September 16, 1988 |
Oops. Sorry. We goofed. That's the message IKEA customers received this month when the Swedish furniture store reissued 17,000 of the 1 million catalogs mailed to the Philadelphia area last month. The reason? Some of the prices listed in the catalog were just too high. "We found out that an error at the printer and bindery had resulted in a pallet-load of pages with Canadian prices being inserted into the U.S. catalogs," said Ikea spokesperson Fran Novelli. The errors slipped through the store's quality-control department and winged their way into customer's homes.
June 4, 1986 |
Philadelphia is making a push to furnish a location for a big Ikea warehouse and distribution facility needed to service the company's growing string of U.S. stores. Ikea, the furniture store chain based in Sweden, is shopping for land in several East Coast metropolitan areas to accommodate the complex. Lee Stull, who directs a Philadelphia economic development group, said Philadelphia appears to have a good shot at landing the project. "I believe we've persuaded them that their first preference should be the greater Philadelphia area," he said.
October 23, 1986 |
Two local developers have approached Ikea, the Swedish furniture retailer, with proposals to build the company a custom-designed warehouse and distribution facility in Northeast Philadelphia, according to Phran Novelli, Ikea spokeswoman. Novelli said she could name the prospective developers. Ikea had planned to build its own $21 million warehouse in the city's Byberry East Industrial Park, but in September postponed making a decision on the facility, pending the outcome of a corporate study now under way on suitable warehousing.
October 31, 1986 |
The city yesterday finally nailed down a commitment from Ikea to build its East Coast warehouse and distribution center in Philadelphia, a deal that city officials say is a big economic victory for Philadelphia. The deal marks the end to the city's long and at times difficult courtship of Ikea, the Swedish company that claims to be the world's largest furniture retailer. Ikea reached an agreement in principle yesterday with the city to operate a 400,000-square-foot warehouse at the city's Byberry East industrial park in Northeast Philadelphia.
June 25, 2011 |
NEW YORK - A labor union looking to organize Ikea's first American factory is asking the federal government to allow workers to vote on whether they want representation. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers filed a request with the National Labor Relations Board this week along with signature cards from what it believes is a majority of the eligible employees at Ikea's factory in Danville, Va. The plant, which produces bookcases and coffee tables, is run by Ikea's manufacturing subsidiary, Swedwood.
November 20, 2002
THE Daily News misunderstands the role of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority in the city and region's economic life (editorial, "IKEA on the Waterfront: Assembly Required," Nov. 11). We are not opposed to IKEA establishing a retail presence in Philadelphia. We simply question why it must be located in the very heart of the Port Industrial District. The site at Snyder Avenue and Christopher Columbus Boulevard is directly across the street from the port's Forest Products Distribution Center, a major banana import facility and one of the largest cocoa-bean facilities in the United States.
January 8, 2016 |
The parents of a Washington state toddler who died after being pinned beneath a toppled Ikea dresser have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the furniture giant, claiming Ikea sold the dresser despite knowing it was unstable. Filed in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, the lawsuit by the parents of 2-year-old Camden Ellis of Bothell is the second in less than a year against Ikea stemming from a fatal tip-over of a Malm dresser. A similar suit was filed by the mother of Curren Collas, a West Chester 2-year-old, who died in February 2014 when a dresser tipped onto him. Ikea cited the deaths of both boys when the company and the Consumer Product Safety Commission in July jointly announced a "repair program" involving 27 million dressers.
May 28, 2015 |
The mother of a 2-year-old West Chester boy who was crushed and killed beneath an IKEA dresser last year has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit, claiming the retail giant's bureau was "defective and dangerous. " Jackie Collas, who was the focus of an Inquirer report earlier this year on the growing threat of furniture and television tip-overs, claims IKEA failed to warn of the danger or provide proper safety features. "We believe this is a catastrophic and preventable injury," said Collas' attorney, Dan Mann of Philadelphia.
November 18, 2012 |
BERLIN - Swedish furniture giant Ikea, whose U.S. headquarters is in Conshohocken, expressed regret Friday that it benefited from the use of forced prison labor by some of its suppliers in communist East Germany more than two decades ago. The company released an independent report showing that East German prisoners, among them many political dissidents, were involved in the manufacture of goods supplied to Ikea 25 to 30 years ago. The report concluded...
October 31, 1986 |
Ikea, the Swedish home-furnishings giant, will lease a national warehouse and distribution complex to be built in Northeast Philadelphia, city development officials said last night. The $13.1 million deal, which they called a "coup" for Philadelphia, will produce 150 construction jobs and 75 permanent jobs. It also could give a strong boost to Philadelphia's sagging port traffic. "The tide has changed," City Commerce Director Charles Pizzi said last night. "We can now attract new business into the city.