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IKEA to test new retail format to get closer to UK customers

Home furnishing giant IKEA is to test a new retail format in the UK as part of plans to make the retailer more accessible.


IKEA to test new retail format to get closer to UK customers

Home furnishing giant IKEA is to test a new retail format in the UK as part of plans to make the retailer more accessible.

The company said it is planning to introduce what it calls Order and Collection Points to make shopping easier and more convenient for customers, especially those who live a long way from an IKEA store.

IKEA will explore slightly different Order and Collection Point formats in selected markets, using it as an opportunity to find out more about how customers want to shop with IKEA in these areas.

The first Order and Collection Point will open in Norwich this autumn and will act primarily as a planning studio, where customers will be able to speak with home furnishing experts when making more complex purchases such as kitchens or wardrobes.

Customers will also have the opportunity to touch and test the product range and will be able to collect orders made online or in the store.

The Norwich Order and Collection Point will also include a café and will have a limited range of products that customers can take home 'on the day'.

Gillian Drakeford, IKEA UK country manager, said: “We are extremely excited to announce our plans to test and explore Order and Collection Points as an addition to our current sales channels. We know that consumers in the UK like to shop across many channels and using multiple devices.Our customers are also telling us that with 18 stores in the UK, we are often too far away. Order and Collection Points give us the opportunity to trial new ways of being more accessible to our customers.”

“We will start by testing this new format in Norwich. We already have an established online presence in this market but currently our customers in Norfolk have to travel more than two hours to our Lakeside or Milton Keynes stores to see the product range and get planning and design advice. By introducing an Order and Collection Point in this market we are hoping to bridge the gap between online and in-store shopping and offer customers a more personal service locally.”

IKEA’s expansion plans also include rebuilding existing stores to improve the shopping experience, opening new stores in new locations, updating existing e-commerce platforms and adding additional services for customers.

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