Remote learning boosts back-to-school spending

Aug 11, 2020
School will be remote for many kids in the fall, and parents have been scrambling to outfit their homes with schooling furniture and supplies.
A mother helps her home-schooled daughter learn on a laptop. Parents are buying furniture and equipment to help their kids continue their education at home.
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Instruction manuals tell us more than how to use a product

May 29, 2018
They're the "supporting actress waiting in the wings," says the BBC's Helene Schumacher.
A view of one of Ikea's instruction manuals.
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More than the meatballs: The economic enigma of Ikea

Nov 23, 2016
How the furniture giant is able to lower prices over time.
An IKEA employee displays the new IKEA vegetarian meatballs, during a worldwide launch at IKEA Anderlecht, on April 8, 2015.
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How do you define the American dream? Ikea wants to know

Sep 21, 2016
Can a company built on selling stuff help Americans achieve sustainable, happy lives?
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Meet the woman behind Ikea's living wage calculator

Aug 6, 2014
Ikea will use an MIT project to set wages in its stores across the U.S.

Ikea: New Yorkers spend a lot of time in the bathroom

Jun 5, 2014
In which Ikea reveals it knows way too much about us.

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CGI in ads grows more popular

Nov 5, 2012
The Swedish furniture maker Ikea increasingly relies on CGI -- computer-generated imagery -- to "make" the items in its catalog. It's enough to raise the question of whether computer graphics could ever replace people in the fashion photography business.

Made in IKEA?

Oct 1, 2012
IKEA says it regrets a decision to airbrush women out of its Saudi Arabian catalogs. The images included one of a mom in her p.j.s, standing at the bathroom sink with her young son.