IKEA rolls out 4 collection points
BURLINGTON, Ontario – IKEA Canada has taken the next step in its aggressive expansion plan with the opening of four new collections points including three in British Columbia and the fourth in New Brunswick.
All four are operated by a third party but are all part of the home furnishings giant’s plan to make itself more accessible to Canadian consumers, regardless of where they live in relation to its existing 12 full-size stores.
Located in Bathurst, New Brunswick – at 1930 Hall Road – it’s the ninth collection point the company has opened in Atlantic Canada, where it will also open its 13th full size store later this year in Halifax.
Consumers in the province are now able to have their furniture purchases delivered to the collection point, which is operated by Sameday Worldwide, for a fee of $59 regardless of the size and value of their purchase. The company says this is a significant savings from the average home delivery fee of $170.
“Our ambition is to become more accessible to as many Canadians as possible,” IKEA Canada president Marsha Smith said in a statement.
Simultaneously, IKEA unveiled collection points in Victoria, Kelowna, and Nanaimo, British Columbia, all of which will be operated by XPO, a third party service provider. Consumers in B.C. can have their furniture purchases shipped to any of the three points for $79, which is also substantially less than the average home delivery fee.
IKEA also noted that these collection points are not stores and do not have product available for purchase while noting these facilities make shopping easier in markets that have been identified as having potential.
The Victoria collection point can be found at 2205 Keating Cross Road, Sannichton; while the one in Kelowna is at 2255 Norris Road South; and Nanaimo is at 4386 Boban Drive.
“In such a large country, it is important to offer a variety of solutions we can use to make shopping easier for Canadians,” said Smith. “Launching these locations was a natural next step to make shopping online at www.IKEA.ca affordable…”
In total, IKEA is operating some 14 collection points across the country; as well as six pick-up and order points, which are collection points that sell product and provide access to the company’s e-commerce platform.
In a related announcement, IKEA said it has made a donation of $10,000 to the Red Cross on behalf of its stores in Richmond Hill and Coquitlam to assist with the relief and recovery efforts connected with the wildfires in British Columbia. In collaboration with Tree Canada, it will also support reforestation efforts throughout the province.
In 2015, IKEA Canada announced an ambitious plan to double in size, both in sales volume and store count, by 2025. To achieve this goal, the retailer will open new stores in new locations and also introduce some new formats over the next 10 years. The first new store on this expansion journey will be IKEA Halifax, set to open in fall 2017; followed by Quebec City in late summer 2018.
IKEA Canada is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the IKEA Group. Headquartered in The Netherlands, the IKEA Group is the largest furniture and home furnishings in the world. Its Canadian branch is this country’s second largest furniture retailer.