Love it or hate, but IKEA is certainly popular in Canada. So much so, IKEA Canada announced on November 5, 2015, sales results of $1.795 billion for the 2015 Fiscal Year ending August 31st.

In its press release, IKEA stated that the “release of the 2015 Summary Report at the Toronto Board of Trade marks the first time IKEA Canada has publicly disclosed such business information and is part of the company’s efforts to be transparent and accountable to its co-workers and customers.”

So…sales are great, but they also had the following achievements:

  • over 26 million in-store visits (up 4%)
  • 75 million web and mobile platform visits
  • online sales of $103 million (eCommerce is up 40%)

Sustainability-wise, IKEA is also touting the fact that it:

  • is energy independent, in part to a new wind farm in Southern Alberta, as well as solar installations on many of its stores
  • produces roughly three times more energy than is consumed by its operations
  • is diverting 85% of waste from going into landfills

Then there’s the light bulbs.

Back in August 2015, IKEA announced that all its lighting would be LED, the first major Canadian retailer to do so. No more incandescent. Bye-bye traditional lightbulbs that had to be changed way sooner than you expected…hello lighting options that may well be enjoyed by the next owner of the home you currently live in.

That is, of course, if you include all existing electrical light fixtures with the sale of your home! 

Well, IKEA has sold over 1.5 million of those little LED bulbs this year (so far).

More on the electrical side. If you drive a Tesla, or any other electric vehicle, IKEA also has free Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at all of its stores across Canada.

Then, in early October 2015, IKEA announced that all their window blinds and coverings available for sale in Canada would be either cordless, or with non-accessible cords. This move was part of their ongoing home safety education program, Safer Homes Together. They also stated that as of January 1, 2016, all their stores globally would follow suit.

To top it off, there will be five new Pick-Up and Order Points (Quebec City, London, St. Catharines, Whitby and Windsor), and IKEA plans to double the number of stores in Canada over the next 10 years.

How can you not love IKEA?

Having trouble deciphering their assembly instructions or driving around in circles trying to find parking on a Saturday afternoon are just two of those minor details we can easily overlook --- once we’ve got our KALLAX bookcases and HEMNES wardrobes and dressers in our fully charged, packed to the hilt, Mistubishi i-MiEV --- and then put together (after a few swear words and possibly some tears) and put to use in our living room and bedroom.

…where the hell did that extra screw and wooden pin come from?