Ingvar Kamprad opened Ikea when he was 17 years old. It was a mail order company at first where people would pay to have items sent to them….I’m sure it began as a Mom and Pop operation. Then five years after doing mail-order they got into..you guessed it. Furniture. Read about the history of ikea here. Ikea history. Click the link.
Erling Persson went on a business trip to the U.S. (as he’s from Sweden) and had an epiphany. Why not made really good clothes at reasonable prices……..(How many times have we listened to ideas that came to US?)…this idea turned into a multi-national corporation called H&M. Enjoy reading the history of H&M by clicking the link.