Ikea Swot Analysis (a Summary) | Supply Chain | Market (Economics)

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IKEA  is

an internationally known home furnishing retailer. It has grown rapidly since it was

founded in 1943. The majority of IKEA's furniture is flat-pack, ready to be assembled by the consumer. This allows a reduction in costs and packaging. IKEA carries a range of 9,500  products, including home furniture and accessories. In 2008 the IKEA group had 253 stores in 24 countries, with 32 stores owned and run by franchises. It welcomed a total of 565 million visitors to the stores during the year and a further 450 million visits were made to the IKEA website. IKEA sales reached 21.2 billion Euros in 2008 showing an increase of 7%. Low prices are one of the cornerstones of the firm concept and help to make customers want to  buy from IKEA. This low price strategy is coupled with a wide range of well designed, functional products that cater for every lifestyle and life stage of its customers; since it was founded it has always had concern concern for people and the environment. The IKEA vision ‘to create a  better everyday life for the many people’ puts this concern at the heart of the business.  business.  IKEA's goals of sustainability and environmental design are central to its b usiness strategy. IKEA uses a SWOT analysis to help it reach its objectives. IKEA’s strengths include: a include: a strong global brand which attracts key consumer groups. It promises the same quality and range worldwide, a strong concept based on offering, a wide range of well designed functional  products at low prices. IKEA’s Cost Consciousness means that low prices are taken into account when each product is designed from the outset. These strengths contribute to IKEA being able to attract and retain its customers. One way IKEA measures its strengths is the use of Key Performance Indicators (KPI). IKEA’s weaknesses may include the size and scale of its global  business. This could make ma ke it hard to control standards and quality. qu ality. Some countries where IKEA  products are made do not implement the legislation to control working conditions. This could represent a weak link in IKEA’s supply chain, affecting consumer views of IKEA’s products. The IWAY code is backed up by training and inspectors visiting factories to make sure that suppliers meet its requirements. Some of the opportunities that IKEA takes advantage of through its sustainability agenda are growing demand for greener products, growing demand for low priced products. Trends in the

current financial climate may result in consumers trading down from more expensive stores demand for reduced water usage and lower carbon footprints. Threats to IKEA may stem from social trends –  trends  –  such   such as the slowdown in first time buyers entering the housing market. This is a core market segment for IKEA products market forces –  forces –  more  more competitors entering the low price household and furnishings markets. Others are Market forces and economic factors; IKEA needs to reinforce its unique qualities to compete with these. Economies of scale also give a business a competitive edge if cost savings are then passed on to customers in the form of lower prices. This  puts up high barriers to entry for smaller companies entering entering the market.

Conclusion: IKEA is a well-known global brand with hundreds of stores across the world. In order to improve, it must assess its external and competitive environment. This will reveal the key opportunities it can take advantage of and the threats it must deal with. IKEA responds to both internal and external issues in a proactive and dynamic manner by using its strengths and reducing its weaknesses. Through this, IKEA is able to generate the strong growth it needs to retain a strong identity in the market. IKEA’s passion  business strategy combines design, low  prices, economical use of resources, and responsibility for people and the environment.

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