Ikea has released its 2020 U.S. catalog, available in-store and online, featuring new lower prices on products throughout and over 280 pages of design inspiration and solutions for achieving a fresh start at home.
Ikea is shutting down its lone manufacturing plant in the U.S., but it still will source a substantial proportion of the products it sells in the U.S. from domestic factories, the company told HomeWorld Business.
Ikea is launching Ombyte, a limited edition collection of furnishings and related products that double as moving and storage aids.
Ikea launched a new chapter in its expansion in the U.S. as it opened its first Planning Studio in New York this week, a retail concept that is part prototype and part test operation, a spokesperson said.
On Monday, April 15, Ikea will open its first-ever Planning Studio at 999 Third Avenue in Manhattan, near Bloomingdale’s, marking a new, smaller-scale chapter in the Swedish retailer’s development.
Ikea said that Lars Petersson, its country U.S. retail manager, has decided to retire from Ikea retail U.S. after 36 years with the company.
Ikea’s strategy for its new, urban Planning Studio is based less on its past practices and more on an omnichannel approach the retailer is embracing.
Ikea is planning to open its first city center store in the U.S., marking what the company said is its ongoing transformation and commitment to bring the retailer into the heart of urban areas. The “Ikea Planning Studio” is slated to open in Manhattan in spring 2019.
Ikea is looking for 20 growth-stage startups to work with it in developing pilot programs.
According to a survey fielded by Market Force, Ikea is the favorite home furnishings retailer among consumers in the U.S. while Ace Hardware is their favorite home improvement chain.