1UPS Drivers Make No Left Turns
2McDonalds Cuts Slice of Cheese From Double Cheeseburger
Here's a sneaky trick McDonalds did in 2008: they removed one of the pieces of cheese from the Double Cheeseburger (which also contained 2 patties), took it off the dollar menu, and renamed it “The McDouble." This switcheroo allegedly saved 6 cents per sandwich and $15,000 per year per restaurant.
3Bank of America Cuts Weight of Receipts
4American Airlines Removed Olive from In-Flight Salad...?
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5Ryanair Tells Stewardesses to Lose Weight
Speaking of weight, European airline Ryanair has been famous for cutting every corner in order to lessen their flying weight, including reducing ice and the size of their in-flight magazine from A5 to A4 paper. But they literally took the cake by asking their flight attendants to shed some pounds, with the added “motivation” of appearing in the Ryanair Calendar. (Source)
6Amazon Pays Workers $5000 To Quit
Amazon.com has an “outside-the-box” way of thinking about everything, including keeping their employees. At Amazon's huge warehouses, full-time employees are offered up to $5000 to quit their job. The goal is “to encourage folks to take a moment and think about what they really want." The reasoning is, in the long run neither the company or the person is happy, potentially wasting even more time and money.
7Cisco Shuts Down for 4 Days
Internet Network behemoth Cisco went “clinically dead” for 4 days between December 29 and January 2. All workers were placed on mandatory leave. This move was partially an accounting gimmick and was part of other cost-cutting measures that allegedly saved the company a billion dollars. That's quick a trick!
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8Kid Tells Government to Change Font
We're including this story even though it hasn't been implemented and it's not for a corporation, but it was just so cool (and the inspiration for this list) that we had to. Suvir Mirchandani is a 14-year-old whiz kid who realized that his school district could save as much as $21,000 per year on paper and ink, just by changing their typeface to Garamond. Impressed, his teacher encouraged him to take his idea larger, and see how much the U.S. government could save. With numbers from the General Services Administration, Suvir figured there could be a savings of $136 million per year, with even more savings if the states joined in. He sent in his proposal, but has yet to hear back (in any font).