Police seizes fake water filters in Bengaluru

In the city of Bengaluru, poor drinking water quality and growing anxiety levels among the people, are being exploited by those selling counterfeit water filters.

Recently, the Bangalore Police raided shops selling water purifiers and accessories and discovered fake replacement filters sold with the logo of a popular brand. A police official said that most households are installing filters due to the fear of poor quality of water. Fake operators are taking advantage of this situation and are selling fake reverse osmosis filters.

A shop keeper in JP Nagar has been arrested for allegedly stocking ordinary filters, membranes and other spare parts with the logo of a popular brand. The police also seized fake stickers of Kent water filters along with 19 kits. Each comprised of RO membrane, carbon filter, sediment filter, post-carbon filter and UF membrane.

Commenting on the seizure, a Kent RO spokesperson said that fake products are harmful to the consumers as they do not remove contaminants effectively. Officials said that a fake filter usually weighs lighter as it is made of cheap quality and urged to buy water filters from authorised dealers only.

Source: Times of India

Anti-counterfeiting solutions for pharma

Adulteration and fraudulent manufacture of medicines have been prevalent for quite some time now; the situation has only aggravated owing to technological developments and sophisticated methods of duplication.

To add to the problem, current regulations in developing countries do not account for illicit manufacture, trade, and consumption of counterfeit medicine.

Global trade has made this an international problem. Here are some facts which highlight the problem.

  • Fake drugs kill more than 250,000 children a year. (Source: The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene)
  • In developed nations such as the US and Canada, about 1 percent of drugs sold are counterfeit. (Source: WHO IMPACT!)
  • Around 20% of all drugs sold in the Indian market are counterfeit. (Source: US Trade Representative Office Annual Report)
  • Fake drugs cost local economies between US$10bn and US$200bn a year. (Source: The Guardian)
  • Many fakes originate in China and India and have been found to contain everything from lead paint, printer cartridge ink, talc, brick dust, ground up drywall, and arsenic. (Source: Pfizer Spot the Fake Media Sheet)
  • Lifestyle drugs, such as Viagra, dominate the market for counterfeit medicines.

Illegitimate drugs are detrimental to the health of consumers often leading to liver & kidney failure and, ultimately, death. Additionally, counterfeit drugs can wreak havoc on a company’s profits causing them to suffer from irreparable damage to their brand reputation.

Anti-counterfeiting solutions can play an important role in the prevention of counterfeiting of drugs, preventing losses to a company’s revenue and reputation. Most importantly anti-counterfeiting solutions help in saving the lives of innocent consumers who unwittingly fall into the trap of buying fake drugs.

Holostik provides the best anti-counterfeiting solutions as per the requirements of the pharma industry.

Our solutions for the pharma sector include:

To find the ideal anti-counterfeiting solution for your pharma business, click here. To learn more about our products & solutions, call us on 785 785 7000 or drop us an email at connect@holostik.com.

Why holography plays an important role in secure product packaging?

Whenever you purchase a luxury product you are left gobsmacked by the enticing and intriguing packaging. As you unwrap each layer of the packaging your excitement spikes up. Packaging plays an important role in the brand image of your product. Consider some of the biggest brands on the planet like Google, Amazon, Unilever, Prada, etc. they all have one thing in common and that is an exceptional packaging.

With a steady increase in e-commerce, social media and the ‘internet of things’ packaging has come to the forefront when it comes to showcasing your product and your company that’s why packaging is often considered as the first communicator of the company. Brands are using different kinds of packaging formats in order to make their products more saleable and attractive.

Perhaps, the biggest innovation in the field of packaging is the use of holography.  The technology of holography which uses the interference of light beams to create three-dimensional images became highly popular in the 1980s. Over the years, there has been a growth in the use of holography in packaging. According to a trade report, “The global holographic film market is expected to be valued more than US$ 11,000 million by the end of 2024.

Holostik is one of the leading manufacturers of holographic security and packaging products like security hologramswide web filmssecurity pouchesshrink sleeveshot stamping foil, and security labels.

