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Drivers of Hybrid and Fuel Efficient Vehicles Get Preferred Green Parking at IKEA Stores in Canada

IKEA Recognizes Environmentally Conscious Customers with Two Designated Parking Spots at All 11 Locations. IKEA is rewarding customers who drive hybrid and fuel efficient vehicles with preferred Green Parking spaces. Rolling out at the end of May at all 11 IKEA stores across the country, two parking spaces in each lot will be designated as Green.
IKEA Canada welcomes all drivers of hybrid cars and fuel efficient vehicles recognized by the recent Federal governments tax relief incentive (cars that use less than 6.5L of gas per 100km) to take advantage of IKEAs Green Parking spaces.

This initiative is just one part of IKEAs overall environmental commitment to finding business solutions that have an overall positive impact on the people and areas we have stores, says Debbie McDowell, Corporate Communications Manager for IKEA Canada. Our customers who drive hybrid and fuel efficient cars are helping us realize this approach and we are very excited to reward them for their commitment to the environment with preferred parking and a more convenient shopping experience.

The 22 spots (two at each location) will be located directly after the handicapped and family parking near the entrance of the IKEA store. Drivers will recognize the preferred spaces by the Green signage, both on the ground and at eye level. Depending on the response from customers, and as the trend towards hybrid vehicles grows, more green parking spaces may be added.

IKEA is committed to long term sustainability, particularly in terms of transportation. All stores are located close to public transit for both co-workers and customers. However, as a destination shopping location that is typically reached by car, IKEA is rewarding customers who are doing their part for the environment and recognizing the growing trend towards hybrid vehicle purchases in Canada.

IKEAs commitment to the environment and smart distribution processes have resulted in ongoing global initiatives that are central to the IKEA way of serving customers. Some of these initiatives include:

Shuttle Bus Services IKEA has three different shuttle bus routes servicing stores in Richmond, British Columbia, and the North York and Etobicoke locations in Ontario. The service has been set up adjacent to central public transit hubs for the convenience of customers.

Anti-Idling Policies IKEAs anti-idling policy is observed at each location for customers loading their cars in the pick up zone. Be Green parking signs are visible at all loading areas.

Efficient Transportation - Cost efficient transportation plays an important role in maintaining IKEAs low price. IKEA aims to minimize the route from supplier to customer, with as little effect on the environment as possible. The company is always working to improve packing to increase fill rates of its containers, which decreases the number of trips needed to transport products.

Doing It Right From the Start The majority of IKEA furniture is distributed in flat packs, enabling larger quantities to be transported with less impact on the environment. With this in mind, IKEA designers are always searching for smart solutions for assembling and packaging product. For example, the HELMER chest of drawers is completely flat packed, increasing the number of products on the pallets used for shipping from six to 39, reducing CO2 emissions by 79 per cent.

About IKEA

ikea.JPGIKEA is a leading home furnishings retailer with 237 stores in 34 countries worldwide, which are visited by 458 million people every year. IKEA Canada has 11 stores which are visited by 23 million people every year. Founded in 1943, IKEAs business philosophy is to offer a wide range of products of good design and function at prices so low, the majority of people can afford them.
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