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India, A Priority Market for Ikea's Growth

Furniture Giants Unite, Ikea and India's Path to Prosperity

28 February 2024

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Kunal Tyagi

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  • India tops Ikea's priority markets list for investment, with CEO Jesper Brodin highlighting the nation's rapid infrastructure development and digital advancements.

  • Ikea aims to establish 25 large-format stores in India by 2025, strategically positioning itself to tap into the country's expanding furniture market.

  • Collaboration with the Indian government to set quality standards reflects Ikea's commitment to offering safer, standardized products while supporting India's export goals.

In the dynamic landscape of global retail, few markets command attention like India. Jesper Brodin, the global CEO of Ingka Group, which operates most Ikea stores worldwide, emphasized India's significance as the top priority for investment. Brodin praised India's remarkable strides in both digital and physical infrastructure development, noting the challenge of keeping pace with the nation's rapid evolution.


Ikea's journey in India dates back to the 1980s when it initiated sourcing from the country. Over the years, it has expanded its presence, aiming to establish 25 large-format stores by 2025. Presently, with three large stores and two smaller city outlets, Ikea is strategically positioning itself to cater to the burgeoning Indian market.


The Indian furniture market, currently valued at $32 billion, is poised for substantial growth, projected to reach $38 billion by 2026. Factors such as increasing demand for residential and commercial infrastructure, propelled by a burgeoning middle class, contribute to this optimistic outlook.


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Brodin reiterated Ikea's commitment to serving the Indian market, emphasizing its alignment with the company's global vision of offering quality products at affordable prices. By leveraging its scale and optimizing costs, Ikea aims to make its offerings more accessible to Indian consumers, thereby stimulating sales volumes.


Despite being the world's fifth-largest producer and fourth-largest consumer of furniture, India's per-capita furniture consumption remains significantly lower compared to other nations. This underscores the untapped potential within the Indian market, which Ikea is keen to capitalize on through its expansion endeavors.


As Ikea navigates the Indian market, it collaborates with the government to establish quality standards, ensuring safer and standardized products. Brodin emphasized the importance of such dialogues in fostering a conducive business environment while supporting India's ambitious export targets.


In conclusion, Ikea's ambitious plans for India underscore the country's strategic importance as a key driver of the company's growth trajectory. With a focus on affordability, quality, and scalability, Ikea is poised to carve a significant niche in India's burgeoning furniture market, contributing to its economic growth story.


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