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 Insights on Anti-Counterfeiting & Brand Protection Solutions

Cyber Monday sales (and brand exposure) hit record high

Posted by Eric Paul on Nov 28, 2017 5:03:28 PM

AdobeStock_98469242.jpegAs holiday shoppers increasingly move to the internet for purchasing gifts, it’s not surprising that this year’s Cyber Monday surpassed 2016 by 16.8% in total sales (according to Adobe Digital Insights). Cyber Monday 2017 marked the largest U.S. online sales day in history, at $6.59 billion in sales. 

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Topics: Online Brand Protection, Online InSight, Brand Protection & Enhancement

Playboy Lives On

Posted by Bill Patterson on Oct 2, 2017 11:35:45 AM
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Clothes are displayed at the Playboy store in central London.

I read an article today asking if Playboy was going to survive the death of its founder, Hugh Hefner. The answer is: it already has… and long before Hef’s passing on September 27th at the age of 91.

In 1953, Playboy launched itself as a men’s lifestyle magazine. The best clothes, the best music (Jazz was Hef’s favorite), the best furnishings, the best stereo equipment… and of course, the ladies for which every adolescent boy tried to sneak a peek.

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Topics: Licensing, In the Headlines

What’s all the hype over the Dark Web?

Posted by Valerie Finn on Oct 14, 2016 9:19:48 AM

Dark_Web.jpgIn early September the Imaging Supplies Coalition (ISC) held their 16th International Conference which focuses on Fraud and Counterfeiting in the Imaging Supplies Industry. This year's theme was "An Industry in Transition" and unlike previous years the internet and the rapid growth of counterfeiting was front and center. Topics that were covered included “What is the Dark Web”, “Brand Protection on the Dark Web, “Brand Protection on Social Media” and a panel discussion that focused on Online Brand Protection and Enforcement.

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Topics: Online Brand Protection, Consumer Electronics, Brand Protection & Enhancement, OpSec InSight

EpiPen Sticker Shock Could Leave Consumers Paying a Dangerous Price

Posted by Branddy Spence on Sep 26, 2016 2:45:48 PM

Man_using_EpiPen.jpgThere’s been plenty of outrage recently over the unexplained rise in cost of Mylan’s EpiPen injector. Just last week Mylan’s CEO, Heather Bresch, attempted to defend in Congress the drug’s nearly 600% price increase over the past ten years. This price surge has left many people with life-threatening allergies that depend on this medicine to search for other alternatives such as generic versions, coupon offers, or discounted online sales.

Drug pricing is one of the main reasons consumers head to online pharmacies in search of cheaper options. By the same token, the price of authentic medicines is what drives counterfeiters to manufacture fake, substandard product and offer it for sale virtually anonymously online.

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Topics: Product Authentication, Online Brand Protection, Pharmaceuticals, Online InSight, Brand Protection & Enhancement

This Back-to-School Beware of Social Media Shopping Scams

Posted by Valerie Finn on Aug 18, 2016 8:09:31 AM

iStock_79339997_SMALL.jpgAugust has arrived and for those of us with children, this month represents an end to the summer and the start of a new school year. Soon kids will be swapping out their swimsuits and flip-flops for backpacks and tennis shoes. With back-to-school ads flooding our inboxes and pop-up ads on social media sites, it is no surprise that counterfeiters are utilizing these sites to lure consumers into buying fake products online. A survey by the National Retail Foundation expects over $75 billion to be spent on back-to-school items this year.

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Topics: Online Brand Protection, Social Media Monitoring, Online InSight, Brand Protection & Enhancement, OpSec InSight

It Takes a Team to Tackle Counterfeits

Posted by Bill Patterson on May 26, 2016 7:51:41 AM

tackling_counterfeits_blog.jpgA colleague of mine recently shared an online article with me called “Can the NFL Ban on Marketplace Sales Succeed?”  Within the article, the writer describes a recent quoted policy by the NFL restricting distributors and retailers from selling to other online sellers and retailers. While the article leans towards the effect this will have on smaller retailers attempting to survive, it actually highlights a bigger issue that the NFL, and all brand owners, want to encourage: accountability.

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Topics: Online Brand Protection, Licensing, Brand Protection

Brand Protection During Prom Season

Posted by Branddy Spence on Apr 6, 2016 1:46:07 PM

Prom_Dress.jpgProm season is the time when excitable teenagers and their parents visit businesses - both local and online - in search of showy, expensive gowns and tuxedos for the end-of-the-year celebration with their friends. This time of year can be a major boon for businesses in need of a little extra profit, but many teens' dollars are going elsewhere as they seek more affordable options, though often, they end up getting a lot less than what they hoped for. 

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Topics: Fashion & Luxury, Product Authentication, Online Brand Protection, Brand Protection, Supply Chain Management, Apparel Enhancement

Putting Your Best Foot Forward to Protect Your Brand

Posted by Lisa Hill on Feb 16, 2016 8:00:00 AM

It’s MAGIC time again, and many brands are putting their best foot forward at Platform in Vegas this week. Whether it’s with the latest updates in footwear designs, styles and color trends, or being the first to market with the latest interactive wearable technology.  Everyone is out to impress the masses, and step out on the runway in high fashion.

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Topics: Fashion & Luxury, Online Brand Protection, Brand Protection, Supply Chain Management, Apparel Enhancement

Are you sure that's actually extra virgin olive oil?

Posted by Branddy Spence on Feb 9, 2016 11:08:04 AM
How_to_ensure_consumers_you_olive_oil_is_legit.jpgProduct authenticity is a problem in the olive oil industry.

If you're running a business that sells or processes olive oil, or a restaurant that utilizes it often, then chances are you've bought a watered-down mixture at some point. Product authenticity has actually become a significant problem in the olive oil industry. The problem boils down to a discrepancy between what companies say they are offering, and what they are actually distributing.

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Topics: Counterfeiting, Product Authentication, Consumer Goods, Brand Protection, Security Labels

Tis the Season to be Counterfeited

Posted by Branddy Spence on Dec 7, 2015 8:30:00 AM

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As soon as Thanksgiving comes around, sales abound, and retailers are offering deep discounts to encourage consumers to buy gifts for loved ones. Counterfeiters are also aware that this is the easiest time to scam consumers—even the most educated consumers are less suspicious of discounted prices during this time of year.  

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Topics: Counterfeiting, Online Brand Protection, Intellectual Property, Brand Protection