Ikea shared its famous meatball recipe, and I made it so you don’t have to

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Just because Ikea is closed doesn’t mean your GI tract gets the day off. Ikea is not just the world’s most popular furniture company; it might be the world’s foremost meatballer, too. The company sells over a billion Swedish meatballs each year in its cafeterias and frozen to-go packs. And now, with Ikea stores closed around the world in response to COVID-19, the company published a recipe so you can duplicate the dish at home. Read Full Story

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See Ikea’s first collaboration with Lego. It’s genius.

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Kids love Legos, but they make a mess. This simple box is designed to solve that. Kids adore Lego, spending hours building entire worlds with the tiny plastic bricks. But to the consternation of parents around the world, the toys can end up littering the entire home, their sharp edges hurting your feet whenever you stumble upon one. To provide a creative solution to this problem, Lego partnered with Ikea to create a storage system that doubles as a play structure. Read Full Story

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Ikea recalls 800,000 dressers that could injure or kill kids

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Why isn’t the company investing more in stable furniture? Ikea is recalling yet another product that could tip over and injure—or kill—small children. The mega-retailer has recalled 800,000 Kullen dressers after receiving six reports that they have tipped over, causing injuries in some cases. The dresser was sold at Ikea stores between April 2005 and December 2019, and cost about $60. Read Full Story

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Ikea’s e-commerce was already pretty bad. During COVID-19, it absolutely fell apart

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The global furniture giant claimed to have modernized. Then COVID-19 struck. Ikea has long known the shortcomings of its business. The world’s largest furniture manufacturer kept prices low by selling flat-packed goods out of its giant stores, all while it was slow to respond to the digital revolution of apps and e-commerce. In January, Jesper Brodin, CEO of Ikea’s parent company, Ingka Group, acknowledged as much and told Fast Company that Ikea was “investing like never before” in its digital platforms and home delivery. Read Full Story

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