The Swedish furniture giant now wants to simplify the buying process for clients in Spain and opens up a number of distribution points as a supplement to their stores.
It’s about small “pick-up” stores which are only 3,000 square meters, of which 862 square meters for exhibition and the rest is a delivery warehouse. As a comparison, a typical IKEA store is about 30,000 square meters. The purpose of these stores is that you can purchase and pay online and then collect the goods in the new distribution points. But you will also be able to buy some selected accessory products in the new stores and also pay for them in the store.
IKEA will not close down their large warehouses, but these new distribution points are seen as complementary and provide an opportunity within a relatively short time to cover the whole of Spain. Within two years expect IKEA that they will be able to offer a nationwide electronic commerce including online payment with the ability to retrieve the goods in the distribution points.
The first of these distribution points was inaugurated Monday in Cendea the Galar in Navarre, three kilometers from Pamplona. The investment in the is a mere 500,000 euros and they have employed 25 people.
After a booking is made, the goods wil be present at a distribution point within 78 hours. The cost of having the goods delivered are 9 Euro up to 30 kg and 19 euros if it is heavier deliveries.
IKEA currently has 16 stores in Spain Alcorcón, San Sebastián de los Reyes, Ensanche de Vallecas (Madrid), Badalona, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat and Sabadell (Barcelona), Castilleja de la Cuesta (Sevilla), Malaga, Jerez (Cadiz ), Barakaldo (Vizcaya), Pola de Siero (Asturias), Murcia, Zaragoza, A Coruña and Arroyo de la Encomienda (Valladolid) and Alfafar (Valencia).
In addition to the stores, they have two distribution centers and now the first of a series of new distribution points.