What makes Holostik’s holographic packaging stand out in the market? Here are three main benefits it provides for your product:

  • Secures your product against counterfeiting and tampering: Holographic products like security holograms, holographic labels, and wide web films protect your brand against duplication. Holostik’s holographic products can include different types of overt, covert and forensic features which add multiple layers of security to the packaging of the product.
  • Enhances point of sale visibility: Besides providing anti-duplication qualities holographic packaging makes the product look unique and makes it stand out on the shelf. The light-reflecting properties catch the eye of a consumer in instants, compared to normal packaging.
  • Offers flexibility in packaging: Holographic packaging can be used for a wide variety of products and can also encompass digital security features like QR codes and barcodes.

Holostik offers a wide range of holographic anti-counterfeiting and packaging solutions to different industries. To know more about our products call us on +91–785-785-7000 or drop us an e-mail at connect@holostik.com

Holostik to showcase its packaging and anti-counterfeiting solutions at Labelexpo Europe

Holostik which is one of the leaders in anti-counterfeiting solutions in India will display its wide range of packaging and anti-duplication solutions at Labelexpo Europe 2019. Considered as one of the biggest events for the packaging industry in Europe, the exhibition will take place from 24th September to 27th September 2019 (9:30 AM onwards) at Brussels Expo in Belgium.

With over 600 exhibitors taking part in the biggest label and package printing event in the world. Over 200 of the exhibitors are new this year and will be displaying their latest innovations to an international buyer audience of printers, suppliers, brand owners and designers. Reflecting the size of the show, Labelexpo Europe 2019 is also set to present the largest offering of technologies and live demonstrations seen to date, with an increasing number of product launches for the fast-growing areas of hybrid printing, flexible packaging and automation.

The event will be visited by important decision makers and specifiers from the top and middle management from various industries.

The grand exhibition will witness the presence of Manufacturers and suppliers of:

  • Digital and conventional printing presses
  • High tech label and packaging materials
  • Prepress and platemaking technology
  • Finishing and converting systems
  • Inspection, overprinting and label application equipment
  • Dies, cutters, rollers
  • Inks and coatings
  • RFID and security solutions

Holostik will display its latest packaging and anti-duplication solutions at the event which will include security holograms, security pouches, holographic wads, shrink sleeves, security labels, wide web films and much more. Holostik aims to secure various kinds of products from the menace of counterfeiting and help companies achieve their targeted growth. Participants at the event will witness and understand the uses and benefits of different kinds of packaging and anti-duplication solutions.

How QR codes can play an important role in preventing counterfeiting?

Nowadays, QR codes can be seen everywhere. You can find them on the packaging of food items, consumer electronics, business cards, presentations, websites, etc. People and organizations use them to store and disseminate different kinds of information, product authentication and implementing a gamut of supply chain management solutions.

Back in 1994, in Japan, Denso Wave a subsidiary of Toyota developed the first QR code in order to track the manufacturing process of its vehicles and parts. Since it was developed to allow for fast decoding speeds and thus got the name ‘Quick Response’ code. These codes are advanced versions of the previously popular barcodes. However, QR codes have the capability of storing a large amount of information and takes a comparatively smaller area for printing.

Just like a barcode a QR code stores information in a machine-readable optical label. The data contained by a QR code can include anything right from simple text, to e-mail addresses, to phone numbers and much more. The data stored in QR codes is in the form of black dots and white spaces which is arranged in a square grid. These patterns are scanned and translated in readable information for humans with the help of an imaging device like a camera or a scanner.

Today, organizations across the world use QR codes for not just storing information but also for product authentication and tracking. In times, when counterfeiting is on the rise and has become a multibillion-dollar business securing supply chain from the threat of counterfeiters is most important.

For this, a unique QR code is assigned for every individual product and also for the product pallet. While moving through the supply chain the product is scanned at different levels which not just authenticates the product but also updates the database of the system. Through this mechanism, a manufacturer can track the location of his or her product in the supply chain. Similarly, for the end consumer, a simple QR code scan determines the genuineness of the product instantly.

Holostik provides customized QR codes integrated with security labels and holograms. This provides double-edged security to the product against any possible form of counterfeiting. Our QR codes not just help in product authentication but also provide a gamut of supply chain management solutions.

To know more about our customized QR codes and the integrated solutions call us on +91–785-785-7000 or mail us at connect@holostik.com.

Why counterfeiting diminishes the chances of foreign direct investment?

The world is a global village as there is a high interdependence of countries on each other in different fields. From world-wide-web to culture, technological innovation to trade, military alliances to transport there are many scenarios in which the world seems to function as a unified whole.

