Tamper-evident packaging solutions from Holostik

Whether its medicine, food or cosmetics people want to be sure that the products they are using have been tampered with or not. To deal with the same, manufacturers often use tamper-evident packaging for their products.

So, what is a tamper-evident packaging? In simple words, a packaging solution which clearly shows any form of tampering with the product or its packaging is known as tamper-evident.

According to U.S Food Drug Administration, “A tamper-evident package, is one having one or more indicators or barriers to entry which, if breached or missing, can reasonably be expected to provide visible evidence to consumers that tampering has occurred.”

Benefits of tamper-evident packaging

Tamper evident packaging helps manufacturers, supply chain inspectors and consumers to determine if the product has been tampered or not. Tamper evident packaging prevents the attempt of counterfeiting. A tamper-evident packaging incorporated with a QR code can further help in implementing gamut of supply chain solutions.

In times, when the product’s genuineness if of highest concern tamper-evident packaging can give a sigh of relief.

Tamper-evident packaging from Holostik

Holostik provides tamper-evident foil in many variants. These foils can be used in holograms or labels to give them tamper-evident qualities. Some of the variants are as follows:

  • Honeycomb pattern: Leaves behind a honeycomb pattern on the substrate if tampered with.
  • Void/Text tamper pattern: Leaves ‘VOID’ or customised text on the substrate.
  • Self-destructive (breakable vinyl) tamper evidence: Tears apart or self-destructs if an attempt is made to tamper with it.

These holograms or labels can be applied on plastic, glass, PVC, wood, paper and fabric. Some of the industries where these packaging solutions can be used are FMCG, liquor, lubricants, pharma, personal care etc.

To know more about our tamper-evident packaging solutions, call us on +91–785-785-7000 or mail us at connect@holostik.com.

Counterfeit auto parts, a big threat for the automotive industry in India

According to media reports, counterfeit auto parts industry in India has reached to a value of around Rs 22,000 crore leaving behind car and bike sales in the last five years. In India, some of the most commonly counterfeited auto spare parts include brake pads, spark plugs, lamps, cables, alloy rims, grills, filters etc.

Cheap auto components don’t just damage your vehicle but are also a threat to your life.

Around 20% of road accidents in India are caused due to fake automotive parts- FICCI CASCADE

The FICCI report also states that fake auto parts led to a revenue loss of Rs 2,200 crore to the government in the past years.

Negative impacts on the automotive industry

No wonder, counterfeit auto parts have many negative impacts including accidents and even death. Remember, the idea of deliberately buying a fake & cheap auto part may cost your life. Fake auto parts usually break down or malfunction without a hint. For example, a fake brake pad may fail in an emergency situation and may lead to a fatal accident.

Counterfeit auto parts also lead to major revenue losses for manufacturers every year. Besides, they also overburden the manufacturers with extra costs for fighting fakes. Along with consumers and manufacturers, the government loses a large amount of taxes due to the sale of counterfeit auto parts. Quite evidently, huge evasion of taxes is a bane for the country’s economy.

Solutions to prevent counterfeiting

Holostik is an industry leader in providing anti-counterfeiting solutions for the automotive sector. Its vast range of anti-duplication products combined with IT-enabled solutions helps to secure the products and supply chains. Holostik’s approach of catering customised anti-duplication solutions had shown effective results for automotive companies.

The auto component after-market reached to a staggering value of Rs 67,491 in 2018-19 crore however, the counterfeit market is also growing at a fast pace. In such a scenario, diligent use of anti-counterfeiting solutions can prevent counterfeiting by securing products and supply chains at the same time.

To know about our anti-counterfeiting & IT-enabled supply chain solutions, call us on +91–785-785-7000 or drop us a mail at connect@holostik.com

Two people in Mumbai held with counterfeit currency worth over Rs 5 lakh

In a recent incident, two persons were nabbed by the police for allegedly possessing counterfeit currency with a value of Rs 5.44 lakh.

The police first caught Chunilal Suthar, a resident of Jhalor in Rajasthan, at a check post in Gujarat’s Surat city as confirmed by a police official from Pune police station. A school bag containing fake currency worth Rs 3.38 lakh were recovered from the accused, who was travelling in a luxury bus from Rajasthan, he said.

The official said that the accused was travelling from Rajasthan and had the fake currency worth Rs 3.38 lakh in a school bag. During the interrogation, Chunilal revealed that he was going to deliver the notes to Chandrakant Shah a resident of Adajan in Surat.

