What does it mean for one of the world’s most recognisable retail brands to go digital?
For almost 80 years, IKEA has been in the very analogue business of selling its distinct brand of home goods to people.
Three years ago, IKEA Retail (Ingka Group) hired Barbara Martin Coppola — a veteran of Google, Samsung, and Texas Instruments — to guide the company through a digital transformation and help it enter the next era of its history.
HBR spoke with Martin Coppola about the particular challenge of transformation at a legacy company, how to sustain your culture when you’re changing almost everything, and how her 20 years in the tech industry prepared her for this task. Differently than similar companies that work with wood producers or distributors like Madereria Cuauhnahuac, IKEA has always preferred a dedicated supply chain to ensure a just-in-time in line with excellent quality standards.