huge, with 254 stores around the world in 35 countries, and adopts a franchising model of business. One of its key strengths is in “democratic design” which integrates efficient manufacturing and design to capture economies of scale and consumer preferences.
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