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September 16, 1988 | By Renee V. Lucas, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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June 4, 1986 | By GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer (Staff writer Bob Eisberg contributed to this report.)
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.
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October 23, 1986 | By ROBIN PALLEY and GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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October 31, 1986 | By GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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June 25, 2011 | By Nathaniel Popper, Los Angeles Times
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.
NEWS
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.
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January 8, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
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.
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May 28, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 18, 2012 | By Frank Jordans, Associated Press
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...
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October 31, 1986 | By Gary Cohn, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 14, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
Ikea will recall 1.7 million dressers in China, responding to international pressure to extend a sweeping recall announced two weeks ago in the United States and Canada, the Chinese government announced Tuesday. The move comes two days after the state-sponsored Chinese media blasted Ikea in an editorial, saying the Swedish company was showing "arrogance and stubbornness" by not recalling products already tied to six deaths in the United States. "Ikea is still acting petty and narrow-minded, making this incident appear more and more like a farce," the Xinhua News Agency wrote on Sunday, according to a translation in the Financial Times.
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July 1, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, STAFF WRITER
Ikea's massive recall of 29 million dressers was designed to be consumer friendly. Can't bring your unit to a store? Ikea will pick it up. Want to keep it? A crew will come anchor the dresser to the wall. But getting to that point - or even reaching an operator on the recall hotline - requires persistence. Hours after the unprecedented recall was announced Tuesday, frustrated customers took to social media to complain they couldn't get through or talk to a person on the hotline.
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June 30, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - In the 14 years since his son was crushed by an Ikea dresser, Rich Pierce had grown accustomed to rarely hearing Nicholas' name. Then, on Tuesday, his son's story was broadcast around the world. Nicholas was one of six deaths to prompt the recall of 29 million Ikea dressers, described as among the most comprehensive safety remedies in U.S. history. Hearing the news, Pierce paused to collect himself, then let out a simple "Wow. " He said that at their next meal, his family would toast to Nicholas, who would have turned 17 this year.
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June 30, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, STAFF WRITER
Ikea has recalled 29 million of its dressers in what a top federal safety official called "one of the most comprehensive consumer safety recalls in American history. " It also is likely to be one of the more complex, impacting products sold over a two-decade span and encompassing remedies ranging from refunds to in-home repairs. If you own an Ikea dresser, here's what you should do. Find out if your dresser has been recalled The recall includes more than 100 Ikea product lines, many made up of multiple sizes of dressers.
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June 29, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
After the deaths of three toddlers, Ikea has agreed to immediately stop selling dressers that too easily tip over, and to offer full refunds to millions of customers who bought them. The recall applies to 29 million dressers, some sold more than a decade ago, including the company's popular, low-cost Malm line. By Monday, Ikea's website no longer carried the Malm models blamed in the deaths, which fail industry stability tests. Details of the agreement, which a federal agency source briefed on the matter called "unprecedented," are scheduled to be made public Tuesday.
NEWS
May 12, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, STAFF WRITER
BETHESDA, Md. - Federal safety regulators will sue Ikea if the retailer does not take new steps to address problems with potentially unstable dressers already blamed for three toddlers' deaths, the chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday. Elliot Kaye made the remarks after meeting with safety advocates who say that the consumer awareness program Ikea launched last summer has been ineffective and that the company should take its Malm dressers, a popular low-cost model, off the market.
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May 3, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
Nine months after the deaths of two toddlers prompted Ikea to launch a safety awareness campaign about unstable dressers, a third fatality has the company and federal regulators reviewing whether that effort went far enough - and negotiating potential next steps for Ikea. A company spokeswoman on Wednesday acknowledged its ongoing discussions with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission about "additional actions" that the retailing giant might take. She wouldn't elaborate on the negotiations, nor would a representative from the safety agency.
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April 28, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, STAFF WRITER
Safety advocates are pressing federal regulators to make Ikea stop selling a popular line of bedroom dressers, after a Minnesota toddler became the third child in two years to die when his dresser toppled onto him. In a letter sent Tuesday to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, a coalition representing four groups said buyers of the Malm line should be allowed to return them for a full refund. It also scolded the safety commission and the retailer over Ikea's decision to keep selling the dressers, despite knowing they fail to meet industry-accepted stability standards.
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April 18, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
Federal safety regulators are investigating the death of a Minnesota toddler crushed by an Ikea dresser in February, seven months after the retailer disclosed millions of its dressers are at risk of falling forward if not properly stabilized. Theodore "Ted" McGee died Feb. 14 when a bureau in his Apple Valley, Minn., bedroom tipped onto him, according to the family's lawyers. His parents thought the 22-month-old was napping. "They didn't hear the dresser fall," attorney Alan Feldman said.
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