Global Sourcing Challenges of Ikea

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The global sourcing challenges of IKEA
Who does not know IKEA? Famous for its design and very affordable house furniture, IKEA is the leader on its market. Founded in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad this business grew tremendous fast that it has become the reference in term of low-cost self assemble furniture in the world.
The sourcing strategy of IKEA follows a manufacturing Code of Conduct towards its suppliers named “The IKEA Way in Purchasing Home Furnishing Products” (IWAY) . Besides this code, the strategy is rather well established especially regarding the relationships between the company and its suppliers from the economically developing countries. But the question is; are Ikea’s international procurements processes efficient? Can they be improved?
This essay will focus on Ikea’s global sourcing’s tradeoffs and will highlight the way they can be enhanced. The first part of this essay will describe the regular sourcing process of IKEA including the strategy, the second part will emphasize how the sourcing should be done to be successful and the last part will provide recommendations about the processes according to the analysis.

For a company, global sourcing is basically choosing different suppliers all around the world in order to use worldwide efficiencies and reduce costs. Global sourcing offers various advantages such as low cost materials and skilled labour, diminution of lead times, and also economical advantages like low taxes or low trade tariffs. These benefits will directly be related to the production costs and the final products. That is why global souring is an important factor in the procurement process, which should not be neglected.
Through the last twenty years IKEA’s sourcing strategy has seen many changes. One of the first improvements was a reduction in the number of suppliers. In fact, in 1990, IKEA counted 2500 suppliers; the brand has…...

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