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@ec2-54-210-245-44.compute-1.amazonaws.com

Of late, the FMCG sector has been suffering from the problem of counterfeiting. As per a report by FICCI CASCADE around 35% of FMCG items are fake. The study also reveals that around 80% of consumers believe that they are buying genuine goods.

The growth of fake goods in the FMCG sector has had an impact on both consumers and producers. While the manufacturers suffer from a tarnished brand image and low sales the consumer is at the risk of losing money and a bad impact on his or her health. He also says that unscrupulous manufacturers are also detrimental to the national economy.

Counterfeiters also repackage fake goods to make them visually similar to the genuine ones. It has been seen that old plastic water bottles are being repackaged and sold in the market, the same is the case with many other goods. Such deceptive duplication leads to a loss of consumers and brand owners as well.

In India, a large number of the population settled in rural parts of the country suffer from rampant counterfeiting of FMCG goods. With a little check of authorities and poor regulation and manufacturing guidelines counterfeiting is easily slipping in the pockets of the common man.

Advancements in technology and easy procurement of the same have made it possible for counterfeiters to establish little backyard factories and hubs for the manufacturing of duplicate items. It has also been observed that counterfeiters are making fake labels and packaging to dupe consumers. In the year 2014-2015 sale of FMCG, tobacco and alcoholic beverages constituted 65 percent of the total sales.

Holistik provides customized anti-counterfeiting, packaging and labeling solutions to deal with the problem of counterfeiting in the FMCG sector. To know more about our unique anti-counterfeiting solutions call us on +91–785-785-7000 or mail us at connect@ec2-54-210-245-44.compute-1.amazonaws.com.

The value of global counterfeiting has reached to trillions of dollars. Not just developed nations but also the developing countries are facing the problem of fake products. Counterfeiting leaves a negative impact on the government exchequer, company’s profits and the consumers. In the past few years, government authorities and companies are taking stringent measures against counterfeiting.

E-commerce giants like Amazon and Alibaba have initiated anti-counterfeiting measures to deter counterfeiters from selling fake products on their platforms. Governments across the world have also implemented strict laws to deal with counterfeiters and their chain of networks. We regularly come across news from different parts of the world about the seizure of counterfeit or fake products by authorities.

The growth of counterfeiting has drastically changed the use and implementation of different anti-counterfeiting technologies. As forgers and counterfeiters use more sophisticated technology to copy the product and its packaging, it has become imperative to use new measures against them.

The integration of different anti-counterfeiting technologies is gaining immense popularity amongst manufacturers and other stakeholders of the supply chain. The fusion of holography along with digital authentication has made products highly secure against the threat of duplication. Holostik is a renowned name in the field of anti-counterfeiting technologies.

We believe in constant R&D and innovation to stay ahead of counterfeiters. Our smart security holograms and security labels are the perfect examples of integrated anti-counterfeiting solutions. In these anti-counterfeiting products, we have collated the efficacy of OVD with the prowess of QR/bar code.

Acting as a double-edged sword against counterfeiting our integrated solutions provides a two-level of authentication, making it highly impossible to replicate our features. Today, we are providing a wide range of anti-counterfeiting products and solutions to more than 10,000 clients in 75+ countries. If you want your products to remain safe from the problem of counterfeiting then call us on +91–785-785-7000 or mail us at connect@ec2-54-210-245-44.compute-1.amazonaws.com.

In the past few decades, there has been an enormous growth in the field of innovation and technology in India. This is further supplemented by the rising impact of globalization and an increase in spending power of the average consumer. However, the scenario has brought along many problems.

Among the many problems, the menace of counterfeiting is growing on a humungous scale. The current value fake products in India has reached more than 1 lakh crore annually.

Counterfeiting also referred as piracy in common trade parlance mean the unlawful acquisition by a person of the property of another person without his consent. Counterfeiting includes forgery of currency, documents, software, pharmaceuticals, jeans, watches, electronics and company logos and brands.

