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The story of IKEA

The story of IKEA - The acronym that makes up the name stands for Ingvar Kamprad (the founder's name), Elmtaryd (the farm where the founder grew up), and Agunnaryd (the founder's hometown).
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Once upon a time, in the small town of Almhult, Sweden, a young boy named Ingvar Kamprad discovered his passion for selling and making money at the tender age of six. He kicked off his entrepreneurial journey by selling matches, and by the time he was ten, he was navigating the neighborhood on his bicycle, peddling Christmas decorations, fish, and pencils to anyone who would listen.

Fast forward to 1943, when Ingvar's father acknowledged his stellar performance at school with a small sum of money. Seizing the opportunity, Ingvar decided to turn his pocket change into something big. He founded IKEA, initially selling pens, wallets, picture frames, jewelry, and even delving into the world of mail-order furniture.

In 1955, the IKEA story took a fascinating turn. Catalogue manager Gillis Lundgren, frustrated while trying to load a bulky table into his car, accidentally knocked off its legs. Little did they know, this mishap would birth a revolutionary idea – self-assembled furniture. This ingenious concept not only simplified shipping but also paved the way for IKEA's signature clean and minimalist design philosophy.

Facing challenges in the late 1950s and early 1960s when Swedish manufacturers boycotted them over pricing, IKEA didn't back down. Instead, they embraced in-house designing, ensuring that everyone could afford their stylish and functional furniture and home decor.

Today, IKEA has blossomed into the world's largest furniture retail chain, boasting 433 stores globally and welcoming a whopping billion customers each year. Ingvar Kamprad's journey from selling matches on the streets to revolutionizing the furniture industry is a testament to the power of passion, innovation, and making things affordable for all.

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