Why Brands Still Struggle Against the Fake Flood?

Why Brands Still Struggle Against the Fake Flood?

Despite valiant efforts, brands continue to battle a seemingly never-ending wave of counterfeit products. This booming illicit trade not only eats into profits but also tarnishes brand reputation and poses safety risks to consumers. So why can’t brands seem to get a handle on it?

One major culprit is the e-commerce explosion. The ease of setting up online marketplaces has created a haven for counterfeiters. These platforms often lack the resources or effective detection tools to identify and remove fakes, leaving them a breeding ground for knock-offs.

Another factor is the sheer scale and sophistication of counterfeiting operations. Gone are the days of shoddy fakes. Today’s counterfeiters can produce near-replicas that are difficult for the untrained eye to distinguish from the real deal. This makes it even harder for brands to take down listings and enforce intellectual property rights.

Limited resources can also hinder a brand’s ability to fight back. Legal action against counterfeiters can be expensive and time-consuming, especially when dealing with international operations. Smaller brands may simply not have the resources to keep up the fight.

So what are brands doing to combat this problem? Here are a few current solutions:

  • Tech-powered tracking: Brands are increasingly using sophisticated software to monitor online marketplaces for listings containing suspect keywords or imagery. These tools can help identify and take down counterfeit listings faster.
  • Authentication programs: Some brands are implementing unique identifiers, like holograms or embedded codes, that allow consumers to verify the authenticity of their purchases.
  • Collaboration with platforms: Brands are working with e-commerce platforms to develop more robust counterfeit detection and removal processes. This can involve improved communication channels and streamlined takedown procedures.
  • Consumer education: Educating consumers about the dangers of counterfeits and how to identify fakes can empower them to make informed purchasing decisions.

New Solutions on the Horizon:

One promising new solution is Gwelo Verify, developed by Magpie Concept. This system leverages multiple authenticator methods to allow consumers to verify the authenticity of a product. By combining various techniques, Gwelo Verify aims to provide a more robust and secure method of identifying fakes.

While these efforts offer some hope, the fight against counterfeiting is an ongoing battle. By staying ahead of the curve with innovative solutions like Gwelo Verify and fostering strong partnerships, brands can make significant strides in protecting their products and their customers.

For more information on Gwelo Verify, you can reach the Gwelo team at enquiries@magpie-concept.com.