Chinese influencers are posing by Ikea lockers for photos as part of 'American high school' trend
A new online trend has flooded Chinese social media platforms with images of influencers dressing like preppy American high school students and posing in front of Shanghai Ikea lockers, much to the chagrin of shoppers. The trend, called "Meigaofeng" (American high school style in English), is currently prevalent on Xiaohongshu (Little Red Book), China's version of Instagram. Influencers dress up in American high school uniforms like those worn in “Gossip Girl” or “The Princess Diaries” — coat, white buttoned long sleeves, pleated skirts, tie and all — and pose in front of the lockers in the furniture company’s Shanghai locations.news.yahoo.com
An IKEA manager who had to use vacation days to attend his brother's funeral fears he'll lose his job for posting on Reddit that his boss told him to 'get over' the death
Sarif Salameh said his manager at IKEA told him to "get over" his brother's death and stop being depressed at work. Now, he fears his job is at risk for speaking out.news.yahoo.com
For nations on the front lines of climate change, a fight for money -- and how to spend it
Developing countries have been demanding that wealthy nations pony up $100 billion a year to fight climate change. So far, the contributions have fallen short. But the question can still be asked: How do you spend $100 billion a year to fight climate change? New more savvy investors looking at climate projects.washingtonpost.com
IKEA recalls 159,000 dishes in the U.S. and Canada after some cause burn injuries
Unless you’re using weak paper plates, you shouldn’t expect to be burned by hot food or fluids on a plate. That’s why IKEA recalled about 159,400 Heroisk and Talrika bowls, plates and mugs in the United States and Canada.news.yahoo.com
A TikToker transformed an abandoned Ikea cabinet into a $1,400 brand-name dupe - and the video of how she did it has been viewed 2 million times
Christina Clericuzio, 24, flips furniture she finds on Facebook marketplace or on the side of the road into expensive-looking brand-name dupes.news.yahoo.com
Ikea France on trial over claims it spied on staff, clients
But at Monday's trial in the Versailles court, lawyers for Ikea France denied any strategy of “generalized espionage." Another accusation alleged that Ikea France used unauthorized data to try to catch an employee who had claimed unemployment benefits but drove a Porsche. Former Ikea France CEOs Jean-Louis Baillot and Stefan Vanoverbeke, former Chief Financial Officer Dariusz Rychert, store managers and police officers are also going on trial. Ikea France, a subsidiary of Swedish furniture company Ikea, said Monday it has cooperated with French judicial authorities. In France, Ikea employs more than 10,000 people in 34 stores, an e-commerce site and a customer support center.
These San Antonio-area businesses have announced closures, delays due to inclement weather
SAN ANTONIO – With the last round of wintry weather dropping snow and ice in San Antonio on Thursday, the following businesses have announced closures and delays. All elective surgeries and procedures at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio are canceled on Thursday. All inpatient areas and the Emergency Room at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio still remain open, along with The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Emergency Center – Westover Hills. Stores in the San Antonio area will operate from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Click here to see the full list of closures. San Antonio Botanical Garden - The San Antonio Botanical Garden will be closed to the public on Friday.
Texas Workforce Commission will use $4.9 million donation to cover restaurant worker certifications
click to enlarge Instagram / dwntwnatxFood Handler and TABC certifications are necessary headaches for Texas restaurant employees, and the Texas Workforce Commission plans to ease the financial burden of obtaining those licenses.Thanks to a $4.9 million donation from Swedish furniture giant IKEA, the commission will purchase the necessary credentials the state requires of foodservice employees, making them free for workers. Each of the two certifications usually runs about $15.Theoretically, the move should make it easier for folks to obtain work as the industry tries to get back on its feet. "As one of the hardest hit industries by the pandemic, restaurants are working to train their current labor force, hire and re-hire employees and remain open," TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Aaron Demerson said in a release. "If we can help them stay open safely, then that will assist them in keeping their employees, growing and rehiring new workers, and driving the recovery of our Texas economy.”Part of IKEA's monetary injection will also fund online training videos for restaurant owners resuming operation after a pandemic-forced shutdown or retooling their businesses to comply with safety protocols.Of the total donation, $500,000 is set aside to purchase ServSafe Food Handler and TABC To Go training and certifications to ensure more than 200,000 prospective employees will have the needed credentials to return to work.Thecontacted TWC for a timeline on the training and additional details but didn't receive a reply by press time.sacurrent.com
Desk shortage forces people to get creative about workspaces
Millions of kids logging onto virtual school this fall has parents scrambling to find furniture for them. But John Furner, who runs Walmart’s U.S. stores, acknowledged low stocks of kid’s desks and laptops in a ABC News interview on Sept. 11. “It’s not as cute or trendy as a bought desk and I wish it had drawers for storage,” said Fry. Will the homemade desk make it through the school year? “I could not believe in three weeks how much damage he’s done to this desk.”_____Follow Joseph Pisani on Twitter @ josephpisani
These San Antonio companies made Forbes list of Texas’ best employers
SAN ANTONIO – Forbes has released its findings for best employers in each state for 2020 and several San Antonio companies are among the top in Texas. And two San Antonio school districts rounded out the top 50 with Northside and North East Independent School Districts coming in at No. Many companies that have branches or stores in San Antonio also made the list, but they aren’t based out of the Alamo City. Costco Wholesale, Trader Joe’s and Starbucks, all of which have multiple locations in San Antonio, were ranked high up on the list of best employers in Texas. For the full list of best employers in Texas, click here.
