Low Tech Solutions in a High Tech World

In a world filled with gadgets and gizmos, all problems seem designed for high tech solutions. But, sometimes, the best answer is low tech or no tech.

This is the case with the DiveCam. It is used to provide close-up coverage of the divers as they compete for Olympic Gold. Garrett Brown’s clever invention uses gravity to synchronize the camera with the diver. (For more information on the DiveCam, read the WSJ’s article “Now Diving: Isaac Newton” in today’s edition.)

Ingenuity trumps technology again when UPS designed right turn only routes to save time, miles, and fuel. Combining right turns with no engine idling, they save millions of gallons of fuel annually.

You don’t have to be a genius or billion dollar organization to benefit from low-tech and no-tech solutions. Look around your operations for simple ways to save every day. For example, single line order items can be pre-packaged so they become “slappers”. When orders come in, the labels can be slapped on and it is ready to go. If you need to include a packing list, it can be inserted in a self adhesive envelope.

Or, reconfigure your warehouse to store the higher movement items closest to the packing stations. It reduces the pickers walk time, improving their efficiency.

Save a few pennies with every order. Before you know it, you will see your profits soar!


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