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The many people in Bengaluru can now order their favorite home furnishing products online through the company website www.ikea.in and the IKEA mobile shopping app

Bengaluru, NFAPost: IKEA, the world’s leading Swedish home furnishing retailer, announced the launch of its ecommerce services and mobile shopping app in Bengaluru. Bengalureans will be able to choose from over 8,000 well-designed, affordable, good quality, functional and sustainable home furnishing products and solutions.

This announcement comes close after opening its second IKEA India store in Navi Mumbai in December 2020, and the recent online entry into Gujarat.

IKEA’s much awaited Bengaluru market entry, led by eCommerce and mobile shopping app is the first step in entering the market and marks a significant milestone in the Swedish retailer’s new retail direction which aims to bring it closer to where people are, with new touchpoints and services, focusing on both digital and physical formats with an omnichannel approach. IKEA already has online presence in Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Surat, and Vadodara.

The IKEA online store will provide solutions, inspiration and ideas which reflect the home furnishing needs of the many people in Bengaluru. The newly launched IKEA mobile shopping app features product recommendations, ratings, and reviews, along with easier searching and browsing experience.

The app also allows customers to add the products to their shopping list even while physically browsing through the products in the store. Customers can also find a built-in barcode scanner which will help them learn more details about the products, including materials and dimensions.

IKEA India CEO & CSO (Chief Sustainability Officer) Peter Betzel said Karnataka is a very important market for IKEA and Bengaluru is one of the largest home furnishing market in India.

“We will bring a complete omnichannel offer to the market and are excited to take the first step now with the launch of our eCommerce channel and meeting the many people in Bengaluru with their aspirations and dreams for a better life at home. IKEA will also open a big IKEA store, close to 400,000 sq. ft. in Nagasandra within a year,” said Peter Betzel.

He also said the store will be connected to the Nagasandra metro station, supporting faster and greener commute for the many people to the IKEA store. “Over time, we will also open a city centre store within Bengaluru to be even more accessible and connect with many more people,” said Peter Betzel.

IKEA’s presence in the state will help create employment opportunities, enable skill development and bring best practices in the retail sector. Over the next five years, across different IKEA businesses in Bengaluru, the company plans to engage around 2500 coworkers directly with 50% diversity across all levels and will generate close to 1200 indirect jobs linked with its business operations.

IKEA works with 9 Home Furnishing suppliers in Karnataka including a social entrepreneur engaging 1200 local artisans, thereby increasing its local sourcing footprint in the state.

IKEA continues its expansion journey in India with an omnichannel approach, focusing on giving more options to consumers across India with both online and physical formats. In the coming year, while continuing to look for more market entry opportunities, IKEA is gearing up to open 2 city centre stores in Mumbai and create more customer meeting points in Bengaluru in a phased manner.

Customers can download the IKEA mobile shopping app here or shop online at www.ikea.in

Ingka Group (Ingka Holding B.V. and its controlled entities) is one of 12 different groups of companies that own and operate IKEA retail under franchise agreements with Inter IKEA Systems B.V. Ingka Group has three business areas: IKEA Retail, Ingka Investments, and Ingka Centres.

Ingka Group is a strategic partner in the IKEA franchise system, operating 378 IKEA stores in 30 countries. These IKEA stores had 706 million visits during FY20 and 3.6 billion visits to www.IKEA.com.

At the end of FY20, Ingka Group had 58 smaller formats such as IKEA planning studios and IKEA shops, 45 Ingka Centres meeting places in 15 countries, 29 Distribution Centres in 18 countries and 54 Customer Distribution Centres in 16 countries.

Ingka Group operates business under the IKEA vision – to create a better everyday life for the many people by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible can afford it.

IKEA India, part of Ingka Group opened its first retail store in Hyderabad in August 2018. The Navi Mumbai store opened in December 2020 and two city centre stores will open in Mumbai during 2021. IKEA has online presence today in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad, Surat, and Vadodara.

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