Ikea Case Study

Ikea Case Study

IKEA
Executive Summary
Founded in 1943 by entrepreneur Ingvar Kamprad, IKEA first began with sales of inexpensive products such as pens, watches, and jewelry. Soon after, IKEA started selling furniture and published a catalog in 1951.   With its Scandinavian and contemporary style, IKEA's business model of furnishing simplicity and do it yourself furniture has taken the company from a catalog based company to a multimillion dollar company. The company has grown to over 253 outlet stores in 37 countries and making itself known as a global brand of do it yourself furnishings at a lower cost than most furniture retailers
Marketing strategies
IKEA’s success is based on principal marketing strategies that remain the same throughout the world, which include a catalogue that is printed in 52 editions in 27 languages and has a worldwide circulation of 200 million copies, and the use of the colors of the Swedish flag blue and yellow in the IKEA logo. This is combined with an emphasis on customer freedom and choice with regard to buying and taking home products, and low prices intended to create a “sale” mentality amongst customers. This aggressive price strategy coupled, with a wide product range catering for every potential lifestyle and life stage of a consumer, can best summarize the company’s recipe for success. The fact that IKEA targets all age groups and households makes it an attractive proposition to a wide spectrum of most countries’ consumers, especially amongst depressed retail markets, such as Europe at the moment.

Problem:
How can IKEA balance global standardization and local adaptation?
Alternatives
Keep its contemporary and simplistic look and focus on product placement
Expand product lines by including a higher quality line targeted at wealthier consumers
Focus on customer service
Analysis

1. Keep its contemporary and simplistic look and focus on product placement
IKEA’s competitive priorities have not changed much since the 1943 beginnings....

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