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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2018-06-18 | EU Counterfeiting: Alive and Kicking Still

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has just released a comprehensive report on counterfeiting and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) infringement in the European Union.

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2018-03-05 | The Dark Side of the Online Shopping Explosion

The face of shopping has changed. No longer are we heading to malls, or even main street to look for electronics, toys, books, personal goods or even food, but instead simply opening a browser. According to studies, shoppers now make 51% of their purchases online, and the reasons for this are varied. We are using our mobile devices for everything now, including shopping. Our confidence in online security is going up, and e-marketing is getting smarter and more targeted.

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2018-02-02 | Cosmetics: Counterfeiting from a Consumer Perspective

 

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2018-01-26 | The Power of One – One Wine Bottle

Last week, I received a notice from the manufacturer of my car that the front passenger side airbag of my make, model and year had an issue and recall notice.  However, the replacement part would not be available until Spring.  Until the part is replaced, nobody can sit in the front passenger seat due to the significant dangers if this airbag were to deploy.  What an annoyance, but how great is it that the manufacturer found me to provide the information and warning?

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