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In a story, widely circulated on the Russian internet, Nike (or Adidas, or any other major footwear manufacturer) faced a problem of pilfering on their new factories somewhere in the Third World.

When standard methods (increased security etc.) yielded no result, they contracted a freelance problem solver, who, after a brief thought, offered them to split production of left and right shoes across factories in two different countries. They did it and pilfering stopped.

This is usually presented as a good example of "thought outside the box", along with the NASA space pen and elevator on the outer wall.

Is it as false as those?

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    Doesn't sound very realistic. Logistic cost to do that would out weight any reduction in pilfering. – vartec Jun 15 '12 at 10:28
  • The Nike shoes I'm currently wearing were both made in Vietnam. – Tom77 Jun 15 '12 at 12:19
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    This sounds like a Twix commercial. – reirab Feb 8 '16 at 20:05

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