Dutch Beter Bed does not expect sales to rise any time soon, despite the (small) Dutch economic recovery. The chain expects no improvement before the end of the year, pointing to previous experience with its German stores. 2013 was quite disastrous for Beter Bed, when turnover dropped 10 % because of the economic situation in the Netherlands.
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German Zalando will phase out its "home" section on the website, to solely focus on clothing. The decision to halt the section had apparently already been taken last December, but was revealed only now.
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Dutch chain Beter Bed is changing its image, as it no longer wishes to come across as a budget store and will no longer use its signature clown and slogan, after disappointing 2013 results.
The Ikea Foundation has donated 101 million euro in 2013 to help children and families in poor countries, which means it increased its total donation by 21 % compared to 2012.
Danish interior design chain BoConcept will open its 265th store, its 4th in Belgium, in Hasselt. Paul Apers, a 20-year veteran of the furniture industry, will take charge of this new store.
Furniture giant Ikea has used wood that does not adhere to the Forest Stewardship Council guidelines. The chain now risks losing the FSC label, although the Swedes claim the problems are only temporary.
IKEA has launched a mobile app with a scan option, which will allow customers to create shopping lists more easily. Currently the app is only able to display product information in stores, not to scan them.
Swedish furniture chain Ikea is
still holding on to its prediction of
doubling turnover by 2020. To manage that type of increase within 8 years,
the yearly turnover would have to increase 10 % each year. Past fiscal year however, the growth was only
Norwegian furniture group Ekornes wants to purchase furniture discounters Internasjonal
Møbel Gruppe, also from Norway. Stressless’ parent company wants to
launch IMG in markets where it already has a strong presence. If the research
of the company’s books goes according to plan, the purchase should be
finalized by 1 May 2014.
Tack! is Ikea’s new loyalty programme that should help contribute to employees’ pensions. The chain is still investigating how it can implement the programme in each separate country.
IKEA France’s privacy scandal is
widening, because the French court believes management ordered its internal
safety service to screen personnel in no less than 9 of its 29 stores. Versailles
believes the current Belgian CEO must have been in the loop.
Kitchen brand Eggo is going international: the group has just started a ‘master franchise’ in the Spanish capital,
Madrid. “It is the beginning of a network that should solidify our
successful formula in Spain and Europe”, the Belgian company said confidently.
Swedish furniture giant Ikea has
managed a 3.1 % turnover increase in its
fiscal year 2012/2013, which ended last August. It has brought in 27.9
billion euro, mostly thanks to increased Russian and Chinese sales.
Shapland is stepping down after the group had to issue a profit alert. He will be replaced by Philip Harris,
Carpetright’s founder and current chairman. Shapland has only been in charge for 18 months.
of designer furniture and accessories HAY opened its first Belgian store in Antwerp, creating only the fifth flagship store for the chain that is mostly known for its affordable
line of designer furniture.
Peter Agnefjäll, the newest IKEA CEO, wants to grow the company at a slower, more controlled pace. Mikael Ohlsson’s plans, the previous CEO, to double the number of new stores to some 25 stores a year, will be scaled down again.