An organizational methodology originating in Japan that, when implemented, reduces the waste of resources and space while increasing operational efficiency. The 5S elements, translated into English, are Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize and Sustain and are applied in some companies' efforts to achieve "lean manufacturing."

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  • If you want to try and bring in new ideas on how to get your company running more smoothly you could try to emulate the 5S approach.

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  • Some businesses want to downsize from time to time and using a 5S approach can help you maximize what you will have left.

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  • I went into the apartment building, which was really dark and scary looking, and looked for my friends apartment which was 5s.

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