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December 2, 2008

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Recently I was walking around Ikea (on Black Friday, what was I thinking?). There are only 35 stores here in the states, so I am fortunate enough to have one within 45 minutes of my home.

As I was sitting in their café I noticed that there are a few things that Ikea does really well that I think other businesses and churches can learn from. Here they are:

Everything is well lit. The lighting from the main lights, the whole way down to table lamps are working and well placed. Ikea really does this well.

  • Lighting might be one of the easiest items that businesses and churches can do well. Lighting is fairly   cheap and really sets the mood of the place where people gather

Everything is clean. As big as the Ikea store is, it would be very easy for the building to become very messy and out of order. Ikea is always well organized and clean.

  • It is very easy to pick up trash and make sure things are looking neat if you are in business or church.

Prices are surprisingly affordable from furniture to food. They keep the cost down on food by having the customer clean up and furniture cost down because you assemble it.

  • Other Businesses could follow this model in some ways. By asking customers to clean up after themselves whether in the food industry or in retail stores.
  • Churches can cut cost by having people in the church do some of the clean up after big events rather than paying for extra janitorial man power to clean up the events. This means more money for reaching people who wouldn’t be reached otherwise.
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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 4, 2008 3:30 am

    lighting is key!
    haha. :]

  2. Benjamin Davis permalink
    December 4, 2008 5:41 am

    Yes it is Mandi. It truly sets the mood. No one can argue with that.

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