The Empty Soap Box

This happened in one of world’s biggest cosmetics companies. The company received a complaint that a consumer had bought a soap box that was empty.

 Immediately the authorities isolated the problem to the assembly line, which transported all the packaged boxes of soap to the delivery department. For some reason, one soap box went through the assembly line empty.

 Management asked its engineers to solve the problem. Post-haste, the engineers worked hard to devise an X-ray machine with high- resolution monitors manned by two people to watch all the soap boxes that passed through the line to make sure they were not empty.

No doubt, they worked hard and they worked fast but they spent whoopee amount to do so. But when a workman was posed with the same problem,he did not get into complications of X-rays, etc but instead came out with another solution.

He bought a strong industrial electric fan and pointed it at the assembly line. He switched the fan on, and as each soap box passed the fan, it simply blew the empty boxes out of the line.

Moral : Always look for simple solutions. Devise the simplest possible solution that solves the problem. And, learn to focus on solutions not on problems. 


21 Responses to The Empty Soap Box

  1. Jola Animashaun April 10, 2017 at 1:21 AM #

    Educative! Thanks for sharing.
    Jazakalai khairan. ?

  2. nahummarcel January 9, 2012 at 9:16 PM #

    there are people who just stick to the problem without undergoing any possible solution . alternative are always there to work on .

  3. Tanuj verma August 21, 2011 at 6:49 PM #

    While the NASA space flights starting in the processing of outer space they faced a big problem, this problem is the astronauts will not be able to write with pens because the lack of gravity, this means the ink will not fall from the pen on paper in any way, what they will do to resolve this problem?To resolve the problem:
    they do studies continued for about 10 years, and cost more than $12 million to develop a pen, it could write in the absence of gravity, write on smooth surface Even crystal, and also write in temperatures up to 300 degrees Celsius.Workaround:
    When Russians faced the same problem, they simply decided to use pencils as a substitute for pens.

  4. Goldypearl August 15, 2011 at 9:03 PM #

    great one

  5. Bilshiba August 9, 2011 at 8:32 AM #

    yah workman think well.

  6. Chennaizoom August 8, 2011 at 8:56 AM #

    For a normal person it is okay. But as an Engineer, it is not acceptable. The electronic sensor one time investment only and the running cost will be very very low. But buying a fan will cost more than a sensor and the electricity to run the fan is absolutely high. Not feasible to accept. This is not in the way of Industrial  development. Only publicity stunt for readers. 

    • Ashraf August 8, 2011 at 9:55 AM #

      What about the two workers employed for this task

    • Tramby Fill August 8, 2011 at 12:24 PM #

      not counting the cost of R&D of such a sensor, time consumed, and manpower utilised

  7. Mamoun shalaby August 8, 2011 at 7:41 AM #

    good device for empty boxes but how can we invent one for empty hearts , minds or souls

  8. Haider Ali786 August 8, 2011 at 5:24 AM #

    Well Gr8 Job and Good Thinking…

  9. Kashif Abbas August 8, 2011 at 5:16 AM #

    nice thanks for sharing

  10. Maddy Vora August 8, 2011 at 4:51 AM #

    Really Grate Solution 🙂

    and that guy who says simple solution, he didn’t have any management degree 😀 😀

  11. Mubarek Alamin August 7, 2011 at 7:49 PM #

    yea yea I remember this 😉

  12. YusefQasemQufaanAl-Yemeni August 7, 2011 at 6:23 PM #

    great! and nice moral!!
    Thanks 🙂

  13. Junedayz August 7, 2011 at 4:57 PM #


  14. mustafa August 7, 2011 at 2:49 PM #

    that guy thinks well

    but a big company must spend a lot of money that’s why it’s BIG

  15. Anonymous August 7, 2011 at 1:59 PM #

    This story is amazing! Excellent knowledge!
    Thanks a ton for sharing such things 😉

  16. Nasahablode August 7, 2011 at 10:43 AM #

    Great food for the mind and soul………………..thanks

  17. Mo Hobeyl August 7, 2011 at 9:58 AM #

    Nice story with meaningful idea , it’s great reading , thank you.

  18. Humayundaud August 7, 2011 at 7:56 AM #

    its great enjoyment, reading nice articles on your site everyday 🙂 …

    • Ali August 7, 2011 at 9:51 AM #

      Thanks Humayundaud!!
      Please share with us if you have any good article/jokes/story.