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Energy-Saving Concept Stores

IKEA's New London Store Will Be Dedicated to Sustainability

— April 11, 2017 — Eco
Earlier this year, IKEA announced that it will be opening a new concept store in London that will be dedicated to sustainability. While the budget-friendly furniture retailer has already made several moves towards a more eco-friendly business model, the new concept store takes its green efforts a step further.

IKEA's new concept store will be located in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and it will be similar in size to the brand's other London stores. In order to reinforce its commitment to sustainability, the store will be equipped with green elements such as a roof pavilion, a community garden and a biodiverse garden. The store will also be designed so that it will "ensure energy and resource efficiency" through the use of rainwater harvesting panels, solar panels and other energy-saving initiatives. There will even be space for parking bikes and charging stations for electric cars.

With a growing number of consumers going green, there is greater interest in retailers that are dedicated to sustainability.
Trend Themes
1. Sustainability-driven Retail - The trend of sustainability-driven retail is growing as consumers increasingly prioritize eco-friendly options, presenting an opportunity for businesses to create concept stores dedicated to sustainability.
2. Green Building Design - The trend of green building design offers opportunities for innovative businesses to develop energy-efficient stores with elements such as rainwater harvesting panels, solar panels, and other energy-saving initiatives.
3. Alternative Transportation Support - As more consumers opt for alternative transportation methods, such as biking and electric cars, there is a growing need for businesses to incorporate parking spaces for bikes and charging stations for electric vehicles in retail locations.
Industry Implications
1. Retail - The retail industry can benefit from the disruptive innovation opportunity of creating concept stores dedicated to sustainability, attracting environmentally-conscious consumers.
2. Construction - The construction industry has the opportunity to embrace green building design principles, incorporating energy-efficient elements into retail spaces to cater to the sustainability-focused market.
3. Transportation - The transportation industry can seize the opportunity to support alternative transportation methods by incorporating parking spaces for bikes and charging stations for electric vehicles in retail locations, accommodating the changing needs of customers.
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