After the tip-off police arrested Shah and confiscated fake notes worth Rs 2.06 lakh from his house. Around 642 counterfeit currency notes in the denominations of Rs 2000, Rs 500, Rs 200 and Rs 100 were recovered from the duo with an overall value of Rs 5.44 lakh.

The accused have been arrested under sections 489B (using as genuine forged currency notes) and 114 (abettor present when offence committed) of the Indian Penal Code.

Source: PTI

UK authorities seize fake Gucci, Burberry, Nike & Apple goods before Christmas

In a recent drive against fake products, border police officials in UK seized thousands of imitation products originating from China. The total value of seized products is estimated to be around £3mn.

Last month, officials confiscated 1,300 scarves which were allegedly being sold by brand names like Chanel, Burberry, and Gucci. Fake scarves with an overall value of £904,775 were confiscated at the London Gateway Port. In addition, counterfeit North Face jackets, Levi t-shirts, and Lyle & Scott jumpers were confiscated from the same site.

In the area of Milton Keynes, hundreds of fake bags of Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Versace, duplicate sneakers of Converse and Nike were seized by the authorities. Almost £300,000 worth of bedding marked with the Gucci, Chanel, and Versace logos have been seized at the same centre, as have £778,000 of fake Beats and Apple headphones. Also, more than 200 Estee Lauder skincare sets have also been confiscated at Heathrow Cargo.

In order to check the sale of counterfeit products border, police officials check the product’s genuineness with the brand owners. Any product found to be fake is destroyed after which the right holders decide whether to pursue a private prosecution against the importers or not. Commenting on the incident Security Minister Brandon Lewis said, “People who deliberately buy fake products are supporting serious and organized criminals.”

Source: news.sky.com

Combining anti-counterfeiting technologies to prevent fake products

Counterfeiting has reached to an enormous scale. A large number of products are being counterfeited by forgers and organized crime syndicates. Their sole motive behind is to earn huge amount of money by taking unfair advantage of brand names.

Of late, counterfeiting has infested the e-commerce market. Big online retail giants like Amazon and Alibaba are flooded with fake products which usually come from third-party sellers.

Large scale counterfeiting of products has resulted in heavy losses for manufacturers, consumers and the government.

Many times, companies take years to re-build the brand image, tarnished by counterfeiting.

This is where the need of anti-counterfeiting technologies arises. Manufacturers have been using different anti-duplication technologies as per their specific needs and supply chain capabilities.

Different kinds of brand protection technologies

Overt Technologies: These technologies do not require any additional tools; they are visible and apparent with naked eyes. This is the best way for on the spot visual authentication.

Covert Technologies: These technologies are not instantly recognizable. They require special tools or equipment to identify authenticity; not visible through naked eyes.

Forensic Technologies: These technologies being covert require detection by specialized technologies and are usually taken to laboratories for validation.

Digital Technologies: These technologies may be either covert or overt and require electronic means of authentication.

Combination of anti-duplication technologies to prevent duplication

In the current times, supply chains have become complex and goods can be delivered on e-commerce in instants. This has blurred the lines of regulation and inspection. Amidst this scenario, counterfeiters and forgers try their level best to copy the product and packaging.

In order to counter this burgeoning issue, anti-counterfeiting experts at Holostik came up with the idea of combining anti-counterfeiting technologies. Holostik’s latest offering in integrated anti-counterfeiting technologies is a combination of holograms and QR codes.

While holograms serve the purpose of product authentication, QR codes help in digital authentication, track and trace and supply chain solutions.

These two technologies act as a double-edged sword against counterfeiting. This means if a counterfeiter is able to breach one level of technology then he won’t be able to copy the next.

Holostik provides integrated holographic and digital technologies to prevent counterfeiting and improve supply chain efficiency and visibility.

In order to know about our integrated or combined anti-counterfeiting technologies call us on +91–785-785-7000 or mail us at connect@holostik.com.

The rising problem of knowingly buying fakes

The world is flooded with counterfeit products of all kinds, from fake Louis Vuitton bag to phoney Tissot watches, counterfeit Cartier pens to duplicate Adidas sneakers, fake Apple devices to fake MAC makeup kit- the list seems endless.

However, counterfeiting not just impacts luxurious brands but also affects those products which are affordable for the common man. With the growth of online trade, a large number of fake products and accessories are being sold online. Of late, global e-commerce giants like Amazon and Alibaba are suffering from the menace of counterfeit goods.

