Kingdom provides retail security to all of IKEA’s UK stores (including Belfast), and two distribution centres, but the Edinburgh store was previously a “VAP” store where they did things differently to other IKEA stores, trying out new, innovative and out of the box ideas. They therefore did not previously have security in the same way that the other IKEA stores do, but now they have a fully working security lodge for the first time in over ten years and are introducing security in line with IKEA’s other stores. Kingdom will be responsible for locking down the main building and ensuring the safety and security of the building throughout the night.
Kingdom first started providing security to IKEA in the UK in 2010 alongside three other security companies, and last year was announced as the sole security provider to IKEA in the UK. Kingdom provides IKEA with a unique security service, tailored specifically to match the IKEA environment and work ethos, and includes manned guarding teams, mobile patrol, key holding, customer service and reception teams as well as loss prevention and return on investment analysis.
IKEA is a multinational group of companies that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture, appliances and home accessories, and since January 2008 has been the world’s largest furniture retailer. The company was founded in Sweden in 1943 by the then 17-year-old Ingvar Kamprad, and the acronym IKEA stands for Ingvar Kamprad, Elmtaryd (the name of the farm where he grew up) Agunnardyd (his home town in south Sweden).
IKEA now has 373 stores in 47 countries. Their vision is “to create a better everyday life for the many people”, and their business idea is “to offer a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them”.
Kingdom is an established retail specialist with a dedicated retail division that works in partnership with some of the biggest names in retail to reduce shrinkage and provide a return on investment (ROI). Established in 1993, Kingdom has over 20 years industry experience and has become one of the largest privately owned companies in the UK within their areas of service expertise. For more information about Kingdom’s retail security division, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/retail-security/ or call 0845 051 7702.