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The Times 100 Business Case Studies. IKEA SWOT analysis and sustainable business planning. Introduction to IKEA. Founded in 1943 in Sweden 253 stores worldwide 19 stores in UK and Ireland Over 9,500 home furnishing products Global sales of €21.2 billion in 2008. IKEA philosophy.

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The Times 100 Business Case Studies

IKEA

SWOT analysis and sustainable business planning


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Introduction to IKEA

  • Founded in 1943 in Sweden

  • 253 stores worldwide

  • 19 stores in UK and Ireland

  • Over 9,500 home furnishing products

  • Global sales of €21.2 billion in 2008


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IKEA philosophy

  • ‘To create a better everyday life for the many people’

    • Low priced, well designed, functional products

    • Caters for all ages and lifestyles

    • Sustainable solutions – for products and practices

  • No contradiction between sustainability and good business


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SWOT analysis

  • Strategic planning tool

  • Focuses on key internal and external issues

  • Use strengths to create opportunities

  • Address weaknesses to minimise threats


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Strengths

  • Strong global brand

    • Same quality and range worldwide

    • Clear offer

  • Increasing sustainability of supply

    • Greater use of renewable materials –

      71% (2007) to 75% (2009)

    • ‘Smarter’ use of recycled or reclaimed waste products – 84% (2007) to 90% (2009)

    • Sourcing materials close to supply chain to reduce transport costs, lowering carbon footprint


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Opportunities

  • Growing consumer demand for sustainable products

    • Online tips and ideas for staff and consumers

  • Trends for lower prices due to downturn in economy

    • Using new technology to keep quality but with reduced materials used

  • Need to reduce water and energy usage and lower carbon footprint

    • Aims for zero waste to landfill, reduced

      water usage

    • Reducing use of air transport and packaging


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Weaknesses

  • Size and scale of business

    • Controlling standards and quality

    • Managing supply chain to meet IKEA standards

  • Demand for lower prices

    • Balanced against good quality

    • Need to differentiate IKEA amongst competitors

  • Communication

    • Keeping high profile with stakeholders

    • Print/online publications, TV/radion campaigns for different audiences


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Threats

  • Slowdown in first time house buyers

    due to recession

    • Focusing on home improvement

    • Staff trained to help customers be more

      sustainable

  • Reduced consumer spending

    and disposable income

    • Passing on cost savings to help customers save money

  • More competitors entering low-cost furnishings market

    • Low cost, high quality products attract both cost conscious and design conscious consumers


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