What Do Hoverboards, UL, and Mark Cuban Have In Common?

One of this past Christmas’ “hot toys” was the hoverboard.  As is often the case with “hot” anything, products are rushed to market to meet that demand.   And, as is also often the case, that rush to market may mean potential issues with the “hot” product – such as the exploding batteries and intellectual property fights that have plagued these boards. We are pleased to count among our customers the global safety science company, UL – which found itself [...]

The Label Printers Celebrates 20 Years of ISO Registration

We are very pleased to announce that on December 15, 2015, The Label Printers was presented with a plaque for 20 years of ISO certification. The Label Printers is the largest supplier of UL labels in the world and one of the 100 largest converters in the United States, so we understood the long-term value of ISO registration to our customers and to us. We registered originally to ISO 9002:1994.  We're pleased that we've been able to continue to earn [...]

The Label Printers A Platinum Sponsor of the 2015 International Law Enforcement IP Crime Conference

              The Label Printers’ Chief Executive, Bill Kane, and Chief of Operations, Lori Campbell recently returned from Buenos Aires, Argentina where they attended the 2015 International Law Enforcement Intellectual Property (IP) Crime Conference – co-hosted by INTERPOL and the Ministry of Security, Argentina, in Partnership with Underwriters Laboratories, the conference sponsor and co-organizer. The Label Printers was a Platinum Sponsor of the Conference, which brought together hundreds of attendees from around the world, representing the law enforcement community, IP and [...]

Say It Ain’t So, Joe – oh, wait, wrong Chicago baseball team

The Chicago Cubs make the playoffs – and counterfeit playoff tickets hit the market[Photo courtesy of Crain's Chicago Business] Chicago media have published articles recently about fake tickets to the Chicago Cubs playoff games.  The Cubs are famously searching for their first World Series win since 1908, and their fans are eager to pay some pretty hefty bucks for playoff tickets.  But many of them are now some pretty hefty bucks poorer after going to the ballpark with their excitement [...]

Fakes and Fire Safety

Eaton has an interesting video/infographic on Fire Safety – 4 Things You Should Know About Counterfeits – that they were sharing earlier this month as a back to school “primer” for educational institutions. As the world’s largest supplier of labels to UL, and a company with expertise in the anti-counterfeiting marketing, we thought that sharing this information on our blog would be of value.  In doing a bit more research, we were reminded that the week of October 4 – [...]

Fakes, Fakes, and More Fakes

Consumer Reports, the Associated Press and the New York Times have all featured recent articles about the products that counterfeiters “fake” – the Threats those fakes pose to consumers, and the Impacts they have on the companies and their employees who make the real products. Some stats from Homeland Security, the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition, and more. Estimates of the costs of product counterfeiting have grown from less than $30 billion in the early 1980s to $200 billion by the end of [...]

If It Can Be Made, It Can Be Faked

Think That Counterfeits Are Only High End Goods?  How About Table Salt? China National Salt Industry Corporation (CNSIC) is China's largest state-owned enterprise of salt producers and suppliers. Its annual output has reached approximately 12 million tons, of which approximately one-third is table salt. When I think of table salt, I think of something that is cheap, all over the highway [literally], and not very exciting.  But China is having a problem with counterfeit salt.  There have been recent stories [...]

Fighting Fakes Around the Globe

Interpol’s Turn Back Crime Campaign Wins the 2015 Global Media Award Europol’s IPCrime Unit Wins the 2015 Global Anti-counterfeiting Awards            The Label Printers is proud of our continuing involvement with and sponsorship of the International Law Enforcement IP Crime Conference co-hosted by Interpol, in partnership with UL. We’re pleased to share these reports on the global awards won by Interpol and Europol. Interpol’s Turn Back Crime Campaign Wins the 2015 Global Media Award One year after its official launch, the [...]

Trying to Quit Smoking? Will This Help?

Counterfeit cigarettes 'high in heavy metals' A study of counterfeit cigarettes seized in the US supply chain has found that are almost always loaded with lead and cadmium, heavy metals known to be hazardous to health. In the sampling study, researchers analyzed 23 packs of cigarettes intercepted by various law enforcement agencies and found that on average their lead concentrations were around 10-fold higher than genuine equivalents, with cadmium levels approximately five times higher. Exposure to lead has been linked to the [...]

Knocking Out Knock Offs: Brand Protection & The World of Counterfeits

[An article by Chief of Operations, Lori Campbell, appearing in FTA's April 16 FLEXO Prepress] I think it is safe to assume that I’m not the only one in the converting industry who scrutinizes labels on products and in stores. Don’t you sometimes just look at a print and let out a “tsk tsk” over the poor quality and—admit it—sometimes use that as an avenue to get a meeting with the brand owner? Don’t you wonder how, in [...]