Tired of “rounding for parking”, wrestling through a maze and with the crowd, and walking the entire IKEA store just to get your hands on some wooden photo frames or a pack of scented candles?
Then heck yes you’re definitely going to appreciate this next bit!
We just heard (or rather, read) that the Swedish furniture giant is planning to introduce an online store in Malaysia next year to meet increasing demand for its products 😀
Bernama quoted IKEA Southeast Asia managing director Christian Rojkjaer as saying that the e-commerce website would make it easier for customers to access and purchase the company’s range of products. “We are planning to launch the e-commerce service in Singapore in the next two weeks, and introduce it in Malaysia next year,” he said at the groundbreaking ceremony for the IKEA Penang store today.
IKEA’s online stores aren’t new, of course. In fact, IKEA Australia launched their e-commerce website back in November 2016. IKEA Japan also rolled out their online store in April this year. To give you an idea of what an IKEA online store would look like, hit up the IKEA Australia e-commerce website here.
On another note, IKEA Penang would mark the 4th IKEA store in Malaysia, following Damansara and Cheras in the Klang Valley, and Tebrau in Johor Bahru. The Penang branch is slated to open in the 1st quarter of 2019. Rojkjaer said that the company invested about RM600 million in IKEA Penang, and that the store will create about 450 jobs and various spin-off business opportunities for suppliers.