So, what are the reasons behind the growth of counterfeiting in India, let’s discuss:

  • Lack of knowledge about fake products: In India, one can find fake products anywhere. From street shops to malls, e-commerce to retail outlets, counterfeit products can be found anywhere. Consumers in India have little or no awareness related to product authentication, so they are duped with fake items umpteen times.
  • Lack of use of anti-counterfeiting solutions: Despite heavy losses many companies don’t take the problem of counterfeiting seriously and remain susceptible to the losses due to fake products. Anti-counterfeiting solutions like security holograms, security labels, holographic shrink sleeves, holographic strips can secure products from the problem of counterfeiting.
  • Poor intellectual property laws and regulations: India still suffers from weak laws related to counterfeiting. In absence of stringent laws, forgers find it easy to sell of their fake products in the market.

Established in the year 1991, Holostik India Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of customized anti-duplication solutions with the aim of securing products and industries. The company offers security holograms, security labels, revenue stamps, hot stamping foils, wads, shrink sleeves etc. along with digital product authentication, supply chain management, track & trace, reward management and much more. Holostik has 5 state-of-art manufacturing facilities with most advanced industry certifications. In 28 years of its legacy, Holostik has catered to 10,000+ clients from different industries and has worldwide outreach in 75+ countries.

 

 

 

Counterfeiting is a trillion-dollar illegal business having its presence in almost every part of the world. Today, counterfeiting is posing a threat to not just the consumers but also to the economic growth of the nations.

The menace of counterfeiting has reached a global value of trillions of dollars. Counterfeit products are not just posing a threat to the legitimate manufacturers but also to consumers. We often come across news reports from different parts of the world where consumers have been badly affected by fake products.

As per a joint report by OECD and EUIPO, “Global sales of fake and pirated goods have soared to 460 billion euros ($522 billion) a year, amounting to a whopping 3.3 percent of world trade.” The report also states the nations most affected by counterfeiting which includes the United States, Japan, South Korea, and the EU states. However, the effects of counterfeiting are not just visible in developed countries but are also hampering the growth of the developing world.

According to ASPA the value of counterfeiting in India has reached one lakh crore annually and is causing big trouble to the national economy.

Let’s discuss some of the negative impacts of counterfeiting on the economy of the country.

  • Evasion of taxes: The growing counterfeit products industry thrive in the market without paying taxes to the government. Unlike genuine manufacturers, they evade taxes that are necessary for the government exchequer. This prevents the government to sufficiently spend on welfare projects and schemes.
  • Rise in unemployment: Counterfeit products cause monetary losses to the manufacturers. Due to the slowdown, they are not able to recruit new employees. The financial instability of the industries creates massive unemployment which is linked indirectly to the problem of fake products.
  • Diminishes foreign investment: It has been generally seen that countries with weak IP laws and poor regulatory measures become the breeding ground for counterfeit activities. Such countries blur their chances of foreign investments. Counterfeiting diminishes the chances of foreign direct investments and thus block the economic growth of a country.
  • Promotes other black-market activities: Counterfeiting fuels other black-market activities and is a lucrative business for organized criminals. With the money acquired from the sale of counterfeits, they fund their vast network, which is involved in drug trafficking, human trafficking, illegal arms, prostitution, etc.

Finally, we can conclude that counterfeiting has multiple negative effects, which are very harmful to the economic growth of the country if not checked on time by authorities and the respective governments of their countries.

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Counterfeiters and forgers are using new technologies to make flawless duplicate products. They do not just make the fake product look visually similar to the genuine ones but also copy their packaging and branding. This often makes it tough for retailers and consumers to identify them.

The production of counterfeits is further boosted by poor regulation and the involvement of organized criminals. However, with the development of anti-counterfeiting technology, it has become quite hard for forgers to imitate your products and sneak into your profits. Different kinds of anti-duplication technologies (overt, covert, forensic and digital) are being used nowadays to secure products and supply chains. Of late, anti-counterfeiting technology experts have combined the holographic and digital technologies together to prevent counterfeiting.

Taking a cue from the same Holostik has developed advanced security holograms and labels integrated with digital barcodes and QR codes. Holostik has emerged as an industry leader in the field of anti-counterfeiting technologies. Besides securing products against duplication the company also provides a gamut of supply chain management solutions.

