IKEA is killing off its catalog after 70 years. The first IKEA catalog was released in Swedish in 1951. Since then, it has printed 200 million copies in 32 languages in 50 markets. The 2021 catalog, released in October, will be the final version.
Next year, IKEA will release a smaller book that will be “filled with great home furnishing inspiration and knowledge” and celebrates the catalog’s history.
The Swedish retailer cited the increasing shift to online browsing and shopping for the end of its catalog.
IKEA said in a statement it has “taken the emotional but rational decision to respectfully end the successful career” of the print and digital versions of the catalog,
“Turning the page with our beloved catalog is in fact a natural process since media consumption and customer behaviors have changed,” said Konrad Grüss, an IKEA executive, in a statement. “In order to reach and interact with the many people, we will keep inspiring with our home furnishing solutions in new ways.”
Inter IKEA Group CEO Jon Abrahamsson Ring said customers still want to “touch and try” its products.
The company said it will continue to employ a “total market approach,” offering smaller showrooms in city centers, traditional suburban IKEA stores, and online fulfillment centers.
During the pandemic, as millions of people turned their homes into makeshift schools and offices, IKEA has increasingly shifted its focus to digital sales and marketing. Its online sales got a big boost, surging 45% over the 12 months to August, driven by 4 billion visits to its website.
Founded in Sweden in 1943 by 17-year-old Ingvar Kamprad, IKEA has been the world’s largest furniture retailer since 2008. It designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture, kitchen appliances, and home accessories, among other useful goods and occasionally home services. — CNN Business