Jack Levis: The hardest step in innovation? Looking foolish in front of the crowd (again and again…and again)

About this talk: Innovation doesn’t just take a great idea. It requires persistence and a thick skin. Jack Levis led the four-year long development of ORION, a system that determines the most efficient delivery route for UPS drivers and has been called the world’s largest operation research project. At the center of a movement (and a department) that fundamentally challenges the status quo, Jack explores how we can persist – when everyone around us says, 'stop'.

About this speaker

Starting in 2003, Jack Levis led the development of ORION. An optimized routing system that has been called the world’s largest operation research project, ORION is systematically transforming how UPS drivers do their jobs. At the center of a movement (and a department) that fundamentally challenges the way things are, Jack explores how we can persist – when everyone around us says stop. As the senior director of process management at UPS, Jack Levis considers how a massive company can use radical technologies to improve how it runs on a grand scale. By developing a routing system for UPS drivers that determines the most efficient delivery route for every driver, every day, Levis and his team will take more than 100 million miles off the road every year.

About this event

TED@UPS was a TED-curated event featuring a diverse group of speakers from across the UPS community. Jointly produced by TED and UPS, the event put a spotlight on ideas, projects and insights that will contribute to the importance of pushing forward through obstacles.
For more details on TED@UPS, visit https://www.solvers.ups.com/think-solve-do

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