'No lines, no crowds' Germans stay home as stores begin to reopen after coronavirus lockdown
A shopping window of a shoemakers store is seen, during the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Berlin, Germany, April 20, 2020. German consumers are counting their pennies rather than returning to shop in large numbers as stores gradually reopen after being locked down during the coronavirus crisis, the national retailers association said on Wednesday. Europe's largest economy allowed stores of up to 8,600 square feet to open again from Monday, along with car and bicycle dealers and bookstores, provided they adhere to strict social distancing and hygiene rules. On Wednesday, larger furniture outlets were also allowed to open in the western state of North Rhine Westphalia, such as 11 stores of Swedish chain Ikea. The government says social distancing rules will remain in force until at least May 3 and aims to start re-opening schools the following day.cnbc.com
Ingram Park Mall Closes Amid Pandemic as Most Malls Stay Open
Ingram Park Mall, which shut its doors at 7 p.m. Wednesday, is the first of San Antonios shopping malls to announce it is closing temporarily to prevent the spread of coronavirus. In San Antonio, where the coronavirus pandemic has shuttered schools and businesses citywide and led to bans on public gathering, most shopping malls have remained open. Mall property management companies did not respond to our calls for information about whether or not they planned to close, or why they remain open. Store closings go beyond the shopping malls, however. The largest shopping mall in the nation, Mall of America in Minneapolis, is currently locked down, its myriad stores, food courts, and indoor roller coasters quiet.therivardreport.com
More brands are leaving Amazon, but the strategy could backfire
The moves have sparked fears that Amazon will soon see more big brands flee the site. Even if brands end their relationship with Amazon, shoppers can still purchase their products on the site via third-party sellers. And unless companies can develop an e-commerce strategy to compete with Amazon's customer-obsessed mindset, experts say ditching Amazon has the potential to backfire. Amazon's marketplace is the company's not-so-secret weapon that prevents it from relying on brands to fill the site with products. For some brands, the "frustration built to the point that they walked away without a strategy beyond just not doing business with [Amazon] anymore."cnbc.com
IKEA to pay $46M in boy's dresser tipover death, lawyers say
IKEA has agreed to pay $46 million to the parents of a 2-year-old boy who died of injuries suffered when a 70-pound recalled dresser tipped over onto him, the familys lawyers said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA, PA – IKEA has agreed to pay $46 million to the parents of a 2-year-old boy who died of injuries suffered when a 70-pound (32-kilogram) recalled dresser tipped over onto him, the family’s lawyers said Monday. The dresser was recalled in 2016, according to the suit. The settlement also requires IKEA to meet with the advocacy organization, Parents Against Tip-overs, and broaden its outreach to consumers about the recall of IKEA dressers, according to the Dudek's lawyers, Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig. The Dudek family will donate $1 million from the settlement to organizations that advocate for more rigorous stability testing for dressers, they said.
IKEA recalls thousands of infant bibs for possible choking hazards
LEIDEN, Netherlands - Ikea is recalling thousands of infant bibs over concerns their snaps could be a choking hazard if they detach. The recalled 7,000 MATVR infant bibs appear as a pair in a pack, and were sold in stores online and worldwide. "The blue bib has a green seam along the outside with white polka dots. The red bib has a yellow seam along the outside with red polka dots," IKEA said. It asked consumers to stop using the recalled bibs and return them to any IKEA store for a refund.
Apple's 5 biggest flops
Released in 2000, the G4 Cube didn't look like a computer at all -- it looked like some knickknack you'd buy at an Ikea store. The computer was cube-shaped and entombed in an acrylic case. As so often tends to be the case with Apple, fashion beat out function with this device. It was encased in an acrylic box and had no fan (Apple wanted to keep it quiet), so it was prone to overheat. It also lacked an audio output -- something computers sort of need.
Ikea and Queen of Sweden design homes for people with dementia
For the past three decades, the group has built more than 11,000 modular homes throughout Sweden, Finland and Norway using the Ikea model: strip out costs by producing large quantities of parts off-site. Its namesake, Queen Silvia of Sweden whose mother suffered from Alzheimer's has been a partner from the beginning. Before he died in 2018, Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad made a large donation to the project through the the queen's foundation, which provides training on dementia care. "BoKlok was designed the IKEA way: large volumes, low prices," according to a Skanska blog post from 2011. "It's still the same floor layout, but you need to understand how people with dementia react in certain situations," Spangenberg said.
Walmart, Amazon and Ikea sued over Edison light bulbs
Pixabay(CNN) - The Edison light bulb is having another moment - 140 years after its invention: It's the center of a new lawsuit. The University of California Santa Barbara is suing five major retailers Walmart, Target, Amazon, Ikea and Bed Bath & Beyond for violating its patents on "filament" LED light bulbs. The bulbs are designed to look like the some of the original light bulbs produced by inventor Thomas Edison. In the court filings, the university expects sales for the Edison bulbs to exceed $1 billion this year. The bulbs have an antique aesthetic but are much more energy efficient than the original Edison bulbs.