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Retail IKEA Setting an Example Swedish home furnishings giant IKEA matches words with actions by engaging in an array of sustainable business practices in the United States and around the world. hopping at an IKEA is always a unique experience. The company strives to present its 10,000 exclusively designed home and office products in a manner that illustrates their practicality and aesthetic appeal to shoppers. However, IKEA’s uniqueness also is on display through the company’s commitment to sustainable business practices, and the company says it strives to be an example to the rest of the retail industry in that regard. “Our strong commitment to the environment and sustainability is a part of our business plan and reflects our Swedish heritage,” says Joseph Roth, IKEA’s U.S. public affairs manager. “We’re always looking for ways to incorporate sustainable business practices into our operations because it is good business and the right thing to do.” S Sustainable Success Founded in 1943, the Sweden-based company has expanded its U.S. presence since it entered the market in 1985 and created a buzz among consumers. In the course of the last 10 years alone, it has grown to include 38 stores in the U.S., and its annual revenue in the States has grown from $1.22 billion in fiscal year 2001 to $3.7 billion in fiscal 2011. The company’s North America headquarters are located in suburban Philadelphia. It employs 12,000 people in the United States and has distribution centers in Perryville, Md.; Tacoma, Wash.; Tejon, Calif.; Westampton, N.J.; and Savannah, Ga. Globally, the company’s fiscal year 2011 sales totaled $35.5 billion. The company has 131,000 employees around the world and more than 330 IKEA stores in 40 countries. September/October 2012 retail merchandiser 91

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Retail Merchandiser - September/October 2012
Brand Licensing Europe
Showrooming Mushrooming
Pinch the Grinch
Category Insight
Upfront: BJ's Wholesale
Mind Candy
Outfit 7
Halfbrick Studios
Redasign Studio
Sony Pictures Consumer Products
Brentwood Licensing
Andrews McMeel Publishing
Chestnut Petroleum Distributors Inc.
The Hartley Co.
Mollie Stone’s Markets
Regal Oil
80Purple Cow Stores
Ocean State Job Lot
Staples Canada
Brookshire Grocery Co.
Wally’s Food Pride
Jewelry Television
Skin Science Labs Inc.
Great Clips
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Retail Merchandiser - September/October 2012