dishes,” Achillea said.
Explaining about IKEA’s over 32-year-long association, Antoni said: “Even though we are setting up our first store in the country only now, we have been sourcing a number of products for our global operations.”
“The regulations mandate that local sourcing should be about 30 per cent, we will start with initial 4-5 per cent and gradually ramp up as we develop a chain of suppliers. We recently added two new suppliers, including a mattress maker, whose products are now being sold through stores in several other markets,” Antoni said.
The company has been making home visits in India, as it does in other global markets. During such visits, it seeks to understand and offer products that suit local requirements. In tune with its plans, IKEA expects to offer metal plates, tavva and other kitchen items, bamboo furniture and textiles that are made according to the Indian taste.