According to a report by Research and Markets, the global value of counterfeiting has reached a monstrous value of more than $1 trillion.

Impact of buying decisions on counterfeiting

Consumers play a major role in the impact of counterfeiting. While numerous buyers are being duped with fake products, there are many who knowingly buy fakes.

A recent report by OECD states that a large number of buyers in the UK were knowingly buying fakes. The report states, “Bulk of purchases of fashion and luxury-specific fakes did not occur by chance. Instead, nearly 60% of purchases of counterfeit fashion items in the UK were done intentionally by consumers who knew that they were buying fakes.”

According to a survey conducted by Civic Science in the US, “Around 10% of respondents had purchased a counterfeit knowingly.”

Over the years, there are many factors that have contributed to the rising consumer trend of knowingly buying fakes. Some of them are a rise of social media influencers, pop culture and a personal likeness for brands and luxurious goods. In a scenario when the common man is not able to purchase original costly items, he or she resorts to buying fake items- for fulfilling the desire.

The problem due to knowingly buying counterfeits

No wonder, there are numerous problems caused due to fake goods, however, in most cases, a consumer is not aware if he or she is buying a counterfeit or not.

The problem of knowingly buying fakes is a grave concern because in this scenario the consumer is promoting the sale of counterfeits. In such a case, awareness regarding fake brands turns futile and manufacturers are not able to take concrete action.

To deal with the same, strict regulatory measures should be implemented which prevent the sale of counterfeits on all the platforms. Moreover, manufacturers should resort to secure packaging solutions for enhanced supply chain security and inventory visibility.

Holostik’s anti-counterfeiting solutions

Holostik is a leading player in catering wide variety of anti-counterfeiting and IT-enabled supply chain solutions. Our products like security holograms, security labels, wads, shrink sleeves combined with digital authentication help in preventing counterfeits and the safety of the supply chain.

To know more about solutions, you can call us on +91–785-785-7000 or drop us a mail at connect@holostik.com

Hyderabad police nabs two people for selling fake smart TVs

In a recent incident, the Hyderabad police arrested two businessmen for selling counterfeit smart TVs in the city. After getting a tip-off the Balanagar Special Operations Team (SOT) along with the Jeedimetla police conducted raids on two electronic shops.

The police seized the smart TVs from two retail outlets in the Shapur Nagar market and also arrested the respective owners. The shop owners were allegedly selling counterfeit TVs by installing software and labeling of many prominent electronics brands like Sony, LG, Samsung, AIWA and Toshiba.

The authorities had seized worth Rs 46.20 lakhs of 154 fake LED televisions from the shops said Cyberabad police in a statement.

The accused have been identified as Balamurugan Subrmaniyam alias Balu and Hasam Hasan Parmar. Both of them were running the business of counterfeit electronics and home appliances at Shapur Nagar Market, Jeedimetla on the same style of Mahashakati electronics and N.H electronics.

Both of the accused were involved in the sale and distribution of counterfeit LED TVs all across the country- Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Gujarat, etc.

Source: UNIIndia.com


Secure and flexible packaging solutions from Holostik

Different industries like pharmaceutical, electronics, FMCG, automobiles use a range of flexible packaging solutions as per their needs. These packaging solutions safeguard the products in a supply chain from spillage, tampering, diversion, counterfeiting, etc.

A product simply cannot sustain in the market without secure and robust packaging.

What is flexible packaging?

Secure and flexible packaging solutions combine the best quality of plastics, packaging films, holography, and digital authentication. Flexible packaging solutions have become highly popular due to their versatility, functionality, and cost-efficiency.

According to industry experts, flexible packaging includes a package or any part of the package whose shape can be changed readily. Some of the examples of flexible packaging solutions are security labels, security holograms, holographic pouches, shrink sleeves, holographic films, etc.

Flexible packaging solutions from Holostik

Holostik is an industry leader when it comes to catering customized packaging solutions. The anti-counterfeiting and packaging company has been catering to a wide variety of packaging solutions to different industries for the past 28+ years.

In this blog, we will discuss our secure and flexible product line which can be customized as per your specific needs.

Security labels:

Labels are considered as the first communicators of the company and its products. With added features of holography, security inks and digital authentication (QR codes/bar codes) they also prevent counterfeiting. Some variants of our security labels include paper labels, breakable vinyl, transparent, Tyvek and many more. These labels affixed to the product help in highlighting the product contents, enhancing the brand value and securing it.

