12 May 2023
By Elaine Murphy
IKEA has today announced it will be collaborating with Tesco in an innovative new six months test-and-trial to expand its offering, providing customers with more convenient, accessible, and affordable collection services across the country.
IKEA and Tesco have teamed up to launch a new pilot service in Ireland aimed at creating greater accessibility to IKEA, with increased affordability, and more sustainable delivery options for customers. The pilot, which will run for an initial period of six months, will allow customers to collect their IKEA orders for free if the order is over €200, while orders under €200 will cost €15. This new service represents IKEA’s ongoing commitment to explore new and innovative ways to enhance the shopping experience for customers.
A first for Ireland, the new collection service will launch in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork, Drogheda in Co. Louth and Naas in Co. Kildare from today and is designed to offer customers the option of collecting an IKEA order from a designated area within their local Tesco car park.
When placing an order online, customers will go through the usual checkout option and select the collection service for their local Tesco. Following signage within the Tesco carparks, customers will arrive at a designated pick-up point at their chosen date and time and meet with a delivery driver who will hand their order over to them.
Following the launch in Cork, Louth and Kildare, six further Collect Near You points are planned for Limerick, Galway, Cork, Waterford, Tipperary and Wexford later this year making it easier than ever to shop with IKEA in these areas.
Martyn Allan, Market Manager in Ireland, says: “Collaborating with Tesco to test-and-trial convenient, accessible, and affordable collection services across key locations in Ireland is a real source of pride for us. This partnership acknowledges the dynamic nature of the retail industry and provides an opportunity to bring IKEA closer to a wider audience.”
Earlier this year, IKEA unveiled its first Customer Distribution Centre in west Dublin. The 450,000 square ft facility, set to open in early next year, will create 120 jobs and enable IKEA to process online orders directly from Ireland, resulting in increased product availability and significantly reduced delivery times.
In addition to the new facility, IKEA has recently opened its latest plan and order point in Cork’s Douglas Village Shopping Centre, marking the fourth IKEA plan and order point to open in Ireland within the past 12 months. The new facility will join the existing locations in Drogheda, Naas, and St. Stephen’s Green, with more planned to open by the end of the year. These strategic moves demonstrate IKEA’s commitment to expanding its presence in Ireland and providing customers with greater access to its high-quality and affordable products.