16 Facts About IKEA

1. In February 2013, IKEA announced it had pulled 17,000 portions of Swedish meatballs containing beef and pork from stores in Europe after testing in the Czech Republic found traces of horsemeat in the product.

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2. In particular, the size of proposed IKEA stores has often seen significant opposition from members of such communities.

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3. In March 2010, IKEA developed an event in four important Metro stations in Paris, in which furniture collections are displayed in high-traffic spots, giving potential customers a chance to check out the brand's products.

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4. In May 2017, IKEA introduced an online shopping interactive catalog, as a shopping virtual-assistant intelligent user interface web application, developed by the software house Netguru.

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5. On 17 February 2011, IKEA announced its plans to develop a wind farm in Dalarna County, Sweden, furthering its goal of using only renewable energy to fuel its operations.

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6. In 2001 IKEA was one of the first companies to operate its own cross-border goods trains through several countries in Europe.

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7. In 2000 IKEA introduced its code of conduct for suppliers that covers social, safety and environmental questions.

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8. In 1990, IKEA adopted the Natural Step framework as the basis for its environmental plan.

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9. In November 2012, IKEA admitted being aware at the time of the possibility of use of forced labor and failing to exercise sufficient control to identify and avoid it.

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10. In November 2015 IKEA ended its contract with Hanergy and in April 2016 started working with Solarcentury.

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11. In 2016 IKEA started a move into the smart home business.

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12. In 2015, IKEA announced that it would be attempting a smaller store design at several locations in Canada.

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13. On 10 August 2017, IKEA opened its first store in Serbia and 400th store overall.

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14. On 31 January 2017, IKEA announced that it will open a new store in Latvia.

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15. On 1 November 2017 IKEA bought 10 acres of land in Gurugram to expand operations in Northern India.

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16. In March 2013, IKEA opened its first outlet in Qatar, after a delay of several months.

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