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Hundreds shrug off pandemic for Ikea's new India store

Mumbai - Hundreds of masked shoppers defied pandemic fears to visit Ikea's second Indian store, which opened Friday, as the Swedish giant tries to lure the country's burgeoning middle class with minimalist design and a dash of local masala.

Digital experiments to re-think home design

IKEA and its research and design firm SPACE10 have developed a new digital design solution, aimed at businesses and consumers. This is in form of an online platform called

IKEA to build robotic furniture for use in small areas

The Swedish furniture giant Ikea is introducing a new furniture line called Rogran that is being developed in cooperation with the US furniture startup Ori Living.

IKEA and Accenture are following in Google's footsteps

Home Depot, IKEA, and Accenture are examples of major companies with innovation labs. Alphabet, Google's parent company, has a famous innovation lab called X.

Bookcases and biryani collide as Ikea tackles India

Hyderabad - Curious customers lay on beds and nestled into armchairs Thursday as Ikea opened its first Indian outlet, hoping to wow a burgeoning middle class with offerings tweaked to local tastes, including its famous meatballs.

Patriotic tunes but no bed-lam for Ikea's Indian debut

Hyderabad - Ikea's first Indian outlet opened on Thursday, with more than 200 eager shoppers queueing in the underground car park to escape the heat as a military band played a crowd-pleasing medley inside.

IKEA Australia disrupts market by selling solar panels 'at cost'

Swedish furniture giant IKEA is planning to sell solar panels “at cost” in its Australian stores - And the news has been met with mixed reviews, especially from the local solar industry. But IKEA wants only one thing - A bigger market share.

Ikea's frugal billionaire founder Ingvar Kamprad dies aged 91

Stockholm - Ingvar Kamprad, the farmer's son turned multibillionaire who founded the Ikea empire that revolutionised furnishing, has died aged 91, the firm said Sunday.

Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad dies aged 91

Stockholm - Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad, who built a global business empire with revolutionary flat-pack furniture and was known for his contempt for taxes, died aged 91, the Swedish furnishing giant said on Sunday.

French prosecutors urge Ikea espionage trial

Versailles - French prosecutors are pushing for Ikea France and 15 people, including police officials, to be put on trial on charges of spying on employees and customers, a source close to the inquiry said Thursday.

Ikea moves into gig economy with purchase of TaskRabbit

Ikea has acquired on-demand contract labour service TaskRabbit in a move which will see the retailer enter the gig economy. TaskRabbit lets users hire people to complete tasks for them, including furniture assembly. It expands Ikea's digital presence.

Ikea wants teens to stop holding sleepovers at its stores

Ikea has warned teenagers to stop holding sleepovers at their stores. This year alone, there has been at least 10 incidents.

Ikea recalls millions of dressers in US, Canada after child deaths

Washington - Furniture giant Ikea said Tuesday it was recalling more than 35 million chests and dressers in North America after six children died in the United States when they tipped over.

Ikea defends its refugee shelters amid Swiss concerns

Stockholm - The Ikea Foundation on Saturday insisted that its refugee shelters are safe, a day after the Swiss city of Zurich said it no longer would use the units after discovering they posed a fire hazard.

Migrant influx sparks run on Ikea beds in Germany, Sweden

Stockholm - Several Ikea stores in Germany and Sweden have run out of beds and mattresses due to a surge in demand caused by the influx of migrants, the Swedish furniture chain said Friday.

Ukraine wants an Ikea, 'symbol' of anti-corruption fight

Stockholm - Ukraine's economy minister pleaded Wednesday for Ikea to set up shop in his country, saying it would show Kiev was serious about fighting the corruption that reportedly caused the furniture giant to ditch a previous Ukrainian foray.

Eritrean asylum seeker admits to Ikea double murder: lawyer

Stockholm - An Eritrean man facing deportation has admitted to the double stabbing murder of a mother and son at an Ikea store in Sweden this week, his lawyer said Thursday.

CCTV 'shows Ikea suspect tried to kill self' after murders: report

Stockholm - CCTV footage from an Ikea store in Sweden, where two people were stabbed to death earlier this week, shows the alleged attacker trying to commit suicide, the Aftonbladet daily reported Wednesday.

Two Eritrean asylum seekers held over deadly Ikea attack

Stockholm - The two suspects in a knife attack at an Ikea store in Sweden that left two dead are Eritrean asylum seekers, one of whom is in critical condition, police said Tuesday.

Two stabbed to death at Ikea store in Sweden, two arrested

V - Two shoppers were stabbed to death at an Ikea store in the central Swedish town of Vasteras on Monday, police said, adding that two suspects had been arrested.

Two stabbed to death at Ikea store in Sweden: Police

Stockholm - Two people were stabbed to death at an Ikea store in the central Swedish town of Vasteras and a third person was wounded, police said on Monday."Police received a call about wounded people at Ikea ... around 1:00 pm.

Ikea to pay workers in the UK more than the living wage in 2016

Ikea, the Swedish firm, is set to become the first national retailer in the United Kingdom to pay staff above the government's National Living Wage.

Op-Ed: Home sweet clicks? Not really, Hemnet Home is grim indeed

Stockholm - The new thing in Sweden is a house designed entirely statistically on an analysis of features clicked on an architecture site. It’s called the Hemnet Home, or House of Clicks. It’s also a great proof of reasons not to design by groupthink.

Ikea drops lifestyle website in Russia over 'gay propaganda' fears

Moscow - Ikea said Friday it was closing its lifestyle website in Russia over fears it could flout a controversial law banning promotion of gay values to minors.

Wirelessly charge your phone on your desk with new IKEA furniture

The Swedish furniture giant Ikea has announced that it is launching a new range of household furniture items with wireless charging functionality built in, making it easy to add power to your devices.

Ikea set to raise U.S. minimum pay to 'living wage' levels

Ikea, the Swedish home furnishings giant, will announce today that the minimum starting wage for its U.S. workers will rise an average of 17 percent to $10.76 per hour.

Op-Ed: IKEA lawyers punish pro-IKEA blogger after 8 years of promotion

In business you want people doing additional, cool things with your products. It drives word of mouth. IKEA lawyers however do not want to risk their name being used to get this and shut down the "IKEAHackers" site.

What’s next for Ikea? A museum

Swedish furnishings giant Ikea, with a long list of innovations to its credit, has yet another up its sleeve. The king of flat-pack, self-assembled furniture wants to turn its first store into a museum dedicated to the company’s history.

Ikea says annual profit growth slows

Stockholm - Swedish furniture giant Ikea reported on Tuesday sharply slower profit growth for the 2012-2013 fiscal year compared to performance in previous years but did not reveal the cause of the slowdown.Net profits increased by 3.1 percent to 3.

IKEA matching lonely strangers for Christmas via online profile

Will there be any extra chairs at your dinner table this Christmas Eve? IKEA wants to change that with their new "No Empty Chairs" campaign in Switzerland.
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