Moving a step ahead in product authentication, Holostik has amalgamated the power of security holograms and QR code in a single security instrument. While security holograms are meant for physical authentication, the QR code is used for digital authentication along with a host of other IT solutions which include track& trace, inventory management, reward management, etc. The biggest advantage of this impeccable combination is that even if a counterfeiter is able to copy one technology then he will not be able to copy the other.

Holostik believes that in today’s market different anti-counterfeiting technologies are not competing but are complementary to each other. Taking a cue from this the company offers a combination of physical or holographic security and digital security which serves as the best anti-counterfeiting solution against the menace of duplication.

The e-commerce industry in India is facing the menace of counterfeiting. According to Local Circles, a community media platform, one in five products sold on e-commerce websites in India is fake. Another survey by market research firm Velocity MR has revealed that every one out of three online shoppers has received a fake product. However, that’s just a minor revelation and the problem is much bigger. In the present times when your favourite products are just a click away the incidents of counterfeiting have increased rapidly.

Counterfeits pose a risk to the manufacturer, e-commerce players and end-consumers. According to a reputed media house, fake products are risky for the investors and government exchequer. Fake goods don’t just impact genuine brands and investors but also the customers. A fake cosmetic can ruin the skin, a counterfeit toy can be dangerous for a child or a fancy looking apparel may cause skin allergy the list seems endless.

In order to the fight the scourge of fake products in the e-commerce industry, the Indian government has issued a draft national e-commerce policy which aims at regulating cross border data flow, prevents piracy and counterfeiting and requires all online sellers to register their business locally.

E-Commerce giants like Amazon and Alibaba have also implemented different regulatory measures for curbing the sale of counterfeits on their platforms. In a blog post, Amazon has stated, “Brands provide us with their logos, trademarks, and other key data and we can scan over 5 billion product listing updates every day, looking for suspected counterfeits.”

Product tracking, digital authentication, serialization and holography can also play an important role in preventing counterfeits and any form of tampering. A recent example is the rampant use of QR enabled holographic labels or holograms by which help in authenticating the genuineness of the product instantly.

Many e-commerce companies are also using anti-tamper packaging labels and holograms to prevent tampering and duplication. Anti-counterfeiting mechanisms have become necessary today for e-commerce companies and manufacturers in order to clamp down on counterfeiting and prevent any possible loss. In case you are willing to secure your products from counterfeiting, tampering and diversion call us on +91–785-785-7000 or drop a mail at connect@ec2-54-210-245-44.compute-1.amazonaws.com.

Product packaging is an important step in ensuring maximum safety of products from tampering, theft and other forms of counterfeit. A coordinated and secure packaging framework coupled with a reliable track-and-trace system is key in supply chain security.

In a world of digitalized logistics and e-commerce, the physical security of products is no longer a supplementary layer of protection but a necessity.

Counterfeiters today operate on a larger scale than ever before, with entire factories featuring advanced technology focused on creating perfect copies of products provided by well-known brands or manufacturers. Trusting the entire supply chain security to a supposedly strong legal framework and the precaution of consumers is simply not a good strategy.

A sound supply chain security strategy would involve a proactive approach in implementing technology that allows manufacturers to track their products throughout their distribution chains and a packaging system that makes it impossible for counterfeiters to tamper with the products or replace them with cheap knockoffs within the legitimate supply chain.

Authentication solutions

Authentication in packaging is usually achieved with sealing and holograms. Depending on the level of security required, sealing and holograms could have advanced security features such as pressure-sensitivity, customized tamper-evident fracture patterns, a blacklight verification system, and machine-readable entrenched code.

These are sometimes heat-sealable and may be applied directly to product containers using induction seal technology, making it tamper-proof. Multiple films may be applied to form a single holographic seal that provides a high level of defense to containers or bottles.

Nano-optical technology

The use of nanotechnology in product packaging highly elevates the unlikelihood of counterfeit interference and solves the many limitations associated with synthetic packaging techniques.

Managed microstructures and nanostructures on technologies such as holograms offer features such as water resistance, heat stability and tamper-indicative change of color that cannot be reversed.

