#1 IKEA is an acronym of Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of IKEA, also one of richest man in the world. “E” and “A” stands for Elmtaryd (the farm where he grew up) and Agunnaryd (his hometown in Smaland, south Sweden). IKEA is a company that sticks to its roots and its vision; which is why almost everything in IKEA is seen with some Swedish influence and tradition. #2 IKEA’s products are named, not numbered because founder Kamprad is dyslexic.
#3 Since year 2000, Ikea has lowered its prices by an average 2-3% per annum thanks to increased efficiency. For example, both Ikea Damansara and Ikea Cheras is using a projector to show arrows for direction on the floor. The one off investment is higher, but in the long run, it will still be cheaper than sticking tapes on floor.
#4 IKEA’s small space floor plan is typically 22 square meter, 35 square meter and 55 square meter elsewhere, but in IKEA Malaysia stores we can find a small space floor plan with 75 square meter. This is because IKEA is very good in adapting their products and procedures based on the local cultural and local taste.
#5 In IKEA Malaysia’s stores, the red corner means sales corner. Of course, there are some other sales items that are not being placed in the red corner, but the red corner usually means a “bigger” sales. Keep your eyes peeled on the colour red!
#6 IKEA is one of the best employers in the world. There is absolutely an expectation at IKEA that, with the flat organization structure, everyone contributes. Everyone is given opportunities to take on a bigger role too. Name, instead of position is printed on the staff’s name card so everyone treats each other like families. Fika culture is also practised in IKEA, a kind of social coffee break where people gather to have a cup of coffee or tea and a few nibbles.
#7 Apart from the 25 years kitchen guarantee, IKEA also gives you 100 days to test your mattress. Not happy? Just return it back to the stores! Plus everything in the show room is testable, feel free to plop your butt down on fabric sofas or to lie down and roll around on a mattress.
#8 IKEA opened its first store in Malaysia at 1 Utama Shopping Mall in 1996 before moving into its Mutiara Damansara store in year 2003.
#9 IKEA Damansara is the second most visited store in the world last year, this is why IKEA Cheras is coming to our way this 19th of November!
#10 Ikea Cheras is 20% larger than Ikea Damansara, even the restaurant has a seating capacity of 800 pax compared to 500 pax in Ikea Damansara! The Cheras store is also the first to have the Glass house in IKEA Malaysia, where all the artificial and live plants will be displayed.
We were so lucky to be amongst the first few Malaysians who get to “raid” the new Cheras store before its grand openings. Together we assembled a RASKOG trolley to be given away to our followers.
IKEA products are designed for everyone – with nice design, functionality and low prices in one.
I love how we can always shop in IKEA with a peace of mind, knowing that that our shopping experience is going to be so easy and so convenient, except for the long queues sometimes. Well, things might be different after IKEA Cheras, we will definitely be a regular here because it is closer to our home! See you there!
No. 2A, Jalan Cochrane, Taman Maluri, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.