Among the above-mentioned aspects, trade and investment play an important role in the economic development of countries. Of late, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has become quite important for third world countries when it comes to their economic development. FDI impacts the economic growth of the host country (a country in which investment is done) through the transfer of new technologies, organization of human resources, increase in employment, linking of global markets, the rise of infrastructure and much more.

However, the rise of counterfeiting can damage the FDI prospects of a country and its potential to create valuable innovation centres. FDI is important for both advanced and emerging economies to increase their productivity and output. Lack of intellectual property rights and anti-counterfeiting measures diminish the chances of FDI. In India, the industries most impacted by lack of FDI due to counterfeiting include equipment manufacturing and pharmaceuticals.

The total reduction in FDI due to counterfeiting and piracy is quite harmful to aspects like employment, infrastructure and socio-economic development. Countries are sceptical of investing in prospecting countries with weak IP laws as it may lead to counterfeiting of their products, theft of their technologies, reduction in their profits and damage to the brand image.

With the implementation of stringent regulatory measures and anti-counterfeiting technologies, duplication can be prevented to a large extent which will further brighten the chances of foreign direct investment. For ensuring impeccable security against counterfeiting it is must that supply chains must also be secured. A comprehensive outlook towards anti-counterfeiting guarantees the economic development of a country.

If you require customized anti-duplication solutions for securing your products and supply chains, then call us on +91–785-785-7000 or mail us at connect@holostik.com

How shrink sleeves can leverage the product value and security?

With the growth of flexible packaging industry there has been an increase in demand for different kinds of shrink sleeves. A shrink sleeve is a 360-degree packaging tube that shrinks around the containers after the application of heat or steam. Shrink sleeves can be designed to cover the entire product or cover just a portion of it depending on the requirement.

Different industries are using shrink sleeves which include food and beverages, health and beauty, nutraceutical& pharmaceutical and many others. The beverage industry in particular has been using shrink sleeves due to their waterproof property and durability.

Shrink sleeves are also capable of catching consumer attention due to their 360-degree visibility. Shrink sleeves can also encompass a wide variety of designs and security features which are quite important aspects of robust packaging.  Shrink sleeves work as an efficient product label for the company highlighting all the necessary details and branding.

Shrink sleeves can help to catch attention of the consumer on the shelf. Many companies also provide non-conventional ways to use shrink sleeves such as wrapping two products together for convenience and durability.

Brand gurus prefer to use shrink sleeves as they are a one-stop-shop for packaging. Since shrink sleeves are single sleeve, they are preferred over other forms of packaging products which might involve two or more components such as an outer carton. A single packaging product also reduces the packaging costs for the companies.

Holostik is a leading player in providing tailor-made holographic shrink sleeve. The shrink sleeves are made with optimum quality raw materials and help in leveraging product value and security.

If you want the best & customised shrink sleeves for your products, then call us on +91–785-785-7000 or mail us at connect@holostik.com.

Honda two wheelers conducts raids to deal with fake auto spare parts

Recently, Honda two-wheelers conducted enforcement raids against manufacturers and traders who were dealing in its counterfeit products. In order to guarantee safety, the two-wheeler manufacturer created an Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) team in 2017. The team has until now implemented countless measures against traders, manufacturers and suppliers who deal in duplicate Honda spare parts.

In June 2019, the company with the help of local Police executed four raids in the cities of Delhi and Cuttack. The raids were conducted on traders, manufacturers, suppliers and unauthorized service centres. After the raids around 10,462 fake items including fake parts, accessories, dies, scooter guard kits, fake packaging machines and label printing machines were confiscated. The company said that the overall value of fake products and parts is valued at around Rs 49 lakh.

The police conducted two raids in Delhi on the basis of a complaint made by a manufacturer against fake parts and accessories being sold in Karol Bagh market and Bawana Industrial Area. In the city of Cuttack, the police raided premises of two service centres running under fake Honda brand name at Sector 9 and Chandi road.

Honda’s two-wheelers IPR enforcement team has collaborated with the local police as well as the investigation agencies and has jointly conducted raids in the cities like Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Gandhinagar, Cuttack, Gadhi Hasaru (Gurgaon) and Ahmedabad. As a result of the raids 94,000 fake spare parts, accessories and other items worth Rs 2 crore have been seized.

Honda two-wheelers also pointed out that all genuine Honda parts feature tamper-proof high-security MRP label which can be used to differentiate between its genuine and fake auto spare parts. It also added that the company’s original spare parts are available at authorized outlets, service centres and distributors across India.

