Wednesday, February 29, 2012

BUSINESS NEWS: IKEA TO BECOME SLEEPING PARTNER

Retail giant Ikea is set to make an unprecedented departure from its core business as a furniture seller by branching into a new line in sleep centres.
The company has a construction target of one, and it will be built right next to its Beijing store.
Bedding analysts estimate Ikea misses out on some 2.5 billion guilders a year in bed sales from its Beijing outlet – it’s biggest in the world - because when customers go to buy a bed there’s always someone sleeping on it.
Rather than have staff ask them to leave, or putting up a sign saying “Oh sorry did you think it was OK to fall asleep on beds in furniture stores?” the company has come up with a radical approach.
“We’ve got some spare land next to our Beijing store so we’re going to turn it into the world’s biggest bed,” said group chairman Dave Ikea.
“These people aren’t freaks. They’re not outcasts. They just need to sleep.
“Rather than turn them away we want to reach out and help them – from the mildly dozy, to the quite tired, to the absolutely knackered.”


Crouching Tiger, Sleeping Sleeper. The scene at Ikea last
Saturday. They really should try this at home.

Phase one of the plan comprises building a large shed to house 2000 beds split into three categories tailored to Chinese tastes - “granite”, “diamond” and “bloody hell”.
Upon arrival at the blue and gold hell, Ikea customers will then be channeled like sheep into relevant zones after taking one of three tickets – “Wanting to buy furniture”, “Pretending to buy furniture but just wanting some sleep”, and “Just here for the cheap hot dogs”.

This man was back again, catching some
shut-eye in the "bedding spill-over section".
 He had the foresight to visit the
pillow department first.

In keeping with Ikea’s wildly successful formula, the sleep centre will be virtually impossible to get out of once customers are inside. With carefully selected music, lighting and lay-out, patrons will quickly become disoriented, confused and angry.
“By this stage they’ll be in need of a good lie-down,” Ikea said.
A support group for Beijing’s ubiquitous sleepers, Dormeurs sans Frontières, was unavailable for comment yesterday as they were all asleep.

Health officials were last week called to this
KFC outlet after four in five patrons were
found slumped over their tables. But then
someone remembered this was Beijing.
While China's economy has been showing
signs of slowing, a leading analyst yesterday
predicted a boom in output from the third
quarter of 2014, by which time the nation's
massive workforce "should really have had
enough sleep".

2 comments:

  1. One more reason why Ikea should be the president of the United States. What an excellent, excellent idea. I would also like to make it clear here that my friend Mary and I had the idea of sleep centers some 8 years ago when walking around Manhattan hungover one day. You're welcome.

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