IKEA cuts 7500 jobs globally

Swedish furniture giant IKEA has on 21 November announced they will cut 7500 jobs worldwide in a shift toward smaller stores and more online shopping.

Even though 7500 employees will lose their job, the new shift will in the coming two years create 11,500 new jobs globally, according to IKEA.

That will happen by opening around 30 new IKEA touchpoints, investments in its fulfilment network and in digital capabilities.

“We continue to grow and perform strongly. At the same time, we recognise that the retail landscape is transforming at a scale and pace we’ve never seen before. As customer behaviours change rapidly, we are investing and developing our business to meet their needs in better and new ways,” says Jesper Brodin, Chief Executive Officer, Ingka Group.

Ingka Group currently operates 367 IKEA stores in 30 countries and employs 160,000 of Ikea’s total workforce of 208,000.

IKEA was founded in 1943 by Ingvar Feodor Kamprad.

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  2 comments for “IKEA cuts 7500 jobs globally

  1. November 27, 2018 at 14:19

    Feeling sorry for the employees, That’s 7500 people that may not be able to pay their mortgage or rent it’s not nothing , it’s 7500 people’s lives not just numbers!

    • November 28, 2018 at 12:14

      Indeed, Rick Chow. We have to remember to think of them as individuals and not just one in the number 7500.

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