Savannah, GA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–September 20, 2006–IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced the recruitment program for its future southeastern distribution center, which will begin receiving pallets by end of this year. The distribution center will be the Swedish company’s sixth in North America, with the closest store, in Atlanta, having opened June 2005, and with stores planned to open in the South Florida city of Sunrise, and Orlando next year. Candidates interested in working at the much-heralded employer of choice should apply online (http://www.IKEA-usa.com) or at the Georgia Department of Labor’s Savannah office (5520 White Bluff Road, 912/356-2773) for all positions available at this future Savannah Distribution Center.
Although the future Savannah distribution center is still progressing through construction and outfitting phases, prospective coworkers are welcome to apply for the almost 125 diverse coworker positions available in: facility management, operations support, business support, systems management, inventory control, safety & security, and warehouse receiving.
“We are thrilled to offer interested local jobseekers a variety of positions with limitless opportunities at a global company,” said Ed Morris, manager of the future IKEA Southeastern Distribution Center. “IKEA realizes that the opportunity to be able to do the things in life that bring success and happiness is extremely valuable to our coworkers.”
Drawing from the company’s Swedish heritage, IKEA is committed to a flexible workplace that emphasizes a work/life balance and provides professional opportunities to people from all life situations. If an IKEA coworker needs to take time off to find a nursing home for an aging parent, be home to kiss their child before bed or have flexible scheduling to best juggle caring for a newborn, one can do so without worrying about risking their career aspirations. Also, IKEA offers family-friendly initiatives and diverse workplace benefits including full medical/dental insurance to coworkers working 20 hours or more per week with eligibility for domestic partners and children.
Other benefits include: vacation, paid maternity/paternity leave and paid time off for child adoption, tuition assistance, 401(k) match, professional development, training and mentoring programs and, of course, a discount on IKEA purchases. The organization puts career opportunity into the hands of the individual, encouraging coworkers to consider assignments within different functions, at other IKEA stores or even in other countries.
Named in FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list (two consecutive years), Working Mother magazine’s annual list of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” (three consecutive years) and Training magazine’s annual “Top 100” ranking of companies that excel at human capital development (four consecutive years), IKEA places value and emphasis on coworkers’ personal lives and the importance of a work/life balance.
Under construction on 115 acres at the Savannah International Trade Park, the 1.7 million square-foot IKEA distribution center will create 500 construction jobs and will welcome 125 coworkers into the IKEA family of more than 10,000 coworkers in the U.S. and 90,000 globally. A Southeastern Distribution Center will allow IKEA to receive goods at the Port of Savannah, to manage its inventory and to distribute product to stores throughout North America, with a focus on IKEA stores in the Southeast and in Texas. The first phase of the project consists of a 785,000 square-foot facility to be starting-up in Late 2006, and fully operational by Summer 2007. An expansion of approximately 975,000 square feet also is planned for after the initial building is up and running.
IKEA expects to receive approximately 15,000 Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit containers (TEUs) through the Port of Savannah after completion of the project. The goods received by the Distribution Center will reflect the nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items currently sold at all IKEA stores, and which are produced by 1300 suppliers in 54 countries.
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered a wide range of home furnishings and accessories of good design and function, at low prices so the majority of the people can afford them. There currently are more than 235 IKEA stores in 34 countries, including 39 in North America (11 in Canada; 28 in the U.S.), where the company plans to open approximately three to five stores a year.
U.S. stores are being planned in: Brooklyn, NY; Draper, UT; Dublin, CA; Orlando, FL; Portland, OR; Round Rock, TX; Somerville, MA; Sunrise, FL; and West Chester, OH. Other distribution centers in North America include facilities in: Bristol, PA; Brossard, QC; Perryville, MD; Tejon, CA; Vancouver, BC; and Westampton, NJ. IKEA incorporates environmentally friendly and socially responsible efforts into day-to-day business, and continuously supports initiatives that benefit causes such as children and the environment. To visit the IKEA Web site or for information about working at IKEA, please go to http://www.IKEA-usa.com.