Source: Timesnownews.com

How counterfeiting tarnishes the brand’s image?

There has been a humungous growth of fake brands in different industries. From counterfeit apparels to spurious medicines, fake footwear to duplicate watches the list seems endless. According to Global Brand Counterfeiting Report, “The amount of total counterfeiting globally has reached to 1.2 Trillion USD in 2017 and is bound to reach 1.82 Trillion USD by the year 2020.”

Brands are not just losing millions of dollars every year due to counterfeit products but are also facing many other challenges. Perhaps, one of the biggest challenges faced by organizations due to counterfeiting is the damage to their brand reputation.

Over the past few years, the proliferation of fake goods has bought a major change in consumer buying behavior. According to sources, a large number of consumers are less likely to buy products from a brand if its reputation has been tarnished due to counterfeit goods. Even in the e-commerce space, consumers are less likely to buy products from websites that have earned a bad name due to counterfeiting.

Counterfeit products have a direct impact on the confidence of the consumers buying a brand. A large number of consumers who have purchased fake products unknowingly never buy the same product again and tend to switch over to another brand.

If a consumer is duped into buying a fake product and later discovers that the product is not worthwhile then it leads to a blow on his confidence in the product and the brand. Moreover, such brands are more susceptible to negative word-of-mouth publicity.

So, if a consumer receives a fake product then there are high chances that the genuine brand and manufacturer may earn a bad reputation.

In the online space, customers leave negative reviews for such brands which jeopardize their reputation. This sometimes creates a false narrative that even brands manufacture low-quality goods. Regular news related to counterfeiting of a specific brand can create an assumption in the minds of consumers that the brand is not serious regarding duplication and is not taking stern measures against counterfeiting.

However, companies across the world are now taking serious measures against the problem of counterfeiting. The online retail giant Alibaba which has earned a bad repute for counterfeit products has made a task force to handle counterfeits on its platform. Besides organizations have also implemented different anti-counterfeiting products and solutions to secure their products and brand.

Holostik provides tailor-made anti-counterfeiting products and solutions which help in securing the product and the brand’s image from the problem of counterfeiting. If you are facing the problem of duplication call us now on +91–785-785-7000 or mail us at connect@holostik.com.

The growth of counterfeiting in the liquor industry

The entire nation was jolted by the ill-fated deaths of people due to counterfeit alcohol in the first half of this year. Not just precious lives were lost but families were left devastated in the states of UP, Uttarakhand, and Assam. The onus of the tragedy fell upon the respective State Governments and a debate ushered in the by lanes of media and forums on the present regulatory and anti-counterfeiting measures against fake and illicit alcohol in the country.

According to a study published in the journal Lancet, India’s alcohol consumption has increased by 38% in the last seven years-that’s 4.3 to 5.9 litres per adult per year. Another study states that India is the biggest consumer of whisky in the world. However, the rising demand for alcohol has led to the growth of spurious alcohol industry.

There have been frequent reports of seizures of counterfeit and bootleg alcohol from different states of India. According to a report by FICCI, “The grey market loss to the alcoholic beverage industry stood at INR 14,140 crore in 2014 which had increased from INR 5,626 crore in 2012 observing an increase of over 150 per cent.”

There are various reasons for the growth of counterfeiting in the alcohol industry. Lack of awareness regarding the effects of counterfeit alcohol is one big reason. The poor consumer is lured by the cheap prices of counterfeit alcohol and thus ends up buying counterfeit alcohol which may contain toxic adulterants. These adulterants lead to serious repercussions like kidney failure, liver failure, blindness, and even death.

The government must address the problem of counterfeit alcohol seriously as it hampers the growth of manufacturers, leads to a loss of Government exchequer and jeopardizes the health of the consumers. The combination of digital and holographic solutions can prevent the growth of counterfeit alcohol to a large extent. The U.P state government is currently using bar codes which have not been completely successful in clamping down on counterfeits, therefore, authentication solution providers association (ASPA) has suggested governments to incorporate holographic products along with bar codes/QR codes on liquor bottles to battle the menace of duplication in the liquor industry.

Do let us know if your brand or product is facing duplication. We offer tailormade anti-counterfeiting products and solutions. Call us on +91–785-785-7000 or mail us at connect@holostik.com