IKEA to launch NT pres­ence but Swedish meat­balls won’t be com­ing

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TER­RI­TORY bar­gain hunters may soon be IKEA shop­ping as the Swedish fur­nish­ings gi­ant is be­lieved to be about to launch its on­line Click and Col­lect ser­vice in the NT.

An of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment will be made on Mon­day about an IKEA pres­ence and while there won’t be a phys­i­cal store in Dar­win or any­where else in the Ter­ri­tory, it is un­der­stood the ar­rival of the on­line shop­ping and home de­liv­ery ser­vice would mean lo­cal shop­pers would be able to pick up their IKEA items at a lo­cal pick-up point af­ter they’ve been de­liv­ered by a freight com­pany.

IKEA has re­cently rolled out the on­line model in north Queens­land and it is ex­pected there will be an IKEA de­pot/ ware­house in Dar­win.

IKEA are re­main­ing tightlipped about the full na­ture of its Mon­day an­nounce­ment but the com­pany’s e-com­merce plat­form is also be­ing of­fered in other small pop­u­la­tion cen­tres in Tas­ma­nia and the ACT.

North Queens­land was one of the first places in Aus­tralia to get IKEA on­line shop­ping ac­cess and when it an­nounced its ar­rival it said the ser­vice would be rolled out na­tion­ally.

The IKEA Click and Col­lect ser­vice al­lows shop­pers to or­der on­line and within a week cus­tomers can go to a de­pot and pick up the goods at a time that suits. IKEA has pre­vi­ously made it clear that, for the time be­ing, it is only fo­cus­ing on the Click and Col­lect so­lu­tion in re­gional ar­eas.

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