Security holograms:

Security holograms are unique and low-cost OVDs (optically variable device) with the property to diffract light. Holograms incorporate security features that are extremely hard to copy by any other means. With the incorporation of overt, covert and forensic features security holograms are impeccable products against counterfeiting.

Holographic films:

Holographic metalized films are one of the best packaging products with a wide variety of applications like gift wrapping, lamination, and packaging. These films are available in PET (minimum thickness of 12 microns) and BOPP (minimum thickness of 20 microns).

Holographic wads:

Wads or liners are extensively used to close the mouth/orifice of bottles which in turn keep them secure from spilling or tampering. With the addition of holography, these wads help in preventing counterfeiting.

Shrink sleeves:

On applying heat, shrink sleeves reduce in size and conform tightly to the shape of the container or product. These products are used in many industries like beverages, food, dairy, paint, cosmetics, detergents, etc.

Hot stamping foil:

Available in different variants hot stamping is a permanent process in which a part of the object is marked with a properly formulated foil.

Other solutions:

Some of our other packaging solutions include holographic security pouches and tax stamps. While holographic security pouches are used in different industries for packaging products & making them distinct on the shelf, tax stamps help in preventing counterfeiting and collection of revenue.

Our flexible packaging products can also incorporate digital authentication features (QR codes/bar codes) which help in supply chain efficiency and visibility.

To know more about our flexible products call us on +91–785-785-7000 or drop us a mail at connect@holostik.com.

Cisco wins injunction against fake Chinese counterfeits

Cisco Systems the American multinational technology conglomerate won a temporary injunction against four Chinese companies that were counterfeiting its transceivers.

The case against Chinese companies was filed in a federal court in New York. It was mentioned in the suit that the counterfeit gear threatened U.S national security and health systems because they were not secure and would fail frequently.

Cisco’s transceivers are used in networks to pass data involving corporate data centers, hospitals, and military bases. The injunction would stop Amazon and Alibaba Group Holding from selling phony devices.

According to the Wall Street Journal, “Cisco is trying to use the ruling to motivate other suppliers to build an industrywide effort to curb the sale of fakes.” The injunction targeted four Chinese manufacturers namely Shenzhen Tianheng Network, Gezhi Photonics Technology, Shenzhen Sourcelight Technology, and Dariocom.

According to a San Francisco based consultancy, “The four Chinese companies account for more than half of the fake transceiver market.”  An industry report states that the global transceiver market is estimated at around $7 billion in 2018. As per counterfeit experts, the counterfeits account for around 5% or more of the tech equipment sales.

Besides freezing fake Cisco products on Alibaba, Amazon, and eBay, “the injunction also freezes assets owned by Chinese companies.” The duplication of Cisco products goes back to the year 2003 hen the company took action against Huawei for counterfeiting its router software. Later the patent infringement suit was dropped but later Huawei admitted that some software was copied from Cisco.”

In 2010, the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security confiscated worth $143 million of fake Cisco networking gear manufactured in China.” In the recent case engineers from Cisco tested transceivers from the four companies and determined they were fake.

Source: ETcentric.org


Man orders iPhone on Flipkart, gets a counterfeit instead

In the last few years, counterfeiting on e-commerce portals has grown manifolds. The internet is flooded with all kinds of fake and substandard goods. In a recent incident of counterfeiting, a Bengaluru based man received a fake iPhone instead of iPhone 11 Pro that he ordered on Flipkart.

According to International Business Times, Rajani Kant Kushwah ordered iPhone 11 Pro on the famous e-commerce website Flipkart. He made a payment of Rs 93, 900 after a discount expecting that the phone would be delivered without any hassles. However, when he received the phone, he was shocked to know that the phone was a counterfeit.

As per IBT, Kushwah got a counterfeit iPhone with a sticker of the iPhone 11 Pro triple camera setup affixed on the back of the phone.

The counterfeit phone delivered to Kushwaha looks exactly like the phone he had ordered. However, on looking closely one can distinguish between the two. The counterfeit version has the camera lenses and the rear camera module highlighted through a silver lining, however, the rear camera module in iPhone 11 Pro softly blends into the back, making it appear like a single unit.

Rajani Kant said that he got the wrong phone on which the iOS was not running, moreover, it had android apps mixed with the phone’s system. Thereafter, he contacted Flipkart regarding the matter, after which the company assured him that the phone would be replaced soon.

In a similar incident last year, a Mumbai based man ordered iPhone 8 on Flipkart for which he made a payment of Rs 55,000 online. However, he got a detergent bar in the delivery box.

Source: Indiatoday.in