IKEA Launching Furniture Take-Back Promo
Australia is currently embracing anti-waste ideas, with the trend sweeping across the country, from residents all the way up to big corporations, with things from appliances to office furniture being reused. Taking notice of the trend, retail giant IKEA is now letting Sydney siders trade in their unwanted furniture and other goods to their Tempe branch in exchange for a voucher they can use in-store for discounts and other benefits.
The Tempe IKEA branch will be joining the other brands in the retailer’s ‘Circular IKEA’ program, which takes back sofas, mattresses, batteries, light bulbs and office furniture across the AU, in exchange for benefits. Customers can send in their furniture, but first, they have to send images of the goods to be assessed by an IKEA employee. If the goods qualify for the take-back service, then IKEA will then offer a price for them in the form of vouchers.
If customers decide that they’re talking the deal, then they have 14 days to return the furniture and get the voucher. The furniture is then sold by IKEA at the same equivalent value as the vouchers that were given to the customer.
There’s already other initiatives of its kind that’s been introduced across the world. For example, IKEA UK and Ireland have textile take-back, while IKEA Sweden launched a dedicated online marketplace for customers to purchase or sell any second-hand goods.
IKEA has plans to take the scheme across the AU, with IKEA Australia Sustainability Manager Kate Ringvall saying that Tempe will be the company’s test bed so that the company can gauge how the community would respond before they progressively roll out to the other IKEA branches across the AU.
Ringvall reports that the company is looking for way to streamline their process, which is why they’ve partnered up with car share service GoGet in order to provide customers looking to return their furniture with free hire vans.
The take back project is only part of IKEA’s eco-friendly objectives, which also include sourcing their raw materials from sustainable sources, among others. The biggest challenge for the company, the world’s largest furniture retailer, is finding a way to achieve energy independence.