Ikea drops container strategy as work on "new solutions" to ship goods continues

Ikea has sold the containers it purchased last year when chaos reigned on the global freight market. The furniture group now focuses on other solutions in the strained supply chains. Others such as retail chain Lidl have gone in the opposite direction.

Ikea has 474 warehouses around the world. This one in Bengaluru, south western India, opened in June this year. | Photo: Samuel Rajkumar/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

Ikea has left the container market again after having purchased boxes and chartered ships in 2021 with the purpose of bringing out the company’s goods, writes the global furniture group in a reply to ShippingWatch.

”During the container shortage, in the winter of 2021, we took the decision to buy containers for a temporary period, to support our ocean partners [container carriers, -ed.],” reads the reply from Ikea, which has 474 warehouses globally and annual revenue of almost EUR 42bn.

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