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Flamin Hot Cheetos: A Janitor’s Idea That Changed Chips Forever

The best ideas come from the places you least expect, and the story of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos is no exception. Richard Montañez came up with the idea for Flamin’ Hot Cheetos while working as a janitor for Frito-Lay back in the 1980’s. Today, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos is one of Frito-Lay’s top selling products, and Montañez is an Executive for PepsiCo leading multicultural sales and community promotions across their North American

Coby Skonord|
February 19, 2021
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Post It Notes – An Employee Idea that Was Originally a Mistake

Can you imagine what would life be like without the Post-It Note? A tool that’s synonymous with innovation and one of the most versatile products for brainstorming and collaboration ever invented, almost never made it into Ideawake’s offices and yours. From two failures to they’re ultimate success, the story of Post-It Notes spans over a decade and is a testament to the importance of innovation The Original Post-It Note was

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The ROI of Costco’s Employee Suggestion Program

Since its founding, Costco has always had a focus of putting their employees first. This includes offering higher wages, which is possible because of their low turnover rates. As a matter of fact, Costco has the lowest turnover rates in the retail industry. For Employees who have worked at the company for more than one year, the annual turnover rate is below six percent.  According to their CEO, another reason

Coby Skonord|
January 19, 2021
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Amazon Prime – An Employee Idea that Produced 5 Billion in Revenue in Q3 2019

I, along with most of the people reading this article have a subscription to Amazon Prime. It’s transformed the way that we shop, purchase, and receive everything from computers to toothpaste. It has truly redefined what “on demand convenience” means. But, did you know that Amazon Prime was actually an idea submitted by an Amazon employee? Amazon’s goal was to find a new type of customer loyalty program that would

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