The Swedish retailer… IKEA. Part 5

For a full detailed account of the following, please read John Doe VS Evil. 

The cost of goods. 

The cost of goods and overhead is where the issue was. Colder winters? How can that be a problem? The heating cost per month in -20 is considerably more than a Mexican plant that is nothing more than walls and a tin roof. Oh the cost of the building, rented or owned costs more per sqft or per sqm. Slowly as you look into things like wages and overhead the cost of doing business differs greatly.  

No, this is not rocket science and we can all figure out the cost of shipping in and out of countries, the duties and so forth. So the cost of goods, regardless of unfair specs will and must vary.  

The people. 

It didn’t matter and it doesn’t matter in the grand scheme. Yet the impact on people and their loyalty to a company can be blinding. The fact that all the YB employees know full well how the YB treats companies and people is disappointing.  

The fact that YB employees know that the suppliers are being raked over the coals and forced to bend forward and backward is a shame. Anyone who works at the YB should certainly look into the manufacturing companies and get the true story.  

How did this all happen? 

Well, it’s a trap, it is a double edge sword. On one hand, the YB provides a steady income. Second, they pay on time and third they come in peace. 

They come in peace, but the fact is they quickly turn on you and begin to assimilate you. Assimilation begins with I-way and Q-way. They are the YB bibles that everyone must adhere to. Oh, and it also states that they can ask any employee any question anytime. Sure this is easy. No one has anything to hide, not until they begin asking questions on wages and tell you that you need more washrooms and lunchroom space even though you are in line with local bylaws. All these little things begin to add up and put a strain on YB and supplier relationships. 

The employee… 

The employees suddenly feel they need to listen to the YB. Going against the owners because they were told to do something different by the YB. Who has the right to do this? Oh, the YB, of course. 

This little parasite they inject the employees with suddenly becomes a problem for all of us. An amazing example was quality control. They implement something like the YB-way and suddenly we get hit with testing costs and extra quality control work that was decided without prior knowledge or consent of the management. The employee is trying to please both the retailer and the employer yet who is going to pick up the tab? These minor things make working with and for the YB an absurdly difficult task. Add to this their mind-numbing logic and greed and you have the YB in a nutshell.  

Happy shopping… 

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Published by Zsolt Zsemba

Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, and businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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