"It's almost so stupid it's ridiculous," package designer Rudy Youell of P2 Packaging told Detroit Free Press, describing his invention. "But it's saving so much money it's amazing." Youell's absurdly simple innovation has saved auto companies tens of millions of dollars. To explain how, I have to first explain the incumbent situation. Your average modern car contains about 30,000 parts, according to Napa. Those parts—armrest bolsters, knobs, trim, et cetera—are shipped to the factory from...


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