#1 Ikea gives bicycles to its workers12-09-2010, 11:51 AMIkea gives bicycles to its workers
By Alan J. Heavens
There was an early holiday present for 12,400 Ikea employees in the United States Tuesday morning.
Bicycles for all.
The brand was not disclosed, nor the cost - after all, it is a gift - but the bicycles were made specifically for Ikea employees, to thank them for "great results and great team work," said company spokeswoman Mona Liss.
"It has been a good year for Ikea US (and Ikea Global as well)," Liss wrote in an e-mail. Ikea's U.S. headquarters is in Conshohocken.
Giving employees bicycles also "supports a healthy lifestyle and everyday sustainable transport," she said.
The silver bikes have a yellow, white and blue stripe, and are all-terrain and unisex.
They don't have the Ikea logo, however, because "we don't want people to think we manufacture bicycles," Liss said.
Employee - Ikea calls them "coworkers" - Luz J. Morales of Philadelphia called the gift "completely unexpected."
Coworkers with whom Morales talked were also taken by surprise by the bicycle.
"It's such a cool gift, and ties in with our tagline of being 'the life-improvement store,' " said Morales, who plans to use it for recreation primarily, riding it in Valley Green and even taking it to Kelly Drive.
Morales wasn't a biker before, "but I am now."
For anyone who owns something Ikea, the answer to the obvious question - is assembly required? - is, "Yes."
Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/busines...#ixzz17dNTRYiz
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12-09-2010, 12:45 PM
I'm glad IKEA is a little bit of a drive from where I live (about 30-40 minutes). If it was closer, I would probably be there every day. I love IKEA.
12-09-2010, 02:34 PM
Taint NO BODY employed by Ikea in Pittsburgh riding a bike to work no how. There is not one single safe approach by bike and I'm sure most of their employees live too far away to ride there anyhow.Stand up for what is right, even if you have to stand alone.
12-09-2010, 07:10 PM
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And they are already starting to show up on Ebay
$147 with 10 bids.
Who said capitalism is dead?:p
12-09-2010, 07:17 PM
This is what we need, more bicycles competing with 2000 pound plus vehicles for the road!How is obama working out for you?
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12-09-2010, 08:20 PM
They need to make a retractable pole that swings out beside your truck!:mad:How is obama working out for you?
12-09-2010, 08:49 PM
If I don't want or already have a bicycle, then it's on ebay the same day. It's still a gift.
Actually, I'd hang onto this one for a few years. In 2020, the 2010 Ikea Xmas Bike will be worth a lot more than $147, especially if it's in original packaging.
Last edited by hampshirebrit; 12-09-2010 at 08:53 PM.20010911
nie vergessen, nie verzeihen.
12-09-2010, 08:55 PM
No matter how you look at it, there's value here. It's a lot better in terms of employee satisfaction than a donation in the employee's name to a corporate charity or a fruit basket or something.
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