June 28, 2014 |
Joining a movement toward increasing income for low-wage workers, Ikea USA announced Thursday that more than half its minimum-wage hourly workers would get an average 17 percent raise, effective Jan. 1. The announcement by the Swedish retailer, which has its U.S. headquarters in Conshohocken, came days after Gap Inc. instituted a wage increase for its 65,000 workers and a week after City Council passed an ordinance raising minimum wages for employees...
April 12, 2014 |
As business leaders and members of a congressional task force on climate change met in Washington on Thursday to discuss how they were adapting, the Ikea Group trumped them by announcing a new renewable-energy project, its biggest worldwide. Rob Olson, chief financial officer and acting president of Ikea's U.S. division, based in Conshohocken, said the company was investing in a wind farm in Hoopeston, Ill., south of Chicago. It is the company's first wind farm, to be completed in 2015.
November 14, 2013 |
My childhood home had a yard the size of a Barcalounger, but that yard took three weeks to rake. I know this because our parents "hired" their three children to rake said lawn and, by hired , I mean we were paid in hot chocolate and graham crackers. I should have remembered this when, many years later, my husband and I bought a home of comparable size but with a much larger yard. Actually, yards - front and back. But no. Real estate makes people do foolish things. And we bought the house in the spring.
June 28, 2013
Ikea is enlarging its sustainability footprint in the region with plans to add a total of six electric vehicle charging stations at its home-furnishing stores in South Philadelphia and Conshohocken, and its U.S. corporate office, also in Conshohocken. Through a partnership Ikea already has with ECOtality Inc. in San Francisco, specialists in clean electric transportation and storage technologies, the Swedish retailer will add a total of 24 Blink charging stations to eight U.S. locations beginning in July.
February 26, 2013 |
STOCKHOLM - Swedish furniture giant Ikea became entangled in Europe's widening meat scandal Monday, forced to withdraw meatballs from stores across Europe amid suspicions that they contained horse meat. Stores in the United States and Canada were not affected, Ikea said. The company reacted after authorities in the Czech Republic said they had detected horse DNA in tests of 1-kilogram (2.2-pound) packs of frozen meatballs that were labeled as beef and pork. The Czech State Veterinary Administration said that it tested two batches of Ikea meatballs and that only one of them contained horse meat.
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...
November 14, 2012 |
BERLIN - Ikea will release a report this week addressing claims that it benefited from forced labor in the former communist East Germany, the company and victims groups said Monday. The report by independent auditors Ernst & Young looks into allegations that Ikea, whose U.S. headquarters is in Conshohocken, used East German suppliers who employed prisoners - some of them political dissidents - to manufacture goods for its stores from the 1960s to 1980s. "We hope this will be a first step toward a broader investigation into the use of forced labor in East Germany," Rainer Wagner, chairman of the victims' group UOKG, told the Associated Press.
October 2, 2012 |
Ikea, the world's largest home retailer, is putting the kibosh on compact fluorescent light bulbs. The Swedish company announced Monday it going all LED by 2016. LED bulbs - that stands for light-emitting diodes - are more expensive, but they consume 85 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last up to 20 times longer, Ikea said. Ikea, whose U.S. headquarters are in Conshohocken, called its ban on the spiral fluorescents "another bold move" by a company that first banned incandescents in 2010.
August 1, 2012
On Tuesday, IKEA officially plugged in rooftop solar arrays at three regional facilities – stores in Conshohocken and South Philadelphia, plus its U.S. service center in Conshohocken. The arrays have a total of 9,198 panels and are expected to generate 2,654,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year, the equivalent of powering 228 homes. The savings in carbon dioxide emissions is expected to be the equivalent of removing 359 cars from the road. IKEA has now installed solar at 29 of its U.S. facilities, with installations under way at 10 more, according to the company.
March 30, 2012 |
When Naomi Stein, a Bala Cynwyd interior designer, was searching for a set of nightstands for her bedroom, she ran into a dilemma: She had a limited budget and rather expensive taste. Then she came across a blog post featuring an Ikea Rast dresser, a plain three-drawer box in unfinished pine, that had been painted, stained, and blinged out with hardware. She decided to follow the blogger's lead, creating her own elegant accent pieces from the same unassuming Ikea structure. "I figured, I can try it," Stein said.