2020-01-07 | Connected Packaging Fights Counterfeiting and Engages Consumers

Virtually all brands—from the utmost recognized to the newly eager—face threats of product counterfeiting and gray market trading. In emerging countries, this menace is bold and audacious with outright fakes appearing in the open marketplace. In developed countries, the problem is equally insidious due to online sales of counterfeit products through e-commerce platforms.

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2019-12-19 | Why Systech is the Perfect Anti-Counterfeiting Solution - Video Clip

In this Packaging Europe clip from AIPIA World Congress, Systech’s Alastair Taylor talks about the value of active intelligent packaging for a truly secure supply chain. We propose our brand protection suite is actually the perfect anti-counterfeiting solution. See why.

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2019-12-11 | Protect Yourself From Fakes – Consumer Shopping Tips

I recently participated in a national campaign to warn consumers about the prevalence of counterfeit products—they are virtually everywhere. And more importantly, to let people know that there isn’t one failsafe method at this time to guarantee the authenticity of the products you purchase.

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2019-12-09 | The Digital Tax Stamp — 10 Things You Need to Know

It was long held that revenue stamps (also known as tax stamps) with a sophisticated appearance containing overt features such as holograms provided a strong security solution. It is now clear, however, that counterfeiters are fully capable of duplicating even the most artful designs and therefore no stamp based on overt visual features alone is immune to successful duplication. A transformation is under way…

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2019-10-10 | Packaging and Supply Chain Challenges at PACK EXPO '19

I recently attended PACK EXPO 2019 in Las Vegas, and boy… what a remarkable experience it was for me! It was my first PACK EXPO event—and for that matter my first packaging technology show—and it was quite an eye opener. I am relatively new to the space having worked at Systech for little over a year now. I must say that it seemed there was something for everyone at this show… from plant-based packing, to AI solutions, to fully automated packing solutions. I was most amazed by some of the...

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2019-09-17 | The Role of Human Sensory Perception in Anti-Counterfeiting Technologies

What do you see in this blog image — an old woman looking downward or a young girl looking away in the distance? As you continue to look at the figure, a stunning transformation will take place. You will eventually see both images, and your mind will begin flipping between one and the other as long as you look at the picture. This is a well-known example of an ambiguous stimulus that first appeared in a German postcard in 1888.

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2019-07-24 | Counterfeiting and Diversion is Booming in China … So I went to AIPIA Shanghai

Did you know that 80 percent of the world’s counterfeit goods come from China? Everything including luxury goods, cosmetics, wine and spirits, medicine and more are vulnerable to duplication and sometimes the fakes are so similar that it can be hard to determine the real from the phony. With that being said, brand owners across the globe view China’s counterfeiting business as a threat to their own.

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2019-04-25 | State of Emergency: Health and Beauty Counterfeiting and Diversion

There used to be a time when one could discern a fake cosmetic product from an authentic one by just examining the package. Certain external characteristics—or flaws—like a misspelled word or a flimsy material would give it away. Now, printing and imaging technology has evolved and become so inexpensive that counterfeiters can easily obtain it to create packaging that fools even the savviest consumer. Third-party sellers online like Amazon, Jet.com and other smaller e-retailers have made it...

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2019-02-18 | What’s All the Buzz About Counterfeit Wine and Spirits?

In partnership with SafeProof.

Bootlegging alcohol didn’t get left behind in the Prohibition Era. In fact, according to a 2014 report by the World Health Organization, unregulated alcohol makes up 25% of all consumption worldwide. But what are the implications of fake alcohol? Why should everyone from consumers to manufacturers to government entities care? Let’s take a look at the facts.

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2018-06-22 | False reassurance—the real danger behind India's new pharma serialization proposal

India is on the cusp of introducing a new serialization program for domestic pharmaceutical products. Indian officials have designated this new initiative as a track and trace program though it appears from media reports that the proposed mandate will instead be aimed at creating a consumer-based authentication program. The idea is to print a unique serial number on drug packages so that consumers may authenticate the product via an SMS- or call-enabled mechanism to verify the code.

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