Tamper-evident packaging systems

Tamper-evident packaging systems may include solutions like wide-web films, holographic shrink sleeves, and security pouches. The tamper evidence feature maintains product integrity by preventing repacking or reselling of the items.

Figure: Example of a shrink sleeve

Shrink sleeves are a leading packaging application in industries such as food and beverages, cosmetics and detergents. These are heat-sealable and conform to the shape of containers making it harder to tamper with. Tamper-evident shrink sleeves come with microstructure holographic authentication for advanced security.

Figure: Example of a wide web film

A wide web film is a holographic film with a characteristic design covered securely around a product or product container. To open the container and remove the product, the film must be cut or torn.

These holographic laminated films offer a completely non-invasive solution to prevent any sort of tampering and are used extensively for flexible packaging. These films vary in thickness and may come in PET (12 microns) or BOPP (20 microns).

Security pouches provide external tamper evidence and can be combined with the internal seals for double security. These usually involve rotogravure printing technology and the highest level of optical security features.

Tamper-evident packaging systems take the high-security value of nano-optical and holographic authentication solutions and combine it with high-quality printing and materials for a secure and appealing protection solution that increases product security and enhances the brand value.

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Counterfeiting or duplication is a growing menace which has an evil impact on different industries. Organisations lose millions of dollars every year due to the sale of counterfeit products. The problem of duplication has sneaked in every sector. It is estimated that by 2022, the value of counterfeit and pirated goods will be around $1.90 -$2.81 trillion as per FICCI.

Most of the times the repeated attempts of organizations to fight the counterfeits have turned futile. A large amount of money and resources are spent on fighting fakes. However, it is not just the companies which are facing the wrath of counterfeit products, consumers also bear its brunt. To say it simply, there are many impacts of duplication on the consumers.

Duplication poses a significant risk to consumers. Counterfeit goods can lead to injuries, illnesses, death as in the case of counterfeit drugs. In cases where counterfeit goods cause no physical harm, consumers are harmed financially when they are duped into spending their hard-earned cash for a poor-quality fake.

Let’s discuss the negative effects of counterfeiting on consumers.

Fake products are harmful to the health of consumers: Whether it’s a counterfeit drug, counterfeit alcohol or a fake food item all are harmful to the health of the consumers. People who consume these items generally report of food poisoning, nausea, indigestion, kidney and liver ailments.

Duplicate products lead to the monetary loss of the consumers: Besides having a negative impact on health fake products also lead to the financial loss of the consumers. Every year it’s not just the companies but consumers also lose an enormous amount of money as they are duped due to fake products.

Consumers lose trust in the product and the brand: Many a time a product or a service is beneficial for the consumer but due to the sale of counterfeits original products and companies lose their credibility. This brings down the reputation of the brands in the long run and a company is not able to win the trust of the consumer again.

Counterfeiting or duplication is a growing problem across the world. It badly affects the government, businesses, and consumers. People across the world are suffering from the menace of duplicate products which is regularly authenticated by different reports and news coming from different parts of the world.

Market experts believe that the growing globalization is the main reason behind rampant duplication. They say that in order to increase their manufacturing capacity and hire cheap labor big companies shifted their base to developing and third world countries. However, the major problem in these areas was that of lack of anti-duplication regulation and poor IP laws.

This made the way for counterfeiters and they were easily able to steal technology to manufacture duplicate goods. With the passage of time, they became more organized and took counterfeiting on a much larger scale.

According to a report by OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) United States, Italy, France, Switzerland, Japan, and Germany are the hardest hit countries, with the majority (83%) of fake goods originating (not surprisingly) from China and Hong Kong. European brands are among the most impacted, with an estimated 5% of all goods imported into the European Union (EU) being fake. This represents as much as $118 billion.

With the growth and penetration of internet technology counterfeits are now being sold on different internet platforms. According to the International Trademark Association, “Criminals prefer to sell counterfeits on the Internet for many reasons. They can hide behind the anonymity of the Internet with the Dark Web even their IP addresses can be hidden. The Internet gives them the reach to sell to consumers globally-outside of the national limits of law enforcement.”

The global problem of counterfeiting must be addressed on multiple fronts with collaborative efforts of the government, industry players and anti-counterfeiting solution providers.