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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 [...]

The Label Printers Wins TLMI’s Eugene Singer Award For Management Excellence

 Lori Campbell Accepts the Eugene Singer Award The Label Printers has once again won TLMI’s (Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute, Inc.) Eugene Singer Award for Management Excellence. We have now won the award for the sixth time in a row, in our sixth year of eligibility – and we’re very proud of that accomplishment. On accepting the award, Lori Campbell [TLP's Chief of Operations] said, “This award is a testimony to the dedication of our employees, the loyalty of our customers, [...]

The Label Printers Sponsors Geneva High School’s F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Team

The Label Printers is pleased to once again sponsor a FIRST robotics team organized by Geneva High School, Geneva, Illinois. The ROBOVIKES have begun their seventh season of competition. This year's game is called RECYCLE RUSH [sm] which is, as FIRST explains, “a recycling-themed game played by two Alliances of three robots each. Robots score points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers, and properly disposing of pool noodles, representing litter. In keeping with the [...]

TLP’s Chief of Ops A Presenter At Industry Forum

The Label Printers' Chief of Operations, Lori Campbell, will be a presenter at the FTA Forum 2015 this coming May in Nashvile. The Forum will focus on packaging design and overall packaging trends. Lori's topic is: Brand Protection Solutions: Developing & Selling the Value Whether protecting products from counterfeiting or enhancing supply chain visibility, investigating today’s technologies to find a solution can be overwhelming for brand owners. Hear how packaging converters are uniquely positioned to help brand owners navigate these waters [...]

Fakes for the Holidays – “Better Watch Out”

Below is an article about counterfeit goods that really struck a chord.  There are so many products being counterfeited and so many ways that counterfeit goods are harmful.  It is truly an epidemic.  $1.77 Trillion is the 2015 Projected Value of Global Trade in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods. As you're doing your holiday shopping, especially if you're doing it online, perhaps take some time to do the checking that Mr. Arnold of Homeland Security recommends. The source article can be found [...]

What are you Selling? Who is your Customer?

We've recently found an excellent and thought-provoking essay on iBeacons and QR Codes.  Well, really, the article isn't about those technologies, it's about basic, age-old sales and marketing mantras - What are you selling? Who is your Customer? Where do you meet them in the marketplace? And WIFM (What's in it for Them)? The point of the article is summed up in this paragraph: "Mobile marketing is the same as any other marketing: blast your audience with stuff you want [...]

Degrees of Separation

Someone asked me the other day who our top competitors are in the area of anti-counterfeiting/brand protection.  As a business professional I should know this, right?  Shouldn’t even have to think about it.  But as we talked further it occurred to me that the challenge isn’t so much with us knowing who our competitors are but, from the customer’s perspective…..geez what murky, convoluted brand protection waters they’re being forced to swim in!! First, you have what I’ll refer to as [...]